The Art of Transformation

HB Studio offers both online classes and in-person classes at the Studio. Before your first class, please review the information outlined on the relevant page(s). Class titles below indicate which are running online vs. in person

  • IN-PERSON CLASSES meet for the full 10-week term, 1 session per week.
  • ONLINE CLASSES are offered in 5-week Parts, 1 session per week. Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10-week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A.

Instructor: Janice Orlandi

Held in-person in Winter 2023:

Solo Show Incubator: Creating a Historic Character Icon Solo Show

This workshop lays the foundation for performers to create, write, self direct and incubate a Solo Portrait Performance of a Historic Character Icon or Silver Screen Cinema Icon. Inspired by portrait paintings from history and photographs of silver screen cinema icons, we will incorporate character transformation and embodiment exercises, physical dramaturgy, historic research, costume elements, props, set, lighting, sound and music, to fully realize solo performances presented as a choreographed series of portrait images with text. You will have the option to write your own solo text, or to work on existing monologues.

Inspired by Michael Chekhov’s “Character Portrait Exercise,” you will create a character and their environment through exploring character portraits, archetypes, imaginary body transformations, movement and vocal qualities, animals, objects, and physical conditions. We will utilize character development tools for transformation including Michael Chekhov’s “psycho-physical” approach to creating a character; Stanislavski’s creating a character analysis tools; Uta Hagen’s Character History and Character Conditions exercises; and Loyd Williamson’s Impediment exercises for embodying “Altered States,” and “Period Styles” exercises for creating a period character and their imaginary world. We will explore the 8 Rasa Emotions for creating character atmospheres and the Character Archetypes, imaginary body transformation, Laban and Yat Malmgren character Phsychology explorations, analysis and tools.

You will create a character biography, incorporating poetic verse and character letters and quotes with physical dramaturgy and research to develop movement and staging, using a variety of storytelling and devising methods for finding gesture, action and story.

Past workshop participants have explored historic icons including Nina Simone, Viola Spolin, Coco Chanel, Camille Claudel, Oscar Wilde, Ira Aldridge, Madam Jones, Rudyard Kipling, Marilyn Monroe, Madame Curie and Frida Kahlo,Tennessee Williams, Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry and more.

Current and Upcoming