Come have your monologue critiqued by Adrienne Nelson - be ready for the AC's Auditions!
Actors will be led through inspiring and invigorating guided character warm-ups and exercises and will be invited to write down answers to character questions "in character" to further develop and understand the character they are exploring and embodying. The exercises will help the actors deepen their understanding of their character's voice, body, biography and soul. 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, and 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 as vocally and physically warmed-up as possible. And feel free to bring water, a pencil, 2 copies of your monologue, a copy of your H/R, and a notebook. Actors are welcome to bring a snack and coffee/tea if they’d like and wear the shoes they may be wearing at their audition.
If I don't have time to share notes about 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, favorite song or poem, 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.
I look forward to working and creating with you all!
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” which dropped in January.
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