Presence is the energy that comes from you and connects you to the world. This one-day course introduces the foundational principles of acting for non-drama students to help you build a stronger presence. We discuss:
- What is presence?
- How to be present in the moment.
- Self-judgment and being judgmental.
- How the body, breath and voice are connected.
Wrap up with a short workshop on using, understanding and "performing" text. Please wear clothing that allows freedom of movement.
A safe environment will be created to allow exploration and restoration of the presence we all possess. Practical exercises will follow lectures.
The skills explored will be: connecting to breath and voice, re-connection to the body, understanding self judgment and the ability to take risks and play. These skills will benefit students outside of formal situations and can be layered into their everyday lives.
Instructor: Mike Czuba, MFA, BFA (Playwriting)
A sessional performance instructor at the University of Calgary, Mike Czuba is a working playwright and founding scientist at Dancing Monkey Laboratories. Czuba has had plays produced across Canada in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary, and this past year has had readings and productions in Amsterdam, Berlin and Chicago. Selected credits include: Satellites, Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet, Reprise, The Adventures of Don Marcos Sebastian Guevara Fantastico (TYA), The Elusive (best of Montreal 2008), Karl Nimeni is not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni, and I AM I, which is published by Original Works Publishing out of LA. Czuba recently completed a film adaptation of his play Satie et Cocteau, as well as a play about Alfred Jarry entitled After Us The Savage God and is working on a new multi-diciplinary piece for Dancing Monkey Laboratories entitled We Must Collide.
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