These workshops cover a wide range of dramatic disciplines and focus on expanding your dramatic experience, confidence and development. Whether you are just beginning to explore acting or are looking to enhance your skills further, participants are always welcome to learn in a comfortable, relaxed environment where the emphasis is on discovery and constructive learning through practical experience.
This year’s Adult Acting Workshops will be delivered by Niall Costigan and Cassie Vallance. Here’s a little bit about them:
Niall is an Actor and Theatre Maker based in York. He has a BA Hons in Acting from LIPA and works extensively as an actor in Theatre, Film and TV; including the title role in The Legend of King Arthur and A Number at York Theatre Royal. TV credits include Casualty, Vera and Emmerdale. As an experienced Director and Workshop leader Niall is really looking forward to sharing his passion for Drama with everyone in the class.
Cassie trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire (formally known as the RSAMD) where she received a BA Hons in Acting. She has worked in Theatre and TV throughout her career with credits including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Wire in the Blood. Cassie has a passion for creating theatre both as a Divisor, Director and Writer. Her one woman show Barren won the award for merit at the LOST One Act Theatre Festival.
Monday 29 April: Body ready - The body, voice and mind is the actor’s tool in creating character. In this session we will focus on preparing each of these elements to become engaged and focused ready to work.
Monday 13 May: Games and play – Being open, engaged and connected are really important when it comes to acting; especially when working in a group. Games and play not only help with these areas, they also evoke a great deal of creativity.
Monday 20 May: Outside in - it's not just about building a character from the inside; we get ideas and inspirations from all around. Using a mix of stimulus to build a role is this workshops focus.
Monday 3 June: Method – Working on Stanislavski and Lee Strasberg exercises to recall moments and experiences in your own life to evoke emotions on stage.
Monday 10 June: Meisner technique – An introduction to the American theatre practitioners approach to acting including some of his key exercises and technique.
Monday 17 June: Shakespeare sonnets – A poetic approach to the Bard. Branching away from his plays and exploring a selection of his sonnets.
Monday 24 June: Lecoq method – focusing on physicality and movement. Engaging the whole body and the space around you.