A Look at Classic and Contemporary Texts with Jessica Hecht and Igor Golyak – IN PERSON

Instructors: Jessica Hecht and Igor Golyak

Held in person

Ukranian director Igor Golyak and actress Jessica Hecht take you on a 3-day deep dive into text analysis and the exploration of classic and contemporary dramatic text, considering the similarities and differences in American and Russian acting techniques.

Igor Golyak is the founder and producing artistic director of Arlekin Players Theatre & Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab in Boston. A global leader in the virtual theater movement, he is currently directing THE ORCHARD OFF-BROADWAY, a hybrid production (both live and virtual), featuring Jessica Hecht and Mikhail Baryshnikovread more about Igor Golyak

Audition Technique for Stage & Screen (Pat Golden)

Presented by Director/Casting Director Pat Golden

To be held online via Zoom: 

Our new state of existence provides us with an opportunity to refine online audition techniques. Learn what Directors, Casting Directors and Producers are looking for in your theater, film or TV audition. Director/Casting Director Pat Golden will help you prepare for your next audition. She shares what Industry Professionals want to see.

This is a practical workshop which prepares the actor—both artistically and technically—to audition with confidence.

You will be ready to:

  • Attend Live Zoom Auditions
  • Submit your pre-recorded General Audition Monologue
  • Self-tape
  • Audition with a Reader, both virtually and in-person
  • Audition with Cold-Copy
  • Attend In-person Auditions

Through direct, practical in-class experience, actors will learn how to select material appropriate for their natural temperament and how to create a virtual presentation that generates real-life interest when in-person contact resumes.

In class —through practical experience—we’ll learn to create:

  • Effective, inexpensive Lighting
  • Complementary Backgrounds
  • Strategic Camera placement
  • Microphone placement for clear audio

Participants in this Workshop will come away with the ability to create polished auditions—for both stage and screen—whether Self-tapes or live on Zoom.

In this 5-Week Audition Workshop, we will also cover:

  • Selecting material
  • How to prepare — particularly for Breakdown Services and Actors Access platforms
  • How to present yourself in an audition — whether virtual or in person
  • Reading virtually with another actor
  • Cold Readings
  • Resume review
  • Auditions for Stage and Screen and the differences between the two mediums

For the first day: Come prepared to deliver one monologue—dramatic or comedic—appropriate for you as a Stage actor. Please also come with one 2-person scene, appropriate for the Screen. Monologues and or Scenes are to be no longer that 2-3 minutes in length. Please be prepared to email copies of each scene to the Key student. We will work on your scenes in class. Commercial cold-copy will be provided.

Pat Golden is a Director and Casting Director for theater and film. Film casting credits include: PLATOON, BLUE VELVET, THE KILLING FIELDS, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, NEW JACK CITY, DOWNTOWN EXPRESS, GIMME SHELTER, most recently, the international production of LIBERTY, and teaches The DIRECTOR’S NEW PLAY LAB at HB Studio. Directing credits include: over 25 productions for Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and Regional theaters, including ADRIFT, by Richard Alleman, ONAJE, by Robert Bowie, Jr. for FringeNYC 2018; THE BLASPHEMER, by Dan Curzon, at the Duke…read more

What participants are saying:

“I cannot overstress the value of this workshop in the real world (Or should I say REEL world?) Pat Golden is extremely knowledgeable in her field and, in a short time and by doing a great amount of work, I am able to produce materials necessary for a good audition, theatrical and screen, in this most changed world we live in.” – Susan Brickell, Actor

You may join Part B without taking Part A:

Voice Over: Audiobooks (Theresa Buchheister & Ryan Downey)

Presented by: Theresa Buchheister & Ryan William Downey

Held online over Zoom: 

Voice Over director Theresa Buchheister has directed and sound-engineered 100s of audiobooks, including How Music Works with Andrew Garman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Noah Galvin, Leaving the Sea with Brian Hutchison, Lydia Davis Collected Stories with a variety of actors, Wild Boys with Luis Moreno, and many, many more.  Theresa has narrated (under their name and a pseudonym) over 50 books, including erotica, young adult and educational texts. Voice actor Ryan William Downey has been heard on podcasts, audiobooks, in many plays and, most notably, on Pokémon film and television series playing a variety of characters.

Online Teaching Statement from Theresa Buchheister and Ryan W. Downey: “The voice over landscape is always changing! While we are in a moment of great change, we can adapt, learn, and apply tried and true techniques to performance, professionalism, and pursuit. In our online workshops over Zoom, we will cover cover the essential basics, build on those basics with practices and techniques, work out our muscles on audition material, and delve into home studio set-ups. Voice over performance is unique and expansive. And more vital than ever.”

Over the course of this workshop, Theresa and Ryan will introduce you to the basic skills and valuable practices of audiobook voiceover performance. First, we will start at the very beginning: genre differences, preparation questions, common terms, valuable warm-ups and tricks, differentiation from other areas of voice acting, what your voice is best suited to, focus and clarity, and more. Next, we will put these into practice: subtle shifts in vocal characterization, flow and breath, dialogue pacing, tonal qualities within genres. You will be sent away with homework – selecting books that are a good fit for your voice – and you will have the opportunity to perform an in-class, expanded audition. We will start and stop, make adjustments, and get a clean take of your pieces.

This workshop is open to those with VO experience looking to sharpen and expand their audition and performance skills, as well as to performers who are new to VO looking for an introduction to the craft.

Recommended for pairing with Voice Over: Cartoons & VideogamesPurchase both together for $15 off!