Thursday, September 12, 2013

Opportunity: 3-session Shakespeare Acting Workshops with Kat Steffans, Starting Monday, Sept 16 or Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013


Using Shakespeare’s Folio techniques to unlock your emotional depth and create a richer understanding of classic as well as contemporary scripts

Kat Steffens, actress
Kat Steffens
Kat Steffens is a working actress with her BFA in acting from DePaul’s prestigious Theatre School in Chicago. She had a year of Shakespeare training at DePaul as well as two years intense Shakespeare Folio Technique study with the Chicago leading lady Susan Hart and Julliard graduate/ leading man Jeffrey Carlson. She has privately coached and mentored acting students for three years. Kat plays Jackie Kennedy in the upcoming Tom-Hanks-produced film Parkland. Her Shakespeare skills led to a final screen test with the director, Peter Landesman. She was asked to perform a tragic Shakespeare monologue for the callback, which landed her the role. Tom Hanks also started his career doing Shakespeare in Ohio.

“Shakespeare is a great skill to have in your back pocket as an actor. I firmly believe that if you have a strong understanding of Shakespeare, it will make you a better actor in contemporary film and theater.” –Kat Steffens

Three week sessions: LIMIT 10 students per session (Austin location TBD)

1. Mondays September 16, 23, and 30th from 7-10 PM

2. Tuesdays September 17, 24, and October 1st from 7-10 PM

WEEK ONE: PREPARE Students will learn the concepts of Folio technique and apply them to an assigned audition monologue based on age/ casting type. Packets of detailed material will be provided as a reference guide. Students also will have their classmates’ monologues in their packets so they leave the workshop familiar with several monologues. They will study the language and arc of their assigned monologue to make the monologue audition ready. *Please bring a pen and notepad- a LOT of information will be covered!

WEEK TWO: EXPLORE Students will come to class with their assigned monologues memorized. We will explore the monologue, character, and world of the character through exercises focusing on the voice, the body, the language, the punctuation, beats, and the emotional life of the character. Students will develop a closer understanding of the character and monologue, gaining comfort and ease with the heightened language. *Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and have monologue memorized.

WEEK THREE: PERFORM Students will do some final exploration of their monologue and perform it for the class. Kat will spend time with each student; directing and adjusting moments of their monologues make them more audition ready and real. The final performance of each monologue will be taped; and footage will be provided to students for their acting reels. All students will leave the workshop with an understanding of Folio technique, packets of information and monologues, as well as an audition ready Shakespeare monologue on tape.

ONLY $150 for the Entire Workshop! $50 deposit needed to hold your spot ($100 cash or check due at first class). Register early to reserve your spot in the workshop. Cash or checks only, please. 

Contact Kat at 312-810-9040 or to register. Please include your headshot and resume when registering.

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