Saturday, March 07, 2009

Summer workshops with New Voice Company, Gantimpala Theater

1. New Voice Company, one of the country’s most progressive theater companies and founded by artistic director Monique Wilson, announces its 2009 Summer Theater Workshop.

The course being offered this year is Acting for Teens and Adults.

This course is aimed at students (11 years old and above) who wish to explore the exciting world of Acting and Theater. The students will have classes in acting and improvisation using the Stanislavski-Uta Hagen-devised approach.

This includes sense memory, physical and psychological actions, animal work, relationship exercises, and learning how to build a character.

Work will also include theater games by Viola Spolin, which encourages trust, being part of a team, confidence building, concentration, and developing creativity and imagination.

No previous experience is necessary, but all students are expected to participate fully in the course.

The final showcase will be open to the paying public. Students will be offered the opportunity to explore a wide range of characters and roles for the showcase.

NVC offers an inspirational, passionate and creative learning environment for those who are serious about pursuing a career in theater, television or film, as well as for those who want to explore the arts for personality development, communication building and creativity.

Workshop classes run March 30-May 31. Classes for teens will be Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-7:30 p.m., while classes for adults will be Tuesday and Friday, 7-9:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the New Voice Company Actors Studio, 8020 Tanguile St., San Antonio Village, Makati City.

The final showcase will be held at the RCBC Theater, Ayala Avenue, Makati, on May 31.

Main workshop teacher and director is NVC associate artistic director Rito Asilo, who will be handling the adult classes. Theater actress and NVC veteran artist Missy Maramara will handle the Teen class.

Wilson, a teaching fellow and course head of the MA Acting for international students at EAST 15, one of UK's top acting schools, will be supervising and co-teaching the first few weeks of classes.

For enrolment details, call 8966695, 8965497, 8990630. Visit or email

2. Gantimpala Theater Foundation invites teens and young adults to join its annual musical-theater workshop, open to ages 13 and up.

Facilitators Roeder Camanag and Only Torres will guide and teach them an integrated class of movement, singing and acting. The month-long class will have different modules to help prepare participants for a musical-theater production performance. They will also do an original musical production as their culminating piece.

The workshop runs April 13-May 21, MWF classes, 1-5 p.m., inside the Rehearsal Hall, Open Air Auditorium Building, in Luneta, Manila. Registration and enrolment opens on March 16 (Monday).

Gantimpala Theater is a 32-year dramatic-arts company that produces the Four Classics (“Florante at Laura,” “Kanser,” “Ibong Adarna” and “El Fiibusterismo”), and plays made by National Artists for Literature and Theater, children’s musicals, world-literature classics and touring productions.

For more information, call 5280603, 5365860, 0921-5286308 or e-mail Visit

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