Master Class with Jeremy Gillett

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Master Class with Jeremy Gillett 
Playwright and performer, Black and 25 in America
MFA, Arizona State University
B.A., Theatre, University of Kentucky

The Playwright and the Actor:  Developing Authentic Characters

The characters in a performance come alive as a result of the artistic choices of the actor.  This is certainly the case for the characters in Black and 25 in America.   The challenge for the actor is to create memorable and believable people that the audience will come to embrace. We will explore ways to develop unique characters through the use of voice, dialect, facial expressions, body movement, language and research.  

While an actor helps to communicate authentic characters and brings them to life, the playwright’s words create an entire world inhabited by characters.  The playwright gives each character a moral center, particular gifts and talents, and provides the “back story” for the choices of the character.  The process of creating this world and the characters who live in it is a dynamic process.  It uses one's own experiences and incorporates the writer's observations, as well as his/her spiritual and emotional energy.  The result is a story…a play that captures these elements in a way that helps the audience peek into the mind of the playwright and for 90 minutes visit another world.  

 This workshop will speak to the creative process that produced Black and 25 in America.  Moreover, we will discuss the intellectual, spiritual and emotional process necessary to fully inhabit a character and the ways in which aspiring playwrights can use this process to tell their truth.

Sep 12 2019, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building Room 106

Free
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