Creating and Sustaining a Character
April 7th to May 12th.
This six-week interactive workshop series was focussed on helping develop, embody and commit to a Character – from the safety of the participants’ own space via Zoom video conferencing. It focussed on the necessities of building a believable, dynamic character, writing engaging monologues, and performing with others through a unique platform. The final session also included an ensemble performance.
Directed by CLAIRE PASVOLSKY
Produced by NAOMI DINGLE
with Assistant Director CLAUDIA KING
Original Adaptation of Georg Büchner’s ‘Woyzeck’ by CLAIRE PASVOLSKY
Original Music by Jenna Blayden
Georg Büchner is one of the forefathers of modern theatre; his work foreshadowed both Naturalism and Expressionism. “Woyzeck”, though begun in 1836, only two months before the author’s death at 23, is often considered to be the first modern play. It is the story of man’s descent into madness; the story of a soldier driven mad by jealous frenzy and acute social deprivation, told in splintered dialogue and jagged episodes, which are as stunning today in a modern setting as they would have been when first performed in 1913.
WOYZECK • Ryan Beazley
MARIE • Stephanie Rochet
DRUM MAJOR • Matthew Heys
DOCTOR • Frances Crane
CAPTAIN • Angela McKeown
ANDRES • Jacob Gamble
SHOWMAN / GRANDMOTHER/ PEDLAR • Emma Graham
MARGARET / ENSEMBLE • Kate Davidson
JOURNEYMAN 1 / ENSEMBLE • Matthew Harper
JOURNEYMAN 2 / ENSEMBLE • Emily Harvey
LOCATION: The Dungeon, Adamstown NSW
During the 2018 Professional Acting Summer Intensive, performers worked closely with Director Claire Pasvolsky to complete a series of immersive workshops – including Movement, Characterisation and Devising, and Voice with International Vocal Coach Patricia Browning Oshea. The sessions also consisted of rehearsals of an original piece, which culminated into a final performance on the last afternoon.
The actors began the course by immersing themselves into the tone of the work. After the morning workshop, they completed a one hour Voice masterclass with International Voice Coach Patricia Browning-Oshea.
Over the course of the day, using the theme of ‘Crime’ the actors developed their own movement sequences, wrote their own monologues, created their own characters, and devised their own scenes.
One the second day, the actors devised more scenes and focused on developing and extending their characterization. They also workshopped new physical scenes based on the monologues they wrote on the day previous.
In the afternoon, the actors synthesized all of the scenes they had produced into a final 45 minute performance, which they them performed to a private audience.
Scene Study Masterclasses • May 2017
Pasvolsky Studio’s Scene Study Masterclass Series is designed for actors committed to refining their craft in characterization and scene work. The course takes actors deeper through the process of deconstructing, developing and executing individual scenes and broader storylines
Story Time – for Grown-ups • April 2017
Ups and Downs, Twists and Turns; life is full of them. STORY TIME – for Grown-Ups is also full of them, with some (lots) of the good bits – learning, laughter and love – that life has to offer too.
Pasvolsky Studio’s Professional Acting Summer Intensive has arrived and is ready for you. This skill and outcome based course will catapult you to a level of artistry and potential you never thought possible.
The PASI includes morning master-classes with industry professionals, designed to extend and refine performance skills.
The afternoon sessions include rehearsals of an original piece, which is performed on the final afternoon to a small audience. Performers work intensively with director Claire Pasvolsky to create original content, characters, storylines and plots. The rehearsal process is rigorous – the actors work under professional conditions.
Spoon River Anthology • October 2016
Directed by, New Text and Adaption by Claire Pasvolsky. Assistant Director – Naomi Dingle. Inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ short poetry collection ‘Spoon River Anthology‘ (1915).
“The tongue may be an unruly member – But silence poisons the soul.”
In life, the citizens of Spoon River all sat on secrets and lies. In death, they are free to expand their consciousness, and live beyond the rigid constraints of mortality.
Situated in rural Illinois at the turn of the 20th Century, Spoon River Anthology will reveal the final truth of the milliner, the teacher, the poet, the drunk, and all who are sleeping on The Hill.
• Thursday 27th October 8pm
• Friday 28th October 8pm
• Saturday 29th October 2pm
• Saturday 29th October 8pm
Running time: 70 minutes (no interval)
The Civic Playhouse
375 Hunter St, Newcastle NSW 2300
Recommended for audience ages 13+.