THEATRE DEPARTMENT SUMMER PROGRAM/ISTANBUL - DATÇA
5-9 June Istanbul
10-24 June Datca
Work with an international community of theatre artists in a beautiful seaside location in southern Turkey. Join 3 world-renowned teachers (Natsuko Ohama, Master Voice and Text teacher, Marcello Magni, clown and physical theatre master, cofounder of Complicite theatre group and an actor of Peter Brook's company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, and Susan Main, Linklater Voice Teacher) for 2 weeks of intensive training in Datça Turkey. This will be a deep exploration of vocal and physical techniques in theatre training and their manifestation in extremes: we will work on the extremes of grotesque, clown, comedy and tragedy, and also plunge deeply in the opposite direction-going inside to sensitize the body and voice to subtleties of thought and feeling. At the end of 2 weeks you will have a body and voice that not only are sensitive and specific but also courageous and strong. You will learn to balance and play in the dramatic tension between extreme styles, all while living in a beautiful retreat center with a community of like-minded artists. Immerse yourself in a nourishing, spectacular environment, with challenging world-class teachers.
The fee includes:
• 4 days introduction workshop in İstanbul with Susan Main.
• Travel to Datca (Flight from İstanbul to Dalaman, transfer buses from Dalaman to Datca- if official registration is completed before 1st May).
• Accomodation (shared rooms of 2-3, all rooms have private bathrooms, kitchens and porches)
• Three meals daily.
• 6 hours of classes 6 days a week.
• The workshop will be held in English and is designed for actors and acting students. There will be a translator during the classes.
Natsuko Ohama is one of the premier voice teachers in the USA. Trained under legendary Master Kristin Linklater at the Working Theatre, she is a founding member and permanent faculty of Shakespeare and Company Lenox, Mass., and senior artist at Pan Asian Rep New York. She has taught at numerous institutions all over the country including the NYU Experimental Theater Wing, Cal Arts, Columbia University, the Sundance Institute, New Actors Workshop, the Stratford Festival, and was the Director of Training at the National Arts Center of Canada. She also has an extensive workshop and private teaching practice. A Drama Desk nominated actress, she has portrayed roles ranging from Juliet to Lady Macbeth from Hamlet to Prospero (Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company) from action films to the cult series "Forever Knight" and American Playhouse on PBS. She has been seen on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre inDogeaters as Imelda Marcos. As a director, she and USC actress Chastity Dotson mounted Little Book of Battles at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival at the Public Theater, and Ms. Ohama's play Geisha of the Gilded Age-Miyuki Morgan, was staged at the Ventford Theater in Massachusetts. Last year, she portrayed Angustias in The House of Bernarda Alba for NATTCO, directed by Chay Yew, had a recurring role on the television series "In Case of Emergency" and was certified as a Joy of Phonetics teacher trained by Louis Colaianni in New York. Most recently, she directed the USC Visions and Voices presentation of The Press, in conjunction with playwright Professor David Lloyd and Brent Blair, co-directed Othello at Boston Court in Pasadena for LA Women's Shakespeare Company, and appeared on stage as Mom in Luis Alfaro's Hero for Playwright's Arena, where she will be honored on May 6th.
Susan Main is an actress, a Designated Linklater Teacher and a movement teacher currently based in Istanbul, Turkey where she is an Visiting Instructor at Kadir Has University. She is the cofounder of the Stromboli Project, a summer theatre institute on the Aeolian island of Stromboli, Italy. She also works actively as a private vocal coach in the U.S. and abroad, conducting voice workshops and classes in L.A., N.Y.C., Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Susan’s students include politicians, corporate executives, Broadway, film and television actors. Her recent credits include serving as vocal coach for a lead actress on the new Showtime series “Masters of Sex,” the award-winning production Savaş with Pürtelaş Theatre Company in İstanbul, a workshop of Peer Gynt at the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway, and the art-dance performance, A Quarreling Pair, for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary Season at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has taught voice and/or movement on the faculties of the University of Southern California MFA program, Actor’s Studio MFA program at Pace University, Accademia Silvio D’Amico in Rome, Italy, Aydin University in Istanbul, Turkey, Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, Zurich University of the Arts, the Linklater Center for Voice & Language, New York University, New Actor’s Workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson College, and Boston Conservatory.
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Everyone is welcome..
The Theatre Department aims to offer a summer course to international and Turkish students with a deep exploration of vocal and physical techniques in theatre training. This intensive course will focus on exploring extremes in styles, in internal and external techniques.
The first week will be about exploring bold choices: finding courage in the body, exploring strength and dynamics in the voice, and connecting to text with freedom, flexibility and daring. We will achieve this by working on clownesque, grotesque, and the extremes of comedy and tragedy. The second week is about exploring extremes in the opposite direction-going towards deep intimacy. We will uncover more internal impulses and sensitize the body and voice to subtleties of thought and feeling.
By the end of the 2 weeks you have a body and voice that are not only sensitive and specific but also courageous and strong. The goal is the actor gaining trust in the reliability of the body and voice, and the balance and interplay between extreme vulnerability and extreme strength. Theoretically the actor will be able to utilize the training in any acting context-on camera, site-specific, or a huge proscenium theatre. We are also hoping that the training will not be limited to any particular style of acting or text that it can be the foundation to work on any style of acting training or directorial demand.
The primary basis of exploration is the Linklater Technique for voice and text, which was developed by world-renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. It consists of a progression of exercises that aim to free the natural voice from physical, mental, emotional and energetic blocks developed over the course of one’s life. The goal is to release a voice that is free, expressive, evocative and powerful.
Theatre Department Summer Program will offer package programs to appeal participants at various levels of study:
· BA students
· MA students
· PhD Students
· Non-academic professionals
Credit Transfer System:
The credits earned at the TH 220 will have equivalency in, and be transferable to, both the US credit system and the ECTS. Suggested load is one course, equivalent to 3 US credits or 6 ECTS credits. Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate of participation as well as a transcript where applicable.