Where Does it Say That?! A Text Analysis Workshop [Live & Online]
In this workshop we’ll look at that devil of a topic, script analysis, and touch on all the things we need to think about when considering a script or a role. It’s devilish because there are so many aspects to it, so at first it seems gigantic. It’s definitely going to happen that someone tells you “hey, your character is supposed to be like this!” and you’re thinking “Really? Where does it say THAT!?” Is it just that person’s opinion, or some kind of performance tradition, or is it really indicated in the text somehow? But as we go through the course we’ll find that while there are many things to consider, the methods of how to consider them can be quite simple and become part of the exciting discovery process. Little clues become exciting discoveries that can change everything, and even the writing style will start to make more sense. We may sometimes have to play Sherlock Holmes to figure something out, but we also get to play Dr. Watson and dramatize it, so we get the full reward for our efforts!
This workshop will involve reading at home as well as together in the sessions, discussing the work and the playwright, and will have active and group activities throughout. Depending on who enrolls, we may also have the ability to have actors play out the scenes based on your script analysis, so that we can see the immediate effects of your discoveries. This workshop will be focused primarily on theatre scripts, and is open to anyone at all, which can include actors, directors, designers, or others who are interested.
Workshop 1: Reading a Script
Workshop 2: Working on a Script
Workshop 3: Getting Close to a Script
Workshop 4: The Relationship Goes On
Peter Giser is a director, actor and singer who has been performing for over 20 years in Montreal and New York. Originally trained as a musical performer, Peter turned more fully towards acting while in New York, studying at the Strasberg School and later becoming a member of The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company. Peter also began producing and directing in New York, which he now continues to do in Montreal through his own theatre company, Snowglobe Theatre. His knowledge and training include Stanislavski work, Strasberg, Meisner, Michael Chekhov technique, Shakespeare performance, and commedia, among other styles and methods. Peter puts a large focus on developing talent and skills, and has been offering workshops in Montreal to the artistic community since 2019.
Schedule (Eastern Time)
Tuesday, August 4, 7 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday, August 11, 7 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday, August 18, 7 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday, August 25, 7 pm – 9 pm