FOUNDATION COURSE PREP
What you need to do to prepare to take The Foundation Course
Foundation Preparation Guidelines:
Our first goal is to give you a solid
foundation in Michael Chekhov’s acting techniques, as outlined in
Mr. Chekhov's Preface of On
the Technique of Acting.
Second, you will have the opportunity to apply these ideas to a monologue
from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. You may select
your own or ask us for a recommendation. You will use this monologue
in class to practice techniques with and will present your monologue
in recital using the tools acquired in our workshop.
The aim will be to see how differently they can be done using these
techniques. We need not worry about making these the “best” as our
goal is to experiment in a safe environment.
Additionally, you will learn about the biography of Michael Chekhov and how it influenced the development of the technique, the role of the Michael Chekhov Technique in the world of actor training, and the significance of it in the development of humanity.
HOW TO PREPARE TO GAIN THE MOST FROM THIS WEEKEND:
Please read “ON THE TECHNIQUE
OF ACTING” by Michael Chekhov. This can be found on the
Products page of this website, as well at Amazon and many book stores.
Please memorize a Spoon
River Anthology monologue by Edgar Lee Masters and bring
a copy with you each day - you will mark up the copy with notes.
BRING WATER AND SNACKS
BE WELLLLLLL RESTED before you come.
Prep your mind
Reading Michael Chekhov’s work On the Technique of Acting will help you integrate the concepts more deeply. Bring questions with you.
Prep your body
Spend some time loosening your body and stretching for the week or two before if you are not regularly physically active. Eat well and Get plenty of rest before you come and don’t make any plans for the whole weekend. You will be receiving an “intense” experience and want to be in good physical condition. Any physical limitations you have can be accommodated (wheel chairs, bad backs, knee injuries, etc.). Please clearly state to Lisa before beginning.
Prep your monologue
Memorize your Spoon River Monologue with no interpretation, using slow and fast speeds, changing where you pause, eliminating punctuation, monotone, sing-song, etc. If you memorize with a set rhythm or meaning, you will increase the difficulty of integrating the new tools as they will inspire their own meaning and rhythm. You will get the strongest experience with the technique free of the paper, so at least memorize the words.
Bring headshots and resumes and a note book/journal, to which you can add some helpful charts and handouts.
Please wear workout
style, loose clothing for class. Layer clothing to account
for temperature differences in the class rooms and outside. Plan on
working in soft soled shoes, barefoot or in socks. Sneakers, running
shoes, boots, heels are discouraged.
For Monologue presentation on the final
day, wear black pants/skirt and solid color shirt, black shoes and socks.
Invite someone to the sharing on the last day of the workshop. You will be proud of the work you have to perform.