Quick Tips on Craft for the Actor and Director with Desdemona Chiang
This workshop will focus on four mechanical elements of the actor's craft - physical, verbal, rhythm, and behavior. Using a series of brief exercises, performers will pick up quick and dirty tips and skills that help add detail and shape to an existing body of work.
- This is not a sitting-down-at-the-desk type of Zoom class, we will be working on our feet! Even though we are in pandemic times for the moment, this class is geared for expression in real space!
- Please have enough space so that you can position your laptop/webcam where we can see as much full body as possible (at least to your knees).
- Please try to have an easily accessible chair or seat nearby.
- We will provide text that we'll be working with prior to class, ideally you want to be able to print this out before we begin (unless you are a fantastic memorizer or have a second device to read from).
Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle, WA and Ashland, OR. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle). Directing credits include Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Studio Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT Theatre Seattle, American Shakespeare Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Heritage Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory, Aurora Theatre Company, Theatre Latte Da, Seattle Public Theatre, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Azeotrope, Impact Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Intiman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts. BA: University of California at Berkeley. MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama.