Spoken lines and blocking are not enough to fully convey a believable character on stage. In fact, communication is up to 88% non-verbal, which means huge opportunities for actors and directors to create riveting, unforgettable characters and performances. But when does physical exploration of a role begin? And how? Is it always necessary, or only some times? How does one play a historical character? What if there are physical conflicts or fights with weapons? This class will share with actors and directors many ways of working with movement to discover and shape believable, fully-rounded, and compelling characters and scenes. Plus, most every play written contains some physical conflict, so basic principles of safe stage combat will also be covered, including slapping, punching, falling, partner work, and handling weapons. The goal of this class is to give serious theatre artists a bigger, broader vocabulary of techniques to enhance all of their creative work in performance.
Class held from 10:00am – 11:30am on Saturdays starting Apr. 2 and ending May 14. Class size is limited to 10 people. Must be 14 or older. Cost is $50 for the full series.
STEPHEN ELIASSON has worked for more than 30 years as an actor, fight director, and movement consultant. He trained as an actor at the Terry Schreiber Studio in New York City and certified in advanced levels of stage combat with The Society of American Fight Directors. His varied movement background also includes Chinese kempo, Wing Chun, Soo Hwa Gung Fu Japanese aikido and Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu sword work, foil and epee fencing (Miklos Bartha/Santelli), ballet, modern, and period dance, classic pantomime, Grotowski movement theatre, and bioenergetics. He has choreographed dozens of productions for professional, regional, and community theaters, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and European theatre festivals, plus taught actors, dancers, singers, and opera students at the university and conservatory levels.