Actor and Director in Rehearsal and Performance
A Collaborative Relationship
At the heart of any good film is the script. But the script is only a written story and doesn’t truly come to life until interpreted and rendered by the director and the actors. And it is the work of the director and actors that brings life to the characters, to the story and allows the audience a personal experience.
In this unique and demanding workshop ten directors and twenty actors are taken through a process that has two tracks. First, we are all breaking down, analyzing, rehearsing and performing scenes from one script. Second, we are exploring the delicate working process between actors and directors. If the working process between actors and directors is not productive, collaborative, healthy and supportive, then the work will suffer. Actors and directors have different needs, objectives, visions and vocabularies. The more they learn to communicate in an open and challenging environment, the more they will be able to access the range of their talent.
Areas and skills covered in The Actor and Director in Rehearsal and Performance:
- Script Analysis
- Character Development
- Objectives and Obstacles
- Creating objectives and obstacles that enhance the scene
- The Character Arc in a scene
- Communicating with the Actor
- Communicating with the Director
- Improvisations and Rehearsal Exercises
- The Actor’s POV vs. The Director’s POV
- The Tool of Staging
- The Actor/Character Split
- The Actor/Character Meld
The Schedule. Three day workshop. Actors and directors will participate in slightly different tracks culminating in the Rehearsal Workshop on the third day.
Director’s Track. A program that explores the director’s role in bringing a film to life, especially through the work with the script, characters and the actors. Each director is assigned one scene from the selected script and on the third day of the workshop will apply rehearsal and directing techniques that have been discussed and demonstrated during the first two days.
Actor’s Track. A program that explores the actor’s process of preparation for rehearsal and performance. Each actor is assigned one scene from the selected script and on the third day of the workshop will, in rehearsal, apply the character development and rehearsal techniques that have been demonstrated in the first two days.
Number of days: 3 (minimum)
Number of Participants: 10 directors, 20 actors