From the Page to the Stage

From the Page to the Stage

When building a character, an actor must go beyond saying words naturally. A good script is full of clues about the complex make-up of the characters. These clues might include personal history, point-of-view, physical hardships, relationships, the political climate of the community, and more. It is the job of the actor to take these clues and fold them into a living, breathing character that serves the arc of the play.

In this workshop, we will first spend time doing “table work”: primarily digging into the text for nuggets of information about given circumstances and character development. Part of this work will include a brief review of the concepts of action/objective, obstacles, and tactics. Once we have a basic framework for a scene, we will get on our feet and experiment with those discoveries in performance.

Please make sure to dress comfortably – including shoes! We will spend some of the session on our feet, and it is best if your movement is not restricted by your clothing. You might also want to bring note-taking materials, so you can reference the work as you continue to develop your skills on your own.

This will be a working session via Google Meet. Participants will perform the concepts throughout the workshop from their computers/laptops.

Sunam Ellis is a Seattle-based actor, director, and teaching artist. She received her MFA from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program and has worked locally on productions with ACT, Book-It, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Sound Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Horse in Motion, Freehold and Seattle Public Theater. Sunam currently teaches theater courses at Seattle University while continuing to develop her craft in local readings/productions.