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acting intensive:

Theatre and Beyond, Into the World of Film Kay Kostopoulos

Have you ever seen a great play or movie and wondered, “How do the actors do it?” This workshop explores the mechanics of acting in theatre and film through scene work from both play and film scripts, including adaptations of plays into film.

Scripts will range from the “golden age” of film and theater (including “film noir”) to brand new releases, including Double Indemnity, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Misfits, The Philadelphia Story, Dinner at Eight, A Raisin in the Sun, Fool for Love, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Valmont), The Last Emperor, Agnes of God, Rabbit Hole, Glengarry Glen Ross, Proof, Doubt, and others.

The class will be accessible to both beginners and experienced actors, including in-depth work on technique, utilization of action, specificity of language, personalization, emotional truth, character, and given circumstance. The scenes will be blocked for live performance, and video recording of the performances will be encouraged.

Students will develop an awareness of the demands of the acting experience in a safe and supportive environment. They will work to expand their range and will study and perform two scenes from selected plays and film scripts. These assignments will require a minimum of 2 two-hour sessions with a scene partner during a scene rehearsal week. In addition to required readings, students will be expected to conduct some research on the world of the playwright and screenwriter. The class ends with a final performance of the two scenes in a showcase afternoon for an invited audience.

All levels welcome!

Kay Kostopoulos is an actor and director who coaches theatre and business professionals. At Stanford, Kay directs and teaches undergraduate acting, audition, vocal production,

and acting pedagogy for graduate students for the Department of Drama and in the Graduate School of Business. More.

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