ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, The Towbes Foundation, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington, The Leni Fund, Sara Miller McCune and Claudia Lapin.
Summer 2018, ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Classes
(Ages: 14 to 18 years old)
Monday to Friday, July 10 to July 27, 2018
Location: The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St, Santa Barbara
Principles of Acting/ Mask Workshop (10am—12pm)
Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
Improvisation Technique (12pm—2pm)
Instructor: Michael Bernard
Acting Shakespeare (2pm—4pm)
Instructor: Caren Adorni
COST: $999. Tuition assistance available.
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Course Descriptions ETC's Young Actors Conservatory Summer Sessions 2018
Students will learn how to deconstruct and scan a text and mine Shakespeare's words to speak the text with ease and understanding. Students will gain a basic understanding of poetic language, metrics, and the conventions of Elizabethan English, allowing for an analysis that will provide the actor with clear actions and objectives. Selected scenes will be worked, rehearsed, and presented.
Voice/Alexander Technique: Caren Adorni
By applying the principles of the Alexander technique, students will learn how posture affects vocal quality. Through breath management, voice projection, and resonance building, the Alexander technique helps to release the tension of the body allowing the voice to become fuller and freer, building confidence, allowing the actor to connect more easily with their unique creativity, vulnerability and vitality.
Principles of Acting/ Mask Workshop Instructor: Marcus Giamatti
In this class students will learn about the process of craft and deepening their approach to acting. The importance of making choices will be stressed as well as discovering ways to remove fears that block creativity, so that the student can find confidence in their unique voice, vulnerability and vitality. Through scene work with partners the class will begin by learning text analysis and beat-by-beat, moment-to-moment intentions, actions and objectives, before they stand the material on its feet. Stanislavsky's Five Questions will be applied as a foundation for technique in a simple, easy to understand format. Mask work will also be applied as a tool to help discover the joy of creating story and character through physicality. Using simple, fun imaginative exercises with both neutral and masquerade masks, students understand how a transformation can be achieved in this ancient art form. Mask work can result in a powerful sense of discovery for actors, making this unique opportunity a natural tool for effective communication and expression.
Introduction to Improvisation Instructor: Michael Bernard
This class will cover the basics of creating original improvised theater. Students will learn how to improvise in a believable environment. Create characters, be present, active and alive while listening and speaking. Supporting your partner and identifying building blocks for creating a scene will be emphasized.
Ensemble Theatre Company — Santa Barbara’s professional resident theater company — hosts the Young Actors Conservatory; an exciting hands-on training with master actors and theater artists, led by Director of Education, Marcus Giamatti. With a curriculum that focuses on principles of acting, movement, voice, improv, Shakespeare, and other vital elements of theater training, ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory is Santa Barbara’s premier theater program for young and aspiring artists with a passion for delving deeper into the craft of theater!
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement From The Director
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.
Meet the Faculty
Marcus Giamatti, Master Acting Teacher
Marcus is an actor, teacher, acting coach, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and founder of his own acting studio in Los Angeles where he is the Master Teacher in Scene Study, Audition Technique, and Acting for the Camera. Marcus also serves as a counselor and mentor for actors around the world. He is a Master Teacher at the Actor’s Green Room in NYC, and at the Actor’s Key in Hollywood. He currently teaches courses in Scene Study, Shakespeare, Directing for Stage and Film, and Acting for the Camera at UC Santa Barbara.
Marcus’ career on screen spans more than 30 years, and he is best known for the role of Peter Gray on the long running CBS Drama, “Judging Amy,” Comedy Central’s “Big Time in Hollywood, FL.,” and the CBS crime drama “CSI Cyber.” He has appeared in over 100 guest star and recurring roles on television. His extensive theater credits include work on Broadway in Horton Foote’s The Young Man from Atlanta, and in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Lincoln Center, and numerous productions at Off-broadway and regional theaters.
Caren Adorni, Voice, Movement, and Acting Shakespeare
Caren Adorni is an established acting coach in Los Angeles. She has developed and taught acting workshops for over 20 years. Her inspired teaching method is grounded in the Stanislavski System. A native Californian, Caren holds an MA in Theater from UCLA and a BA in Philosophy with honors from UCSB. She studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute with Hedy Sontag. Caren has taught and participated in a variety of venues throughout Europe, including The Pan Theatre of Paris Festival in Avignon, France. She trained in the work of Etienne Decroux (mime) in Padua, Italy and studied The Alexander Technique (body alignment). Caren has directed numerous showcases for her students, including a benefit show at the Empty Stage in Los Angeles for children in foster care. Caren was invited to teach at the 6th International Festival of Making Theater in Athens, Greece and brought her workshops to Norway to teach at Nosen Fjell. Caren’s scholarship includes a Master’s thesis on Eleanora Duse (b.1857), the Italian actress who inspired Stanislavski to study the creative process of the actor. Duse intuitively discovered a method of acting, which enabled her to access truthful emotional expression which she called a state of grace and which Stanislavski later defined as inspiration.
Michael Bernard, Introduction to Improvisation
Michael Bernard spent 10 years as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project, a nationally recognized theater company that creates original theater with kids from Hell’s Kitchen New York City and theater professionals. At UCB NYC Michael directed a few shows including The Chipperton Family Vocaltainers Shooby Dooby Dooby Hour which was an official selection of The HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He has also written for Disney, Nickelodeon, Henson Productions, Nick at Nite, DC Comics, Showtime, Spike TV, The Sundance Channel, Noggin, WE, MTV, VH1 and some commercials you probably fast forwarded past.
Since moving to California in 2009 he has performed in LA with "Immediate Theaer" an improv company made of of ex members of Second City and The Groundlings. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Elements Theater. Michael teaches Theater at UCSB and SBCC.
Summer 2018, ETC's Youth Classes (14 to 18 years old)
Monday to Friday, July 10 to July 27, 2018 (see above)
- Cheers Star, SNL regular, and Second City Alumn George Wendt: "Cheers," Fletch, "Saturday Night Live," "Clipped."
- Emmy Award-Winning Actress Kate Burton: "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal" Big Trouble in Little China, "Rescue Me."
- Director/Producer Steve Robman: "Boston Public," "Gilmore Girls," "Party of Five."
- Casting Director Olivia Harris: Mystic River, Space Cowboys, "Salem's Lot."
ETC's 2018 YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
The development of story-tellers for the future of the American Theater may be one of the most valuable educational programs that the Ensemble Theater Company can offer the Santa Barbara community. Over the course of the academic year, ETC, in collaboration with local public schools, will commence an in-class workshop for young, aspiring writers. Each student will compose a one-act play under the watchful eye of a professional theater mentor.
Mentors will help students shape and refine their work, and in the spring, three plays will be selected after an extensive review process and assigned professional actors and a director. An evening of staged readings of the three plays will be presented at the New Vic.
This year’s dramatic theme will be Truth.
ETC and the Young Playwright’s Festival is proud to announce collaboration with Dos Pueblos High School for the academic year 2017-2018.
Come support these new voices on May 21st, 2018, at 7pm.
Adopt-A-School Program introduces high school students to the thrill of live theater and to the creative process of acting, directing, and to the art of technical, costume and scenic design. Through an intensive preparation process during the school year, the adopted school faculty will collaborate with education specialists from ETC’s Outreach programming to plan for their student’s selected show experience at The New Vic. Content and themes from the show will be integrated into the school’s core curriculum. In-school class workshops will also be offered in Mask, Principles of Acting, and Shakespeare Appreciation.