Across America, important new plays are coming out of development workshops. Working actors need to know how to make an unforgettable impression in staged readings and rehearsals of “plays-in-process”, but these skills aren’t generally taught in conservatories. In this class, students will work with the Lab Director of the Antaeus Playwrights Lab on compelling scripts by some of today’s hottest playwrights. Featured guests will include prominent directors and writers whose works are being produced on Los Angeles stages. Students will learn how to audition for new plays, analyze text both quickly and deeply, make bold, visceral acting choices, and slay in staged readings. We will also discuss the nuts and bolts business of acting in the L.A. theater world. If there are writers in the class, there may be a Lab-style session to read their work! For the class culmination, students will rehearse and perform a public staged reading of a new play at Antaeus, working closely with the playwright. (Please note that the final session of the class will be the public performance on Monday, July 15, at 7pm.)
Emily Chase is a longtime company member, and facilitates the Antaeus Playwrights Lab. Director: Divorce Court Hell and several original one-act plays (Antaeus), A Little House Christmas (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Round and Round the Garden and Real Inspector Hound (Theater 40); And Know That I am God (Road Theatre) and projects at Moving Arts, Met Theater, Classical Theater Lab, Strasberg, Road Theater, Playwrights Union, etc. Actress: South Coast Rep, Taper Too, Antaeus Company, El Portal, Getty Center, John Anson Ford Theater; also web series, TV, and film. Currently filming the indie READY. Teacher: Antaeus Academy, A Noise Within, University of California, AMDA. MFA from UCLA.