I was invited to Shanghai by Qian Peng Li, Director of Vertebrae Theatre (Shanghai), to conduct an intensive workshop in my pre-performative approach to actor training between August 14-26, 2017. The workshop was conducted at one of the studios at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. In addition to teaching acting at the Academy, Qian Peng is focused on introducing alternative modes of actor training to both professional actors and students of acting in the PRC.
Assisted during the two weeks by long-term collaborators Sunhee Kim (Theatre P'Yut: Seoul, Korea), and Bernadette Cronin and Regina Crowley (Gaitkrash: Cork, Ireland), I led a group of fourteen actors through my approach to the pre-performative/psychophysical training of actors using Asian martial arts and yoga, and then we applied the principles of the training process to both a series of structured improvisations, as well as some of Samuel Beckett's later/shorter plays.
The group of fourteen worked tirelessly during the six hour a day process for the full two weeks. Our work together culminated in a three hour work demonstration with a packed studio of about 45 observers. We shared the process of training, the application of the work to structured improvisations, and each of the participants' progress on working with Beckett's later/shorter plays.
Thanks to Qian Peng, May, Annie (translator), and all of the participants for a terrific two weeks of very productive and focused work!!!