Actor Escape

An International Artist Residency & Social Retreat

Acting Workshops

The Actor Escape Training Program

Acting Workshops

The Actor Escape Training Program offers training in our uniquely innovative style and approach. For actors interested in pushing the boundaries of what they are capable of the Actor Escape offers several training options.

Offering creative workshops for actors and all students of the arts, (regardless of age, color, gender and background) or a quiet retreat for the working and becoming artist.

The workshops take place in a classroom setting that was recently converted into a newly rehabbed performance studio that can also be used for other large events. There is accommodation in the house for up to 25 people.

Inauguration

Actor Escape is pleased to announce inaugural workshop “Presence Poise and Performance” taught by Barcelona based theatre artists Neema Lahon and Morgan Symes.

This summer!

Course Descriptions

instructors

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Neema Lahon

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Morgan Symes

Information

When: June 21-June 26, 2024
Instructors: Neema Lahon & Morgan Symes
What: Presence, Poise and Performance

Prices:

Students: Workshop fee €350
Meals €150

  • Not including accommodations based on room selection.
  • For more information on accommodations click here.
  • For more information on meals click here.
  • Please Note: Students are required to bring wardrobe and shoes they can move comfortably and freely in. 

Transportation:

Train pick up is offered if pre arranged or there is taxi service available.

“… there is one character who inhabits a different world entirely: Christina’s mother, the queen dowager (Neema Lahon). ..In a world where much is left to the imagination or only hinted at, the mournful dowager queen is fully detailed, yet perhaps the most absurd of all”

Presence Poise and Performance

Improvisation, responsiveness, freeing your voice and body and connecting with your inner creative self.

This course is for people who want to have an introduction to the foundations of acting and theatre. It draws on using text with  intention, and playing subtext.
Its main influence comes from such practitioners as F.M: Alexander, Augusto Boal, Michel Chekov, Stanislavski, Le Coq and theatre influences such Trap Door, Page One, and Frantic Assembly amongst others.
This course is taught by two Directors; Neema Lahon and Morgan Symes.
Morgan Symes is leading the Alexander Technique sessions and half of the acting classes. Neema Lahon is leading the physical sessions as well as the other half of the acting classes. Both Morgan and Neema will be working with the groups when it comes to devising and developing the end of week performance.

Key elements:

• Imagination
• Focus and concentration
• Presence and ease.


• Exploring play
• Developing creativity
• Building a character
• Freeing your voice and body

Table 1
Day Title Aim Topics
ZERO
June 20, 2024
Participants arrive A big warm welcome to the students and first get to know. A light introduction to each other
what the plan will be over the next week.
ONE
June 21
Ensemble
Building
Getting to know each other Exploring the space Brief for the creative work ahead TBD
TWO
June 22
Trust, Play, Create Break down inhibitions and build trust Releasing tension through the Alexander Technique Building an ensemble and exploring through play TBD
THREE
June 23
Building a
Character
Principles of staging Improvisation to build and spontaneity and presence Using ideas to devise dramatic scenarios Blank scenes using basic
scenes.
7 essential questions every
actor must answer
Techniques for characterisation
FOUR
June 24
Write a simple
script
A dive into the Chekhov technique Psycho-physical techniques to explore the characters.
FIVE
June 26
Working in space Consolidation, rehearsal and presentation. Feedback and debrief. Enlivening the
spàce
Movement and
relationships
SIX
June 26
Departure Day Participants depart
Daily Schedule
Time Title Activity
10:00 am to 13:30 Morning Session - Daily warm-ups
- Yoga
- Relaxation techniques
14:00 Break for Lunch Lunch served at 14:00
 16:00 to 20:00 Afternoon Session - Exploring characterization
- Script development
- Performance Shaping
20:30 Break for Dinner Dinner served at 20:30
End of Day

Coming up next in September 2024!

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Beata Pilch

Beata Pilch

Information

When: Sept. 12 to Sept. 18, 2024
Instructor: Beata Pilch
What: Alternative Scene Study Workshop

Prices:

Students: Workshop fee €350
Meals €150

  • Not including accommodations based on room selection.
  • For more information on accommodations click here.
  • For more information on meals click here.
  • Please Note: Students are required to bring wardrobe and shoes they can move comfortably and freely in. 

Transportation:

Train pick up is offered if pre arranged or there is taxi service available.

“…founder Beata Pilch grounds the entire production with her humorous, technically layered and adventurous performance. “

ALTERNATIVE SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP with Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre’s Artistic Director, taught by Beata Pilch.

This course strengthens the actor's craft by emphasizing the application of technique to character development, text analysis and physical style as well as rehearsal and class performance of selected scenes from contemporary European literature. This course will also focus on developing engaging relationships on stage by connecting the text with physical movement in support of the actor's expression.

Course objectives:
Expansion of imagination and creativity as the source of artistic impulse.
Strengthen vocal and movement skills to support the actor’s process.
Improve textual analysis and critical thinking.

Table 1
Day Title Aim
ONE
September 12
Participants arrive Welcoming students. Meet and Greet. Grounds orientation. Community dinner.
TWO
September 13
Physical Warm-Ups Warming up the body with physical exercises that will become routine.
Playing games for freeing the body of thought process. Experiencing spontaneous choices.
THREE
September 14
Learning Text Analysis Daily warm-ups and exercises. Script assignment.
Starting to break down text and physical approach to character development.
FOUR
September 15
Physicality and Movement Daily warm-ups and exercises.
First rehearsal for performing text. Understanding text.
Discovering physicality and movement with character building.
FIVE
September 16
Character Development Daily warm-ups and exercises.
Continuing to build text, character and relationships. Exercises involving text and vocal delivery.
Working with Intensions & understanding Beat Breakdown in text.
SIX
September 17
Rehearsal refinement Daily warm-ups and exercises.
Rehearsal and refinement of pieces. Notes and learning to work moments.
Group discussion.
SEVEN
September 18
Meal and departure Participants depart
Daily Schedule
Time Title Activity
10:00 am to 13:30 Morning Session - Daily warm-ups
- Character building exercises
- Role-playing games
14:00 Break for Lunch Lunch served at 14:00
 16:00 to 20:00 Afternoon Session - Text analysis
- Beat breakdown and delivery
- Working on specific text
20:30 Break for Dinner Dinner served at 20:30
End of Day