A webinar brought to you by the Stanislavsky Research Centre, co-hosted by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds and the School of Performing Arts of the University of Malta.
Date: 4 November, 17:00 (GMT – London Time)
‘A Slice of Zoom Life: Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises in the COVID Era’
Prof. David Shirley, Executive Director, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Following a brief contextual overview of the aims and purpose of Hagen’s training techniques, this presentation will reflect on the advantages and challenges encountered during the delivery of a series of classes to first year actors at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) during April-June 2020. How do notions of authenticity change in this context and how important is the role of the actor’s imagination in this reconfigured approach to practical training.
‘Psychophysical Actor Training for the Small Screen’
Prof. Stephanie Daventry French, Professor of Theatre, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, US
French will demonstrate subtle mind-body exercises using the anatomy of thought (WEDGAG). These have the power to create a sculptural story through the body, stimulate inner life and thoughts in the circumstances, and activate emotions.
Session Moderated by Stefan Aquilina, Director, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta