Adult Classes

SLO REP is excited to offer a new workshop for adult actors. Please see below for details and we hope you’ll join us!

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Body Talk: A Five Week Movement Lab

July 1-29, 2017

Time: Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm
Instructor: Gale McNeeley
Cost: $145
Class Details

Body Talk: A Five-Week Body Movement Lab
Taught by Gale McNeeley

Do you wonder what your body says to the audience as it moves across the stage? When you enter and when you exit? What language does it speak?

Body Talk is a movement theatre lab that explores your physical communication with your actor partners, and with your most important partner, the audience.

Understanding the language of movement relaxes you and allows you to be whoever you need to be in the moment? It all begins with play.

Come and play, and let your Body Talk.

Together we will explore:

  • Groundedness, Relaxation, Balance & Counterbalance!
  • The difference between Tension & Extension!
  • Our potential for unlimited characters through the use of masks.
  • Creating a character from the inside out and the outside in.
  • How our body can tell the story we want to tell.
  • How the movement of our bodies reveals what’s happening on the inside, and how our words ride on that movement?

The methods we will use go back to the Greeks and Romans. The roots of our play together are the base of a strong tree of theatre knowledge. We stand on the shoulders of Etienne Decroux, Jean Louis Barrault, Jacques Lecoq, Carlo Mazzone Clementi, Avner Eisenberg, Antonio Fava and Giovanni Fusetti.

Because we only learn from memorable experiences, lets create them together in a safe and supportive environment, and lets enjoy the ride.

Gale McNeeley

(Wear comfortable clothes that allow for flexibility. Be ready to work in bare feet or flexible shoes.)

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Dancing for Actors

August 7, 2017

Time: Monday, 4 pm - 6 pm
Instructor: Matt Williams
Cost: Participant: $25 / Observer: $5
Class Details

Matt Williams

Be more than just a walking and talking character, be a dancing character! Taught by Broadway choreographer and choreographer of last summer’s PCPA production of In The Heights, this workshop will include techniques and exercises to unlock and discover the natural movement behind the emotion and intention of a song. Learn how to communicate through rhythm and gesture and learn some classic dance vocabulary useful for all musical theatre performers!

Recommended for ages 12 and up

About Matt:

Matt Williams choreographed Will Ferrell’s Broadway debut, You’re Welcome America, directed by Adam McKay (Tony Nomination, Best Theatrical Event). Matt also served as assistant-director to Casey Nicholaw on the Broadway production, All About Me, starring Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna. Off-Broadway, Matt choreographed Rooms and the revival of Carrie (Winner, Alliance Award for musical revival). Matt also choreographed Stephen Schwartz’s opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera. From 2004 to 2012, Matt was the ‘Big Piano Choreographer’ at the FAO Schwarz Toy Store in NYC. He assistant-directed the Big Apple Circus’ production of Legendarium and has been the resident choreographer for Circus Smirkus for the last 12 years. Currently, Matt is co-writing a new musical featuring the songs of the platinum selling folk-punk band, Violent Femmes. Matt will be directing a new production of Carrie in the fall at Montclair State University. Matt holds a BFA in choreography from UC Irvine and is an alumni of PCPA where he returned last summer to choreograph In The Heights. And he went to Morro Bay High School! Go Pirates!