Auditions can be a terrifying experience. You panic. You don't trust yourself. And worst of all, you don't get a chance to show people what you can do. Through the guidance of actor/director Matt Pfeiffer, "A Practical Approach to Auditions" helps you to gain confidence on how to attack an audition with guts and honesty. The class offers one on one coaching in both monologues and cold reads, as well as an evaluation from a panel of professional directors. It's time to stop letting auditions get the better of you. Take a strong and practical approach to the process.
Matt Pfeiffer is a Philly born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. He is also a proud member of SDC and AEA. Exile credits include directing North of the Boulevard, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Aliens, Glengarry Glen Ross, Shining City, Bug, American Buffalo and The Edge of Our Bodies. Recent directing credits; A Moon for the Misbegotten and The Whipping Man (Arden Theatre), Mistakes Were Made (1812 Productions) and Run, Mourner, Run (Flashpoint Theatre). Other credits include Two River, Walnut St. Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Brat Productions, Gulfshore Playhouse, Lantern Theatre, The Mask and Wig Club, and 16 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a seven-time Barrymore nominee and recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award.
Workshop Fee: $100
Intimacy of Body and Space - The Actor's Body at Exile
with Peter Danzig
5/7 - 3:30-8pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
5/8 - 10:30-3pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
What is realistic physical response in close audience proximity? How do I breathe life into the character with my own body? These are questions often asked by actors in all stages of their career. In this workshop, the actor will gain insight into the dramaturgy of their own body and instrument. Blackbox theater and Exile-specific work lives in close proximity to the audience and through this workshop, led by Peter Andrew Danzig, actor and Founder of Theatrical Trainer, the actor will explore physical theater practice, character creation and impulse based physical work on-stage. Through understanding the natural condition of the body and the dramaturgical exploration of methods of physical intent, actors will experience new and innovative ways to create nuanced, natural and complex character studies. Students will interact with ways in which to 'walk the physical line' that is the multitude of choices when creating their characters on stage. Engage with the unpredictable to discover your best approach to physical theatre practice.
Peter Danzig is a Philadelphia/New York based actor, choreographer, movement coach and teaching artist. His work in Philadelphia has garnered him a reputation for his versatility as a vocalist and physical theater practitioner. He is the Founder of Theatrical Trainer, a training and movement conditioning company for artists. As a theater instructor he has worked for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Enchantment Theater Co., University of the Arts, Philadelphia Department of Recreation, the Esperanza School, Summer on Stage and the Arden Theater Company. Recent theatrical, training and choreography credits include work with Centre Theatre, Simpatico Theater Project, Quintessence, Tribe of Fools, Luna Theater Company, ArcheDream for Humankind, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, Ivan Warren Productions, Enchantment Theater Co., EgoPO Classic Theatre, Noh Theatre Project, Philadelphia Public Theatre, Philadelphia Theater Workshop, Walnut Street Theater, PGLTF, 23 Piece Productions, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Represented Theater Company, Philadelphia Dramatist Center, Triangle Theatre, Full Circle Theater Group, Philadelphia Theater Company, Philly Pops Festival Choir, Rep Radio.Television/Film: Forever, Blue Bloods, Paranoia, PAN AM, One Life to Live, Heatwave, Romeo and His Juliet (Sundance Film Festival). www.peterandrewdanzig.com. M.A. Villanova University/B.A. Theater, Temple.
Workshop Fee: $100
Find Your Voice
with Liz Filios
5/13 - 6-10pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
5/14 - 12-5pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
Cultivate a deeper understanding of the actor's instrument, and unlock the power of language through voice, body and breath. This introductory course will focus on unlocking habitual tension, breathing effectively, listening, and being present - physically, mentally and vocally.
Liz Filios is a Philadelphia-based actor, musician and teaching artist. She has had the opportunity to study voice in Vancouver, Canada; Florence, Italy; and Cape Town, South Africa. She has performed with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Lantern Theater, Arden Theatre, Wilma Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, Inis Nua, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, People’s Light, and Theatre Horizon. She teaches acting, voice and music for the Arden Theatre, Lantern Theater, Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Exile and the University of the Arts. Liz is an Independence Foundation Fellow, and the recipient of the 2014 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theatre Artist.
Workshop Fee: $100
Actors' Improv™: Using Your Truth To Inspire Unscripted Performance
with Bobbi Block
5/20 - 5:30-8:30pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
5/21 - 12-6pm – Headlong Studios - 1170 S Broad St
Whether the idea of improvising a scene scares or excites you (or both!), this workshop is for you. Learn a honed technique to easily create compelling unscripted scenes and monologues for performance. Just as writers are advised to 'write what they know,’ students will learn to improvise by drawing upon their own experiences, using emotional memory and substitution. Students will be delighted by the ease with which they create unscripted scenes in just one session. The second session will dive deeply into the work, melding the actor with the spontaneous playwright. We will practice the skills of deep listening, being present, creating a strong emotional point of view, integrating silence and physical contact with your scene partner, and developing the dramatic arc of a scene. Our scenes and monologues will be prompted by the questions asked in Exile’s 2016 season; vulnerability, intimacy, revelation, and honest response are our goals. This is a fun, freeing, supportive environment to explore the art of performing unscripted theater - take a leap and join in!
Bobbi Block has been performing, teaching, directing and producing theater in Philadelphia for 20 years. She is the Founder (2006) and Producing Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater (tongue-groove.com), which practices the Actors’ ImprovTM approach offered in this workshop. She improvises with ComedySportz Philly, which she co-founded over twenty years ago and for which she was Education Director for fifteen years and Artistic Director for two. In addition, Bobbi performed with Philly’s first longform improv group, LunchLady Doris for twelve years, and with interdisciplinary improv group Playback Philadelphia for four years. In 2007, Philly’s Live Arts Festival invited Bobbi to direct LEAP: The Actors’ Improv Experiment, for which she trained a company of Barrymore-award nominated veteran scripted actors in their first unscripted show. Bobbi is the recipient of the Philadelphia City Paper Award "Actress Who will Lead Improv to the Promised Land." In addition to her Masters in Theater, Bobbi has trained with the country’s top improv gurus in Chicago and NY, including training at UCB, Second City, and IO. Bobbi teaches Improvisation at Temple and Drexel Universities, and has taught her Actors’ Improv™ workshops around the globe, including Brazil, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Workshop Fee: $100