AD: Solo Show Incubator: Creating Historic Character Portraits & Transformations

AD: Solo Show Incubator: Creating Historic Character Portraits & Transformations

CATEGORY: Classes/Schools

Actors Movement Studio NYC
NYC, NY 10024


Janice Orlandi

Job Details



 via Zoom: 
Wednesdays 6:30-9PMm 
September 16
5 weeks $195

This workshop lays the foundation for performers to create, write, self direct and incubate a Solo Portrait Performance of a Historic Character Icon or Silver Screen Cinema Icon. Taking place online over Zoom in our virtual studio, we will make the most of the opportunity to play with the framing inherent to the medium of live video. Inspired by portrait paintings from history and photographs of silver screen cinema icons, we will incorporate character transformation and embodiment exercises, physical dramaturgy, historic research, costume elements, props, set, lighting, sound and music, to fully realize solo performances presented as a choreographed series of portrait images with text. You will have the option to write your own solo text, or to work on existing monologues.

Inspired by Michael Chekhov’s “Character Portrait Exercise,” you will create a character and their environment through exploring character portraits, archetypes, imaginary body transformations, movement and vocal qualities, animals, objects, and physical conditions. We will utilize character development tools for transformation including Michael Chekhov’s “psycho-physical” approach to creating a character; Stanislavski’s creating a character analysis tools; Uta Hagen’sCharacter History and Character Conditions exercises; and Loyd Williamson’sImpediment exercises for embodying “Altered States,” and “Period Styles” exercises for creating a period character and their imaginary world.

You will create a character biography, incorporating poetic verse and character quotes with physical dramaturgy and research to develop movement and staging, using a variety of storytelling and devising methods for finding gesture, action and story. 

Past workshop participants have explored icons including Nina Simone, Viola Spolin, Coco Chanel, Camille Claudel, Oscar Wilde, Ira Aldridge, Madam Jones, Rudyard Kipling, Marilyn Monroe, Madame Curie and Tennessee Williams. 

The workshop will culminate with participants mounting presentations of 3-5 minute Historic Icon Solo-Portrait Performances during the last day of class.

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Movement Specialist, Psychophysical Techniques, Character Transformation, Williamson Technique and Period Styles, Period Dance and Physical Dramaturgy, Michael Chekhov Specialist; Movement Consultant for; RED VELVET , Victorian Period Style Deportment & Melodrama Acting Styles, Lantern Theater Company Philadelphia PA, Movement Director & Period Style Choreographer for: THE OTHER MOZART London St James Theatre, Here Arts Festival NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre Solo Festival, Berkshire Fringe Festival. Directing credits include: MOZART & SALIERI and THE BRUTE at The Westside Theatre, EVENING WITH STEPHEN CRANE, Manhattan Rep Best Solo Show Award, Crane House Museum, Asbury Park, BETTE DAVIS AIN’T FOR SISSIES (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), St. James Theatre Studio London UK, Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59 Theater in NYC, Director Solo Show: GARBO DREAMS at Red Room NYC. Movement Director THE CONTRAST, Mirror Repertory Company, St Clements NYC, AN IDEAL HUSBAND and TARTUFFE Sonnet Repertory NYC, Director: UNCLE VANYA Expanded Arts Theatre NYC, THE THREE SISTERS New Vaudeville Theater NYC. Edwardian Period Style Salon at The Players, Artistic Director Actors Movement Studio Conservatory, Certified Teacher and Designated Teacher Trainer, Williamson Technique and Williamson Period Styles Specialist including; Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, Elizabethan and Restoration, classical and 1920-1950’s. Certified Teacher Michael Chekhov Technique, trained with founder Mary Overlie, in Six Viewpoints, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company, in Viewpoints & Suzuki. Extensive training in Rasaboxes, with Richard Schechner at NYU Performance Studies, Summer intensive. Trained in Alba Emoting and Laban Fundamentals. Adjunct Professor Atlantic Theater Company NYU TISH, Advanced Movement HB Studio NYC, Master Teacher Rose Bruford Summer Program UK, Faculty at New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, Tom Todoroff Conservatory NYC, Former Assistant Professor of BFA Movement at University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University; Williamstown Theatre Festival; BAM Summer Programs, taught movement Internationally at, De Lindenberg Centre in Netherlands; State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark; Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen and NYSSA New York State Summer School of the Arts. Founding Member of Expanded Arts & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC. Featured in Backstage and American Theater Magazine on the current “Trends in Movement Training” in theater education, Soul of The American Actor “Grand Ball in The Belle Epoch.” A member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC Associate.

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