Course Description

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.

Course Details

Mike is a sessional performance instructor at the University of Calgary with an MFA and BFA in playwriting. He is a working playwright and founding scientist at Dancing Monkey Laboratories.

Mike has had plays produced across Canada in Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary as well as Readings and productions this past year 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.

He has recently finished working on a film adaptation of his playSatie 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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