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MTS – Summer Physical Theater Institute and New Online Classes!

What Covid-19 Means for MTS This Summer!

2020 marks the ten year anniversary of Movement Theater Studio’s world-renowned month-long Summer Physical Theater Institute. Hosted by CUNY Brooklyn College’s Theater Department on the grounds of their beautiful campus deep in the heart of Brooklyn the four-week intensive and such one-week workshops as Clown, Character Mask, The Ensemble Director and of course Norman Taylor’s transformative master classes have attracted almost 3,000 students from across the globe during this last decade. We are very proud of that! And despite the setbacks of this year’s Covid-19 pandemic, MTS remains committed to providing the highest level of physical acting training to its students – both new and returning.

To that end, we have both pushed back our 2020 summer offerings and shortened the length of the full-time intensive. We’re lucky enough to have the same world-class faculty and with a lengthened teaching day we will be able to cover almost as much as before. SO! Below you will see a start date of July 20th (which we believe best positions us to ensure we will be free of social distancing rules and limits on public assembly) and we’ve significantly cut prices in acknowledgment of the particular hardship brought upon the artistic community. Of course, the city may still not be open-for-business and we may not be able to run these courses. But we are planning on it – and signing up those who might NEED a place to get creative at that point more than ever! Lastly, I would like to thank all of the many who have trained with us this past decade – who have brought their talent, dedication, and fun into the room. These are punishing times for the creative soul but I believe that like the Phoenix from the ashes the curiosity of the artist will prevail and thrive – no matter what the foe. See below and…..

COME JOIN US!

Richard Crawford, Director MTS


in association with
BROOKLYN COLLEGE

TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE
July 20th – July 31st, 9 am – 6 pm
The first comprehensive Lecoq based training program in New York.  Focusing on the Actor as Creator, the 2020 Summer Physical Theater Intensive at MTS is based on key elements of the Lecoq pedagogy, including Le jeu, Clown, Neutral Mask and Lecoq’s 20 Movements in approaching the creation of original and physically told narratives.  Faculty include Richard Crawford (Actor War Horse, Clown Director Cirque Du Soleil), Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Broadway), Yuval Boim (LISPA), and Virginia Scott (FizGig Studio).


ONE WEEK WORKSHOPS




RICHARD CRAWFORD
CHARACTER MASK
July 20th – 24th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT

CLOWN 1
July 27th – 31st
It’s your big chance to seek the source of your comic nature, connect to your playful spirit, and discover your clown! Virginia Scott – Discovering the Clown


RICHARD CRAWFORD

LECOQ 101
AUG 3rd – 7th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT
CLOWN 2
AUG 3rd – 7th
Pre-requisite: Clown 1.  Now let’s make some funny stuff to show the audience! The clowns develop material unique to them and each student walks away with 5 minutes of individual material!

NOTE: update on May 6th: if these summer classes can’t run because of extended gathering restrictions we will move everything online.

For additional information regarding the Summer Workshops Click Here!


ALSO – 6 dynamic online classes beginning May 18th.

Shadow Puppetry: Silhouettes in my Bedroom

Stories in Sound

Lecoq’s Twenty Movements: Adventures in (a tiny) Space

Mask Making/Play

The Ensemble Director

Physical Comedy

  Click Here for Information


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Commedia Company – at Cantina Royale, Monday – 12/17/18

I attended a rehearsal for the upcoming Commedia Company show which is this Monday at Cantina Royale in Williamsburg.

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Director: Virginia Scott

Nicholas Mayfield – Assistant Director, Roberto DiDonato – Assistant Director,

Peter Martin – Artistic Director, Lydia Bottom – Associate Producer

Cast: Brandt Adams, Will Clark, Virginia Scott, Jeff Seal, Christopher Traumantana.

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Here are some photographs from that evening. I was delightfully impressed by the hilarity that was present at the rehearsal. The show should be very funny!

A very informal talk by cast members about the content of the upcoming show.

Some Portraits of cast members with masks.

Its the only contemporary commedia show in town! Monday night December 17 in the back of a Mexican restaurant in hipper than hip hip hooray wonderful Williamsburg, 7 of the most dangerously talented, bravest and funniest actors in the world use the Italian half-masks of the European Renaissance theatrical form known as the Commedia Dell’arte to transform themselves, space and time at lightning speed. But this is not your Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-European-Grandfathers Commedia! We don’t do it the Renaissance way, at least not in public (what company members do on their own time is their own damn business). Discovering the Commedia characters in the present day, the Commedia Company takes on contemporary situations. Every night is a different show organized around theme so you can come back every week and see something you’ve never seen before . . . in more ways than one! Its part stand-up, part improv, part physical comedy, part character comedy, part political comedy and all imagination.

Come at 7:30 to hang out with the cast before the show, listen to live music, have a drink, or eat some Mexican food.  Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door. CASH only at the door  Not appropriate for children. Run time is between 1 and 1.5 hours.

The creation of the Commedia Company is Phase One of the development of a performance wing of the Funny School of Good Acting. Were raising the profile of the funny forms and shining the light of the extraordinary skills and talents of our faculty and alumni.

Join the community of ha-ha-ha! Who knows what is gonna happen next? Not us! It’s improv!  But we are in this together. And its a spectacle Royale.

TICKETS HERE!

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Movement Theater Studio – A Physical Actor’s Bootcamp

When an individual thinks about becoming an actor they assume it means taking ‘acting classes’.

What is called ‘working from the inside out’. Learning a technique to act! StanislavskiMethod Acting – etc.

The most interesting training an actor can really have is ‘physical theater’ training. This is where the actor learns to act ‘from the outside in’.

I have been an advocate of the technique of French master Jacques Lecoq and his training. Many performing groups that I have photographed over the years have been trained by either Lecoq himself or someone that studied with him.

Currently, the show at Lincoln Center‘s Vivian Beaumont Theater is WAR HORSE and several of the actor/actress’s have had this training. I contacted Richard Crawford who is the co-director of Movement Theater Studio and he introduced me to two of his students who are performing in the show. I was invited backstage to interview Hunter Canning and Leah Hofmann.

After they talked about their training and how imperative it was for working in theater , I then interviewed Richard Crawford and Virginia Scott from MTS.

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For more information on Movement Theater Studio go here.