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Practicum: Voice Over Lab
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Practicum: Voice Over Lab

$350

with Karen Huie

Calendar Sep 20, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Your voice represents you. It can say you’re intrigued, volatile, surprised, wary, weary or worried. Maybe you’re sitting on a voice of authority rife for documentaries, have six different kid voices, a Mom and an evil queen, or a guy who can spin a great yarn for audiobooks?  This practicum is six weeks of reading copy with feedback. Each week, we will focus on one genre: Commercial, Animation, Audiobook, Videogame, Promo and Narration. What does each require? How to accomplish it? Expand your range? We’ll break down copy, research and read. Bring in character voices you want to develop for or add to your reel. Learn by watching and listening to others as they get feedback and make adjustments. We can’t always hear what we’re doing. It’s sometimes more effective to learn when you’re not on mic. If you haven’t already done so, taking the Voice of Your Own Sound will give you a more thorough understanding of each genre. Like learning any instrument, application is key. Come practice, play, grow and be prepared to have lots of fun!

Level: All levels.

Co-Requisites: It is recommended that you take this class along with Voice of Your Own Sound. 

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email classes@eastwestplayers.org  

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Karen Huie is an actor/writer who has voiced over 1500 films and TV shows. Most recently, you heard her voicing the video for the East West Players gala, she voiced KCRW sponsorship spots for the last three years, did voiceover on the last five Star Wars, Onward, Abominable, The Incredibles 2, Moana, The Boss Baby and has recurring roles doing the English dub on Scissor Seven and Great Pretender for Netflix. On camera she was most recently seen in Hollywood, Mom, Kidding (recurring), Baskets, Hawaii 5-0 and many more. At East West Players, she was in Washer/Dryer, Steel Magnolias, A Little Night Music and The Joy Luck Club. 

(Re)Write that Play!
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(Re)Write that Play!

$350

with Alice Tuan

Calendar Oct 3, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Please note that there are requirements for this class. Please fully read the description below before registering.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Do you have an early draft play you don't know what to do with? This class is designed to help playwrights listen to what they've already created and find a vision for moving forward. This class will explode your play open, discover its mechanics, reveal its strengths and progress the play into its next incarnation. Before the class starts, each writer will send their current draft and a statement, including some background about the play, and three aspirations for its rewrite. Through group discussion, reading and re-writing, this class will help you find the play your first draft wants to be.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Alice Tuan is a nationally-acclaimed, internationally-produced playwright, teacher and performer.  Her play Last of the Suns (Berkeley Rep, Ma-Yi Theater) had a bilingual Chinese-English version commissioned and performed by the Chinese International School in Hong Kong, where she was Artist-in-Residence March 2019. Almasi Collaborative Arts also staged a reading of this play with an African cast in Zimbabwe July 2019. Tuan is best known for Ajax (por nobody) (Flea Theater, Salvage Vangard, Melbourne Fringe).  It was staged at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival and written about in ‘The Shelf Life of Shock’ (The Drama Review). Ajax (por nobody), along with four other plays, are archived in the Billy Rose Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Cocks Crow (Americans trying to do business in Shanghai) was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference August 2018 and had a reading through East West Players’ CounterCulture series in 2019. Other works have been produced at Humana, Foundry, East West, Taper Too, Edinburgh Fringe. Before she was a playwright, Tuan taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Guangzhou and Los Angeles. 

Musical Theatre Appreciation with Howard Ho

$150

with Howard Ho

Calendar Oct 4, 2020 at 4 pm

DATES: October 4th, 18th, November 1st and 15th.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Miss being in the theatre? We do too! In collaboration with Boston Court Pasadena, we're bringing to you a four class series of musical theatre appreciation, taught by Howard Ho. Perfect for both theatre goers and professionals alike, we'll get to breakdown the details that the audience will not normally notice during a performance.

The first half of the series is called TESSERA, which discusses how modern musical composers have attempted to become more inclusive by taking classic musicals and twisting them, making it so that BIPOC can find a place in those narratives. Shows which make use of this technique are Hamilton, Soft Power, Vietgone, Pacific Overtures, and Passing Strange. Each of those shows either references or uses as a jumping off point an older musical (Hamilton -1776, Soft Power - King and I, Vietgone - Miss Saigon, Pacific Overtures - Mikado, Passing Strange - mainstream Black musicals and plays). This allows BIPOC to write themselves into the narrative.

The second half of the series is called VERNACULAR, discussing how musicals differ from other genres like opera and operetta in that they must specifically use the music of the pop charts in order to evolve with the times. And rather than being ornamental, the pop music must fit the story being told. Shows which make use of this technique are Here Lies Love, KPOP, Cambodian Rock Band, Hamilton, Passing Strange, and Vietgone. Each show uses a different vernacular as a musical metaphor. 

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Howard Ho is a playwright and composer. His short musical END OF THE LINE (co-written with Kristen Rea and Chris Edgar) was in The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and will be published in Theatre Now New York’s Short Musical Anthology. His play VARIOUS EMPORIA was a 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Finalist and a Finalist in the ScreenCraft Stage Play competition. His musical PRETENDO was featured in the Center Theatre Group (CTG) Library Reading Series. His musical MOLL-E was a NY Musical Festival Finalist. He was a 2016 Center Theatre Group Literary Fellow and a 2013 NY State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship recipient. His plays and musicals have been developed with Moving Arts, East West Players, The Vagrancy, Playwrights’ Arena, Company of Angels, Kaya Press, New Musicals Inc., Playground-LA, Santa Monica Playhouse, and Here and Now. His popular Youtube videos analyzing the musical HAMILTON (youtube.com/HowardHoMusic) have been recognized by Lin-Manuel Miranda and have earned millions of views. With over 50 sound design credits, he has earned two Ovation Award nominations and has worked with Center Theatre Group, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Playwrights’ Arena, and East West Players among many other theaters.  His music was recently recognized in the City of Los Angeles concert series COMPOSE LA, highlighting notable LA composers. His articles about theatre have been published at HowlRound and the Los Angeles Times. He holds a musicology degree from UCLA and a Master of Professional Writing from USC, where he was Stage and Screen Editor of the Southern California Review. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Cold Tofu Improv, the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

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Introduction to Acting
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Introduction to Acting

$350

with Dom Magwili

Calendar Oct 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Although diversity has become a major concern in both theatre and the entertainment industry, actors of color continue to struggle with a predominantly white community of producers. As the longest-running theatre of color in the nation, East West Players continues its mission to produce artistic work and educational programs that advocate inclusion and equitable representation. 

This course is perfect for those who have always wondered what it would be like to be an actor, for those interested in enhancing presentation skills, and for those seeking personal discovery. The class will include theatre games and improvisational exercises as well as a survey of basic acting fundamentals that address specific issues for Asian American actors. As the educational arm of the first and foremost Asian American theatre company in the nation, this course maintains a safe, respectful, and proactive environment to explore the state of Asian American acting today.

Level: Beginner

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email classes@eastwestplayers.org  

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Dom Magwili, award-winning actor, director, producer, and teacher for East West Players since 1974. Trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, with Darryl Hickman, and East West Players, Dom has guest starred on such TV shows as Close to Home, How to make it in America, and ER. He received critical acclaim for his work in the East West Players Production of Proof, as well as the Lodestone Theatre’s production of American Monsters 2, and the Center Theatre Group’s production of Dogeaters.

Dom wrote and co-directed Independent film, Much Adobo About Nothing, as well as directed Cine Excel Entertainment’s movie, MAGMA. He spent 20 years directing Cultural Nights for UCLA. His musical play, A Jive Bomber’s Christmas had a 10 year run at the Japanese American National Museum and throughout the southland. Dom received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Cal State Long Beach, is currently teaching Asian American Film & Video at Cal State Fullerton. He teaches his own acting class, the Acting Dojo.

 

Writing Beyond the Proscenium

$350

with Lisa Sanaye Dring

Calendar Oct 22, 2020 at 7:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

From ghost tours in warehouses to solo shows in living rooms to live online clown performances—we are looking for new ways to share theatre. Come explore the ever-expanding boundaries of ‘the stage.’ Even before zoom took over our lives, non-traditional forms of storytelling were exploding, and now we are tasked with getting even more creative about communicating dramatic vision.

In this class we will learn about different ways of twisting the laws of theatrical space. We will generate ideas about genre-bending and fourth wall decimating plays, and experiment in modes of communicating those impossibilities on the page. Writers will walk away with a fully formed pitch for their project, a final draft of a scene for the piece, and a lot of new tools for getting into theatrical trouble.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email classes@eastwestplayers.org  

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Lisa was honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize. The Wicked One was a finalist for the Relentless Award, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a play she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for 8 Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of 5). Lisa's work has been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Motor Company and Theatre of NOTE. Lisa is co-writing the next chapter of Kaidan Project as an augmented reality project, an EWP/Rogue Artists collaboration coming in October. She is a MacDowell Fellow, a member of EWP’s Writers Group and will go to Yaddo in 2021. Lisa co-founded and co-directs Rogue Artists’ Rogue Lab, an incubator for hyper-theatrical new work. She serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co.

She has made theatre for nursing homes, gardens, bars, cars, virtual reality universes, earbuds, fields, warehouses and performance venues.

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Tuning Your Instrument: Exploring Efforts and Sound

$350

with Karen Huie

Calendar Oct 31, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Voice work is about words. Sound is a vital instrument often overlooked and wasted. We’ll explore, tune and free the sounds unique to you, which can create entire stories—the desperation in a child’s cry, the yearning of an elderly person’s whimper, the weight of the world in a man’s sigh, the joy in a woman’s guffaw or the tension in a hesitation. Like music, it can be developed and honed to support a performance or stand-alone. Think of Anthony Hopkins’, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” Spspspspsp.

Efforts are often used in video games: grunts, exertions, struggles, seething breaths, disdain, elation. You’ll develop a tool kit of sounds to bring your text to life.

We’ll work the articulators, develop and free your vocals to create meaning using only sound. Week by week, we’ll learn to express and create relationships with the words you speak and use sound to bring those lines to life.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Voice of Your Own Sound, or any prior acting classes.

Corequisite: Practicum: Voice Over Lab

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email classes@eastwestplayers.org  

INSTRUCTOR BIO:

Karen Huie is an actor/writer who has voiced over 1500 films and TV shows. Most recently, you heard her voicing the video for the East West Players gala, she voiced KCRW sponsorship spots for the last three years, did voiceover on the last five Star Wars, Onward, Abominable, The Incredibles 2, Moana, The Boss Baby and has recurring roles doing the English dub on Scissor Seven and Great Pretender for Netflix. On camera she was most recently seen in Hollywood, Mom, Kidding (recurring), Baskets, Hawaii 5-0 and many more. At East West Players, she was in Washer/Dryer, Steel Magnolias, A Little Night Music and The Joy Luck Club.

Practicum: Voice Over Lab

$350

with Karen Huie

Calendar Nov 1, 2020 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Your voice represents you. It can say you’re intrigued, volatile, surprised, wary, weary or worried. Maybe you’re sitting on a voice of authority rife for documentaries, have six different kid voices, a Mom and an evil queen, or a guy who can spin a great yarn for audiobooks?  This practicum is six weeks of reading copy with feedback. Each week, we will focus on one genre: Commercial, Animation, Audiobook, Videogame, Promo and Narration. What does each require? How to accomplish it? Expand your range? We’ll break down copy, research and read. Bring in character voices you want to develop for or add to your reel. Learn by watching and listening to others as they get feedback and make adjustments. We can’t always hear what we’re doing. It’s sometimes more effective to learn when you’re not on mic. If you haven’t already done so, taking the Voice of Your Own Sound will give you a more thorough understanding of each genre. Like learning any instrument, application is key. Come practice, play, grow and be prepared to have lots of fun!

Level: All levels.

Prerequisites: It is recommended that you have taken the Voice of Your Own Sound. 

Corequisites: It is recommended that you take Tuning Your Instrument along with this class. 

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email classes@eastwestplayers.org  

INSTUCTOR BIO:

Karen Huie is an actor/writer who has voiced over 1500 films and TV shows. Most recently, you heard her voicing the video for the East West Players gala, she voiced KCRW sponsorship spots for the last three years, did voiceover on the last five Star Wars, Onward, Abominable, The Incredibles 2, Moana, The Boss Baby and has recurring roles doing the English dub on Scissor Seven and Great Pretender for Netflix. On camera she was most recently seen in Hollywood, Mom, Kidding (recurring), Baskets, Hawaii 5-0 and many more. At East West Players, she was in Washer/Dryer, Steel Magnolias, A Little Night Music and The Joy Luck Club.





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