Cameron Ayers will facilitate an acting workshop in the Chastain Theatre at The Prizery on Saturday, October 31, 2015. The six-hour workshop will run from 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Cost is $25.00. This workshop is designed for participants high school aged and above. Registration is required. Additional information available here: Acting Workshop or by calling (434) 572-8339.
Cameron is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on contemporary forms of live performance, especially original devised work and physical theatre. He likes to work between the black box, the white cube and the street and has presented original performances in Performing Arts Chicago’s PAC/edge Festival, in the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival, in Baltimore’s TransModern Festival, and elsewhere.
He has performed with Chicago’s The Neo-Futurists, with Retina Dance Company, and for dance theatre choreographer Mark Dendy’s opening of the 2009 American Dance Festival. From 2008 until 2013, Cameron was a founding member of North Carolina Research Triangle award winning ensemble, the performance collective. He has trained extensively with such theatre companies as SITI Company, Goat Island Performance Group and Split Britches.
This workshop will be a cross-training in Viewpoints and Suzuki Method. Viewpoints is an improvisational approach to actor training focusing on the actors’ bodies in time and space. Student actors will develop a high level of perception of what’s happening all around them in the moment. With such an expanded awareness of the principles of movement through time and space, students achieve dynamic qualities of presence and presentness.
In contrast to Viewpoints, the Suzuki Method is physically intense and structured. Beginning in the late 1960s, international theatre director Tadashi Suzuki created this series of exercises to develop focus, discipline and epic presence in the actor. Responding to the martial arts-like instruction of the teacher, students will find and develop their centers, enrich their stage presence and, as the training progresses, gain greater control of vocal power.
The freedom of Viewpoints combined with the physically intense structure of Suzuki Method will help students to achieve and maintain a performative frame of mind, a high physical and vocal condition, and a strong focus all of which leads to a dynamic stage presence, clarity and precision of action, and heightened responsiveness to all stimuli that occur onstage.