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bq. Thank you for the work you did with our students last week. The 2nd years came into class this week energized and excited about the new tools they had to work with. The 1st years, who only saw the masterclass, came with loads of questions and curiosity. It will be fun continuing to explore your process with them all. -Amanda Consol, Director of Acting, Maryland Opera Studio, University of Maryland School of Music

bq. I got more out of my hour with him than all of my theater classes in college combined! -Melinda Massie, Actor

Read more testimonials from Chuck’s Master Classes.

May 2020

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble: NYC

    • Acting & Movement Techniques for Singers

June 2020

San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program: San Francisco

    • Acting & Movement Techniques for Singers
    • Arias and Action: Private Audition Coaching

August 2020

The Melba Opera Trust: Melbourne, Australia

Pacific Opera Company: Sydney, Australia

    • Acting & Movement Techniques for Singers
    • Arias and Action: Private Audition Coaching

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h1. Master Classes Topics Include

* Acting and Movement Techniques for Singers and Actors
* Arias and Action: A 3 Dimensional Technique for Auditioning and Solo Performance
* Free Your Creativity: Performing Artists are Creative Artists
* Creating a Role: Advanced Acting Techniques
* Comedy and Comic Timing
* Act Bigger : Presentational Techniques to play in larger houses
* Trouser Roles and Cross Gender Performance
* Monologues for Singers
* Marrying Vocal & Acting Techniques
* Generating Original Works: Movement Theatre, Plays, Opera
* One Man Shows: Techniques for creating Solo Performances
* Master Classes for Stage Directors
* Baroque Period Style Movement and playing Molière Texts
* Elizabethan Movement Techniques and playing Shakespearean Texts
* Period Style Movement from Baroque to Victorian

h1. General Course Objectives

To create and sustain a dimensional and truthful performance in whatever style may be presented. To explore and utilize the complete Psycho-physical energy of the performer; i.e., both physical and mental energies, which allows a greater control of expressiveness by linking specific movement and acting techniques with the generation and truthful expression of emotions and the presentation of dimensional characters in action.

In contrast to the majority of Movement Training courses designed for performers available in the United States, which present exercises that prepare the performer for the stage or that are generally therapeutic, these techniques allow the performer dramatic control over the entire body in order to go “beyond the music” and to “go beyond the words” in the development of character, sub textual conflicts, dramatic intentions, and active choices while performing on stage.

In contrast to the majority of Acting Classes available, these classes are antithetical to the schools dedicated only to Contemporary American Realism which generally distance the performer of style productions from creating truth in their given contexts.

A specific difficulty for chorus and supernumeraries is maintaining action and dimension while “just standing there” or “just sitting there,” and while performing in large groups and oratorio.

For more information about these master class presentations, or to bring a program to your organization, please contact Chuck