Teen “Actors Studio”

Introduction
Students will be introduced to professional acting techniques. We will investigate different characters that will be shaped by the students through specific tasks and exercises. This year the emphasis will be given to the body.” Life is expansive and it also expands in territory, physical and psychological, discovering spaces, forms, ideas, meanings, sensations –this should be done as a dialogue: receiving from others what others have created, giving them the best of our own creation. Students will be handed daily monologue and duet scenes to work with. They will explore the character in terms of speech, physicality and background. They will learn different ways of approaching a text. All characters will interact in a specific given circumstance.
Examples include: Miming, use of natural environment and improvisation. Therefore, students will explore their vocal capacities, imagination and creativity levels. Students will also have the chance to put together their characters’ costumes and scenery. Students will be asked daily to perform their scenes in front of the class. This will increase their confidence, prove their daily progress and help overcome any stage fright they might have. Teen “Actors Studio” can collaborate with the Hands-On Filmmaking workshop. Teen “Actors Studio” students can act in the short films directed by the Hands-On Filmmaking students. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to present their work in public.

Outline of the workshop
The workshop will be based on the fundamental exercise of Method Acting which is called "Relaxation and Sensory". This year, the workshop will also focus on “games” for actors from the famous theater teacher August Boal. All these will be practiced daily.

On the first day, students will be handed the scenes that they will be working throughout the two week workshop, as well as theoretical/historical notes on Method Acting.

The three hours will be divided in two parts:
1,5 hour for exercises
1,5 hour for stage work /acting on camera

Theory behind Action
Method Acting “Relaxation and Sensory”
The qualifications for being an actor are generally thought to be a good physique, a retentive memory, an alert brain, a clear, resonant voice with good articulation, and controlled breathing. Through fun and interactive exercises students will get an idea of what it means to be able to deal with the above areas.

Working Exercises
All working exercises will be adjusted on the actual piece of material that we will decide to work on.

The converse of relaxation is concentration. Everything the actor does, demands concentration.
The training proceeds by work with imaginary objects:
Working with real objects often leads to pantomimic or to physical imitation. We will start with real objects in order for students to learn how to respond with their body and apply such responses to their work with imaginary objects (the real medium of the stage) as they would with real ones.

The above exercise is divided in two parts.
Part I: The process of relaxation: the instructor will guide the students step by step to relax their nerves and muscles, which is important in order to clear their mind of any unnecessary pressure they have accumulated prior to acting.
Part II: The second part deals with vocal breathing.
At the end, we will put together movement and voice and create the imaginary object.

Other exercises will include:
Team building:Hide and seek with an object or with their scene partner.
Listen, watch and react: A student will be seated on a chair while a second student will be throwing balls that the first student has to catch. A third student will describe a picture which the seated student will have to recall. A fourth student will pantomime and the first student will have to mimic. All the above will have to happen at the same time.
Interrogation: What the students think of their character and of the other characters.

Project Description

This year students will work on a specific text that has to do with a Detective Story. We will form the characters together and the students will explore the intentions and motives that each character has. The students will recognize themselves in those characters and realize that the “other” character also loves, hates, fears and has courage. The exploration of trying to find the truth of the characters will form the final Detective Story Project.
Students can act on camera for Hands-On Filmmaking workshop final project and see themselves on screen.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop students will learn how to cooperate and collaborate in a productive and entertaining way. They will get in touch with their emotions and find different ways to express themselves. This workshop will help students discover fears, frustrations, hopes and desires. By the end of this workshop, students will be able to work with confidence within a team as well as independently. Teen “Actors Studio” is designed for teenagers who want to try to get in touch with their inner selves, improvise, explore their imagination and overcome stage fright.

All the above steps will not only help the students understand and feel the characters they will perform, but they will also enable them to be able to deliver it in front of an audience in artistic form as an artist

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