Workshops - Discover new things
Are you an aspiring actor who would like to learn new drama techniques? Or a dancer keen to get your feet tapping to a new dance form?
You're not alone!
Our goal is to help you discover the artist in you. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly supportive environment to get started.
Although 'abhinaya' is a vital component of Indian classical dance forms, western contemporary acting style and aesthetic require a different emphasis. This workshop will take advantage of the storytelling and expressive skills Indian classical dancers already posses, and add to it a dimension of examining objectives, obstacles, tactics and expectations - fundamentals of the American and Stanislavsky methods. During this workshop, you will learn how to analyze scenes and characters, discover the sub-text, drive the plot forward, ensuring intentionality in every move and every choice, ultimately to do more by doing less!
** You do not have to be a classical dancer to sign up for this workshop, however if you are a dancer, we highly encourage you to consider joining us.
This is a hybrid workshop - conducted both in person, and online, for adults.
March 2nd - 26th, 2022
Wednesdays (2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd): 7:30 to 9:30 PM; online.
Saturdays (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th): 2:00 to 5:00 PM; in person in Redmond, WA.
Exact location in Redmond and online link will be provided after you register.
Covid protocol: Proof of vaccination is required for this workshop. In-person Saturday sessions will require all participants (and instructor(s)) to wear face-coverings except for when on 'stage' performing or actively instructing. The space where the workshop is being held is a large, well ventilated space with sufficient room for distancing.
The workshop will be led primarily by Pratidhwani Drama Wing's Artistic Director Agastya Kohli, with guest instructors joining us from time to time.
Agastya is a Seattle area based actor, director and producer. He has led the Drama Wing of Pratidhwani since 2005, and has directed and produced many shows in Hindi and English. Recent directorial credits for Pratidhwani include Washer/Dryer by Nandita Shenoy (2019), Queen by Madhuri Shekar (2018), I and You by Lauren Gunderson (2018), Aathvan Sarg by Surendra Verma (2017), and Dance Like a Man by Mahesh Dattani (2015). He holds a certificate in Directing for Stage and Screen from University of Washington. He has also directed for Penguin Productions, 14/48, Live Girls! Theater, Infinity Box and SIS Productions. Recent acting credits include Mandala of Sherlock Holmes (audio play) and Brothers K at Book-it Rep, Happiest Song Plays Last at Theatre22, and Money & Run at Theater Schmeater. By day, Agastya is a Telecom Engineer for the second largest wireless service provider in the US.
Dance Master Class
by Mallika Sarabhai
Mallika Sarabhai needs no introduction. She has been using theatre, dance and sound together to break barriers of the strictly classical, moving towards more a personalized expression in dance and theater.
In this class she ran exercises to make participants understand the body, Abhinaya, and Laya beyond the usually taught.
by Improv Comedy Mumbai
Improv Comedy Mumbai (ICM) was started by Seattle native Adam Dow in 2009.The group performs scenes and games along the lines of the American TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’.
Under the direction of Adam, ICM has been able to grow and fill the need of Improvisational Theatre in India by creating a group of professionally trained improvisers and performers who provide quality entertainment.
We did improv workshops with them in Seattle in 2015 and 2017.
Pappu can Bhangra too!
By Gurvinder Pal Singh
Our very own Guru conducted a Bhangra workshop. Targeted for people know a bit of bhangra, or have two left feet, this workshop was designed to have everyone ready to hit the dance floor. It was a safe and fun environment to learn - with all the friends from Pratidhwani!!
Audition Toolkit with Aneesh Sheth
Over the years we have worked with many actors who now have experience in theatre, but don't necessarily have the vocabulary used in the professional theatre world. This keeps them from showing what they know and what they can do.
The inspiration behind this 6 week class was to bridge that gap and enable budding actors to demonstrate their abilities in a more impressive manner.
What's Under the Hood? The Dramatic Tools that Make a Good Play
What makes for a well constructed play? This workshop focused on writing stories or plays, understanding the arcs and plot points that push the story forward. It also helped actors benefit from the study of text, understanding the "old world" of your character, the "new world" of your character, and the journey your character will embark on.
Elizabeth Heffron currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she spent 5 years working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces. She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild.Bio coming soon.
Auditioning for Camera - Headshots, Resumes and Preparing Sides
By David Hogan
David S. Hogan from Mighty Tripod Productions conducted a workshop on auditioning and performing in front of the camera. The session briefly covered headshots and resumes, and focused on the actual craft of auditioning.
David is an actor, teacher, producer, and director. His work has been seen on many Seattle stages, including Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and more. He also works steadily in front of the camera. David has been working as an acting coach and professional consultant since 2010. He has studied with John Jacobsen (direct line to Uta Hagen), Tom Todoroff (direct line to Stella Adler), Jessica Marlowe Goldstein (direct line to Leonid Anisimov), Nike Imoru, Steven Anderson, and David Strasberg to name a few.