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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.

Characterization Workshop with Mike Alfreds
Mon – Fri | April 5th – 9th, 2021 | 10:30 am – 12:30 | Europe-Berlin

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Mike Alfreds is giving an extended workshop on Characterization using characters from Lorca´s „The Blood Wedding“. In it, he will explore techniques for developing character that range from deconstructing the text through the four lists to physical disciplines such as those created by Laban, Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski, et al. He will also deal with the necessity to reach beyond one’s personal cultural framework to those of people who lived in a different place and time. So elements of style will be explored. Please ensure you have enough space in which to move. || 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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The Art of Screenwriting: Character and Structure with Kate Lanier
Friday, May 14th – Friday, July 2nd | 6.00 pm – 8:00 pm | Europe-Berlin

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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 -Reading: we’ll have students volunteer or selected to read the distributed scenes: hearing original work read can give deep insight into how dialogue flows, the success of tone and character development. We’ll get a general sense from the student writer how his/her story will eventually develop into a screenplay. (120 pages) -We’ll go over what WORKS and doesn’t work, learning by creating, delving into the process through discussion, learning how to write from the heart of a character, keeping the action moving through the lens of a camera. -We’ll have a volunteer select a scene or scenes to be discussed in week 3. WEEKS 3 THROUGH 8 -We’ll continue the process from week 2, by reading and discussing student’s scene/scenes. Any students who wish to continue working on their screenplay can continue in private sessions after the course is finished, if they’d like. I will also encourage the group to continue meeting to read and discuss their work, building community and support for those who want to continue to write on their own!!! || Language: English | Limited to 6 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
Monday, May 24th – Friday, May 28th | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Europe-Berlin

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In 5 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: 205 Euro (VAT incl.) | * Early Registration Fee: 185 Euro (VAT incl.) Returning Participants: 165 Euro (VAT incl.) || GVL & Bildungsprämie || Information about MIKE ALFREDS [read more…]
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Scene Breakdown: Contemporary Naturalism with Geordie Brookman
Wednesday, April 14th | 10 am – 13 | Time zone: Europe-Berlin

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Over a three hour session participants will be guided through approaches to working with contemporary naturalistic texts focussing on the work of legendary Australian playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell. Using scenes from Things I Know To Be True and Speaking in Tongues the workshop will look at how to analyse and prepare the texts for rehearsal and unearth vital clues to help character development. || Andrew Bovell is an internationally recognised writer for the stage and screen. His award winning theatre credits include The Secret River (National Theatre, Edinburgh International Arts Festival, Adelaide Festival, Sydney Theatre Company) Things I Know To Be True (Frantic Assembly, State Theatre Company South Australia, Lyric Hammersmith London) and When The Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre, Lincoln Centre NY, Adelaide Festival) and his screen work includes A Most Wanted Man (directed by Anton Corbijn), Edge of Darkness, Lantana and Strictly Ballroom. He is currently adapting Things I Know To Be True for Amazon starring Nicole Kidman and Stoner for Blumhouse. || Geordie Brookman: One of Australia’s leading theatre and music theatre directors, from 2012 – 2019 Geordie was the Artistic Director and Co-CEO of State Theatre Company South Australia. He has directed work throughout Australia, the UK and Asia with actors including Imogen Stubbs, Hugo Weaving, Alison Bell, Xavier Samuel, Pamela Rabe and Tilda Cobham Hervey. Teaching language: English. Limited to 12. Information about GEORDIE BROOKMAN [read more…]

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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
Tuesday, April 20th – Friday, April 23th | 10.30 am – 12.00 | 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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