Date(s) - 29/03/2015
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR FOR 2015
(This one Promises to be a Real Treat)
SUNDAY 29th MARCH 2015
YWCA 5-11 WENTWORTH AVENUE, SYDNEY
The Early Bird must pay by 20 March 2015
SPECIAL RATES: FIRST TIMER $35, STUDENTS, PENSIONERS/SENIORS WITH ID $70 (Early bird $60), MEMBERS $85 (Early bird $70), NON-MEMBERS $100
FEES PAID BY CHEQUE, MADE OUT TO ‘SPEECH AND DRAMA ASSOCIATION OF NSW INC’ POSTED TO THE TREASURER, THERESE BENNETTS, 3 THE REDOUBT, CASTLECRAG 2068 or by DIRECT BANKING:
National Australia Bank, Rockdale Branch BSB 082342 Account No. 516265894.
(Ensure your surname is recorded on electronic deposit. Advise Therese of deposit
date: [email protected])
9.30 – 9.50 Registration and Morning Tea
9.50 – 10.00 Welcome and Outline of the Day
10.00 – 11.30 KEVIN JACKSON
Kevin Jackson is one of the country’s most experienced teachers of acting and a dedicated theatre practitioner. In 2011 he retired from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) after more than twenty years’ service to the school, and in the process trained some of the most prominent and emerging actors in the industry today. For more than fourteen years Kevin taught at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco. Graduates Kevin has taught during his time at NIDA include, Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh, Jacqueline McKenzie, Miranda Otto, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Nicholas Bishop and Sam Worthington.
He is at present working at the International Screen Academy, ISA;
the Actor’s Centre of Australia, ACA, in Leichardt – directing their American scene work, with the graduating third years – The Decline and Fall(ing) of the American Empire, scenes from plays by Edward Albee, Donald Marguiles, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein and David Mamet to be performed 28-30 March; The Hub Studio, where he runs classes for Professional Actors.
Later in the year he is directing Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Sport for Jove.
TALK: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
A brief introduction to Shaw. Then an amble through plays of his that he has directed and knows.
Directed: Heartbreak House, Man and Superman, Misalliance, Saint Joan.
Studied: Pygmalion, Back to Methuselah, Major Barbara.
11.30 – 1.00 SARAH WOODS
Sarah Woods is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has enjoyed an extensive career in theatre, film and television. Her film credits include The Last Race, the multi award winning The Black Balloon and Accidents Happen where she appeared alongside Geena Davis.
Recent television credits include, Return to the Devil’s Playground, Redfurn Now, Rake – Series 1 and 2, Crownies and Laid. Sarah has also appeared in Home And Away, All Saints, Small Claims, White Collar Blue, Backberner, Behind the Comedy Channel, Murder Call, State Coroner, Blue Heelers, Jimeoin and The Flying Doctors. She will appear this year in ABC / Foxtel’s much anticipated mini-series, The Kettering Incident.
She has played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (2006 and 2011) and Lady Macbeth for Bell Shakespeare; Gertrude in Hamlet for the STC and appeared in Black Milk and The Girl’s Gotta Eat for Belvoir. Her many credits for Railway St Theatre Co. include Olive in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Gwen in Away and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sarah played the title role in Richard ll for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include Mr Melancholy for Griffin T.C./Neonheart Theatre Inc., Footprints On Water for Chameleon Theatre Inc. and the national tour of That Eye The Sky, directed by Richard Roxburgh.
Sarah is an Arts Educator with award winning company SPORT FOR JOVE THEATRE and has been part of BELL SHAKESPEARE’s Arts Education team since 2006. In this capacity she has taught students from years 3 to 12, held workshops for primary and secondary school teachers as well as other community groups for both adults and children. Some of this work has taken her to remote indigenous communities. She has been a drama coach on film sets for ATYP and also taught The Actor’s Studio and The Screen Actor’s Studio at NIDA OPEN PROGRAM.
WORKSHOP: Teaching Drama to primary age students.
This workshop will be very interactive, involving the teachers practically in all activities in order to give a sensory understanding of what it feels like from the student’s perspective.
A number of theatre games will be taught – and played – with an emphasis on the ‘lesson’ each activity provides. Eg: Focus, memory and information retention, physical and vocal expression, coordination, team-work, development of the imagination, ways to encourage a lack of inhibition and, very importantly, empathy.
We will also look at some very simple but effective activities that can serve as ways into story-telling and self-devised theatre. These are the early, light-hearted steps toward the child’s capacity to understand and reinterpret their world through drama.
This will be a refreshing session that will provide teachers with a lot of material to keep their classes occupied, creatively engaged and having FUN!!!
1.30 – 3.00 LUNCH (not provided but you can bring your own and stay in or mingle with colleagues in a nearby café)
3.00 – 4.30 AMY HULME
Amy Hume is a voice and dialect coach and Designated Linklater Teacher. She has taught both privately and in institutions in Sydney and New York, including MFA actors at Columbia University School of the Arts and The New School for Drama. Coaching credits include shows with Shakespeare & Co (Lenox, MA), The Shakespeare Forum (New York), BCKSEET Rep Theatre (Philadelphia) and Columbia Stages (New York). Now based in Sydney, Amy is the Creative Director of Viva Voice, a studio welcoming performers and professional speakers to develop their voices for stage and screen. As well as offering private coaching, Viva Voice facilitates vocal health, voice production and presentation workshops tailored to the needs of workplaces and organisations, including recent sessions at The University of Sydney and NSW Department of Health. Amy is also a Voice and Accents Tutor at the Australian Theatre for Young People and voice teacher at Sydney Theatre School. She was the youngest teacher ever to complete training with master voice practitioner Kristin Linklater, and is one of only seven Designated Linklater Teachers in Australia.
WORKSHOP: VOICE AND TEXT – EXERCISES FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS
Kristin Linklater and Cicely Berry are world-renowned teachers of voice and text, and their work is used with professional actors around the globe. Amy Hume will introduce you to the parts of their work that are most appropriate for exploring poetry in the speech and drama studio. This will be a creative, upbeat session that promises to fill you with fresh ideas for developing clear, expressive voices of younger students.
4.30 Committee Meeting
PLEASE NOTE: FEES ARE DUE ON THE 1ST JANUARY EACH YEAR & ELAINE HODDA’S (Membership Secretary) ADDRESS FOR ALL CORRESPONDENCE: P.O. Box 2212, Carlingford Court, Carlingford 2118.