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Michael J. Gellman Workshops

PROCESS: IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR
Improvisation is the Jazz of Theatre -  Come play with us
Workshops offered September 24th & 25th 2016 at AND with Michael J Gellman

 

THE CHARACTER LAB:  ACTING FROM THE HEART
IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR
THE STORY FACTORY – CREATING FROM THE HEART  

 

THE CHARACTER LAB:  ACTING FROM THE HEART
Saturday September 24th
10am-1pm (3hrs)
$75
Limited to 12 participants
Exciting and inspired performance comes from the ground up and character is the DNA of our craft. In this workshop participants will explore tools and techniques to create unique and truthful characters and gain the freedom to explore and push the boundaries of character development. How do you create a full bodied character when the script doesn’t give you the tools you need or find a character quickly in an audition hallway? Participants will explore time honored tools from improvisational theatre to help any actor:

  • Explore your own potential for creating detailed characters
  • Think as the character thinks
  • Get out of your own way
  • Re-gain self confidence in auditions and performance

This workshop is designed for actors who want to explore and use tools from improvisational theatre to enhance their acting, and for improvisers who want to get their actors training back into their improvisation.
Participants will use methods developed by Mr. Gellman and explored in his book – Process:  An improvisers Journey. The workshop experience will apply to auditions, text work, play development and improvisational performance.

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IMPROVISATION FOR THE ACTOR   
Saturday September 24th
2pm-5pm (3hrs)
$75
Limited to 12 participants
For centuries, improvisation has been a theatre created by actors for actors. It is simply acting without a script. From the days of commedia dell arte to the modern day films of Mike Leigh and Robert Altman improvisation has become an essential part of the actor’s tool kit. This workshop is designed to bridge modern day improvisation techniques with traditional actors training.  Participants will be encouraged to explore the improvisers tool kit to unleash exciting performances including:

  • Finding the emotional and physical truth of our characters
  • Trusting ourselves and our characters in performance
  • Playing and being truly present in the moment
  • Re discovering the JOY in performance

This workshop is designed for actors who want to explore and use tools from improvisational theatre to enhance their acting, and for improvisers who want to get their actors training back into their improvisation.
Participants will use methods developed by Mr. Gellman and explored in his book – Process:  An improvisers Journey. The workshop experience will apply to auditions, text work, play development and improvisational performance.

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THE STORY FACTORY – CREATING FROM THE HEART.
Sunday September 25th
10am-5pm (1 hr for lunch) 6hrs
$150 participants
$75 audit
Limit to 12 participants
4 audit only spaces available
The Story Factory is an opportunity for actors, writers and improvisers to make discoveries in the art and craft of story creation. Improvisational acting and writing go hand in hand.  In our Story Factory workshop intensives, we focus on the very practical tools needed to create and develop ensemble generated scripts, tools for solo writing and methods of developing extraordinary characters for storytelling and script creation. This September we will be exploring techniques for creating stories for film and Web projects including:

  • Allowing your characters to create the story
  • Structures for developing text with ensembles
  • Confidence to share your truth
  • Trust the process of creative development
  • Gain inspiration for your stories

Participants in this full day workshop will explore many of the tools and techniques developed over the past 60 years at Second City and from theatres around the world for the actor / creator and then apply those tools to create their own stories on the spot in real time.  
The workshop will be led by Michael J Gellman who has been developing new plays and original theatre for 35 years. This workshop is designed for:  actors who want to explore and use tools from improvisational theatre to enhance their writing and acting as well as improvisers who want to explore text and scene creation.  Writers with no performance experience are invited to audit for $75

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Michael J. Gellman now resides in Ontario Canada and is Artistic Director of The Process Theatre. He teaches at Loyalist College as well as Master Workshops for Second City International and Artistic New Directions NYC.  He is an alumnus of the Second City mainstage and was a resident director for Second City in Canada and the USA for 25 years. He was Artistic Director of the Second City Toronto where his shows were nominated for 7 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including twice for Outstanding Direction, nominated for Best Director for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award, and won a Chalmers Award for Best Director. He is a senior faculty and founding member of the Second City Training Center where he was a Program Head and also Director of the NY training Center.


Michael was an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago teaching Acting For Directors in the Film Directing department and designed and taught Improvisation and Acting III for the Comedy Studies department. In addition to Second City and Columbia College he has taught and designed classes and workshops in directing, acting and improvisation since 1976 at such notable institutions as: Actors Centre London, The Audition Centre, Victory Gardens Training Centre, Act One Conservatory and Loyola Law School as well as master workshops for hundreds of Universities, festivals, theatre companies and improv groups around the world. He is credited with originating “Long Form” Improvisation and his book “Process: An Improvisers Journey” (Northwestern University Press) co-authored with Mary Scruggs is a summary of his workshops on improvisational training.

 
 
 
     
   
     
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