Systems and Methods
CONTENT: Modern Realism / Internal Approaches
April 11, 18, 25
Instructor: David Ian Lee
No generality can better cut a performer than “method actor,” yet few concepts are more misunderstood than “method acting.” In reality, the tools and practices described by Konstantin Stanislavski in AN ACTOR PREPARES have had greater influence on performance for stage and screen than can be estimated. In this-three part course students will be introduced to seminal ideas of Stanislavski and his apprentices Richard Boleslavsky and Maria Ouspenskaya. Students will utilize exercises and theories attributed to members of The Group Theatre, whose “American method” sprung from the teachings of Stanislavski’s “system.” Students will leave this class with additional tools and tricks in their grab bags of techniques, as well as potential interest towards further study and training.
OUTSIDE/IN: A Physical Theatre Workshop
CONTENT: Physical Theatre / External Approaches
May 9, 23, 30
Instructor: Sean Martin
This three-part masterclass in creating a character from the outside in will explore physical approaches such as Elements, Alexander Technique, and more. Students will discover tools that can benefit every aspect of their craft – from auditioning to performing a role to practical applications outside of the performing arts.
Collaboration and Process
CONTENT: Devised / Remediated Scene Study: Created Work
June 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Nettie mae kraft
Devised theater creates performance through collaboration, emphasizing process over product. In this unique three-part class, improvisation games, deconstructed stories, physical improv, music, and a terrifying -- but purposeful! -- lack of “rules” will culminate in a student-created work true to the individuals, the time, and the place. Actors, dancers, writers, musicians, directors, or anyone with the desire to journey into an unchartered territory is encouraged to join this highly specialized and individually tailored course.
A sense of adventure, an open heart and mind, curiosity, and movement clothes.
David Ian Lee is a freelance actor and director who most recently directed PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Lipscomb University and IN THE CONTINUUM at Fisk University. Next up, David will direct BENEATHA’S PLACE for Verge Theater Company and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. David presently serves as the Associate Artist in Education for Nashville Repertory Theatre, is an Associate Artist with Nashville Story Garden, and is a founding member of Pipeline-Collective for whom David has directed THE GUYS, CONSTELLATIONS, and THERE ARE OTHERS. He is also an internationally produced playwright, with current productions of his work in Canada, South Africa, Greece, and the U.S. David received his BFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Arizona, is a proud graduate of New York's William Esper Studio, and recently received his MFA in Directing from Illinois State University, which recently honored David with the Outstanding University Graduate Student Teaching Award. For more information, please visit www.davidianlee.com.
Sean Martin is a director, actor, and educator, with over ten years of professional experience. His career has taken him throughout the continental United States as well as Europe. Directing Credits include: TOP GIRLS by Caryl Churchill and AFTER THE END by Dennis Kelly (Vanderbilt University); The world premiere of KEEPSAKE by Gregory Beam (Old Red Lion Theatre, London); The new writing festival WRITE/CYCLE (Drayton Arms, London); A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM by Shakespeare (LAMDA, London); TWO ROOMS by Lee Blessing (Linbury Studio Theatre, London); A new devised play VERLOREN HERINNERINGEN (De Acteers Studio, Den Hague); SAMUEL BECKETT YOUR RIDE IS HERE by J. Michael Straczynski (Linbury Studio Theatre, London); The LAMDA tour of TOUCHED by Stephen Lowe (Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Yorkshire); THE MAN OF MODE by Sir George Etheridge (LAMDA, London). He also had the exciting opportunity to direct several scenes and assist award winning director Lyndsey Turner with the 2011 Royal Court Gala in London's Shoreditch Town Hall with performances by Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Macfayden, Toby Jones, and Rachel Stirling. Sean attended the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and holds Graduate degrees in both Classical Acting and Directing. He also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Nettie Mae Kraft received her MFA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she interned at Steppenwolf Theatre, working with and learning from artists such as Tracy Letts and Amy Morton. Previously, Nettie studied theater in England before obtaining a BFA from The University of Colorado at Boulder, where she worked with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for four years and founded a theater company. While in Tennessee, she has worked in TV, film, and on stage with Blackbird Theater, Nashville Rep, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, Actor's Bridge Ensemble, and Nashville Shakespeare Festival . She routinely teaches at various local universities, was the dialect coach for four seasons of the television drama "Nashville", coached and acted in the film ABOVE SUSPICION (featuring Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” and Jack Houston of “Boardwalk Empire”), and is a proud co-founder of Verge Theater Company.