This workshop will explore the use of acting and dramatic techniques to free the imagination in creating characters and dialogue. Come prepared to move and let your imagination go free.
In this acting workshop for writers, we will explore some of the fundamentals of the actor’s craft that will be helpful in deepening our understanding of character and discovering how objective and obstacle spark interaction and dialogue.
Acting exercises that emphasize relaxation, awareness, ensemble and imagination will start us off. We will then explore the components of any scene: WHO, WHAT AND WHERE, and do an exercise that brings those crucial elements into focus.
After that, we will work with the characters that you bring to class, placing them in situations and creating dialogue through improvisation.
PLEASE BRING IN AT LEAST ONE OR TWO CHARACTERS FROM YOUR STORIES THAT YOU WANT TO DEEPEN AND DEVELOP, AND A SITUATION OR TWO THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE US EXPLORE THROUGH IMPROVISATION.
Recording devices to capture those dialogues would be useful too. If you want to bring in any props (objects) that you know in advance would be needed to work on a scene that your character is involved in, please do so. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will allow you to move freely.
I’m looking forward to working with you all!
~ Melissa Lourie
Melissa Lourie received her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She was an equity actress for many years before co-founding the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in 1987 with friend and colleague Terry O'Brien. Lourie served as producing director of that company until moving to Vermont in 1993. Since then, Lourie has acted at Northern Stage, Vermont Stage Company and in several independent films. She was an adjunct instructor of acting and theater at the University of Vermont for over 20 years. Melissa is currently a member of the Courageous Stage team at Town Hall Theater, bringing Shakespeare to elementary schools throughout the region.
This workshop is funded, in part, by the Burlington City Arts Community Fund. Learn more about the BCA: https://www.burlingtoncityarts.org/.
**Note:** The lottery for this workshop has been closed. There are a few spots left that will be open for general sign up. Thank you!