May 11, 2012

Elena Stejko Presents:  
Inspired acting. Introduction to the M. Chekhov Acting Technique 

Saturday 19th May 12.30pm – 4.30pm Toi Whakaari : NZ Drama School 
(Places Strictly Limited) Price: $85.00  

“Every true artist and especially talented actors bare within themselves a deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation.” – M. Chekhov.

The inspirational acting comes when everything is forgotten – the method, the technique, the part, the author, the audience. Then a miracle happens. Then we come to dimensions and multi-dimensional existence as a character.

About Workshop 

The M. Chekhov acting technique is designed to nourish and empower the unique talent that lies within each person. During this workshop actors get introduced to fundamental elements of the M. Chekhov technique and Characters Creation process: Atmosphere, Psychological Gesture, Qualities, Body Centres, Radiation and Image Work.

Since our profession is all to do with feelings – objective, lines, emotions, intentions, partners/audience – through a series of body/voice-releasing exercises, actors will learn to open themselves, expand the realm of feelings and awareness, deepen their understanding of the script from within, acquire an improvisational state of being and a multi dimensional approach to acting.

Through various exercises actors will learn to feel the intentions in their body as a true domain of will (not intellect), create layers and commit to a moment-by-moment process.

What You will learn

You will learn fundamental elements of the M. Chekhov technique. You will learn new skills in approaching script. You will learn how to direct your self and make powerful choices and processes. You will acquire powerful rehearsal methods. You will learn the elements of character Mask. You will acquire a shortest way to create a character using PG. You will acquire a toolbox and vocabulary that speaks directly to your creative mind.

About Elena Stejko

Elena Stejko has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and was recently nominated for ‘Best Actres’s at the NZ Film and Television Awards 2010. Elena received the award for ‘Best Actress’ in Theatre in Dunedin for a Production of Roger Hall’s play ‘A Short Cut To Happiness’ (Fortune Theatre 2011). Elena has worked extensively as a casting director for NZ film and television for 10 years. 

As an actor Elena has worked on stage and screen in Russia, Brazil, New Zealand and Japan. Her most recent screen work includes the female lead in the NZ feature film Russian Snark and the female lead in the Japanese TV drama The Promise (filmed in Tokyo). Elena’s television work includes Shortland Street, Mercy Peak and Spin Doctors. Elena is currently performing A Short Cut To Happiness at Circa Theatre Wellington.

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