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 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.
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Mel Shapiro is professor emeritus at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and was previously a founding member of NYU’s Tisch School. During his decade-spanning career, Mel has earned a number of awards including a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Award. Read more about Mel Shapiro.