Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Tucson: Mark Travis "Staging the Scene" workshop


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Subject: RE: [IFASA] Mark Travis "Staging the Scene" workshop (Request applications now.)





August 14-16, 2009, Fri 6-9 p.m. Sat/Sun 9a.m. to 5 p.m. (Registration Fri 5:30 p.m.)

Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ.


Observing Directors/Actors: $100.

Participating Directors $185, (request special application to be considered, pre-conference prep required)

Participating actors $50 (chosen by Participating Directors for scene work, pre-conference prep required, apply by e-mailing headshot/resume.)



*individual body language; how characters move in relationship to each other and the space.

*a powerful tool used to trigger emotional responses within the actor and the audience.

*illuminates the subtext or unspoken desires, needs, fears and fantasies of the characters.

 *can stimulate the character in a desirable direction or make it harder to perform the scene.



*students learn tricks of the trade Mark has developed from decades of experience in television, film and theatre. 

*staging techniques that support the dynamics of the scene such as the characters’ objectives, character arcs, conflict, adjustments, and shifts in relationships are demonstrated as participating directors stage two actor scenes in front of the class as Mark coaches.


What Mark’s students are saying:


“Mark has an in depth understanding of how an actor works and what an actor needs to give their best performance. His techniques are simple yet profound.  Directors and actors alike were astounded by the results.” Eric Schumacher, Actor.


“What an amazing learning experience. I feel like we only scratched the surface. I'm very anxious to incorporate his technique into my rehearsal process.”  Alan Williams, Director


Mark wrote the Best Seller, THE DIRECTOR’S JOURNEY: the Creative Collaboration between Directors, Writers and Actors; as well as DIRECTING FEATURE FILMS.  He shared his techniques at The Directors Guild, The Actors Studio, American Film Institute, Pixar Animations Studios, and UCLA Extension.  Mark is creative consultant to film directors Mark Rydell, George Tillman, Chazz Palminteri, Cyrus Nowrosteh, among others. Television directing credits include: The Facts of Life, Family Ties, and Capitol. Graduate training in Theatre Directing at the Yale School of Drama.


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