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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

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

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

Nancy Bishop Acting Workshop: Secrets from the Casting Couch

Nancy Bishop, Casting Director author of “Secrets from the Casting Couch,” offers film acting and audition seminars in Prague

DAY 1 (March 27): SCREEN ACTING TECHNIQUE CLASS: Actors participate in a series of practical exercises that develop effective methods for screen acting. Material covered will include learning how to calibrate a performance for close-up vs. wide shot, playing an inner monologue, playing reaction shots and playing in the eyes. All participants will receive a free copy of “Secrets from the Casting Couch.”

DAY 2 (March 28): AUDITION TECHNIQUE CLASS. This class will target specific strategies for casting, including cold reading skills, and audition technique. Actors will also do a casting session on camera with coaching from Nancy. All participants will get a free copy of “Secrets from the Casting Couch.”

About Nancy: Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over sixty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She has cast for major feature films including Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Hellboy, Bourne Identity, and the recently released Wanted and Prince Caspian. She has been teaching casting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US, and the head of the Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film. She is a member of The Casting Society of America, and the International Network of Casting Directors.

About the Secrets from the Casting Couch: Why is it that so many good actors don’t perform well at castings? Secrets from the Casting Couch gives practical advice for actors, written from a casting director’s point of view, teaching the craft of film auditioning in front of camera. It shows how actors can work with today’s internet technologies to book roles and features advice and actual exercises that achieve results in the casting studio.

Details:

FILM ACTING MASTER CLASS

Time: 11:00AM – 17:00PM

Date: Sat, 27 March, 2010.

Cost: 2500kc or 100 EUR, including copy of book, “Secrets from the Casting Couch”,

AUDITION TECHNIQUE CLASS:

Time: 11:00AM – 17:00PM

Date: Sunday, 28 March, 2010.

Cost: 2500kc or 100 EUR, including copy of “Secrets from the Casting Couch”

DISCOUNT COST FOR BOTH CLASSES, including book: 4500kc or 175 EUR

To register please send photo and CV to: workshops@nancybishopcasting.com

March 12th, 2010

Meisner Acting Class Blog about the weekend workshop with Mark Wakeling from the “Actors’ Temple” in London

Hi everyone!

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

In this entry I will shut up for once and let Mark Wakeling speak. His workshop (November 28 and 29, 2009) in the attic of the Prague Film School was a life changing experience. After that “Meisner earthquake” the lame exercises we’ve been doing lately in and out of class just don’t cut it any more!

Click on the “CLASSES” button above and then choose “ACTING FOR PROFESSIONALS” to read more about the class itself and where we meet!

This is some of Mark’s wisdom:

To act means to do.

Apart form violence there are no rules.

The intellectual mind switches on when preparing for the acting. The emotional mind switches on when acting.

We’re animals in our impulsive state. And acting means being in our impulsive state.

The only two pure feelings are joy and grief.

More Mark Wakeling quotes:

The seed of the craft of acting is the reality of doing.

We tend to think that the aim of the repetition exercise is “getting it right”. That is irrelevant, though.

What we need to do is to put all our attention on our partner and off ourselves.

The faith to put all your attention on your partner is something that takes about 20 years to build.

Ultimately there is no Meisner technique apart from putting all of your attention on your partner and accepting them the way they are.

Love is acceptance. Thus acting is the most loving experience.

The only thing that exists is the doing it.

Be in the moment! Use all your senses!

Holding hands is a valid form of connection.

Be in the exercise from the very moment it starts. No preparing for it!

Acting is the most perfect way of really living your life. Look at it as a way of being yourself!

The most loving thing is to be brutally honest with your partner. The most terrible thing is to be polite to them.

Be prepared to go in the exercise with everything you got – with the risk of falling flat on your face.

Get into the exercise with a warrior spirit, like being in a battle for life and death.

All the problems you have, are imaginary. Everything that’s holding you back is not real!

Be yourself! The moment you hold back, you’re denying your partner an experience.  You can be 100% you! That is welcomed, even embraced!

Notice how your partner is instead of protecting them from it!

Go all the way! Don’t be the dumbed-down polite little version of yourself that you were deformed into by society! This is all or nothing!

Have an experience other than you’re used to!

You can’t get “good” at the repetition exercise: You can only get honest. It’s as simple as that. Then it’s unique every moment –  a deeply profound experience.

You either commit to it 100% or you better not bother doing it at all!

What is real, is what’s happening right now. Everything else is not real.

We spend most of our lives, living in an unreal state. We worry about stuff that’s over or yet to come.

The personas we have developed to protect ourselves are not real.

The genius of the repetition exercise is that it makes you real.

Nobody cares! No offense meant! So you can let it all out in order to unlock yourself. If you “clear the decks” then you have this wonderful range.

Getting connected is effortless. You just have to use your senses.

You actually help your partner by being ruthlessly honest. There is nothing you can’t say. An actor has to muster the courage to face up with what is really happening.

Every time you say something is another moment. Go further with it. Pursue the moment! Go after your call until you get something!

Fighting one another might be interesting to watch. But it is not real. Anger is an unnecessary state. It’s just avoiding to acknowledge the sadness one really feels deep down.

Being yourself is about being yourself completely.

Avoid falling into an “emotional trap”! When you start to have a strong feeling, don’t retreat into yourself! Keep on placing all of your attention on your partner!  Acting is not about getting emotional.

Nothing needs to happen. Just connect with your partner!

Who are we? It’s what we are feeling right now.

Trying to control your feelings is a problem.

Be pathetic and weak! Yeah! That takes real courage!

Hypersensitivity is a good thing. Doing this work properly will make you notice a pin dropping. And it should!

Putting all your attention on your partner means becoming unselfconscious.

In acting positive thinking is limiting. You need to be ready for bad things as well. Be truthful! You might be ugly. You might be terrible. But that’s great! Where else can you let everything out?

Be normal with each other! Just name it as it is! But be there for one another! Being in the moment is absolutely fine. It’s perfect!

There is no “I don’t know”!

We are only confused about things we don’t want to admit.

All that matters is your opinion, right now!

To pretend to be someone else to other people than you are, is really horrible! It’s insane to deny yourself!

Meisner work is not therapy. You only do it because you want to be an actor. This is not a game.

Showing that we’re all the same underneath is the actor’s job.

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Mark came all the way from London to teach us because he truly believes that the way acting is generally perceived must change. He’s doing everything to make this change happen. And so should we!

Let me finish by a thing Brian said: “There is so much work ahead of us!”

Oh yes, it is! And that’s great!

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General stuff:

Our acting class consists of some fifteen new and not so new active members, who meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm to about 8.30. 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 40-year-old, please leave a note!

November 29th, 2009

Andrea Small’s Singing Workshop Returns: Oct 10-11

On Saturday 10th October there will be a workshop (adults only) from 10.30 to 4.30 called “Singing for the Truly Terrified” which is mainly intended for those who feel they would like some extra help when singing, and for those who truly believe they cannot sing. But it is also suitable for anyone who would like to come along and sing (including those who came to it last year) – we will just be taking it a little more slowly than on Sunday.

Continue Reading September 4th, 2009

Meisner Acting Class Blog on our weekend seminar with Andrea Helene in Berlin

Hi everyone!

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

The weekend before last (i.e. June 26 through 28), we traveled to Germany’s capital Berlin to have a two-day acting seminar with Brian Caspe’s former teacher Andrea Helene. It was exhilarating to do “the work” with someone even more experienced than our teacher.

Click on the “CLASSES/COACHING” button above and then choose “MEISNER ACTING CLASS” to read more about the class itself and where we meet!

Click the “(more…)”-button below to read about the acting seminar with Andrea Helene!

When we went to Berlin, we met Brian’s teacher Andrea, who’s a lively, wiry, tall redhead with a German mother. I related very well and easily to her. I could speak German with her after all!

While Brian stepped down from his teacher’s pedestal to become one of us lowly students, we could see the same passion for the technique burning in Andrea, who visibly enjoyed working with us. She used very similar ways to get Meisner across to us, too. But a two-day intensive workshop is more demanding and at the same time more rewarding than the usual fix of four hours a week, that we have to make do with in Prague.

We did scene work. And everybody seemed to enjoy it greatly except for me: I hated it, as usual. I loath it, when words get in my way and put me in my head. Andrea tried to help me wriggle out of it by giving me funny things to do – such as: be a latin lover or a boss doing a job interview. But to me those directions felt like extra Meisner balls, that I was supposed to juggle. So I fumbled and felt miserable, again.

Besides, the script hit home psychologically. I felt very embarrassed by it. I’m sure, if I worked through the fear and self-hatred, that the script generated in me, I’d get much more out of it, than just mastering the scene.

It’s good that our host Mike Bernardin, who’s running the Meisner school in Berlin and who let us use his rooms, showed up at a certain point and couldn’t keep himself from saying something very meaningful.

Mike said, that “the technique” is to us actors, what sit-ups and other strengthening exercises are to a tennis player. He won’t do them during a tournament. But he has to do a lot of them before stepping onto the court and facing the game.

Thus doing “Meisner”, will get your “acting muscle” strong, as Andrea and Brian called it. But it is just one element in a whole array of elements, that one needs to deal with, in order to become a successful actor. And that alone can feel like a heavy load.

If you think, that you’ve got the hang of it, you are definitely doing something wrong“, is a thought, that came to my mind and out of my mouth today, facing a fellow member from class after an especially dull and dead-feeling round of rehearsal.

That relieved both of us somewhat.

For the Meisner technique is a twenty-year-project, thus supposed to keep you busy for that amount of time. If you think, you know, what it’s about after a fraction of those two decades, you fail to acknowledge the complexity of the process.

In our last class at the end of the spring quarter last Monday, Brian told me to “be stupid”. It’s a funny concept to just let go of trying to make sense of it all by grasping it intellectually. To forego the arrogance of believing, one knows it all, is very hard to do for an “intello” as the French call my cerebral breed. To me my brain is a means of self-protection. I trust my brain. To let go of that means to learn to trust one’s emotions, to let your gut dictate your actions, to become helplessly entangled in it – like a baby: Just taking it as if it were all new and reacting to it moment to moment.

Oh, how I wish, it were as easy as it sounds!

Then again, there is this saying, which I read in Barbara Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way”. I’ll paraphrase like this: Dear universal energy, that makes us all hobble through life, one way or the other! Please take care of the quality of what I am doing, while I provide for the quantity!

I use these high-flying words, while Andrea – and Brian just left me with this: Take the next step!

That’s the quantity of one. And one step at a time is enough. Let’s see, what quality this step-taking eventually entails.

And yes, it is up to other forces than little me to determine that. One thing less to worry about! Yippee!

Have a great summer! May you be truthful and in the moment, always!

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General stuff:

Our acting class consists of some ten active members, who meet every Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 pm to about 8.30. 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! But beware! This quarter is over! We’ll resume in a slightly new format and in new and fancy rooms on September 14th, 2009. Brian will let you know about all these exciting changes in due time on this site.

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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 40-year-old, please leave a note!

July 8th, 2009

Nancy Bishop Prague Master Class – 30, 31.7

New Master Class: Screen Acting Technique

Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, C.S.A. offers a new on-camera master class taught in English for actors. New and returning students alike are welcome to attend this two day intensive course. Unlike previous workshops, this class will focus on screen acting techniques, rather than casting technique.

Day 1. Screen Acting Technique: Actors participate in a series of practical exercises that develop effective methods for screen acting. Material covered will include learning how to calibrate a performance for close-up vs. wide shot, playing an inner monologue, playing reaction shots and playing in the eyes.

Day 2. Strategies for Screen Casting. Actors will apply the techniques they learned on Day One to perform scenes from a variety of genres. The scenes, chosen from actual film scripts, will include a variety of genres ranging from historical drama, to action/thriller to sci-fi. Each participant will get one-on-one coaching in front of the camera with Nancy.

Emmy-award nominated, American Casting Director, Nancy Bishop, has cast over fifty American and British films, from her base in Prague. She is a member of The Casting Society of America, and the International Network of Casting Directors. She has cast for major feature films including Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist, Hellboy, Bourne Identity, and the recently released Wanted and Prince Caspian. In addition to being a casting director, Nancy is committed to actor training and has developed a proven method for casting technique. She has been teaching casting workshops throughout Europe, the UK, and the US, and she is starting an Acting for Film Department at the Prague Film School that begins Sept, 09. Her book, Secrets from the Casting Couch, will be published by Methuen drama in August, 09.

Time: 11:00AM – 5:30PM
Date: Thurs-Friday, 30-31 July, 2009
Place: Studio Storm, Biskupsky Dvur 4, Prague 1

Cost: 4,000Kc for two days, or 160 EUR
How to register: The class is limited to 14 participants so please register soon.
Please send photo and CV to: workshops@nancybishopcasting.com

See: www.nancybishopcasting.com for more information

July 6th, 2009

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