Scene Study: Building a Character

Upcoming Offerings:

Toronto (Aug 12 - Sept 24) Mondays, Tuesdays 6PM-10PM (NO CLASSES LABOUR DAY WEEKEND)

Toronto (Sept 30- Dec 16) Mondays, 6PM-10PM.

To Book Call 647-2892790 or email julian@julianrmunds.com

Right to left: Denise Norman, John Chou. Scenography Christine Urquhart. Lighting: Lin Mei

Right to left: Denise Norman, John Chou. Scenography Christine Urquhart. Lighting: Lin Mei

Resources: The participant will receive a text on the first day of the class. One pencil, one note pad, also provided.

Number of participants: Max 10 per Class. (Auditors welcome at a cost of $15 per 4 hr session)

Number of classes: Each part -Three 4 Hour classes. 12 Classes all together.

Cost: For the full twelve session course. $576, $460 for CAEA members.

Each part can be taken individually for 160 plus HST, 120 plus HST for CAEA members.  

The participant is expected to participate in all sessions registered for as this workshop is meant to mimic a rehearsal process.

All levels of experience welcome as the methods will be taught bespoke.

The participant will receive a script, note pad, a pencil for paper-based work. They will also receive refreshments. The participant is expected to participate in all sessions as this workshop is meant to mimic a rehearsal process.

All levels of experience welcome as the methods will be taught bespoke.

Auditors: welcome at a cost of $15 per four-hour session. Auditor will be entitled to refreshments. ($5 cost worked in).

Location: The Attic ArtsHub, 1402 Queen Street East, Toronto

Refund Policy: Full Refund 2 Weeks Out From Class Start.

Central Question This Class Will Answer: How do we take a script and make it a unique piece of theatre?  

About the Class:

Purpose:

A scene study class unlike any scene study in Canada!

This class seeks to help the artist (actor, director, writer, designer) create a multifaceted character from a piece of text in a time allotment that is like an average North American commercial rehearsal period.

All ethnicities, identifications, and abilities welcome. This workshop will be conducted as a safe space for working and will abide by the CAEA Code of Conduct.

Summary:

A comprehensive scene study beyond the classic take a scene and learn it. In this class we take a character and create it.  

Using practical techniques and lesser known methods from Brazilian, German, Polish, Russian, and Canadian/American traditions, the artist will create a vibrant, original, layered character that will startle and inspire audiences. The artist will be shown how to embody character through voice, physicality, and thought. The artist will see how a text is the only resource required to create a fleshed performance.  The artist will learn how their personal creativity and discipline is the only thing required to be successful in theatre. The artist will learn to embrace their unique voice I relation to text.    

Who’s the course good for: Any artist interested in performance:

-          The Actor interested in mining different perspectives in the creation of their work.

-          Directors looking for ways to enhance their work.

-          Writers interested exploring the stage as a medium for their work.

-          Designers interested in a performance driven perspective vs. a technical theatre perspective.

-          Scholars interested in different practical approaches to performance from text.

 -         Theatre audiences interested in a deeper appreciation of performances.

Who is the teacher?

Julian R. Munds calls himself a phantom of the Canadian cultural scene; in that he’s never had an outright titanic hit, but many people have felt his presence.  He was trained through the University of Toronto and Sheridan Institute of Technology. He is a professional actor who has been featured on Opera, Musical, and Theatre stages. He specialises in Meyerhold Biomechanics and has a background in Grotowski movement studies. He has also directed many plays and written some as well. You can purchase his work off Amazon: Changeling: A Grand Guignol for Murderous Times (featured in University syllabi as a Canadian play of note), and The Good Doctor Holmes and His Children of God, which was hailed as a ‘Canadian Classic.’

Julian believes that every person has within them the ability to be an artist on the level of the greats no matter their experience. He believes they only need the right set of rules and nurturing to embrace their inner creative soul.