May 7, 2013


When: Monday and Wednesdays; 6.30pm – 9.30pm.
Term Two: Monday 27th May – Monday 22nd July.
Where: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar, Auckland.
Fee: $825 (Payment options available and Early Bird Discount of $775).
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“Every true artist and especially talented actors bare within themselves a deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation.” – M. Chekhov.

Through the term the actors will learn acting tools based on M. Chekhov technique, including:

Voice development.
Character creation and embodiment.
Improvisational skills
Actors will be working with monologues and scenes, applying this to screen work, with something new this term – a period piece film project devised by Sacha Stejko.

About M. Chekhov acting technique:

M. Chekhov acting technique is designed to nourish and empower unique talent that lies within each person. During this workshop actors get introduced to fundamental elements of M. Chekhov technique and Characters Creation process: Atmosphere, Psychological Gesture, Qualities, Body Centers, 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 understanding of the script from within, acquire improvisational state of being and 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 moment-by-moment process.

About Elena Stejko:

Elena Stejko has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and was recently awarded the Chapman Tripp Actor of the Year award, 2012.
Elena received the award for “Best Actress” in Theatre in Dunedin for a Production of Roger Hall’s play “Short Cut To Happiness” Fortune Theatre 2011 and was nominated for “Best Actress’ at the NZ Film and Television Awards 2010.
Elena has worked extensively as a casting director for NZ film and television for 10 years
As an actor Elena 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 has recently reprised her role in “A Short Cut To Happiness” at Circa Theatre Wellington.

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