Physical Comedy Workshop with Michael Kennard
December 17 & 18, 2011
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 3, 2011
When: Sat. Dec 17 & Sun. Dec 18, 2011, 10 am – 5 pm (1 hour lunch)
Fee: $200 + GST = $210 ($25 non-refundable deposit required to secure your spot)
Class Size: Minimum students – 8, maximum students – 12
Location: Drama Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton (space TBA)
IMPORTANT NOTE: This course is not open to current University of Alberta BA Drama or BFA Acting students.
In this course students will learn to;
1) Feel, and freely act upon, innermost impulses and emotions.
2) Connect authentic body impulse to physical expression.
3) Explore the nature of comedy and tragedy.
4) Explore the actor’s ability to respond to given circumstances truthfully and in the moment.
5) Solve performance problems onstage in character.
6) Learn how to write a physical performance piece.
Note: These aspects of Physical comedy can be explored through your clown or through a character you aredeveloping. This is your choice while doing the workshop. It is suggested that students come with a prepared 5-7 minute piece. Pieces can be solo or duos.
Contact: Christine Lesiak at [email protected] or 780-660-0103.
Your registration will be confirmed once your $25 deposit has been received.
About Michael Kennard: For the past twenty-three years Michael has been a co-creator (with John Turner), performer and producer with internationally acclaimed clown duo Mump & Smoot. Michael is a graduate of the University Of Guelph Drama program and has studied physical comedy, clown, mask, improv and movement with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Fiona Griffths, Philippe Gaulier and The Second City. He has taught at The Yale School of Drama, Tel Aviv University, California State University, Guelph University, Bishops University, Equity Showcase, The SPACE, The Humber College Comedy program and now at the University of Alberta. Michael’s directing credits include: The Christmas Carol, The Hobbit and The Wizard of Oz at The Globe Theatre in Regina, The Second City’s Family Circus Maximus and Insanity Fair in Toronto and co-directed Embryo’s onIce in Chicago, Half a Sixpence at Bishops’ University and The Hollow at Berkeley St Theatre as well as many independent created productions. Michael has been recognized for his work with a Dora award, two Canadian Comedy awards, a Boston Theatre award and a Drama Logue award (California).