Friday, March 14, 2008

More workshops from Rep, Audie Gemora

This summer, Repertory Philippines once again offers its acclaimed Summer Workshop program.

The Advanced Acting workshop is for students with experience in past workshops who are seriously thinking of a career in the theater. Over the last four decades, the workshops have produced an amazing roster of talents, including Maya Barredo, Cathy Azanza and Chari Arespacochaga.

This summer's instructor, seasoned actress Ana Abad Santos-Bitong, is herself an alumna. Ana pursued studies in classical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Most recently, she directed Rep’s critically acclaimed production of 'Hamlet.'

The Advanced Acting Workshop will tackle principles in acting such as script analysis, character analysis, concentration, improvisation, proper use of the voice, and sense memory. Students will then get a chance to practice and showcase their skills by staging a straight play or musical at the end of the workshop period. This class ultimately aims to train a future generation of actors for roles in the season plays and big musicals of Rep.

For adults 17 years old and above with no previous acting or workshop experience, Repertory Philippines offers the Adult Beginners Acting Workshop. This class will give aspiring theater performers a sound foundation in basic acting principles, as well as provide them with the proper tools to turn out stirring and memorable performances onstage. Students will be treated to fun and learning through theater games and exercises that inspire creativity and excite the mind, body and spirit. There will also be training geared toward enhancement of the senses, the use of focus and concentration, observation, and most importantly, personal development.

The class culminates in a musical showcase that aims to allow students to discover the amazing influence of music in character creation, set design, blocking and choreography, and overall direction. Participants in this workshop class will be instructed by one of Rep’s most experienced and sought-after teachers, Robbie Guevara. Robbie is most proud of having many of his past students now appearing in Rep shows.

For those who would like to experience the fun of rehearsing and putting up a show, there is the Repertory Summer Camp. Classes under the Summer Camp cater to young enthusiasts from 5 to 17 years old. In the Summer Camp, students will learn acting through various theater games, designed specifically to help children develop performance skills, confidence, and responsibility. The Summer Camp also culminates in the staging of a play or musical.

Those who want to experience the joy of musical theater singing may apply to the Voice Class under Jay Valencia-Glorioso. Jay is an accomplished lyric mezzo and has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Philippines College of Music. She has trained with notable voice mentors Isang Tapales, Fides Asensio, Elmo Makil and Conchita Antunano. Presently, special coaches include J. Rassmussen, Lynn Starling and Loretta Di Franco in New York.

This featured Voice Class was created to provide students with an integrated approach to the study of basic vocal technique and the power of the voice. It is an intimate and dynamic class that will work on relaxation, concentration, and embodying a character by speaking through the lyrics. There will be special emphasis on diction, interpretation, and the Broadway mix style of singing.

Enrollment for Repertory Philippines’ Summer Workshop is ongoing. Classes begin on April 7 and end within the last two weeks of May. For detailed class schedules and rate inquiries, call Repertory Philippines at 8870710 or visit

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Eastwood City will be the venue for an exciting new training concept called "My Talent" summer workshops. Headed by Trumpets Playshop's founder and STAGES' president, Audie Gemora, "My Talent" is a project by an upcoming performance arts school Wheaton International.

"My Talent" courses focus on the discovery and honing of an individual's God-given talents, which include:

Musical Theater--Learn Broadway style performance combining the three disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing.

Street Dance--Learn the latest grooves from today's freshest hip-hop dancers.

Commercial Modeling--Sit through an introductory course on the ins and outs of the commercial modeling industry, learn how to audition (VTR audition), and act in television commercials.

Photography--Learn about basic techniques, studio set-up, portraiture and fashion pictorials.

Guitar lessons--Get into a high-level musical experience that exposes students to new concepts, and skills on the classical guitar.

Pop Performance--Get coaching on vocal technique, image building, song interpretation, live performance, singing competitions, and pointers on starting up a recording career.

Classes will run April 1 to May 31 with culminating showcases at Eastwood City. For inquiries, call (02) 3845578, 0922-7848823, 0920-9202932.


Anonymous said...

Would Audie, et al, like to use "Ingenium" instead of "My Talent"? Ingenium is Latin for talent, I think.

gibbs cadiz said...

let's hope audie gets to read your suggestion, ANONYMOUS. :)

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