9:30 Registration/Parent Meeting/Improv Exercises and Games
10:00 Becoming the Well-Rounded Actor/Actress
Creating your character’s story: verbally, emotionally, physically, balancing being authentic and present in your own performance while being part of the “bigger picture” of the production, yet being aware of how it is landing on the audience. Very interactive.
Phillip most recently appeared at The Goodman Theatre, where he appeared as Autolycus in THE WINTERS TALE as well as AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Talking Pictures, The Actor and Brutality of Fact. Chicago Credits include ON CLOVER ROAD and The Columnist at American Blues Theatre where he is an ensemble member; A Christmas Story at The Paramount Theatre; Danny Casolaro Died For You at TimeLine Theatre Company; The Dance of Death and Old Glory at Writers Theatre; The Royale and The Big Meal (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble) at American Theatre Company; Tartuffe, Skylight, James Joyce’s The Dead and The Mystery Cycle at Court Theatre; Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Conquest of The South Pole at Famous Door Theatre. He was in the first national tour of Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika, launching at The Royal George Theatre. He spent 10 seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival appearing in many productions including the title roles in Macbeth, Cyrano De Bergerac, Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Other regional credits include A Moon for The Misbegotten at Laguna Playhouse and Just Men at The Stella Adler Theatre. Recent television credits include Proven Innocent, Empire, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Mind Games. Film: THE OUT OF TOWNERS and THRILL RIDE. He has played at The Bristol Renaissance Faire for 27 years, and tours the country with his European-style clown act, as MooNiE: Juggler, Ropewalker, Foolish Mortal! He has performed this show for 30 years and given over 8200 performances across the country. His new show To Flop or Not To Flop, a comedy memoir show, premiered last year at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He is represented by Paonessa Talent in Chicago.
11:30 Presenting: Creating and Writing Unique Jokes for your Standup Comedy Routine. Improv Comedy.
RAMIRO LYNCH – Professional Stand Up Comedian, Producer, and MC
Ramiro is a stand up comic born and raised in Argentina, who moved to Chicago in 2001. Ramiro uses comedy to make fun of himself, America and Argentina. Ramiro has performed in comedy clubs around the US Midwest and looks forward to performing in Argentina in the coming months. You can find Ramiro on social media: @ramicomedy both on Twitter and Instagram.
12:30 ~ Sack Lunch (no hard-boiled eggs, please – allergy)
1:00 Stage Combat Choreography – Emil Sueck
Demystify stage fight scenes with various healthy, safe stage combat techniques as you learn how to create choreography that dazzles the audience while you protect yourself and your fight partner.
Presenting: Stage Combat Basics. Setting the stage. Stage Combat Choreography.
Emil Sueck is a Chicago based Actor/Musician and Stage Combatant. He specializes in TYA and physical theatre. He has worked with Great Works, AlphaBet Soup, and Cowardly Scarecrow Productions on several projects. He has also performed commedia dell ‘arte with Laughing Stock Theatre at Chicago’s 2019 Physical Theatre Fest and performed as an actor combatant with the Bristol Renaissance Faire. He studied Acting and Stage Combat at Columbia College Chicago. He has also begun some circus training with Actors Gymnasium. Emil is a founding member of the Point Theatre Project. https://pointtheatreproject.com/
2:30 Vocal Control on Stage – By Jenny Randag
How do you use your voice to portray the type of character you are crafting? How do you overcome stage jitters and use them to heighten your performance? Explore answers to these questions and more.
Jenny studied communications in college with an emphasis on radio and TV where she wrote and produced commercials for the radio station. She also studied music and voice and was a private voice coach after graduating.
Jenny attended Second City and IO and has performed comedic and music improv in Chicago. She studied playwriting and scene studies at “Chicago Dramatists”. She has written several comedy sketches and 10 minute plays and is currently writing her first full-length play. She has performed in and directed several plays here in the Chicago area, including “Steel Magnolias” and “Blithe Spirit”. Jenny also leads and directs programs for seniors including, music and movement, art therapy and creative writing.
3:30 Scene Study Intensive – Creating stage cast camaraderie and tension growing scenes, and aging characters with the Pfluger Empathy Movement Method – By Felicia Pfluger
Scene Studies will be broken down between the various attendees in this mini-intensive scene study. Using the Pfluger Stage Empathy Method, the attendees will work scenes from the play Making God Laugh and present their scene at the end of the workshop. How do you create the maximum audience impact? What tools and techniques can you use to strengthen the shows you direct? How do you highlight characters and build a scene?
About the play scenes: Making God Laugh is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each ten years apart, set at various holidays. Starting in 1980, the newly “launched” kids – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player – all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The “empty nest” parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare-up. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter – we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. As Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans…”
A Chicago playwright, Felicia has also acted, directed and produced theater for over 25 years. Felicia counts herself blessed to have founded, developed and shaped LATTE since 2009 to bring socio-emotional growth and collaborative leadership development to the forefront on and off stage.
Felicia’s “Pfluger Empathy Movement Method” develops actresses and actors holistically utilizing socio-emotional facets, physiological awareness and empathy building while protecting the psyche. With a varied background in theater, dance, song, writing, script and ghostwriting, Felicia enjoys empowering teens in LATTE to challenge themselves through full length, professional counseling and education, stage works and personal and professional development – all while having a lot of fun in the process!
She has written numerous works including: Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, The Porch Light, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Much Ado About Nothing, and Little Women and Dearest Soldier, Love in War.
5:00 Placement Auditions (if interested) LATTE show choices based on cast chemistry and complement.
Bring a sack lunch, water bottle, the completed forms below, and your enthusiasm!
$35 for the day. $150 Tuition for show season.
Note: Parents are still required to attend the first 15 minutes of the workshop even if the forms are filled out.
LATTE Group Placement is based upon audition. Placement audition follows, after our Professional Acting Workshop. 708-655-0989 Show frontrunners are: