Here is a comprehensive list of our previous educational workshops.

 

 

September 17, 2016
Stage Makeup
Taught by Sherilyn Caudle

Sherilyn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University. In this workshop, we will be focusing on the basics of stage makeup. We will cover what to have in your makeup kit, how to apply products, and basic character makeup. 

 

October 1, 2016
Acting Tips
Taught by Rachel Gorman

Rachel Gorman is a drama teacher, director and performer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. In this workshop, we will be exploring a range of techniques for approaching a role and creating a character, drawing on theories from a wide range of dramatic practitioners from Stanislavsky to Laban. This workshop is designed to equip you with the skills to rehearse with purpose and perform with greater depth and range.

 

November 5, 2016
Method Acting
Taught by Yvonne Gillisen

This workshop is an introduction to Method Acting and gives participants an opportunity to discover several at techniques as well as how to use elements of this method Systematically to build a credible character. Imagination, sense memory and physical action will be explored. We wil lpractice some useful scene study.

Yvonne Gillisen is a freelance actress (drama, education), theater director and writer (prose, drama). She Studied theater directing in Amsterdam at the Theatre School from 1983-1985, method acting from 1986-1989, explored dance and HAS done a lot of body-mind work and research in various fields acting. She has published short stories and plays since 1996.

 

JANUARY 21, 2017
COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE
TAUGHT BY DYLAN JONES

This workshop aims at offering to its participants a first encounter with Commedia dell'Arte. We will be working with masks, expressions, and the physical representation of archetypes. Once the basics of these archetypes is understood and assimilated, we can move on to the second phase which is to improvise simple everyday situations within the frames of clear canvases. Before you know it, you'll be experiencing comical scenes depicting humanity in all its variety, for the pleasure of actors and audience. In a nutshell, a refreshing workshop laying the groundwork for future acting, with or without masks!

Dylan Jones (1971), French-British, graduated from drama school, specialized in acting and stage directing, in 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as an actor, stage director and playwright in France, covering classical, contemporary and Commedia dell'Arte theatre, as well as film, TV and radio. In 1999 he switched to video editing and carried on (co-)writing and producing plays on the side.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and contact lenses instead of glasses, if you have them.  If there's not space in the workshop you might want to consider dropping by before it starts to see if someone couldn't come at the last minute.  You're welcome to take part if there's space!

 

February 11, 2017
Commedia dell'Arte for Teens
Taught by Dylan Jones

This workshop, specifically for teens, aims at offering to its participants a first encounter with Commedia dell'Arte. We will be working with masks, expressions, and the physical representation of archetypes. Once the basics of these archetypes is understood and assimilated, we can move on to the second phase which is to improvise simple everyday situations within the frames of clear canvases. Before you know it, you'll be experiencing comical scenes depicting humanity in all its variety, for the pleasure of actors and audience. In a nutshell, a refreshing workshop laying the groundwork for future acting, with or without masks!

Dylan Jones (1971), French-British, graduated from drama school, specialized in acting and stage directing, in 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as an actor, stage director and playwright in France, covering classical, contemporary and Commedia dell'Arte theatre, as well as film, TV and radio. In 1999 he switched to video editing and carried on (co-)writing and producing plays on the side.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and contact lenses instead of glasses, if you have them.  If there's not space in the workshop you might want to consider dropping by before it starts to see if someone couldn't come at the last minute.  You're welcome to take part if there's space!

 

February 12, 2017
Method Acting
TAUGHT BY YVONNE GILLISEN

This workshop is an introduction to Method Acting and gives participants an opportunity to discover several at techniques as well as how to use elements of this method Systematically to build a credible character. Imagination, sense memory and physical action will be explored. We will practice some useful scene study.

Yvonne Gillisen is a freelance actress (drama, education), theater director and writer (prose, drama). She Studied theater directing in Amsterdam at the Theatre School from 1983-1985, method acting from 1986-1989, explored dance and has done a lot of body-mind work and research in various fields acting. She has published short stories and plays since 1996.

 

February 25, 2017
Commedia Dell'Arte
Taught by Dylan Jones

This workshop aims at offering to its participants a first encounter with Commedia dell'Arte. We will be working with masks, expressions, and the physical representation of archetypes. Once the basics of these archetypes is understood and assimilated, we can move on to the second phase which is to improvise simple everyday situations within the frames of clear canvases. Before you know it, you'll be experiencing comical scenes depicting humanity in all its variety, for the pleasure of actors and audience. In a nutshell, a refreshing workshop laying the groundwork for future acting, with or without masks!

Dylan Jones (1971), French-British, graduated from drama school, specialized in acting and stage directing, in 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as an actor, stage director and playwright in France, covering classical, contemporary and Commedia dell'Arte theatre, as well as film, TV and radio. In 1999 he switched to video editing and carried on (co-)writing and producing plays on the side.

 

March 11, 2017
Alexander Technique
Taught by Sanderijn Tas


Using her experience in working with groups, she will show the participants the use and value of the Alexander Technique and teach them awareness of body and mind. During the course, she will pay special attention to the optimal psychometric functioning of the participants by correcting posture and balance.

She will also discuss physical and mental stress reduction, thus diminishing and preventing pain and discomfort. She will explain and demonstrate this by practical work with the participants, and will show how optimal behavior can be achieved and how you can incorporate the Alexander Technique in everyday life to greatly improve your quality of life.

The group will be fairly small, which allows for individual attention to your specific tension fields and challenges. Examples of better use and how to get there will be given in front of the group, so everyone will benefit.

Sanderijn Tas is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and has been giving courses and private lessons for over 20 years. She is a member of NeVLAT.

APRIL 8, 2017
SCRIPT ADAPTATION
TAUGHT BY JACKIE POPLAR

We will look at similarities of play and screenplay structures -- what each scene must do, directing the focus, conflict, etc. -- and the differences. The rules of screenplay writing will be discussed, such as the four-line rule, page count, white space and more. We will also compare plays and film adaptations in works like Shirley Valentine, August: Osage County and Shakespearean plays. All participants will take a scene from an existing or original play and work on adapting it into a screenplay. Everyone needs to bring a short scene to work with, preferably with just a few characters. Please bring copies of the scene to the workshop, a copy for every character plus one.

Jacquelyn Poplar is a writer, actress, director, and producer. After bouncing around many of the great cities in the US, she has moved to the Netherlands to find a new artistic home. Also she got a job here. She has an MFA in Acting from Penn State and is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She has written plays and screenplays and lots and lots of software.

May 20, 2017
Vocal Projection
Taught by Dylan Glyn Jones

In this 2-hour workshop we'll cover various vocal & breathing techniques and exercises aimed at helping the participants properly use their voice and diction when performing on stage, or in any other type of situation involving an audience. Participants are asked to prepare and know by heart a short monologue or poem of their choice they will be using during the workshop.

Dylan Jones (1971), French-British, graduated from drama school, specialized in acting and stage directing, in 1991. From 1991 to 1999 he worked as an actor, stage director and playwright in France, covering classical, contemporary and Commedia dell'Arte theatre, as well as film, TV and radio. In 1999 he switched to video editing and carried on (co-)writing and producing plays on the side.

June 17, 2017
Young Actors Workshop
(ages 11-18)

taught by Amy Dobbert

Participants will explore communication techniques through a variety of theatrical games. Each specifically designed to help actors connect with their audience through vocal and physical performance.  

Amy Dobbert is an internationally acclaimed actress originally hailing from the US. She's runs Expat Little Theatre, Amsterdam's premiere English language children's theatre. Throughout her 25 year career on stage, screen, and in the classroom, Amy has developed vocal and physicality techniques to help actors connect with their audiences. Visit her website at www.xplt.nl.