7-Week Middle Eastern Themed Acting Workshop for Beginners

Golden Thread Presents:
Introduction to Acting: Free the Actor Within!

Have you ever wanted to try acting? Now is your chance! Torange Yaghiazarian, founder and Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions, America's only theater company dedicated to staging plays from and about the Middle East, is offering a 7-week acting workshop. Don't miss this opportunity to study from one of the most talented theater directors/playwrights in the country.

Introduction to Acting

7 Consecutive Sundays--3pm-5pm

June 9 – July 28, 2013 (No class on July 7th)

La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
(two blocks from the Ashby BART station).

No prior acting experience required. Must be 18 or older to participate.

The Introduction to Acting workshop will introduce participants to improvisation, scene study and solo performance using plays by Middle-Eastern and Middle Eastern American playwrights as well as Middle Eastern performance traditions.

Each class will begin with vocal and physical warm ups, theatre games and collaborative exercises. Participants will learn how to analyze dramatic text and various approaches to building a character.

By the end of the 7-week workshop, participants will have developed a basic knowledge of acting styles, better understanding of dramatic text and more confidence in self expression.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from this award-winning theater director, playwright and Artistic Director. Whether you are completely new to acting or are an actor who needs to brush up on your skills, you will enjoy this workshop.

Tuition: $150 ($180 after May 31). Includes a nonrefundable $25 Administrative Fee. Advance Registration required.

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  • Faiza

    It's a very fun workshop! Looking forward to the rest of it and gaining some more acting skills.

    June 9, 2013

  • Mark R.

    I'm out of the coountry until July 1, but I would be interested if you offer this class again!

    June 8, 2013

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Just to clarify, this workshop will be conducted in English, not in Arabic. It is an acting workshop appropriate for anyone 18 and over. The instructor is founder of a Middle Eastern theater company in San Francisco called Golden Thread and so all the themes in the workshop will be from Middle Eastern plays (but in English) that have been performed by Golden Thread. We thought Yalla Arabi members would be interested in this because Middle Eastern plays are being used as teaching tools but there will be no Arabic spoken (unless it happens to be part of a dialogue in one of the scripts; if that's the case, you will be coached through it).

    May 29, 2013

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