Playing a Role in Theater and Life:

 

WHO IS SPEAKING – WHEN I PLAY A CHARACTER or IN MY LIFE?

CAN I COMBINE WHAT I KNOW AND FEEL WITH WHAT I SAY?

IS THERE AN INTELLIGENCE IN MY FEELINGS AND BODY – DOES IT HAVE A VOICE?

Workshop participants will explore exercises, improvisations, scenes, characters, and texts, particularly ones that have meaning and interest for you. ‘What does it mean to play a role?’ Prepare a scene or two that fascinate you as a starting point and we’ll take a journey together for a few days. You may never be the same.
Open to all levels of experience. Recommended for 14 and older

Jim Post helped lead many Folk Art Guild theater productions in the 1970s and 80s. Now living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he has been active in Community Theater and the Saratoga Shakespeare Co. The past year included work with a local actors group giving staged readings of contemporary plays, most recently playing a dog in the Jack Flanders adventure ‘Do Angles Really Have Wings?’ produced by ZBS foundation.

Tess DeFlyer was first introduced to performing when she was 3 years old and was invited to sing in the church choir where, her family fondly recalls, she was by far the loudest in the group and would sing with all abandon despite her shy peers. This was where her passion for singing began and she has been performing ever since. In later years she was introduced to musical theater and performed throughout high school. Continuing her studies, Tess graduated from Nazareth College with a BFA in Musical Theater and has since performed in numerous professional productions. Regional theater credits include Belle in A Christmas Carol, and Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Geva Theatre Center. New York credits include Lia in Moses Man where she performed off-Broadway as part of the New York Musical Festival. In addition she has worked with a Queens, NY-based company, traveling and performing in children’s theater productions.

Paul Schliffer has acted and created plays his whole life, specializing in adapting traditional folk tales from around the world. He has written, directed and acted in numerous productions at the Folk Art Guild, in local schools and as part of Cornell University’s theater series. Essential in his work has been the place of music and sound in our lives and as an integral element in the production and experience of theater.

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