Thu 14 September 2023, 2pm – 5pm
Level: 2 – Intermediate
Suitable for: Actors
Dust the cobwebs off your skills, reawaken your spirit of fun, and learn to play again! By playing we are placed directly into our bodies and in the present moment.
This half-day collaborative, creative, and seriously fun workshop delves into character development through improvisation, physicalisation, and inner monologuing. Through theatre games, clowning and improv we’ll explore the foundational principles of circumstance, action, justification and objectives, and how those principles affect character development and relationships. We’ll harness our imagination; free our bodies; silence our “inner critic”; and tap into new ways to express ourselves. This workshop aims to build our character development toolbox, enrich our sense of spontaneity, and rediscover the sheer joy of creating.
As Viola Spolin said, “Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise. Anyone who wishes to can play in the theatre.”
Gail Winar is a theatre director, producer, educator and actor from New York City. She has worked on and/or consulted on 50+ shows for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and directed/devised dozens of theatre productions for regional theatres throughout the U.S. For the past 25 years, Gail has been a Master Teaching Artist with Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as an Associate Professor at Kean University. Other teaching credits include NYU/Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School, Theater for a New Audience, and American Globe Theater. Gail has also been a Guest Lecturer at the University of West Scotland in the UK, Starfish International in the Republic of The Gambia; and the Jakarta International School in Indonesia. Gail has an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, a BFA from New York University, and a certificate from the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.