Audition Technique with Kelly Thornton
It’s important to approach an audition as a performance not a test. The joy one feels on stage needs to be brought into the audition room. To reframe a sense of powerlessness with a deeper understanding of your artistic worth is the essential ingredient to getting the job. -Kelly Thornton
Over two intensive sessions Artistic Director Kelly Thornton will lead participants in a practical exploration of audition technique and preparation. The course will help the actor solidify a contemporary speech of their choice for theatre auditions as well as equip the actor with tools to approach the “cold read”, where pertinent decisions must be made with limited time to prepare. The class will explore audition technique: presentation, attitude and focus as well as character development: moment-to-moment intention, conflict and overall arc.
When: Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 12th, 6-10pm both days
Where: Nightwood Studio, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 315, Historic Distillery District
Cost: $150 + HST ($169.50)
Kelly Thornton - An award-winning director and dramaturg, Kelly has been the Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre since 2001 where her work has received wide acclaim and toured nationally and internationally. Directing credits at Nightwood include The Penelopiad, Between the Sheets, The Happy Woman; The List, That Face, Wild Dogs (all produced in association with Canadian Stage); The Danish Play (Aveny-Teatret, Copenhagen; Magnetic North Theatre Festival; National Arts Centre), Bear With Me (Magnetic North), Mathilde, and China Doll. Other selected credits include The Comedy of Errors (Canadian Stage); and This Hotel (Theatre Passe Muraille/Planet 88, Dora nomination Outstanding Direction). Kelly has been honoured with a Pauline McGibbon Award for her exemplary work as a director, was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2010, and was recognized for her commitment to the training and mentorship of young women in the performing arts by being named a 2008 YWCA Women of Distinction.
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