Upcoming Workshops

Actors Ensemble Workshops Enrolling Now

The Ensemble Workshop  is continuing its training program this fall with The Young Actors Program at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Sugar Loaf.

The ten-week workshop, designed for actors between the ages of 11 and up, begins on Tuesday October 6th from 4pm until 6pm.

This session is an entry-level workshop designed to train young actors in technique, character development and script interpretation. Members will learn the skills required to play a role and understand the relationships between characters, plot and how to make these elements real in the context of a script. “Though these are young students the requirements for acting are the same as for adults”, says Paul Ellis, Director of the Workshops. “Each student will have to define his or her role and learn to develop the character as fits the script.”

Sarah Wilson in The Skriker

Sarah Wilson in The Skriker

This group will begin with physical and vocal exercises, rhythm, and improvisation. They will then move to script analysis, character development and the relationship between themselves and the role. Students will work on monologues to develop character and scenes, which will introduce them to relationships and script interpretation.

The workshop is designed to expand concentration, observation skills, ability, and a deeper understanding of the relationships within the play and the ensemble as a whole. In the ensemble setting actors are able to engage themselves in the creative process as the group moves towards a sense of collectivity and community. Young actors workshops nurture creativity and enhances the young actors’ ability to perform and work together as part of an ensemble.

Instructor Paul Ellis has forty-five years of experience in the theater business. He studied theater with Lee Strasberg, Peter Brook, Julian Beck and play writing with Jean Claude Van Ittallie. Ellis has directed over eighty plays and produced numerous concerts and festivals. He presently directs and produces the Air Pirates Radio Theater. His past students have been accepted to the finest acting conservatories including NYU, Purchase, Pace and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Many have appeared in major films and stage productions including American Idiot, Law and Order, Argo and Off Broadway and independent films.

Fiona Hill and Lauren Mehling in The Skriker

Fiona Hill and Lauren Mehling in The Skriker

The Ensemble Workshop is for young actors who are seriously interested in developing skills and training at a professional level. Actors between the ages of 12 and 14 who have never studied with the Young Actors Program are encouraged to enroll in the entry-level workshop. This group will begin with physical and vocal exercises, script analysis, rhythm, character development and the relationship between themselves and the role. Young actors workshops nurture creativity and enhances the young actors’ ability to perform and work together as part of an ensemble.

The Young Actors Program begins October 6. The fee for the ten-week workshop is $400. To register, call 845-469-7563




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