Where To Start: Auditioning and Acting in New Plays
With Lynnette R. Freeman
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Just in time for 2017-18 season auditions and perfect for performers of all experience levels!
Join PlayPenn performer Lynnette R. Freeman to learn why she is so popular with our artists, and how you can sharpen your new work skills. As the new work scene grows, both nationally and here in Philadelphia, the most successful performers are going to be the ones who know how to jump in and effectively work on a new play that's in the middle of a development or production process.
Working with new plays can be, at first glance, a daunting process. From walking into the audition room with a piece/a character that, perhaps, no one is sure about; to being in a room where the script (the very bones of the entity being built) keeps changing, the whole process can be elusive.
First step - breathe - it's really going to be okay! The second step is a matter of perspective; look at the process as an adventure and an opportunity to explore, collaborate and discover.
In this interactive workshop, participants will receive the tools to increase their confidence in auditioning and working with new plays. We'll tackle questions including: Where do I start? How do I prepare? How do I work with a piece that is always changing? What is my function as an actor in this process? How do I work as an effective collaborator in the room with new material?
Class size is limited to insure personalized attention.
10-11am: Warm up/Ice Breaker
11-11:30am: What are the blocks: What are you afraid of? Addressing questions/worries/what might impede you
11:30am-1pm: Script Analysis and Getting New Pages: What the what?!
1-2pm: Lunch Break
2-3pm: The Audition: Side Preparation
3-4:30pm: Rehearsal: Being in the Room
4:30-6pm: All About Readings
Please bring to class: Something to write with and on (computers are fine but bring them fully charged as the room has few outlets).
DATES/TIMES: Saturday, March 4 from 10am-6pm
LOCATION: PYP Learning Lab, Asian Arts Initiative, Second Floor, 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
BIO: Lynnette R. Freeman is a multidisciplinary artist who hails from East Cleveland, Ohio. Primarily an actress, she considers herself a storyteller who uses her chosen mediums of acting, dance, and writing to reflect and celebrate human experience. She is a graduate of Brown University with a focus in Creative Writing and Performance, and holds a MFA in Acting from the Brown/Trinity Rep Conservatory. Her previous roles include Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun (Trinity Rep, Arkansas Rep), Lena in Clybourne Park (Dorset Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage), African Woman in Waking Sun and Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Mrs. Muller in Doubt (Music Theatre of Connecticut, CT Theatre Critics Nomination for Best Actress), Carmen/Helene in Luz (LaMama), and Reheema Abu-Salaam in the world premiere of In A Daughter's Eyes and Pretty Mbane in the world premiere of The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane at InterAct Theatre. She has performed in dozens of new work processes, from table reads to readings and workshops to performances, at companies including the PlayPenn Conference and New Black Fest. Lynnette has been a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre (a theatre that specializes in the development of new work in NYC) since 2013. In addition, she is an accomplished teaching artist and dancer.
(Pictured: Freeman in Luz at LaMama, In A Daughter's Eyes new play workshop at InterAct with Krista Apple, and Clybourne Park at Dorset.)
In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds. Otherwise, classes are non-refundable.