Little Y Workshops run for three hours on Monday nights, and counts among its past guest artists Emily McLean, Sally Richardson and Humphrey Bower. As a result of past classes, shows have been devised, networks have been extended, actors have been cast and skills have been sharpened.
In August, the series will conduct a range of workshops including three sessions of voice with Julia Moody and Siobhan Dowe-Hall; and two sessions with local playwright, actor and director Jeffrey Jay Fowler on the audition process.
The sessions run on a drop-in system, so you only need to come when you can.
When: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30pm // Where: The Blue Room Theatre
For further inquiries about the Little y Theatre Workshops and RSVPs, please contact Georgia on littleygg[at]gmail.com
** You must be a member of The Blue Room Theatre to attend.
GETTING BREATH AND VOICE WORKING WITH TEXT
1, 8 & 15 August
Conducted by Siobhan Dowe-Hall (week 1) and Julia Moody (weeks 2 and 3), this Little y voice series will give vocal heath advice and teach participants to safety warm up their voices.
Week 1 (1 August): Introduction to voice
Week 2 (8 August): Breath and release work moving through text
Week 3 (15 August): Warm up then text
Participants will need to wear comfortable clothes, a yoga mat (and a pillow too just for the second week), and a hard copy of a piece of text that you would like to work on in the workshop. Due to the nature of this work, places are more limited than usual.
Julia Moody has a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies from NIDA, is a fully accredited Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (New York), and did her actor training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (UK). Julia has performed as an actor in theatre, film, TV, and radio with companies across Australia. She has worked as a voice trainer and consultant in the professional media with SBS TV and radio since 1994, and with various other companies such as Channel 10, Open Channel, Public Radio News, RTRFM, 5UV, and 6PR. She has run specially designed voice training sessions for professional speakers in all domains: the corporate arena, education, theatre and film; with politicians, legal professionals, medical professionals, sporting professionals, and many others.
Julia has lectured in Voice at the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, the University of Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts, and is currently Head of Voice in the Acting Department of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Siobhan Dow-Hall graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. Since then she has worked as a professional actress, voice-over artist, and a voice and dialect coach. She has taught voice work for The Ali Roberts Studio, Scotch College, Perth Actors Collective, Film & Television Institute (Perth), Nicholson Academy of Screen Acting and is currently a sessional lecturer at WAAPA.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
22 & 29 August
For the final two Mondays of August, participants will be able hone their audition skills with Jeffrey Jay Fowler. Over two weeks, Jeffery will look at demystifying the audition process, allow actors to try out audition pieces and give constructive feedback. Jeffrey will also work on how to accept direction from a director, giving and receiving feedback from peers (and dramaturgs), honing instinct and making wise choices as an actor.
The aim of the workshop is not to terrify but to empower actors to make the best choices for themselves in auditions. Actors should come with two short monologues in an audition ready state. Participants can use the monologue they work on with Julia in their audition workshops with Jeffrey.
JEFFREY JAY FOWLER is a playwright, actor and director. He wrote and acted in A HISTORY OF DRINKING (2009 Blue Room Judges Award for Outstanding Writing and Performance) ELEPHENTS (2014 PAWA Best New Play) and FAG/STAG (2015 Fringe World Melbourne Tour Ready Award and Best Performance at Melbourne Fringe 2015). His other plays include RED LASHES and MINNIE & MONA PLAY DEAD (2013 Fringe World Martin Sims Award for Best New WA Work). As a writer and director; ESCAPE GOAT UTOPIA, FISH OUT OF WATER (DROP DEAD), SECOND HANDS, ZEN’S RED MOUTH and HOPE IS THE SADDEST (2012 Fringe World Best Theatre Award). As a director GIRL SHUT YOUR MOUTH, BLITHE SPIRIT, OLD LOVE and PRIVATE VIEW. Jeffrey Jay completed his Graduate Diploma in Directing at NIDA in 2010 and he is currently an Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company. He recently participated in the Theatre Works Director’s Lab.