Tools for Heightened Text

Presented by Jackson Moran

This workshop will be held online over Zoom: 

This five-week workshop will focus on how to activate language in plays and the relationship between language and character. We will examine how to use script analysis to illuminate the text for ourselves in ways that are invigorating and actable. We will practice the techniques that connect actors to their voice and breath, integrating mind, body and imagination, in order to find freedom with language-based plays in rehearsal and performance. Our approach will also encourage each actor to bring their own unique individuality to heightened text, without sacrificing clarity or the author’s intent.

We will work with a range of writers, including Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, Tony Kushner, Suzan- Lori Parks, Jeremy O. Harris, Leanne O’Sullivan, and August Wilson.

Topics will include structure, verse, prose, rhythm, imagery, vocal energy, and clarity. We will also consider how these principles can be applied to television, film, and voiceover work.

By the end of this workshop each participant will have developed three things: a personalized vocal and physical warmup that is adaptable for auditions, rehearsals, and performance; a new audition-ready monologue; and a more fully integrated connection to their voice, body, and imagination.