BEING ON CAMERA 6 Weeks March 16 - April 20, 2021 Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm ET
With classes taught on Zoom, we have the perfect opportunity to explore 'how to be present' on camera. This very intimate format captures every thought and movement, so how can we ‘just be’ on camera. How do we create this improvisational feel to our work and keep it fresh and honest. How do we listen or receive the other person and then radiate those thoughts through the lens. Using tools from the Chekhov technique and some elements of improvisation, we will explore the medium of the camera. Be willing to play!
TECHNIQUE PART 2 6 Weeks March 17 - April 21, 2021 Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm ET
This ongoing class in the essentials of the Michael Chekhov technique is a continuation of our Technique 1 class. We will review and combine elements from the Technique 1 class as well as exploring Qualities of Movement, Rising/Falling/Balancing, how to capture images, inviting emotions, and how to use the space around us. *this class is recommended for those who have taken a Technique 1 class or are familiar with the technique.
These 2 hour classes will include: -on your feet exercises in the technique - scene work with partners to put the technique into practice -a spy back for question and answers -classes will be recorded and posted until one week after the last class so you can view and practice - Classes taught by Rena Polley on Zoom FEE $150 for 6 classes $25 for drop in fee
*all fees in Canadian dollars and for those in Canada 13% HST will be added to the fee
For some of you these classes will be relatively new and for others a chance to deepen your practice. For all of us it will be an opportunity to come together from different parts of the world and explore the imaginative world of Michael Chekhov.
"I love the Michael Chekhov classes with Rena. Through play and experiment, this technique gives actors tools to deepen their work, allowing them to be more truthful, no matter what level they’re at.” Barbara Mantini, Vocalist, Actor, Teacher, Welland, Ontario
“After 47 years as an actor, and 40 as a mostly Uta Hagen based teacher, I at last made the first steps into a practical study of the Michael Chekhov technique, near the start of lock-down. Why did I wait so long?!! After three sets of online workshops with Rena Polley, I feel my acting has the makings of a new home.” Richard Addison, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
"I absolutely LOVE Rena's classes. I've been studying MIchael Chekhov for a few years. Rena's style of teaching is not only fun and imaginative, but it gives me a new approach to the technique. I'm having so much fun while deepening my craft. I truly look forward to Rena's classes." Alice Willis, Los Angeles, CA
“Rena’s deep understanding of the Chekhov technique combines perfectly with her limitless energy and generosity. Every class progresses fluidly, is great fun and leaves me feeling positively alive. Michael Swatton, Actor, Ottawa
"I appreciated the fact that I could transform myself, my experiences and the environment without forced emotions or memories, everything flows with lightnesses. The thing than moved me mainly was the work with the partner, this work gave me the possibility to create great empathy with the other person and I forgot I was doing an exercise and was just was there with him/her. " Veronica Giula Cammilli, Bologna Italy