Fall Workshop Weekend

Wed, 10/25/2017


Theatre Exile Fall Workshop Weekend!





Instructor: Matt Pfeiffer                                       
All workshops at Theatre Exile – 2329 S. 3rd Street
Friday, 12/8 – 7:00pm-10:00pm

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.

Please prepare a one-minute monologue

Matt Pfeiffer is a Philly born actor and director who serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Exile. Some previous Exile credits include; True West, North of the Boulevard, Glengarry Glenross, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Bug. Other credits include; The Arden Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Walnut Street, 1812, The Lantern Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co. The Gulfshore Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Uarts, and 18 seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Matt is a twelve-time Barrymore nominee and winner, for his direction of The Whale and The Invisible Hand both with Theatre Exile. He's also a recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award. Matt is a proud grad DeSales University.



Instructor: Deborah Block
All workshops at Theatre Exile – 2329 S. 3rd Street
Saturday, 12/9 – 1:00-4:00pm

How can an actor reveal a physically true character while being unbound by their own physical restraints? Participants will learn awareness of body centers and stylized physical choices to pursue honesty onstage. Using these techniques, Deborah will instruct participants in how to use subtle choices to allow for full-body transformation and unique storytelling.

Please bring a one-minute monologue you would like to work on. If you don't have one, just bring yourself and Deborah will provide one for you.

Deborah Block has been a consistent figure in the Philadelphia arts community for 30 years as a director, educator, dramaturg, producer, and curator. She has been involved in the creation of many professional productions including directing over 60 shows with a special love for new plays and movement based theater. She has worked on scores of educational productions and has taught at many local universities including ten years at Temple University where she received her MFA, Rowan University, and University of the Arts. She is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe and was the program director for ten years. Deborah is the producing artistic director of Theatre Exile and developed Studio X-hibition and Paper Wings, their new play development program for professional and student playwrights respectively. She most recently directed Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph. Additional directing work for Exile includes Smoke, Red Speedo, Cock, The English Bride, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Iron, Hunter Gatherers, dark play or stories for boys, Roosters, and Hearts & Soles.



Instructor: Catharine Slusar
All workshops at Theatre Exile – 2329 S. 3rd Street
Sunday, 12/10 – 7:00-10:00pm

Given Exile's penchant for blood, sex, and rock 'n roll, how do you find the tender nugget inside? Catharine will provide a road map for the trip to the fortified interior. This workshop will consider activating text, character choices and opposites. We will look at practical approaches to table work, actions, and character choices using scenes.

Please bring a five-minute scene you would like to work on. If you don't have one, just bring yourself and Catharine will provide one for you.

Catharine Slusar is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and has been performing in Philadelphia since arriving in 1995. A native of Connecticut, she studied theater at Yale and has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard. In Philadelphia, she has performed at Theater Exile: Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, (Barrymore Best Actress) Emma in Annapurna, (Barrymore Nominee), Faye in Iron (Barrymore Nominee), Risa in Any Given Monday, and most recently, Linda in Lost Girls; InterAct: Black Pearl Sings!, Going to St Ives, Frozen, Missing Link, Drink Me, Bee-Luther Hatchee, Lebensraum, (Barrymore Best Ensemble, and Best Production, Nominee Best Supporting Actress) and Black Russian. The Arden: all roles in The Syringa Tree, (Barrymore Nominee), Gi in Northeast Local, among others. She’s also performed at Fringe Arts, Lantern, People’s Light, Act 2, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and Bristol Riverside. Outside of Philadelphia, Catharine has acted in NYC, Minneapolis, CT, MI, Russia, and Norway. Catharine is the recipient of The F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Artists, a Barrymore Award, and an Independence Fellowship. She is an Assistant Professor at Bryn Mawr and has taught at Rowan, Yale, Özel Bilgi Lisesi in Turkey, and she has an ongoing partnership with a k-12 school in South Philadelphia, EM Stanton, where she works on Shakespeare.


Workshop fee: $50 (2 workshops for $90, all 3 for $120)
Reserve your spot at theatreexile.org/education

Space is limited!