LONDON SCHOOL OF DRAMATIC ART, LONDON from March 2015 to May 2016
Trainer and Teacher
The London School of Dramatic Art is a drama school based in South Kensington. Over the past year, I have worked with their students, both teaching the Part-Time Students and working with the Advance Students on Acting for Screen (stills below).
Last March I taught a module on Naturalism to the Part-time students in their second year, working on scenes from Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and Ivanov. The students were asked to engage in naturalism through making researched presentations on the style, the history and the author of the play. This research was then put into context during rehearsals. The module culminated with a showing of the scenes to the head of the school and other students.
In May 2016 I directed the first year Part-time students in an extract of God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, in order to give them some experience in working with a professional director and creating a character in an ensemble piece. The students were expected to complete research around the play, including the geography or the play, the biographical aspects of the piece, the political issues raised and the dental issues that feature as well. The research were structured to help the students develop a character, understand the art form of farce and work together to create a high energy comedy piece. The extract was presented to the head of the school as well and other students.
Finally I worked with the Advance students on monologues which they filmed later on in the year to add to their reel. As part of this exercise, I filmed them in our last session for feedback. I then edited these videos into a mini reel (including a medium shot and a close up shot) of their speeches to help them finesse their technique.