Introduction to Physical Theatre
In this workshop, participants will explore their own self-expression through improvisation, games, and mime. They will learn techniques that actors use to develop believable characters and honest interactions, and apply their new skills to short scenes and ensemble work. The workshop will be engaging, creatively physical and lead students toward honesty, vulnerability and utterly captivating performances. This workshop is designed to be an inclusive experience for indigenous and non-indigenous students and community members. And of course, it will be fun! For all levels – no experience necessary.
SATURDAYS, APRIL 1 & 8, 11 AM - 5 PM
Location: To be confirmed.
Eight of the sixteen spots will be reserved for members of the indigenous community.
Participants will receive a $100 honorarium for attending both sessions. Snacks will be provided.
To apply for the workshop, please send an email expressing why you would like to participate to Artistic Director Andrea Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop leader: Christian Murray
Christian is an actor /physical comedian, writer and director based in Halifax Nova Scotia. He is a founding member of Jest in Time Theatre and a protégé of physical theatre and mime master/director Tony Montanaro. For 20 years he traveled throughout the world, performing Jest in Time’s original style physical comedy. Highlights include performances at the Sydney Opera House, a tour of Japan, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Just for Laughs in Montreal, a performance for Queen Elizabeth and three national CBC specials.
After Jest in Times conclusion in 2003, Christian founded Frankie Productions with Mary Colin Chisholm and Mary Ellen Maclean and produced numerous show’s including Lauchie Liza and Rory, that played at the NAC studio, Underneath the Lintel, Olympic Arts Festival in Vancouver and Fool School: a physical theatre primer for TYA.
Christian continues his work as a freelance actor, writer and teacher, he is a Crake Fellow (Mount Allison University, Sackville N.B.) and the recipient of the Merrit Award for Lifetime Achievement from Theatre Nova Scotia. In 2012 he was a member of the National Arts Center’s Theatrical Company, and is a frequent performer with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre.
Made possible by a special grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.