Actors will be led through inspiring and invigorating guided character warm-ups and exercises and write down answers to character development questions "in character" to further develop the character they are exploring. The exercises will help the actors deepen their understanding of their character's voice and body. During the second half of the workshop all actors will be able to perform their monologue at least 3 times and receive notes and adjustments/feed-back from the instructor.
Please have your 90-second monologue (s) fully memorized. Monologues should come from plays (not films) that you have read in full (not from monologue books). Please note the character's name and the name of the playwright. Please write out your goal for the workshop to quickly share at the top of the class.
Please arrive vocally and physically warmed-up, please bring water, a pencil, 2 copies of your monologue, a copy of your H/R, and a notebook and feel free to bring a snack and coffee/tea if you'd like and wear the shoes you may be wearing at your audition.
If I don't have time to share notes about your your H/R at the workshop, I'm happy to email notes after our session. Also, please bring something that is very important to your character- or kindly write it down (if you can't physically bring her/his/their first pony, passport, diploma, typewriter, lock of your lost child's hair, or grandmother's victrola or electric guitar, etc. ) and be prepared to share why it is important to her/him/them.
$20 or $15 for AC Members
Level 2/3 actors are welcome to register here
(Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register as an observer)
Adrienne Nelson has performed with Arena Stage in All the Way (Lurleen Wallace, Muriel Humphrey, LBJ’s secretary and others) directed by Kyle Donnelly. She played Helen in Marja-Lewis Ryan’s play One in the Chamber directed by Michael Piazza and Helena in Occupied Territories (Theater Alliance and Martha’s Vineyard productions) directed by Mollye Maxner for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble. Adrienne has also has performed with Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, SCENA Theatre, Source Theatre and Washington Shakespeare Company in Richard III, Richard II, Equus, Kafka’s Dick, and Jumpers. Some of her favorite projects include playing Emma in the DC premiere of The God of Hell, Mephistopheles in Faustus (Best of Fringe Award, 2007), helping to devise and perform Swampoodle in Ireland and DC for Dublin’s Performance Corporation and Solas Nua, playing Betsy in Jacqueline E. Lawton’s play Anna K directed by Shirley Serotsky and playing Carla Carla in Swimming in the Shallows with Catalyst Theater. With Catalyst she received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Choreography with her cast and director Kathleen Akerley for their work in shkspr prjct; a Grotowski fueled deconstruction of Macbeth. Look for Adrienne as Vera Mills in Season 2 of Amazon Prime’s “Thespian” dropping in January.
From AC Members:
She was very professional and knowledgeable.
She was amazing. Full of energy and enthusiasm for the craft, knowledgeable, had great exercises and adjustments for the monologues.
I appreciated her obvious commitment to the participants. Absolutely delightful.
She was great, would highly recommend her as an instructor and coach.