Characterization & Performance Projects

Start: Coming Soon   /   Cost: $200-$400   /  TimeTBD  /    Enrollment10 Participants & 50 Auditors

About the Workshop

I hear you thinking… Another acting class? And on Zoom no less? How is that possible?


Actors need to use their body, their voice, and other actors to pay attention and listen to. Are you trying to generate a world of talking heads? Actors need an audience!


Here’s an answer: Let’s try it and make it possible. Perhaps playing on Zoom will open up a new area of expression, creativity and imagination that you wouldn’t normally tap into. Maybe we can develop a group of actors, directors, writers and tech people who will form the first Zoom based Performance Co.! But I’m getting ahead of myself.


You ask… So what will we do in our collection of personal windows? How do we connect to ourselves, our character, our partner, and an audience?

What to Expect:

  • Improvs. Which will tune up your responses and imagination.
  • Monologues. That you have prepared by modern or classical authors. The material should be from pieces that challenge you.
  • Scenes. That you and your partner are in the process of working on. The material should be from pieces that challenge you. You can cast yourself against type.
  • The Auto-drama. A presentation of the high points of your life, done metaphorically. This is explained in the book, ‘An Actor Performs’.
  • The Auto-drama of the Character. You might want to develop an Auto-drama about a character you are working on.
  • One Person Show & The Activist Project. Or an exploration of a living person, someone, someone who wants to change the world, the Activist Project.

Mel Shapiro

About Instructor

In a career spanning more than five decades, legendary stage director and acting coach Mel Shapiro has earned numerous awards and has worked with countless high-profile stars. On Broadway, he directed the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and earned the NY Drama Critics’ Best American Play award for the off-Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves. As a director, Shapiro has worked extensively across the U.S. and internationally, including with the New York Shakespeare Festival, in London at various venues, at the Tyrone Guthrie in Minneapolis, and at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, Shapiro has worked as an acting coach and performing arts educator. Currently, he is professor emeritus at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and previously he served as a founding member of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as the Head of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, and as an advisor to Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater program. As an acting coach, Shapiro has coached stars like Allison Janney and Sammy Davis, Jr. He is the author of An Actor Performs and is based in Los Angeles.

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Acting, Production

Building a Character

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University Programs

USC SDA: Performing Leadership Certificate

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Duration: 5 Weeks
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Singing

Intro to Capoeira

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Production

ACTIONS Supercharger Workshop

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Acting

The Monologue Workout

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USC SDA: Performing English Speaking Certificate

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