Monday – Saturday | July 31 – August 5, 2017 | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
An application is required for the Hagen Teacher Training Lab.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Application deadline: June 26, 2017
For the continuing professional development of educators and artists. Experience the depth and value of Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises and scene study process in actor training. Building on the success of our first workshops and encouraged by the enthusiastic response from our participants, HB Studio will host another Hagen Teacher Training Lab session in the artistic home where Uta Hagen taught her legendary professional classes for more than 50 years.
Uta Hagen’s exercises probe the depths and heights of human behavior. They offer the actor a structure for lifelong practice exploring the dynamic interaction between sensory/emotional experience and the creative imagination.
Designed to hone the actor’s ability to actively live through the circumstances of the play and the character’s dilemma, the exercises are extremely practical. When the work becomes a part of the actor’s process, unpremeditated truthful behavior replaces cliché and easy sentiment in performance. The actor grows to honor an authentic, present and intuitively responsive self in the role while making imaginative choices that serve the play.
Taught by HB faculty who trained directly with Uta Hagen, this lab will probe the infinite potential of Uta Hagen’s exercises in the hands of actors at all levels of experience. Participants will play dual roles: Actor and Teacher. As actor, you will be asked to prepare an exercise and rehearse a scene. As a teacher, you will be assigned an exercise and scene to critique. Upon registration, you will be given guidelines of how to prepare for the workshop. Rehearsal outside class is required. Through analysis and discussion, we will discover how the individual talent may be revealed and released through this work.
“…An organic transference of oneself to the role, the development of a new “I” who is alive in the world of the play, involves a creative process which is not a willy-nilly, loose way of working that depends solely on intuitive or illusive inspiration. On the contrary, it is a process which, however slow and painstaking, can be structured in an orderly way over which the actor has control, although no part of it is mechanical… It is a true challenge of one’s diligence and one’s talent. This process is to me like the drafting of a musical score in which the actor composes the character’s theme, orchestrates it, defines the phrases, individual beats, and the arrangement of the notes he will eventually play with spontaneity at each performance, putting to use his finely honed inner and outer techniques.”
– Uta Hagen, A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR © 1991, by Uta Hagen, All Rights Reserved.
Required Text: A Challenge for the Actor by Uta Hagen and Acting and Living in Discovery by Carol Rosenfeld
• 9:30am-10:25am Vocal Warm-up
• 10:30am-1:00pm Technique
• 1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch
• 2:00pm-4:30pm Scene Study
• Monday, July 31, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Guest Panel of Uta Hagen Specialists
• Saturday, August 5, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Wine and Cheese Wrap-up
If you have been accepted to this program, you may register here.