About the class
- The workshop will have 12 students max
You will receive a 10-15 Minute scene from a play.
Your scene and partner will be selected two weeks prior to the workshop.
Students will be broken into two groups.
Group A will work day ONE (March 6th 5pm - 10pm) and THREE (March 9th 10am - 5pm) Group B will work day TWO (March 7th 5pm - 10pm) and FOUR (March 10th 10am - 5pm) Students are expected to participate in all days. Watching is as helpful as working.
Actors must read the full play their scene is chosen from to fully understand the context and character motivations.
Actors are expected to be off book and loosely blocked (you will be responsible for meeting with your partner for blocking and rehearsal)
Actors are responsible for any costume and or props needed. You will be supplied with basic furniture such as tables and chairs.
Appropriate dialect for the text if you think its necessary or the play calls for it.
What is this workshop is designed to for:
First and foremost the Intensive is designed for actors to work. It’s an opportunity to build on your craft with some of Toronto’s best actors while refining you technique and training in an class/performance environment. During the workshop we will really delve into some of the best material from film, tv and theatre; building characters and fully realizing their arc from the ground up.
David's approach to acting has been developed over the last 15 years working as a director, actor and screen writer in film, television and theatre. Using his keen understanding of script, direction and action, you will work as if preparing and rehearsing for a production in theatre or film. It will focus on strengthening the actors understanding of their characters objectives, diving into the depths of their intentions and goals, exploring different ways of achieve them through what we know from the text. What does your character want? What are the obstacles to get there? What are the Power dynamics in a scene that can inform the action? How do you use different tactics to achieve your goal? How do the other characters see you and what does it mean for your character? What are their goals and are you in the way?
In the end actors will have a deeper understanding of what choices to make and new ways to approach them.
Who is this workshop for:
This class is for actors who have already put time into their craft (Working Actors). This does not mean employed actors but actors who are constantly striving to improve and build on their craft. This is NOT for beginners although we welcome them to audit.
Day One (March 6th /5pm - 10pm) SCENE BREAKDOWN/REHEARSAL
We will work through the scenes from group A. Initial breakdown of the scene and script, testing options pulling back the layers of character and intention. Each group will have an hour an a half of stage time where we will block the scene.
Day Two (March 7th/ 5pm - 10pm) SCENE BREAKDOWN/REHEARSAL
We will run the scenes from group B. Initial breakdown of the scene and script, testing options pulling back the layers of character and intention. Each group will have an hour an a half of stage time where we will block the scene.
Day off (March 8th)
Groups will have a free day to work and implement notes. This will be a day to add to your character and implement new ideas to shake up the scene.
Day Three (March 9th/ 10am - 5pm)
We will run the scenes from group A again. Each group will get two chances to delve back into the scene with costume and set, followed by notes.
Day Four (March 9th/ 10am - 5pm)
We will run the scenes from group B again. Each group will get two chances to delve back into the scene with costume and set, followed by notes.