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Character Creation

Do you ever feel like your students are always playing the same character or don't know how to break away from their own personality? In this workshop students will explore different techniques to help them in developing character for performance. Through physicality and voice exercises including Laban, Animal Characteristics, Elements and Body Gesture students will have an opportunity to devise characters and perform them in improvised scenes. Students will develop ensemble and improvisation skills and will complete the workshop with a "toolbox" of techniques to use to develop rounded characters for performance.

Artist Information

Nicole Jorgensen / Imaginaire Entertainment

Website: http://www.imaginaire.co.nz

Phone: +64275897474 or (09) 962 4257

Email: info@imaginaire.co.nz

Qualifications

Professional Actor and Children's Entertainer

BPSA Unitec - Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Acting.

Director of Imaginaire Entertainment, children's entertainment company.

Founding member of The Outfit Theatre Company.

Work in Schools:

2009- Artist in Residence- Pakuranga College

2009- Drama Tutor, Scholarship to Special Needs- Pakuranga College

Arts Coordinator- Pakuranga College

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Laban, Physicality of Character, Improvisation

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland

Space and Resources Required: Large Classroom with no Desks

Indicative Costs:

  • $80.00 per hour
  • Travel: Travel charge may apply
  • Materials: $1.00 per student

Mode of Delivery: Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European, Asian, Pasifika, Maori

References:

Student Comments: You are an awesome teacher. I have become less self conscious so I can do more in Drama and find creating a character a lot easier. ~Year 10 Drama Student. -------- Through these workshops I have gained a greater understanding into creating “off the cuff” characters. This will help me develop more interesting personalities which I can use in both scripted and improvised work. ~Year 13 Drama Student. -------- All the activities were explained in a manner which enabled us to understand and execute the task easily. The repetition of activities allowed us to get a greater understanding of what we were doing and how it should be done. ~Year 12 Drama Student. -------- I have loved learning from you. These things will help me to create and portray strong characters. ~Y10 Drama Student. -------- I have learnt lots of new skills that will help me be more convincing on the stage. ~Y10 Drama Student. --------

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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