Kuo: Acting Beyond Marginalization

Presented by: Peter Kuo

Our individual identity affects our day to day interactions. Whether through internal social conditioning or external biases and prejudices; we are physically, emotionally, and mentally impacted by how we are perceived in the world. This class focuses on understanding the dynamics of how we, as People of Color, function in the world. What makes this experience unique for the individual artist? How aware or unaware is a character of their own movement in the world with this history? How do these interactions influence the training for actors; the power dynamic between instructor and students, the selection of material, the acknowledgment/ignorance of culture differences? Whiteness has long dominated the American theatre and its training. This class practices the creation of space for People of Color to train together. We will begin understanding our identity and how to utilize it to disrupt or work with our artistry and our industry, which is currently rooted in white ideologies.

For the December 14 one-day session:
Please bring in a prepared monologue.

For the Winter 2018 5-week course:
Please bring in a two person scene (between three to five minutes in length) in which you identify with a character’s gender, race; and if possible nationality. You should be within 10-years above or below the age of the character. The scene should be contemporary (1950+) and grounded in naturalism/realism.

Students may be required to do up to 2 hours of individual work, and up to 2 hours of outside rehearsal every week.

*This workshop has a limit of 6 auditors on December 14th only. Please call the registration office at 212-675-2370 if interested.

This program is made possible with a gift from Karen Huie.

Current and Upcoming