Workshop: Directing the Actor, Centre for the Arts

Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1
Three 8-hour days
$678 (HST included)

Location: 651 Dufferin Street, Toronto
To enroll: Send cover letter and resume to John Boylan at john@centreforthearts.com

For more information you can call: 416 568 9072
Times, dates and prices subject to change without notice.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
After successfully bringing ‘Directing The Actor’ to the NYU Graduate Film School and the National Screen Institute in Winnipeg, John Boylan is offering this specially designed course at the Centre for the Arts in Toronto.

This course suits directors with a level of previous experience: either through filmmaking or comparable media such as TV, web, theatre or commercials and/or who are film school graduates.

  • 3 – 8 hour days of practical and in-depth learning
  • Find out the “absolute” do’s and don’ts with actors
  • Directors work with professional actors
  • How to make best use of rehearsal time
  • See how far you can push an actor
  • The harmonious atmosphere facilitates  proper and deliberate practice to hone the director’s skills and creativity

This specially designed course offers an intimate group of directors the opportunity to immerse themselves in acting and the actor. The directors will learn to better understand their own communication and leadership styles as well as develop a simple fluency in the grammar of the actor’s performance. As directors learn first and foremost by doing, each participant will have ample directing time as they learn the actor’s methodology, terminology and psychology.
Working with professional actors, the directors will learn to suss them out quickly and develop their ability to utilize the actors’ individual personality and psychology to get better performances. Each director will be given the skill to move an actor forward to  peak performance and not ‘give up’ on performance. They will, in turn, also have the luxury of getting the actors’ feedback on their strengths and weaknesses.

Using current TV series scenes, feature screenplay scenes and scenes from classical plays  directors will see how good writing inspires actors and will allow us to examine subtext, tone, rhythm and pace from an actor’s standpoint and analysis.

The in-class work will be based on today’s industry conditions reflecting both the art of excellent movie acting and the practical necessities of time and money. Directors will see the similarities and differences between the actor’s and the director’s process of creation. And most importantly, they will practice bringing their own personality to directing using their gifts to impart their vision.