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American Musical Theatre Workshop

Unlock your full potential as a Musical Theatre performer in this workshop taught by International director, Steve Josephson. This three day workshop will focus on the principles of American Musical Theatre (Broadway) techniques. These techniques will help the students fulfill their full potential by expanding both their vocal and physical capabilities in expression and flexibility.

Classes will focus on individual acting and singing, physical involvement in the text and the vocal impact and expressiveness that this brings to their performance.

Students should come prepared with at least one song ready to perform and work on during the first class. Additional songs will be assigned during the class. Classes will be taught in English. All levels of experience are welcome.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Steve Josephson has directed and taught in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris, Edinburgh and Prague, as well as at the University of Southern California (USC), New York University (NYU) and the Orange County School of the Arts. His students have appeared on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, USA Television and Motion Pictures as well as International touring productions. Biography can be found at www.gallimaufry.org/aboutus.html

Class: Musical Theatre Performance Technique
Location: Prague Playhouse Acting Studio – Františka Křížka 362/1, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice

Dates: 16, 23 and 30 November 2013
Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Cost: 2.000 Kč

To register email steve@gallimaufry.org or call +420 775 991 554

October 22nd, 2013

Acting Classes Start January 7th!

The Winter Term of the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio will start January 7th. Classes run for 12 weeks (until March 27th). Please visit acting.cz for more details!

 

December 26th, 2012

New Acting Classes: More on Offer! From September 10, 2012

The Prague Playhouse Acting Studio is offering new classes starting September 10, 2012. In addition to the foundational work on the Meisner Technique, the classes will also focus on 6 modules to help actors with the practical work. The modules are based on vocal/physical, auditions, text, marketing, writing and producing. The full course including the modules is 6.500 Kc. For other prices, please see the payment policy. Classes are limited to 12 students, so sign up soon to book your spot!

We are very excited about the new modules and hope that you are too!

You can sign up for the class by sending an email to info@acting.cz.

August 17th, 2012

Only A Few Spaces Left For Nancy Bishop’s Masterclass On March 10, 2012

There are only a few spaces left for students interested in joining Nancy Bishop for an intensive 1-day on-camera masterclass this Saturday, March 10, 2012. The class will focus on scenework. Students will receive 1 scene which they must prepare beforehand and will receive another scene which they must perform as a “cold reading”.

Nancy is a casting director with a sharp eye and a long resume of over 40 Hollywood Films. This class is perfect for actors who have worked with Nancy before and would like to go deeper in depth as well as experienced actors who have not had a chance to work with her.

The masterclass costs 2.000 Kc for the day (10:30 – 16:30) and is payable upon acceptance. Students will be taken on a first come-first served basis, but priority will be given to actors who have worked with Nancy in the past. To book your place, please send an email to brian@pragueplayhouse.com today!

March 6th, 2012

PFTC: Smoking Apples Workshop and Show, Feb. 3rd

Prague Film and Theater Center is hosting the UK physical and puppet theater company, Smoking Apples, in a combined workshop and performance on Friday, February 3rd at Divadlo Kampa. The evening starts at 18:00 with a workshop “Puppets as Performers”, then has a performance at 19:20 of “The Wordcatcher”. This is followed by a Q&A with the company. Tickets are 350 Kc for the evening.

During the 1 hour “Puppets as Performers” workshop, the members of this highly acclaimed British theatre company will share their approach to working with puppets with the participants who will then have the opportunity to try it for themselves.

‘The Wordcatcher’ is a bizarre tale of something and nothing, of sound and of silence both in the heart and in the mind. The Wordcatcher sees its characters try to fix things in place that don’t fit together and through the expert use of miscommunication, the audience will witness how the holes and gaps in this story fill a void rather than leave one.

More information about timing and tickets is here or you can email PFTC for tickets.

February 2nd, 2012

Acting Classes are Starting This Week!

We’re starting our Spring Term of acting classes this week! If you’re interested in taking class, we welcome you to come by the studio and check out what we’re doing. Classes are Monday through Thursday nights at the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio (Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor).

The Spring Term is 5,000 Kc and runs until the end of June. For more information, check out our web pages: http://acting.cz

April 12th, 2011

New Acting Website: acting.cz

I’ve started a new website for acting and the acting studio: acting.cz.

I will be migrating over the information here about the classes to there, but you should check out the new classes that we’ll be rolling out over the fall and into the winter semester.

We have also moved to a brand new studio in Prague 7, so be sure to come and check it out! Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd Floor, right next to Vivid Casting!


September 20th, 2010

Meisner Acting Class Blog on “Meisneritiousness”

Hi everyone!

I’m Boris Wilke and member of the Prague Playhouse Meisner acting group. I blog about our class activities.

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Let me be short and concise again today!

In the last few weeks there were several incidents in class that led certain members to become slightly wary of the Meisner technique.

Some of the repetition exercises bordered on the insane, vicious or at least very insensitive.

While I am aware that that is mighty scary and leaves one unsatisfied, I must insist that this has very little to do with the technique. In fact, Brian rightly pointed out to me that the Meisner technique provides you with all the tools you need.

One example: I felt attacked and cornered once. My reaction was to withdraw into “critic mode” and to lament my partner had not played by the rules. (I was being Meisner-righteous. That’s an expression Tzvi came up with.)

But in fact, there are no rules, except this one: No physical violence.

So let me present you with a remedy to feeling bad about the technique: Be Meisneritious!

If somebody attacks you, call them on it: “You’re attacking me!” “You’re cornering me!” “You take pleasure in hunting me down!” etc.

If somebody calls on things that are not in the moment like: “You’re always so arrogant!” or “You dismiss everything I do!”, look at how they say it! Stay in the moment – at least you! Call them on the way they say it: “You are insistent!” “You are holding on to things!” “You don’t see me!” “You sound indignant!” “You are petulant!” etc.

Non-Meisner-like behavior should incite Meisneritiousness of the first order! Take it personal! Pinpoint your partner’s behavior! Don’t let them get away with it! But then drop it to be open for the next moment.

It takes two to tango. If one partner stumbles, help them by picking them up. In the Meisner-world that means, as always: Be honest, even if you think the truth will hurt! Have trust in your partner, no matter how he scares you! Feel free to react accordingly, though. There is always a door you can leave through!

I insist: Take things personal! Own them! Brian called that kind of taking things into your own hands selfish – I call it Meisneritious!

Please remember: The Meisner technique is supposed to help us broaden our palette of behavior, to act out the most outrageous states of mind.

One needs to let go of fear, rules, self-centeredness, false sensitivity.

Meisner is not for the faint-hearted. But it is for the Meisneritious!

And being Meisneritious means to me to fully make use of the technique. It is there to serve us, not the other way round!

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General stuff:

Our acting class consists of some twelve new and not so new active members, who meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm to about 9.30 at the Prague Film School. We do Meisner. And the Meisner-technique really rocks!

If you want to connect with your inmost feelings, expressing them freely in an acting environment and thus getting to know yourself better and better, feel free to join us! If you do, be prepared for some serious thrills! Class will not convene in the week from May 17, neither the one from May 24. And due to Mark Wakeling’s weeklong seminar we also won’t have regular classes from June 7 through 11.

 

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About the author:

 

I am Boris Wilke, a German expat in Prague.

I am a writer at large and have been studying Meisner since January 2008. If any of you know of any kind of acting work that befits a laddish, tall 41-year-old, please leave a note!

May 14th, 2010

Theater Workshop “Hotel Red Cello” May 28th – 30th

The Czech-German theatre-ensemble “POET’S CABARET” is offering a theater workshop weekend on the topic of  hotel stories !

Based on improvisation studies (Keith Johnstone and others) we are going to create a crossover theater collage, accompanied by some experimental music scores.

Where?

Divadlo Kámen,

Nekvasilova 625/2, Prague 8 – Karlín

Metro Station Invalidovna (B-line)

When?
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th of May 2010
daily between 10 to about 6 pm.

We offer valuable theater experience FOR FREE!

We’re inviting interested artists simply to email us a soon as possible.

Who you are and which artistic discipline  you’re following doesn’t matter!
All actors, actresses, singers, dancers, musicians – no matter if amateur or professional! – of all ages, with or without theater experience are invited to this workshop!

You

– have some knowledge of English or German

– are open for a nonprofit  artistic experience

– are possibly but not necessarily of Eastern European origin!

– if musician, you would bring your instrument with you (piano ready to play in theatre itself)

Please contact us by email markusnieden@yahoo.com

or call 774168801 (English and German speaking)

Every email will be answered!

And just have a look at www.rhiz.eu!

In the search box above right you put in: “Hotel Red Cello”

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If you consider coming, please everybody bring some personal object related to a hotel or a private room with you that could be for example…

door key(s), book, mirror, item of clothing like jacket, shirt, cap, hat or shoes…

object from daily life like umbrella, mobile phone, letter to post, other documents, passport…

bracelets or rings, hairdryer, soap, shampoo, razor…

calendar, price list, urgent files, magazines, bottle of wine, champagne, vodka (empty, of course), suitcase…

You name it!

We need it to play with in some way.

Thanks a lot!

DONT FORGET TO CONFRIM YOUR PRESENCE BY EMAILING OR CALLING ME!

See you then and there, hopefully!

MARKUS

markusnieden@yahoo.com

774168801

1 comment May 10th, 2010

Meisner Acting Class blog on exitement

Hi everyone!

I’m Boris Wilke and member of the Prague Playhouse Meisner acting group. I blog about our class activities.

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Let me be short and concise today!

I am totally thrilled about Mark Wakeling’s return to Prague in a month. In case you haven’t heard of him: He is a teacher at the “Actor’s Temple” in London. He held a weekend-seminar in late November of 2009 for us Meisner students at the Prague Film School. (Click here to read about it!) Now he promised to be back from June 7 to 11.

The seminar last year rocked my soul. It helped me keep on keeping on at this difficult time, where none of my efforts at getting started as a professional actor really seem to succeed. His version of Meisner also kept me from dropping out of this class. I have been looking forward to his oncoming seminar ever Brian started to talk about it, i.e. at least four months.

If you can afford it and have the time, please register for the seminar!

Mark will try his best to confront you with the inner barriers you set up to protect yourself against intense feelings. He is relentless in a way. But since Meisner is about the truth, it is absolutely necessary to get rid of these blocks. Mr. Wakeling will get you at places you wouldn’t even have known existed. If you trust him at least a little bit, he will help you free quite a bit of the aspects you carefully held captive inside for so long. You will shine!

Meisner is about getting ready to play anything – no! to be able to live it under imaginary circumstances. If you dare use the technique to the extreme – which Mark will help you with – it will get you there.

Mr. Wakeling will give you a good kick in the butt that will let you fly in the right direction.

He will take Meisner’s image of “the pinch and  the ouch!” in a totally new and really pinchey-ouchey direction.

And that is absolutely, mind-bogglingly exiting to me.

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General stuff:

Our acting class consists of some twelve new and not so new active members, who meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm to about 9.30 at the Prague Film School. We do Meisner. And the Meisner-technique really rocks!

If you want to connect with your inmost feelings, expressing them freely in an acting environment and thus getting to know yourself better and better, feel free to join us! If you do, be prepared for some serious thrills!

 

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About the author:

 

I am Boris Wilke, a German expat in Prague.

I am a writer at large and have been studying Meisner since January 2008. If any of you know of any kind of acting work that befits a laddish, tall 41-year-old, please leave a note!

May 5th, 2010

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