The actor’s body is one of the most important tools for expression. The Intensive will encourage students to dive into the process of utilizing their bodies as the primary material for theatrical creation. Through challenging exercises and exploratory activities, the actor’s imagination and physical instrument will begin to work in harmony.
1. explore and broaden their physical imaginations
2. discover their creative agency as an individual, balanced within the creative process of an ensemble;
3. gain exposure to techniques that will navigate various physical styles and connect the imagination with the physical life of a character.
Lead Instructor: Jon Froehlich
A graduate of Columbia University's MFA in Acting program, Jon is a co‑founding member of the experimental physical theater company, Cloud of Fools Theater Company, under the artistic inspiration of Niky and Ursula Wolcz. With Cloud of Fools, Jon has performed in New York City, Berlin, Arezzo, Essen, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, in such plays as Moliere's Scapin, Calderon's The Constant Prince, Gertrude Stein's Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights, Shakespeare's Comedy Of Errors, and multiple mountings of the homage to Jerzy Grotowski's Teatr Opole, Replikas (of Apocalypsis Cum Figuris). Most recently, Jon’s play The Whistling Mortician had its world premiere in New York City, produced by Cloud of Fools as part of Teatro IATI’s 5th annual Performing Arts Marathon (PAM). Jon also directed, and played the title role.
Other select credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (The Arkansas Rep, dir. Rajendra Rahmoon Maharaj), Cho H Cho (Mabou Mines, dir. Daniel Irizarry),Toys In The Attic (Pearl Theatre Company, dir. Austin Pendleton), Waiting for Godot (Chimera Theatre Company, dir. Deanna Downes), and Tartuffe(Classic Stage Company, dir. Brian Kulick). He has played several roles for indie theater collective Impossible Bottle.
Jon is also a director, and theater educator, primarily of movement and physical theater. In addition to directing his own plays, Jon has directed Plautus’ Menaechmi, and after studying as a graduate acting student with Andrei Serban, was requested by the Romanian luminary to serve as assistant director and movement specialist to Serban’s production of Love’s Labors Lost. He has served as adjunct Acting faculty in Columbia University’s MFA acting program, and is currently adjunct professor of acting at Pace University in New York City. Further, in addition to leading the ongoing physical training for (and with) Cloud of Fools, he has led workshops in movement, Commedia dell’Arte, Biomechanics, and the Dramatic Instinct at The New School, The Bushwick Starr, and Eastern University, as well as collaborated regularly with Impossible Bottle as their movement specialist.
Saturday November 17, 2012
Contact Susan Hyon for information and to register. Susan Hyon 347-528-6326 or [email protected]
Sample of physical training exercise:
|Saturday Nov 17||2:00 pm|