Sunday, June 22, 2014

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Summer Acting/Writing Workshops!


From: Royce Sparks []
Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:25 AM
Subject: Announcement for Tucsonstage list


Truth and Impulse: an Intensive Introduction to the Sanford Meisner Technique.




Dialogue Equals Character: Dramatic Writing for novelists, playwrights, screen writers.


When: Tuesday and Sundays, 6 sessions total: Tuesdays July 15, 22 and 29, from 6-10pm; Sundays July 20, 27 and August 3, 10:30-5:30pm. Participants not able to attend all sessions may still apply for the course.




Saturday, August 2, 10:30am- 4:30pm and a follow up chance to see your dialogue scene in the hands of actors on Sunday afternoon August 3.


SPECIAL DISCOUNT Cost: $150 for both workshops.


Places: Places are extremely limited. A waiting list will be created.


Booking: E-mail to either or with questions and to book a spot.




Truth and Impulse: an Intensive Introduction to the Sanford Meisner Technique


Pioneered by legendary Group Theatre member, Sanford Meisner, the technique has become one of the most sought-after approaches in acting, particularly now in Europe. It emphasizes spontaneous truthfulness in the moment and gives you concrete techniques for arriving there. In a modern time where exciting and compelling acting is defined by being impulsive, free, and in the moment while still being sensitive to the given circumstances of a text, this is a valuable tool to have in the toolbox.

The entire body of the Meisner technique may be boiled down to five exercises. In a full year's study, actors work on deepening their craft through these exercises. In this workshop, participants will learn all five exercises and be exposed to the architecture of the Meisner technique, which first roots itself in what it means to live truthfully as an actor. From there the work quickly progresses to a strong focus on observing and responding to one's fellow actors, being impulsive in the moment, working from moment to moment, and finally living truthfully in the given circumstances encountered in a text. At the end of the workshop, actors will be able to walk away having practical tools to immediately take into their work, as well as a grasp of how to use the technique in their own practice.


This workshop is ideal for the following people: working actors seeking to deepen their own craft and process; newer actors seeking a firm foundation in which to root their blossoming craft; directors interested in the actors' process; writers seeking deeper insight into the potential of text in acting; performers of other mediums, including physical theatre and puppetry; people who suffer from anxiety in either public speaking or performance; practitioners and researchers interested in behavior and ways to explore its momentary nature.



Dialogue Equals Character: Dramatic Writing for novelists, playwrights, screen writers.


Award winning journalist, screenwriter, playwright, actor and director also rated No. 1 Cream Of The Crop in a National Survey of script analysts in Creative Screenwriting Magazine will show you some Secrets about Great Storytelling.

Every participant will send a short scene – no pressure though—that is 2 characters and only 2-4 pages Ahead of the Workshop for Howard's feedback and for use in the class. And for us to revise for the Actors to make a spontaneous cold read on the Sunday event.


This Workshop Will Work For Any Kind Of Storyteller interested in learning how to improve Character -- that's really Action -- that's really Dialogue -- that's really Plot -- that's really Story. Plus Howard will share his techniques for using Dramatic Irony that he delivered 5 years in a row at the L.A. Screenwriter's Expos.


About the Instructors:


Royce Sparks:


Originally a native of Tucson, Royce Sparks is a London-based actor, director and acting teacher. He is a third-year member of the Impulse Company, a Meisner-rooted theatre group whose artistic director, Scott Williams, trained under Meisner. Royce's work with the Impulse Company has included collaborations with Foreign Affairs Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Royce is a recent MA graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he taught the Meisner technique, as well as serving as an acting coach on productions at Royal CSSD. Royce coaches professional stage and screen actors, having just finished work with two leads on a London film, as well as having been a visiting lecturer at Kingston College where he taught the Meisner technique for screen acting. A member of UK Equity, Royce was last seen on the London stage as Kostya in a run of The Seagull, for which he received a best actor nomination, as well as currently filming a lead role in The Golden Steps webseries. Most recently, Royce made his London directing debut with a scene from David Mamet's American Buffalo which took first place at the North London Drama Festival. Together with his wife, Jessica Ruano, he is the co-creator of Ellipsis Theatre.


As of mid-July, Royce will be receiving a rare certification to teach the Meisner technique from Larry Silverberg.


Howard Allen:


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Howard Allen ( has worked for years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg -- as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career. He was a star Speaker at L.A. Screenwriters Expos  because of his skills at (Rated No. 1 "Cream of the Crop" in 2010 Survey of Analysts/ Consultants by Creative Screenwriting magazine) and his CoyoteMoon Films (.com), a new production company aiming to honor the storyteller. Two short films have been produced, Se Habla Espanol and, The 3 O'Clock, a comedy by well-known playwright Michael Grady.  Also look in IMDb for his acting in films Red 71 and The Decoy and as Script Consultant on films The Good Boy, Sheltered Love, D*I*Y,  and the recent Lions Gate release, The Graves. He continues to do Screenwriting Workshops.


As a member of Actor's Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild, he has performed in LORT B theatres and in movies directed by Michael Landon and others. He won awards for editing, reporting and for reviewing film and theatre at the Tucson Weekly. He won a scholarship to attend the Critics Institute at the prestigious O'Neill Theatre Conference. He has benefited from workshops with August Wilson, Eric Overmyer, Horton Foote, Edit Villareal and others. With an MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting, he taught college level courses in Writing for Film and Television, Film Acting, Art Of Cinema, Theatre History -- as well as Humanities. His adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" was given a professional theatre production. Credits: co- writer on screenplays "Renaissance," a top 10% at Heart of Austin Film Festival and "Line In the Sand" which was optioned; In theatre events: directing "I Hate Hamlet," Pinter's "The Birthday Party," London hit "Humble Boy," and "Mesmeric Mozart," "Copland And Me" and "Pardon My English" for Chamber Music PLUS  with Robert Picardo and Armin Shimerman. His newest project is a bio-pic screenplay Madam Nijinsky, the extraordinary woman and wife of the early 20th Century ballet dancer  that he wrote with the granddaughter




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