Year 2017-2018

Courses Spring semester 2018

Comedy classes 

by Sander van Egmond

For those new to acting, performance or Improvisation, this session is fun, energetic and will fire up imagination and creativity. The first few lessons are about consolidating and reprising the basics and core skills to warm up old bones.Continuing with the exploration of further elements of Improvisation - geared to instilling confidence, use of voice, body language and stagecraft, the aim is to learn how to use given techniques of storytelling, imagination and creativity.

The idea behind starting the course with improvisation is that it is the best way to become a creative actor.Learning to use imagination and follow instincts is one of the goals of this course. Improvisation helps to think on one's own feet and develop techniques that are beneficial both on stage and in day-to-day life.To learn many transferable skills by becoming a clearer communicator, better at listening and being more aware of one's own body language is a valuable and fun experience! 

Advanced Acting

by Stan Ras

In this course, elementary acting skills will be applied and improved towards a higher level. Learning to work with text and improvising by using the senses: listening, speaking, seeing and feeling.The course explores exercises on authenticity on stage, learning to play with complex emotions and layers of emotions. Next to that, attention is devoted to acting and reacting times on the moment on stage, raising stage awareness and body language Furthermore, the ability to use one's dynamic of the voice and working with masks, to decrease dependency of facial expression are scrutinized during "Advanced Acting"

One of the goals is to try figuring out the real meaning of scenes, find the ‘core’ of the scene while working with written scenes, undertaking analysis and creating scenes from scratch,  both with dialogues and monologues.Advanced acting involves features as timing, enlarged emotions and feelings including misunderstandings, verbal and dramatic irony, wordplay and pus. 

This course focuses on the most important features of acting at a higher level. 

Dynamic Scene Building 

by Tamara Shelp

In this course, exploration of the many methods of building both dynamic scenes and characters will take place. In the theatre, the focus is on presenting a piece of work that engages the audience, that challenges them, enthralls and delights them. It is also important, however, that the actor has a variety of tricks in his bag that he can use to build a character that is a joy for him to perform.This ensures that the actor is able to show something fresh and alive in every performance he gives.

During the course, experimentation with a variety of approaches to character work, development of action, scene study, dynamic improv for scene exploration, and ensemble dynamics will take part. The goal is for each and every actor to come out of this course having found exciting new methods of creating rolls, and a very individualized approach to their acting. Most importantly,  everyone will have the opportunity to perform in every lesson and will be able to choose their own piece from a large selection of play and movie scripts, to be performed at the end of the course. 

Theatre and Visual Arts

by Koen Verheijden 

Every weekly lesson is going to involve delving into one non-theatrical artist, such as movie directors, painters, photographers, sculptors. During the course, participants are going to combine those artists' work with the (basic) skills of acting.Stepping out of fixed characters, the exploration of the following would take place as an example: how to make original characters based on Moldavan, how to make beautiful images based on Delvaux, how to act like players in a movie of Wes Anderson, how to build a Shakespearean scene in the setting of a Jeroen Bosch painting?

The main focus is to practice basic acting skills in diverse ways using different kinds of sources.

This course involves more theory and deepening the knowledge of arts while having fun.

Courses Fall semester 2017

Creative Acting 

by Sophie Kramer/Sander van Egmond

In this course, players, together with their director, focus on what it takes to be a creative performer. One of the fun things about being on stage is that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE over there. It is a place to be free, to examine all the endless possibilities of our creative mind, to let things happen that don’t happen in your daily life.

Still, we don’t always take the freedom that the empty stage wants to give to us. We are rational people and therefore we tend to take this rationality with us when we start acting. This is a shame because once you find this freedom, it is so much fun to play around. And the interesting thing is – the more freedom you take, the more credible your acting gets. Because what we tend to forget; the truth is stranger than fiction!

To get to this state of freedom, paradoxically we will have to examine the basic rules of theatre first; rules of conflict, of making contact with each other, of how you use your body when on stage, of following your impulses. So, the basics of acting won’t be skipped. We will use existing pieces of text, as well as improvisation and physical exercises to “train” these basics.

But in the end, we will fool around with costumes and wigs and music and whatnot, and it will all be about endless freedom and FUN!


Theatre and literature 

by Koen Verheijden 

In this course, we combine theatre with (theatre) literature. Every week we discuss a different writer. And we explore him in different kinds of ways. Most of the time we will be discovering them by acting (but there are many ways to act!). But not only acting is on the program. Also directing, writing, philosophy, improvising, the basic acting skills are in the program. So the course will be very diverse and will give you a taste of different kinds of writers and different ways to approach theatre!


Musicality in theatre 

by Xanthe Lamers 

This course is about musicality within text and acting. The course is about the musical approach of a theatre text and the musical use of your body and voice as an instrument. Before I go any further, I should like to emphasise that it is not a matter of playing a musical or singing class. This course is about intonation and meaning formation of the text on the basis of musicality! On the basis of several exercises, we will investigate how musicality comes about and how you can use this musicality to give the text or the scene a certain meaning. Your voice and body are the instruments we are going to work with. Within the course, the development of a more dynamic and varied form of acting is the basic principle. On the basis of different scenes from a script, different (experimental) music tracks and “musicality-cards” we will explore a freer and more varied way of acting.


All-round theatre workshop 

by Koen van Seuren 

Kun jij absoluut niet kiezen tussen teksttoneel en bewegingstheater? Lijkt jou regisseren en toneelspelen allebei even interessant? Wil jij schrijven, bewegen, improviseren, instrueren, regisseren en tekst analyseren?  Dan is deze cursus absoluut iets voor jou! In deze cursus ga ik in een sneltreinvaart langs verschillende improvisatie methoden om samen met jullie korte scenes te maken. Alles kan en mag.