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Stages of Contemporary Theatre Workshop this Weekend!

Staging and Directing Techniques for Today’s Theatre

Stages of Contemporary TheatreGRCC professor and veteran stage director Tom Kaechele takes you out of the audience and on to the stage for a one-of-a-kind directing workshop that addresses the unique challenges of staging plays and musicals for today’s theatre. Learn practical staging and preparation techniques in an informal and exciting workshop that will leave you with both the desire to create and the ability to appreciate the fresh face of contemporary theatre.

Whether you directing dreams are big or small this workshop will provide practical knowledge on the preparation and implementation process of directing for the stage. Topics to be covered include:

  • Preparation and script analysis
  • Blocking and stage pictures
  • Creating a challenging and fun creative environment

When: May 21, 2011 – 1:30PM
Where: Spectrum Theater

Who: 18 and Up
Physical Requirements: Low
Cost: $20

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About the Instructor

Tom Kaechele

Tom’s directing credits through the years are too numerous to mention. His recent works include RENT for Circle Theatre, The Little Dog Laughed, Rabbit Hole, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore for Actors’ Theatre as well as his directing, teaching, and administrative work for Grand Rapids Community College. Tom holds a Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University and an MA in Directing from Wayne State University.

Tom is the Theater Program Director for Grand Rapids Community College.

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Stages of Contemporary Theatre Workshop this Weekend!

EDIT:  Please note that, due to schedule conflicts with an existing production, this weekend’s Stages of Contemporary Theatre Workshop has been moved to Saturday, May 21st. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you there as award-winning director Tom Kaechele takes you out of the audience and on to the stage!  (For more information go to our Facebook page.)

Staging and Directing Techniques for Today’s Theatre

Stages of Contemporary TheatreGRCC professor and veteran stage director Tom Kaechele takes you out of the audience and on to the stage for a one-of-a-kind directing workshop that addresses the unique challenges of staging plays and musicals for today’s theatre. Learn practical staging and preparation techniques in an informal and exciting workshop that will leave you with both the desire to create and the ability to appreciate the fresh face of contemporary theatre.

Whether you directing dreams are big or small this workshop will provide practical knowledge on the preparation and implementation process of directing for the stage.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Preparation and script analysis
  • Blocking and stage pictures
  • Creating a challenging and fun creative environment

When: May 21, 2011 – 1:30PM
Where: Spectrum Theater

Who: 18 and Up
Physical Requirements: Low
Cost: $20

Purchase Workshop Tickets

About the Instructor

Tom Kaechele

Tom’s directing credits through the years are too numerous to mention. His recent works include RENT for Circle Theatre, The Little Dog Laughed, Rabbit Hole, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore for Actors’ Theatre as well as his directing, teaching, and administrative work for Grand Rapids Community College. Tom holds a Bachelors of Science from Western Michigan University and an MA in Directing from Wayne State University.

Tom is the Theater Program Director for Grand Rapids Community College.

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Workshop Will Be Rescheduled – Pipeline Series Continues Tomorrow

Due to yesterday’s severe weather and dangerous road conditions we postponed Saturday’s Playing with Contemporary Theatre Workshop.  We will reschedule the workshop again at a future date. Stay tuned for more details or RSVP to the event on Facebook to receive updates.


Up tomorrow – our continuation of the Pipeline Reading Series:

February 22nd, 7pm
The Oath by Jacqueline Goldfinger

Location: GRCC Spectrum Theater Mezzanine, 160 Fountain Street

A Southern Gothic tale set during the Great Depression in which a wandering preacher is embroiled in the passions and politics of a swampy Florida outpost ruled with a macabre sense of justice by two rival sisters. It’s a darkly comic look at balancing ambition and ideals in a time of crisis.

Jacquelline Goldfinger - Author of The OathJacqueline (Jackie) Pardue Goldfinger is a dramaturg and award-winning playwright/screenwriter from Tallahassee, Florida (M.F.A. Screen and Television Writing, University of Southern California). She is the Literary Manager/PTC@PLAY Festival Director at Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) and a Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts (UArts). She’s also a Regional Vice President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas (LMDA).

Jacqueline has this to say about her work:  “My work is inspired by the Southern Gothic style as portrayed in classic fiction – a style that heightens reality, gives epic importance to everyday situations, and embraces the macabre as a necessary, and instructive, part of life – yet transforms this literary style into an active and dramatic narrative for the stage.” [website]

Go to www.actorstheatregrandrapids.org for more information!

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Reminder – Workshop This Weekend!

Playing With Contemporary TheatrePlaying With Contemporary Theatre

Acting Theory, Styles, and Movement for Today’s Theatre
February 20, 2011 –  at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Topics include:

  • Introduction to contemporary acting theory including:
    – Stanislavsky and variations (e.g. – “Method acting”)
    – Michael Checkov technique (e.g. – psychological gesture)
  • Basic movement and vocal techniques including:
    – Laban movement analysis
    – Overview of Linklater and Lessac voice techniques
  • Introduction to combat for the stage

HOSTED BY:February 20, 2011 – 1:30PM
Where: Grand Rapids Ballet Company
For: 16 years on up
Physical Requirements: Medium to High
Cost: $20

For more information and to reserve seats go to:

www/actorstheatregrandrapids.org

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This Weekend – Playing with Contempory Theatre Workshop!

Playing With Contemporary Theatre

Acting Theory, Styles, and Movement for Today’s Theatre
February 20, 2011 – Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Playing With Contemporary TheatreGet out of your seats and get ready to play! Acting teacher, movement and stage combat instructor Deb Keller brings you a fun, practical, and exciting crash course on contemporary acting techniques and styles. Suitable for all ages, but not for the faint of heart, this medium to high impact session will challenge your mind and body to a greater understanding of what it really means to prepare for a role on the stage.

This workshop will provide participants with basic understanding and real-world examples of a variety of acting styles, theories and movement for the stage.  Topics include:

  • Introduction to contemporary acting theory including:
    – Stanislavsky and variations (e.g. – “Method acting”)
    – Michael Checkov technique (e.g. – psychological gesture)
  • Basic movement and vocal techniques including:
    – Laban movement analysis
    – Overview of Linklater and Lessac voice techniques
  • Introduction to combat for the stage

HOSTED BY:February 20, 2011 – 1:30PM
Where: Grand Rapids Ballet Company
For: 16 years on up
Physical Requirements: Medium to High
Cost: $20


About the Instructor: Deborah Keller

Deborah is a BFA graduate of the University of Michigan and holds her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her influences are experimental theater in all shapes and sizes. She continually learns as she practices. She has apprenticed under Rick Sordelet and Steve White in NYC in Stage Combat, and has choreographed many shows in NYC.

Deb teaches Acting, Movement, and Voice at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids as well as Lansing Community College and Cornerstone University.

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