From the theater to the classroom: an actor’s perspective on teaching

This course is about how to benefit from the Craft of Acting to develop your Personal Performance style. The main goal of the course is to show the path to feeling present, free, and engaged, and creating a mutual lively contact with your students and colleagues.

When we teach, we have a stage, we have a story, and an audience. We have ourselves, our language, our body, our thoughts, and our feelings. We will train all these elements.

With the tools from the Ancient Theatre, the classic drama teachers of Russia, the improvisers of England and Italy, and the Method Acting Masters in New York, we will train how to perform engaged, freely, and with imagination. We will rediscover the playing and improvising abilities from our childhood and combine them with our competencies and experience from our adult lives.

We will examine what charisma looks and feels like and how you can develop as a performer – also by connecting to new roles and aspects of yourself. We will also work with the uninvited obstacles we experience, nervousness, shyness, exaggerated perfectionism, inner blocking and the famous Law of Jante.  

The 3-hour course consists of a warm-up session followed by short individual presentations.

In these presentations, several participants will have the chance to give a short elevator pitch on a topic of their choice, based on which we will discuss the following issues that are key to stage performance:

  • Presence, readiness, and improvisation

  • Imagination, passion, courage, and engagement

  • Breath, body, and voice

  • Charisma

  • How to connect with your audience

  • Seeing and listening

  • Tempo, pauses, and nuances

  • Images, senses, and stories in your message

  • Beginning, middle, and ending of your message 

Target group

Teachers who want to develop their personal performance style.

Intended learning outcomes

After participating in the course you will:
– know the path to feeling present, free, engaged, and creating a mutual lively contact with your students and colleagues.

The 3-hour course consists of a warm-up session followed by short individual presentations. For the workshop, please prepare a 2-3 minute speech concerning a topic you find relevant and exciting, and wear comfortable clothes in which you can move freely.

Registration deadline

9 March 2023

Workload

1/2 day

Fee (external participants):

3500 DKK

Date

Mar 16 2023

Time

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location

PH16A_210 Team Studio
Nastja Arcel

Organizer

Nastja Arcel