PHYSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUES
Milwaukee based actors Mark Corkins and Don Russell will introduce students to the movement based actor training methodologies of Tadashi Suzuki and Pacific Performance Project/East. Participants will experience an introduction to the work Mr. Suzuki developed for his company in Japan, as well as evolutions adapted and designed by Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson for P3/East productions and training for the American theatre. While this work is most fruitfully experienced in a longer-term, extensive exploration (with mastery as its goal), students can gain strong, practical, and useful skills in shorter, more concentrated training sessions.
During the training sessions the students will learn forms and sequences designed to orient the performers to their bodies’ center, spark detailed imagining of space, and discover connections between other performers and the environment, as well as encourage an expansiveness during moments of difficulty on stage. Through these forms and sequences, performers can experience increased immediacy and liveliness in performance by increasing a capacity for deeper concentration and mental/physical unity.
September 10 - November 26
Mondays | 7-10 PM
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level (below TJ Maxx)
Drop-In: Members $10 | Non-Members $15
4 Session Pack: Members $30| Non-Members $45
*Cash & credit accepted
Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and stretch.
Wear comfortable clothes that are good for movement (workout gear works best!)
The training is traditionally done in tabi, which are Japanese socks, but a pair of durable athletic socks work just fine.
HOW CAN I ATTEND?
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Mark Corkins is an actor and educator who was introduced to the Suzuki Method as a graduate student at UWM's Professional Training Program. Upon graduation Mark was invited to play Cornwall in 'The Lear Project.' A collaboration between Tadashi Suzuki's company and four American regional theaters, "The Tale of Lear" toured the States before performing in Tokyo, Mito, and Toga. Shortly after, Mr. Corkins participated in the first international master class for teachers of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. Through his connection to Mr. Suzuki, Mark was introduced to Anne Bogart and the founding members of SITI Company. He has taught the Suzuki Training at several universities--and most recently joined an international gathering in Saratoga Springs, NY for a celebration of SITI Company's 25th season--Transformation through Training: Symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training.
Don Russell is a member of the P3 Studio (the teaching wing of P3/East – www.p3east.com), holds an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina, an MA in Theatre from California State University, Northridge, and spent a year studying Stage Combat at the Academy of Theatrical Combat in Burbank, CA. He currently teaches several Theatre courses and Western Heritage at Carthage College. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, and is a Founding Artist Member currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for Cooperative Performance.
ABOUT THE TECHNIQUES
Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method's principal concern is restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor's innate expressive abilities. A rigorous comprehensive discipline for both body and voice, the Suzuki Method of Actor Training is drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts. The training seeks to heighten the actor's emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor's concentration and breath control.
Drawing on the techniques of several Japanese theatre artists, most notably Tadashi Suzuki, Shogo Ohta, and Kenji Suzuki, master teachers Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson (Artistic Directors of Pacific Performance Project/East) have developed holistic training forms aimed at fundamentally transforming the performer through an amalgam of western Stanislavski-based practices and ever-evolving forms modeled on their work in Japan. The P3/East methodology encourages performers to enliven the whole organism in order to experience the mind and the body as one instrument. The training fosters greater power, expansiveness, ease and a grounded sensibility, and offers practices that increase freedom on stage while avoiding “pushing” or “artifice.” Please refer to www.p3east.com for more information.