Acting Online Classroom

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See an overview of the current online classes and training sessions:

* For further information & application please send us an Email: info@schott-acting-studio.de * Please send us your application before booking ! ** Since corona had an effect on most of us financially, we’re open to the option of booking now and paying later. If you would like to discuss this option, feel comfortable to contact us.

Laban for Actors & Performers with Mike Alfreds
Sept 27th – Oct 5th, 2021 | Sat & Son no class | 10:00 am – 12:00 | Europe-Berlin

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Mike Alfreds is offering a masterclass of seven 2-hour sessions on Laban Efforts. He will work on the eight archetypes (Floating, Gliding, Dabbing, Flicking, Slashing, Wringing, Pressing, Thrusting), exploring the way in which body, voice, feeling and thought are integrated so that actors can function fully and equally in all aspects of their expressiveness. Laban increases the actor’s ability to break pattern, develop flexibility and provides an invaluable approach to characterisation. || The structure of the course will be, more or less, as follows: Day 1: The elements of weight, space and time: the building blocks of the Efforts || Day 2: Floating/Thrusting Wednesday || Day 3: Dabbing/Wringing Thursday || Day 4: Flicking/Pressing || Day 5: Gliding/Slashing (No class on the WEEKEND) || Day 6: Recapitulation of the Efforts and Characterization || Day 7: Applying Laban to a Text || This structure is sufficiently flexible, so that the sequence or focus of a session can vary, depending on the interest and experience of the group. The subjects of some sessions may well over-lap. The work is designed to accommodate those taking part! Also have A SOLILOQUY, MONOLOGUE OR SPEECH READY for possible use, preferably one you already know. If you have no existing speech at your disposal, make sure that you are word-perfect with whatever you choose to work on and that you have a clear and strong objective for the character. || If you have a copy of the book, DIFFERENT EVERY NIGHT, you will find several pages (229-238) on Laban Efforts in the chapter on Characterisation. || You will receive a page summarising the Efforts that you can refer to. Do not try to memorise them! || GVL & Bildungsprämie || Video: SIR IAN MCKELLEN in conversation with PETER THOMSON about MIKE ALFREDS || Behind the Scenes Podcast with Mike Alfreds by Michael Golab. Information about Mike Alfreds [read more…]
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The Art of Screenwriting: Character and Structure with Kate Lanier
February/March; 2022 | 6.00 pm – 8:00 pm | Europe-Berlin

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* Interested in a new ongoing writing class? Write us: info@schott-acting-studio.de WEEK 1 -We’ll go over the screenwriting format, for those who don’t have a screenwriting program, I’d recommend FINAL DRAFT. -Structure: We’ll go over the beats and rhythm of a 3 Act structure for storytelling, giving examples from current films and/or plays. -Character: We’ll work on character-based storytelling, journaling and keeping a character “diary.” Creating an original, authentic “voice” will determine the tone of the movie/scenes we’ll be writing. -E-mail exchange: we’ll decide on who’ll volunteer material for week 2; that individual will send a scene or multiple scenes to the rest of the class by the end of the week. WEEK 2 … || Language: English | Limited to 8 active participants & 6 carefully choses auditors (actors, directors, writers) | * Application necessary* 6.00 pm – 8:00 pm – Time zone: Europe-Berlin. Information about KATE LANIER: Kate Lanier was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She attended Trinity High School on full scholarship and received her BA from Vassar College (also on scholarship) majoring in English with a DISTINCTION in Creative Writing. “SET IT OFF”. “WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?”, “EVERYBODY CAN FLOAT”
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Semi-active* analysis of “The Three Sisters” with Mike Alfreds
Jan 31st, Feb 1st/2nd/3rd/4th/8th, 2022 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Europe-Berlin

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In 6 sessions of two hours each with a break of 5 minutes. THEMES FOR EACH DAY: 1: Break-down of the structure and general organisation of the play 2: Detailed analysis of a single character. 3: Analysis of all the characters’ super objectives and the super objective of the play. 4: As a finale: putting all the above elements together to decide what the themes of the play are and how that would be imagined physically on stage. The class requires preparation & very good english language skills! Recommended to read: 1. “Different Every Night” 2. We will send you a copy of “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov. || Mike Alfreds was Artistic Director of Cambridge Theatre Company, later renamed Method & Madness for ten years, and has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal National Theatre. For Actors/Actresses, Directors, Playwrights, Acting students (Limited to 14) || Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | 9.00 to 11.00 (London time) | 10:00 to 12:00 (Berlin time) || Fee: 315 Euro (VAT incl.) | * Early Registration Fee: 265 Euro (VAT incl.) Instant Booking Fee: 235 Euro (VAT incl.) || GVL & Bildungsprämie || We offer password protected recordings in case you are going to miss a session || Information about MIKE ALFREDS [read more…]
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The story within : An exploration of self through the written word
Tue, April 19th, 26th & May 3th, 10th, 17th, 24th | 6:30 pm | Time zone: Europe-Berlin

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As artists, we all have a story within us. Experiences that shaped who we are today and inform the creative choices we make. Through this class, we will learn how to take our own life events and shape them into individual creative works. || Each week, participants will share their writings, receive feedback, explore the themes within their work, and begin to craft their personal stories using the principles of story structure, language, and style. || This course is geared towards writers, performers, and directors, looking to create new works based on their life events. || Tomer Adorian is a New York based director and theatre-maker. He has worked with Fordham University, The Acting Studio, Young Patrons of Lincoln Center, Columbia University, and The Barrow Group, with which he is also a Directing Mentor for their theatre program at Quinnipiac University. Tomer is the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of The Poet Acts – an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to developing emerging artists. || Teaching language: English. || Limited to || * Please before booking write us a short application: info@schott-acting-studio.de

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Storytelling/Adaptation Workshop with Mike Alfreds
June 7th -11th & 21st – 25th, 2021 | 10:00 am – 12:00 | Europe-Berlin

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Mike Alfreds will be holding a further/second/another Storytelling and Adaptation Workshop, based on the techniques he describes in his book, Then What Happens?, published by Nick Hern Books who are also the publishers of his book on acting and rehearsal process for plays, Different Every Night. || This workshop is open both to those who participated in the previous workshop and to those who will be joining for the first time. What we will be dealing with is applicable to Writers, Directors and Actors. || It deals with two disciplines: the actor as a multifaceted storyteller; and ways of transforming a piece of non-dramatic writing, intended to be read (novel, story, legend, biography, poem), into a viable theatre experience, intended to be performed. || The work takes the actors into new areas of performance experience in which they not only create characters, but also become hosts, narrators, commentators, critics, designers, stage hands, musicians, editor… In short, they take on all the functions required to create theatre, even some required for film. These techniques increase their flexibility, range of expressiveness and function. Actors who experience this way of working find it empowering. || The purpose is for an actor or actors, working in an essentially empty space, to discover the appropriate techniques to put an entire book onstage, being true to its spirit, but also to its language and conventions. The intention is not to turn the material into a conventional play, but to find fresh dramatic equivalents of the techniques and devices used by the writer, so that the material is transformed into a viable and fresh piece of theatre. || The workshop explores narrative points of view, tense, plot, structure, style of language, levels of characterisation, transitions, the dramatization of descriptive narration…|| We will be using specific texts, so participants should have sufficient knowledge of English to be able to deal with possibly heightened and varying styles of language. You will be advised about what material to read. Also, it would be useful if participants could obtain a copy of Then What Happens? and had read at least Part One: Thoughtshops for Storytelling. || GVL & Bildungsprämie || Testimonials previous sessions with Mike Alfreds.pdf. Behind the Scenes Podcast with Mike Alfreds by Michael Golab. Information about Mike Alfreds [read more…]
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Susan Batson Technique with Matthias Schott
January 18th/19th/21st/25th/26th/28th; 2022 | 5.00 am – 6.30 | Europe-Berlin

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The training is suitable for actors with prior knowledge of the Susan Batson technique. The training teaches the actor to transform his own longings, fears, memories and sensations into the logical and focused energy of the character and his/her short monologue. Part 1: Beats & Actions + Superobjectives Part 2:
Event, Personalization, Physical Condition. Teaching language: German & English. (Pre-Experience needed!). Information about Matthias Schott [read more…]
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Technique Training (Uta Hagen, Stella Adler) with Matthias Schott
Every Wednesday | No classes at the moment! | Time zone: Europe-Berlin

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Only for participants of Group I & II. Stanislawski and various english and american developments of his methods like Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner offer you a framework to deepen your knowledge of the most important aspects of the art of acting. Improvisations, exercises + Working on Mini-Monologues & Scenes. For becoming actors with pre-experience and actors (Intermediate). Teaching language: German & English. 4 Sessions: Every Wednesday; 2020. Information about Matthias Schott [weiterlesen…]
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Shakespeare for Young People with Charlie Dupré
Tuesdays (Age 14 – 18) or Thursdays (Age 10 – 13) | 5 pm – 7 pm

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This workshop is for you if: *
You want to develop more confidence with Shakespeare’s language *You enjoy having fun with Shakespeare’s stories and characters * You just like theatre. Benefits include: Broader knowledge of the English language *Deeper appreciation of the poetry and ideas of Shakespeare *Sharper skills of presentation. || A close reading and discussion of the themes, characters and language of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night´s Dream” (Friday) and his bloodiest tragedy, ‘Macbeth’ (Monday). Teaching language: English. Offered sessions  Tuesday (Age 14 – 18) & Thursday (Age 10 – 13). Recommended to take part minimum of 3 session in succession. *** Further groups and dates are planned, just write us an Email and we will inform you. Private lessons are also possible for small groups and individuals. Booking: 3 – Session Ticket or FREE for young people from families whose financial resources are currently limited. (Thanks to donations the courses will be offered to these young people completely free of charge. If you like to support more free courses for young people, you can make a donation on our website.) Information about Charlie Dupré [read more…]
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1 – 1 Private Coaching with Matthias Schott
By appointment | Fee for 1 hour

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Only for actors, actresses and directors Matthias Schott has already worked with in private coachings, classes or workshops. (No monologue work for auditions pieces). Information about Matthias Schott [weiterlesen…]
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