United Solo Professional Training Program
 
Welcome to the United Solo Professional Training Program, a series of Master Classes led by distinguished artists and cultural icons. This training is open to all ages and levels of theatrical experience, and will feature a variety of classes in movement and voice, writing workshops, professional development, directing, and training in specific acting techniques. We are honored to inaugurate this exciting Master Class Series, and to welcome all theatre artists to the United Solo society. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
 
Master Classes are offered to all interested practitioners and we invite artists to participate in any capacity that best fits their lifestyle. All participants are welcome to become integrated members of the United Solo community and to build their portfolios through training that will benefit them throughout the duration of their careers. For those interested in our Professional Certification Program, please go to: www.unitedsolo.org/us/uedu/certificate

 

Allan Corduner — December 10, 2018
Internationally Renowned Actor, Acclaimed for His Role in an Oscar-winning Movie
Currently Starring in “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center

 

Acting & Voice Transformation with Allan Corduner
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, December 10, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

In this class with Allan Corduner, you will explore voice technique for stage, screen, and voiceover. Participants will learn the basics of preparing for auditions, developing a character, and exploring vocal possibilities for audiobooks, radio, podcasts, and interviews. With the audiobook, video game, and voiceover industry on the rise, this set of skills can be extremely useful and a valuable addition to a resume. Participants are expected to prepare a short piece of text of their choice to work on. This may be an audition speech, a speech from a dramatic scene, an original work, a poem, or a public presentation — basically any text of two-minute duration. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Participants will develop their potential by working with Allan Corduner, an actor with a broad range of credits and achievements.

 
It’s hard enough being an actor but I think to be a solo performer you have to be absolutely driven, and have a burning desire. It’s incurably brave for people to stand on their own and say something. That’s definitely something to celebrate.

—Allan Corduner

 

Allan Corduner is an actor, known to audiences from his stage, film, and voiceover work. He is currently starring as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway. His theatre credits include “Murder on the Orient Express” (McCarter, Princeton), “Showboat” (The Sheffield Crucible), “Passion” (Donmar Warehouse), “Hello Dolly!” (Regent’s Park), “A View from the Bridge” (Duke of York’s), “The Birthday Party” (Princeton), “Two Thousand Years” (National Theatre), “Fucking Games,” “Three Birds Alighting on a Field,” “Icecream and No End of Blame” (Royal Court), “Titanic” (Broadway), “Rosmersholm” (Young Vic), “Marya” (Old Vic), “Serious Money” (Royal Court, Wyndham’s and Broadway), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (New Shakespeare Company). Television credits include: “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Call the Midwife,” “Fearless,” “Homeland,” “The Collection,” “Utopia,” “Spies of Warsaw,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Exile,” “Zen,” “Lennon Naked,” “The Last Days of the Raj,” “Simon Schama’s Power of Art,” “Heartbeat,” “Friends and Crocodiles,” “The Last Detective,” “Trust,” “Foyle’s War,” “The Way We Live Now,” “Fat Friends,” “Paris,” “Mad About You,” “Nostromo,” “Nobody’s Children,” “Inspector Morse,” “Girls on Top,” “Antonia and Jane,” “Mandela,” “Freud.” Film credits include: “Topsy-Turvy,” “Operation Finale,” “Miss Dalí,” “Disobedience,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Woman in Gold,” “The Sweeney,” “Burke and Hare,” “Defiance,” “Fred Claus,” “The White Countess,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Vera Drake,” “Food of Love,” “Moonlight Mile,” “The Grey Zone,” “Joe Gould’s Secret,” “The Impostors,” “Heart of Darkness,” “Edward II,” “Talk Radio,” “Shadowmakers,” “Yentl.” Allan is also a familiar voice to audiobook listeners, with titles such as “Anna And The Swallow Man” (Winner of the Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook 2016), and “The Book Thief” (Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award), “Magpie Murders,” “Inkdeath,” and many video games including “Bloodborne” and “Harry Potter.” As a special guest at the United Solo Gala in 2012, Mr. Corduner presented awards to artists performing at the festival. Mr. Corduner is a member of the United Solo Academy, and recommends artists and shows included in the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row in New York City.

 

Non-Participants: $60
United Solo Participants: $40


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Janis Brenner — November 29, 2018
Award-winning Multidisciplinary Artist, and faculty member at The Juilliard School

 

MOVING, SOUNDING, ACTING with Janis Brenner
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

United Solo will host Janis Brenner, known worldwide as a “quadruple threat” — a dancer, choreographer, vocalist, and teacher — who has toured in 36 countries, teaches at The Juilliard School, and is the winner of the award for Best Choreography at the 2017 United Solo Festival for Eva Pertic’s “Eden, transplanted.” Open to all participants regardless of experience, this Master Class will explore the process of integrating movement, voice, breath, and character into the full range of expressiveness using structured improvisation. We will increase our range and means of expression, take risks as performers, and discover our unique, holistic performing sense. The class incorporates brief physical and vocal warm-ups to create a sense of community and shared purpose, from which we will proceed to movement, voice and text explorations together and individually. We will be immersed in “Serious Play!” Please wear comfortable clothes.
 
As a longtime multidisciplinary artist, I believe it is crucial for actors, dancers, singers, musicians to be deeply and wisely connected to their body as an instrument of expression, imagination, empathy and meaning. It is through improvisation — playful, spontaneous, concentrated exploration — that we may come to discover our vast potential as performers and meaning-makers.

—Janis Brenner

 

Janis Brenner is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry” (The Village Voice), she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include the NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance in Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet; the Lester Horton Award for Choreography in LA; the NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals; the U.S. State Department; Asian Cultural Council; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; UNESCO; US Embassies in Bosnia, Moscow, Jakarta and Dakar; and a commission for the interdisciplinary work The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been commissioned/restaged by more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990-2005, and in 2014, recording on ECM Records. Ms. Brenner was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company in Israel, and Alwin Nikolais. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers, its wide-ranging and encompassing national and international guest residencies as well as its “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009. More at: www.janisbrenner.com.

 

Non-Participants: $60
United Solo Participants: $40


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CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME


 
 

Marek Probosz – November 15, 2018
Professor at UCLA, and Actor Known for Many Starring Roles on Stage and Screen

 

ACTING FOR CAMERA with Marek Probosz
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

United Solo will present a Master Class with Marek Probosz, an international theatre, film, and television actor who has more than 50 starring roles to his credit. The class will focus on creating characters for the screen, and will introduce various acting techniques. Participants will learn the difference between “screen” and “stage” performing, create a common vocabulary and understanding of film language, and use practical exercises to remain spontaneous in their reactions to improvised situations. Participants are asked to come prepared to work on the attached scene from “Romeo and Juliet” — CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.
 
In some cultures, it is difficult to perform scenes containing intimacy on stage, whereas in others, it might be easier. Blending backgrounds and traditions is a creative act. In this context, cultural exchange can facilitate great art, because it requires the convergence of people’s souls.

—Marek Probosz

 

Soulful leading man Marek Probosz is an international theatre, film, and television actor, who also writes and directs for theatre and film. Probosz’s stage credits include the role of Odysseus opposite award‑winning British actor Henry Goodman in “Philoktetes” at the Getty Villa in Malibu. He wrote, directed and starred in the original Odyssey Theater production of “AUM or Tormenting of Actors.” Probosz’s theatrical adaptation of Wilde’s “Salome,” which he wrote, directed and starred in, was cited by the Czech National Critics Poll as the No. 2 artistic event of 1986. Currently, Probosz stars and tours in the solo show “The Auschwitz Volunteer,” about Auschwitz infiltrator Captain Witold Pilecki. This multimedia stage production, also directed by Probosz, has been featured at American Jewish University, UCLA, and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada. It is being presented as part of the 2018 United Solo Theatre Festival. Probosz has more than 50 starring roles to his credit. His film and television career spans roles in Polish, Czech, German, French, Italian and U.S. productions and co-productions. In the United States, he most recently guest‑starred on CBS’ “Scorpion.” He also had guest‑starring roles on ABC’s “Scandal,” CBS’ “Numbers,” NBC’s “JAG” and USA’s “Monk.” He received impressive reviews from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for his portrayal of Roman Polanski in the CBS miniseries “Helter Skelter.” Probosz teaches in the UCLA Department of Television, Film and Theater, and has taught at the Warsaw Theater Academy and Emerson College in Los Angeles. He has also given lectures on screenwriting at international film events and has been a distinguished jury member at film festivals throughout Europe, including the Moscow International Film Festival and the International Theater and Film Festivals in the Russian cities of Blagoveshchensk, Kazan, and Tomsk. He has taught film acting Master Classes at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, Poland.

 

Non-Participants: $60
United Solo Participants: $40


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CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME


 
 

Anne Bogart – November 5, 2018
Internationally Acclaimed Director, Author, Head of MFA Directing Program at Columbia University

 

WORDS AND ACTIONS MATTER with Anne Bogart
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

United Solo will host a Master Class with Anne Bogart, internationally acclaimed director, author, and Head of the MFA in Directing Program at Columbia University. This class is an unique opportunity to work with a legendary theatre artist. Participants should be prepared to perform a small section of a solo piece they are currently working on. Prof. Bogart will offer a critique and suggestions for development.
 
As a director I understand that acting requires tremendous courage. Scientific experiments have proven that an actor standing upon the stage and speaking to an audience is under more stress than an Olympic high jumper in the midst of a competition. I have tremendous compassion and admiration for the feat of walking onto a stage in front of an audience and speaking the truth.

—Anne Bogart

 

Anne Bogart is a Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, and author of five books: “A Director Prepares,” “The Viewpoints Book,” “And Then You Act,” “Conversations With Anne” and “What’s the Story.” With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 30 works in venues around the world, including “The Bacchae,” “Chess Match No. 5,” “Steel Hammer,” “The Theater Is a Blank Page,” “Persians,” “A Rite,” “Café Variations,” “Radio Macbeth,” “American Document,” “bobrauschenbergamerica” and “Hotel Cassiopeia.” Recent opera works include Handel’s “Alcina,” Dvorak’s “Dimitrij,” Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars,” Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Bellini’s “Norma” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Her many awards and fellowships include three honorary doctorates (Cornish School of the Arts, Bard College and Skidmore College), A Duke Artist Fellowship, A United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

 

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Olympia Dukakis — October 28, 2018
Oscar-winning Actress

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFT with Olympia Dukakis
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited! Pre-registration is required for one-on-one coaching or to observe the class

 

United Solo is proud to host Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, who will teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! This is a rare opportunity to work with this critically acclaimed actress of theatre, film, and television. Her master class, “The Importance of Craft,” will teach students to identify and develop what is important to them as performers. Ms. Dukakis will explain how to approach the craft of acting as a personal connection to thoughts, actions, circumstances and character, as expressed and defined by the text. Many thanks to Anthoula Katsimatides for arranging this class!
 

 
My most important tools when I teach are my own sensibility, my personal perceptions, my knowledge of the craft, and the excitement and satisfaction I always feel with students.

—Olympia Dukakis

 

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is an Academy Award-winning actress who took home an Oscar for her performance in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck.” As a highly respected performer of both classical and contemporary theater, the daughter of Greek immigrants first distinguished herself on stage performing in summer stock, and with repertory and Shakespeare companies throughout the country. She made her Broadway debut as an understudy in “The Aspern Papers” at age 30. In 1971 she co-founded The Whole Theater Company in Montclair, NJ, together with her husband, the actor Louis Zorich. Dukakis scored theater triumphs in “A Man’s a Man,” for which she won an Obie Award in 1963, and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo’ — another Obie Award. Many of her successes, both as actor and director, took place while working with The Whole Theater, which encouraged the development of new and untried plays. “Moonstruck” featured a 56-year-old Dukakis in the role of Cher’s sardonic, world-weary mother. In addition to that year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, her performance earned her a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. It also launched Dukakis into stardom. Since then, she has remained in high demand for over three decades as of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after character players, first in line for a number of top roles including “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), “The Cemetery Club” (1993) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). A more recent film, “Cloudburst” (2011), was a critical and audience darling, winning over forty awards for Best Film at festivals around the world. Dukakis won several Best Actress awards for her role. She has received high praise for her extensive work in television, including Emmy Award nominations for “Lucky Day,” “More Tales of the City,” and “Joan of Arc.”

 

Please note that only a limited number of slots is available for one-on-one coaching, on a first-come, first-served basis. All other participants are invited to sign up as auditors to observe the Master Class. Participants who sign up for Full Participation are encouraged to prepare a brief text for class, written either by them or another writer.

 

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Austin Pendleton — October 25, 2018
Renowned Actor and Director, Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY AND MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 4:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Austin Pendleton will return to the studio at Theatre Row, NYC, to teach his fourth Master Class at the United Solo Professional Training Program! After working with and being recommended by Mr. Pendleton, many artists are given the opportunity to perform their solo pieces at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, NYC. Just sign up and be discovered by one of the most influential theatre directors. Mr. Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts in a collaborative setting, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of the actors as a whole. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue or scene to workshop and should expect to learn through observing Austin’s coaching throughout the class.

 
I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. Productively mean, that is my hope. Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help.

—Austin Pendleton

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

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Joshua Ellis — October 18, 2018
Renowned Broadway Press Agent

 

HOW TO BE A STAR with Joshua Ellis
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

We are excited to bring Joshua Ellis, renowned theater publicist and press agent, to teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! Seize the opportunity to learn from the man who created, developed and executed public relations campaigns for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions. This master class will introduce you to the practical tools and skills required to publicize and market yourself and your show. It’s about shaping expectations for potential audiences, whether they are critics, reporters or theatergoers interested in the subject of your show. What is your “target audience” and how do you seduce them into buying tickets? Topics include creating buzz; giving interviews; writing programs, press and promotional materials; creating publicity photos and video; managing an Internet presence; participating in auxiliary media events; and budgeting all this.

 
Face it: it’s more fun to play to a full house than one with empty seats. But it takes specific skills to sell those seats. That’s where publicity, public relations and marketing come in. Today the words ‘branding’ and ‘hype’ are overused. I prefer five old-fashioned words from Stephen Sondheim’s lyric in GYPSY: ‘You gotta get a gimmick.’ Let’s figure out what works best for your show.

—Joshua Ellis

 

JOSHUA ELLIS created, developed and executed the public relations for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including David Merrick’s 42nd Street (Tony Award), Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (N.Y. Drama Critics Award), Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (Special Tony Award and Grammy Award), Yul Brynner in The King and I (Special Tony Award), August Wilson’s Fences (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Elephant Man (Tony Award), Frank Langella in Dracula (Tony Award), Morning’s at Seven (Tony Award), Big River (Tony Award), Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan, and seven productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company including the monumental The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Tony Award). Simultaneously, he was the press representative for the multi-award winning Roundabout Theatre Company. For two years he did publicity for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for five years he was Barry Manilow’s personal press agent. Ellis was on the founding Steering Committee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and served on that committee for five years while heading BC/EFA’s public relations efforts. In 2017, his solo performance piece, Call My Publicist! — The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, won two United Solo Theatre Awards: “Best Non-Fiction” script and Best Director (Gretchen Cryer). He is also an ordained InterSpiritual minister and disaster chaplaincy trainer.

 

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Zishan Ugurlu – October 15, 2018
Resident Actress and Director at La Mama, Professor at The New School

 

THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY with Zishan Ugurlu
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

United Solo will present a Master Class with Zishan Ugurlu, resident actress and director at La MaMa and professor at The New School. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an admired actress whose work has been seen throughout New York and abroad. This master class will help you hone the necessary skills to stand alone and perform. Paradoxically, the most personal experiences are also the most universal. Embracing vulnerability and working with our profound truths is precisely what inspires others and allows for genuine relationships that connect us all. In this class, students will be coached on their prepared monologues in front of their peers and engage in various exercises that will improve their understanding of solo performance fundamentals. Participants must come prepared with a monologue of their choosing.
 
As an actor, director, and educator, I hope to inspire theater makers to flirt with fear in their attempts to make the invisible visible, and I use Andrey Tarkovsky’s description of an artistic discovery as a mantra: ‘An artistic discovery occurs each time as a new and unique image of the world, a hieroglyphic of absolute truth. It appears as a revelation, as a momentary, passionate wish to grasp intuitively and at a stroke all the laws of this world-its beauty and ugliness, its compassion and cruelty, its infinity and its limitations.’

—Zishan Ugurlu

 

Zishan Ugurlu is a resident actress and director at La MaMa Theater and has worked extensively both in New York and abroad. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama, directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama is presented in Rimini, Bolognia, Milan, Italy, Ghent, Belgium, Barcelona, and Spain. Acting solo performances include the world premiere of Dario Fo’s “Peasant’s Bible,” “Dante in Dante,” and “Antigone.” As a director, she is currently working on two projects: “Music Room” by John Runowicz about the prison system in America and working with formerly incarcerated individuals and “Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna” written by Alexandra Chasin and featuring Judith Butler. Solo performances previously directed by Ugurlu include “The Mom, The Dad, & The Holy Spirit” featuring solo performers Yu Ling Wu, Joshua Laclé, and Aliyah Hakim, “Harlem Blooms In Spring” by Jersten Seraile at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), “Race Free” by Maria Mukuka, at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), “In the Storm of Pleasure” by Daniel Benhamu at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival Best Debut Award), “The Surrender” by Toni Bentley at Off-Broadway, The Clurman Theater, “Oysters, Orgasms, Obituaries” by Raina von Waldenburg (Nominated for New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance) and “Request Program” by F. X. Kroetz. Additional credits include “Agamemnon” by Aeschylus, “π-ROJECT” based on “The Persians” by Aeschylus, “Purge” by Sofi Oksanen, “Baghdadi Bath” by Jawad Al Assadi, “The Father” by August Strindberg, “The Last Supper” by Lars Norén, “Until the Next Whirl” by Rumi, and “Operetta” by Witold Gombrowicz. Prof. Ugurlu was recently invited to direct “Measure for Measure”at Istanbul Municipality Theater for its 100-year anniversary and for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. She is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. in theater. She is currently teaching at The New School University as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.

 

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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 
 

Janis Brenner — September 17, 2018
Award-winning Multidisciplinary Artist, and faculty member at The Juilliard School

 

MOVING, SOUNDING, and ACTING with Janis Brenner
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

United Solo will host Janis Brenner, known worldwide as a “quadruple threat” — a dancer, choreographer, vocalist, and teacher — who has toured in 36 countries, teaches at The Juilliard School, and is the winner of the award for Best Choreography at the 2017 United Solo Festival for Eva Pertic’s “Eden, transplanted.” Open to all participants regardless of experience, this Master Class will explore the process of integrating movement, voice, breath, and character into the full range of expressiveness using structured improvisation. We will increase our range and means of expression, take risks as performers, and discover our unique, holistic performing sense. The class incorporates brief physical and vocal warm-ups to create a sense of community and shared purpose, from which we will proceed to movement, voice and text explorations together and individually. We will be immersed in “Serious Play!” Please wear comfortable clothes.
 
As a longtime multidisciplinary artist, I believe it is crucial for actors, dancers, singers, musicians to be deeply and wisely connected to their body as an instrument of expression, imagination, empathy and meaning. It is through improvisation — playful, spontaneous, concentrated exploration — that we may come to discover our vast potential as performers and meaning-makers.

—Janis Brenner

 

Janis Brenner is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry” (The Village Voice), she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include the NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance in Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet; the Lester Horton Award for Choreography in LA; the NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the Fund for US Artists at International Festivals; the U.S. State Department; Asian Cultural Council; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; UNESCO; US Embassies in Bosnia, Moscow, Jakarta and Dakar; and a commission for the interdisciplinary work The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been commissioned/restaged by more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990-2005, and in 2014, recording on ECM Records. Ms. Brenner was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company in Israel, and Alwin Nikolais. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers, its wide-ranging and encompassing national and international guest residencies as well as its “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009. More at: www.janisbrenner.com. Janis will perform her one-woman show “Inheritance: A Litany” at this year’s United Solo Theatre Festival. The October 11th performance is SOLD OUT, but tickets are still available for the performance on October 4th, 2018.

 

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Olympia Dukakis — September 16, 2018
Oscar-winning Actress

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFT with Olympia Dukakis
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited! Pre-registration is required for one-on-one coaching or to observe the class

 

United Solo is proud to host Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, who will teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! This is a rare opportunity to work with this critically acclaimed actress of theatre, film, and television. Her master class, “The Importance of Craft,” will teach students to identify and develop what is important to them as performers. Ms. Dukakis will explain how to approach the craft of acting as a personal connection to thoughts, actions, circumstances and character, as expressed and defined by the text. Many thanks to Anthoula Katsimatides for arranging this class!
 

 
My most important tools when I teach are my own sensibility, my personal perceptions, my knowledge of the craft, and the excitement and satisfaction I always feel with students.

—Olympia Dukakis

 

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is an Academy Award-winning actress who took home an Oscar for her performance in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck.” As a highly respected performer of both classical and contemporary theater, the daughter of Greek immigrants first distinguished herself on stage performing in summer stock, and with repertory and Shakespeare companies throughout the country. She made her Broadway debut as an understudy in “The Aspern Papers” at age 30. In 1971 she co-founded The Whole Theater Company in Montclair, NJ, together with her husband, the actor Louis Zorich. Dukakis scored theater triumphs in “A Man’s a Man,” for which she won an Obie Award in 1963, and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo’ — another Obie Award. Many of her successes, both as actor and director, took place while working with The Whole Theater, which encouraged the development of new and untried plays. “Moonstruck” featured a 56-year-old Dukakis in the role of Cher’s sardonic, world-weary mother. In addition to that year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, her performance earned her a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. It also launched Dukakis into stardom. Since then, she has remained in high demand for over three decades as of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after character players, first in line for a number of top roles including “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), “The Cemetery Club” (1993) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). A more recent film, “Cloudburst” (2011), was a critical and audience darling, winning over forty awards for Best Film at festivals around the world. Dukakis won several Best Actress awards for her role. She has received high praise for her extensive work in television, including Emmy Award nominations for “Lucky Day,” “More Tales of the City,” and “Joan of Arc.”

 

Please note that only a limited number of slots is available for one-on-one coaching, on a first-come, first-served basis. All other participants are invited to sign up as auditors to observe the Master Class. Participants who sign up for Full Participation are encouraged to prepare a brief text for class, written either by them or another writer.

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 
 

Austin Pendleton — August 30, 2018
Renowned Actor and Director, Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY AND MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Austin Pendleton will return to the studio at Theatre Row, NYC, to teach his fourth Master Class at the United Solo Professional Training Program! After working with and being recommended by Mr. Pendleton, many artists are given the opportunity to perform their solo pieces at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, NYC. Just sign up and be discovered by one of the most influential theatre directors. Mr. Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts in a collaborative setting, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of the actors as a whole. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue or scene to workshop and should expect to learn through observing Austin’s coaching throughout the class.

 
I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. Productively mean, that is my hope. Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help.

—Austin Pendleton

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

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Penny Cherns – August 13, 2018
Director of the MA in Classical Training at LAMDA

 

TRUSTING THE TEXT with Penny Cherns
Master Class duration: 120 min.
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

This Master Class provides the opportunity to explore the area of classical theatre training and expand connections with European stages in London. United Solo will host Penny Cherns, Director of the MA Program in Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), who will teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an accomplished director and teacher. This class will focus on trusting the text, and investigate how an actor can mine, analyze, and explore the text to find personal resonance and character journeys. This strategy can create a well of possibilities for further rehearsals or help prepare for an audition. Participants are asked to bring a short piece (2 minutes) from Shakespeare, Pinter, Miller, or a contemporary text that engages you. Participants should also bring an extra paper copy of their text.

 
A simple exploration of structure releases the complexity and richness of the imagination.

—Penny Cherns

 

PENNY CHERNS trained on the Directors’ Course at the Drama Centre after completing a sociology degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She worked as Joan Littlewood’s assistant and then continued as a freelance director in major provincial repertory theatres directing classics, modern plays, and musicals. She was also Associate Director at Chester, Watford, and Nottingham Playhouse and worked at the RSC, the Royal Court, and the New End theatres. She directed dramas for the BBC and Channel 4 television. Abroad, she directed in Barcelona (in Spanish and Catalan) and for the British Council in India and South America. She has taught international workshops in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Oslo, Brazil and Uruguay. She has taught and directed in America at Brandeis, Juilliard, Yale and the University of Iowa, and in England at LAMDA, RADA, Drama Centre and the Guildhall. She gained an MSc in European Studies from the LSE and conducts Conflict Resolution workshops. Cherns recently directed at the Schoolhouse Theater in Connecticut and the ACT theater in Seattle. She is currently Senior Tutor and the Head of the MA in Classical Acting Program at LAMDA.

 

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Joshua Ellis — August 6, 2018
Renowned Broadway Press Agent

 

HOW TO BE A STAR with Joshua Ellis
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

We are excited to bring Joshua Ellis, renowned theater publicist and press agent, to teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! Seize the opportunity to learn from the man who created, developed and executed public relations campaigns for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions. This master class will introduce you to the practical tools and skills required to publicize and market yourself and your show. It’s about shaping expectations for potential audiences, whether they are critics, reporters or theatergoers interested in the subject of your show. What is your “target audience” and how do you seduce them into buying tickets? Topics include creating buzz; giving interviews; writing programs, press and promotional materials; creating publicity photos and video; managing an Internet presence; participating in auxiliary media events; and budgeting all this.

 
Face it: it’s more fun to play to a full house than one with empty seats. But it takes specific skills to sell those seats. That’s where publicity, public relations and marketing come in. Today the words ‘branding’ and ‘hype’ are overused. I prefer five old-fashioned words from Stephen Sondheim’s lyric in GYPSY: ‘You gotta get a gimmick.’ Let’s figure out what works best for your show.

—Joshua Ellis

 

JOSHUA ELLIS created, developed and executed the public relations for dozens of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including David Merrick’s 42nd Street (Tony Award), Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods (N.Y. Drama Critics Award), Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music (Special Tony Award and Grammy Award), Yul Brynner in The King and I (Special Tony Award), August Wilson’s Fences (Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize), The Elephant Man (Tony Award), Frank Langella in Dracula (Tony Award), Morning’s at Seven (Tony Award), Big River (Tony Award), Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan, and seven productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company including the monumental The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Tony Award). Simultaneously, he was the press representative for the multi-award winning Roundabout Theatre Company. For two years he did publicity for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and for five years he was Barry Manilow’s personal press agent. Ellis was on the founding Steering Committee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and served on that committee for five years while heading BC/EFA’s public relations efforts. In 2017, his solo performance piece, Call My Publicist! — The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, won two United Solo Theatre Awards: “Best Non-Fiction” script and Best Director (Gretchen Cryer). He is also an ordained InterSpiritual minister and disaster chaplaincy trainer.

 

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Olympia Dukakis — August 5, 2018
Oscar-winning Actress

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFT with Olympia Dukakis
Master Class, duration: 150 min.
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited! Pre-registration is required for one-on-one coaching or to observe the class

 

United Solo is proud to host Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, who will teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! This is a rare opportunity to work with this critically acclaimed actress of theatre, film, and television. Her master class, “The Importance of Craft,” will teach students to identify and develop what is important to them as performers. Ms. Dukakis will explain how to approach the craft of acting as a personal connection to thoughts, actions, circumstances and character, as expressed and defined by the text. Many thanks to Anthoula Katsimatides for arranging this class!
 

 
My most important tools when I teach are my own sensibility, my personal perceptions, my knowledge of the craft, and the excitement and satisfaction I always feel with students.

—Olympia Dukakis

 

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is an Academy Award-winning actress who took home an Oscar for her performance in the 1987 romantic comedy “Moonstruck.” As a highly respected performer of both classical and contemporary theater, the daughter of Greek immigrants first distinguished herself on stage performing in summer stock, and with repertory and Shakespeare companies throughout the country. She made her Broadway debut as an understudy in “The Aspern Papers” at age 30. In 1971 she co-founded The Whole Theater Company in Montclair, NJ, together with her husband, the actor Louis Zorich. Dukakis scored theater triumphs in “A Man’s a Man,” for which she won an Obie Award in 1963, and “The Marriage of Bette and Boo’ — another Obie Award. Many of her successes, both as actor and director, took place while working with The Whole Theater, which encouraged the development of new and untried plays. “Moonstruck” featured a 56-year-old Dukakis in the role of Cher’s sardonic, world-weary mother. In addition to that year’s Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, her performance earned her a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award, and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award. It also launched Dukakis into stardom. Since then, she has remained in high demand for over three decades as of one of Hollywood’s most sought-after character players, first in line for a number of top roles including “Steel Magnolias” (1989), “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), “The Cemetery Club” (1993) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995). A more recent film, “Cloudburst” (2011), was a critical and audience darling, winning over forty awards for Best Film at festivals around the world. Dukakis won several Best Actress awards for her role. She has received high praise for her extensive work in television, including Emmy Award nominations for “Lucky Day,” “More Tales of the City,” and “Joan of Arc.”

 

Please note that only a limited number of slots is available for one-on-one coaching, on a first-come, first-served basis. All other participants are invited to sign up as auditors to observe the Master Class. Participants who sign up for Full Participation are encouraged to prepare a brief text for class, written either by them or another writer.

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 
 

Austin Pendleton — July 14, 2018
Renowned Actor and Director, Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY AND MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 11:30am
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

The crowd has spoken! We are excited to bring back Austin Pendleton to teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program. Just sign up and be discovered by one of the most influential theatre directors. Austin Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts in a collaborative setting, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of the actors as a whole. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue or scene to workshop and should expect to learn through observing Austin’s coaching throughout the class.

 
I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. Productively mean, that is my hope. Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help.

—Austin Pendleton

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

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Bill Bowers — June 25, 2018
Award-winning Actor, World-renowned Mime

 

PANTOMIME AND PHYSICAL THEATRE with Bill Bowers
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Hailed by critics as the most accomplished and renowned mime of his generation, Bill Bowers will teach a Master Class as part of the United Solo Professional Training Program! In this fast moving, interactive Master Class, students will gain awareness of Mime and how it augments the performers’ process. Participants will learn how to work toward a more articulate and creative body and will learn a basic pantomime foundation for creating imaginary objects, sense of place, and various illusions. Ideally, participants will begin to use Mime/Pantomime for specificity, clarity and focus in physical story telling. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Classroom attire should be practical and suitable for physical activity. Participants need not come prepared with written text, but rather come willing to participate in movement-based work and with an open imagination.

 
Our body has an imagination and of a voice of its own, and Mime is a way of finding that physical voice. Let’s explore together storytelling with and without words.

—Bill Bowers

 

Bill Bowers currently performs and teaches the art of physical storytelling throughout the world. His methods and exploration of universal truths transcend the spoken word to educate and touch audiences in countries as varied as Poland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Japan, Macedonia, Romania, Italy, Norway, Germany and Austria. An award-winning actor, Bowers has also performed in all 50 United States and Puerto Rico appearing on the stages of Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The White House, United Solo Europe, Steppenwolf, LaMaMa, Theatre for a New Audience, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Urban Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Radio City Music Hall, HERE, and the New York International Fringe Festival. His Broadway credits include Zazu in “The Lion King” and Leggett in “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” He has also portrayed the great silent clowns: Charlie Chaplin in the world premiere of “Little Tramp,” Pierrot in the world premiere of “Beethoven N Pierrot,” and Petruchka with The Colorado Symphony. A passionate student and educator, Bowers studied with the legendary Marcel Marceau and currently serves on the faculties of New York University, Stella Adler Conservatory, and William Esper Studios. He is also presently a Visiting Professor at Williams College. He holds an MFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rocky Mountain College.

 

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Austin Pendleton — May 31, 2018
Renowned Actor and Director, a Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY & MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 6pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Due to popular demand, we are bringing back Austin Pendleton to teach at the United Solo Master Class Series! Just sign up, and be discovered by one of the most influential theatre directors. Austin Pendleton will spend time working with the participants on scenes and monologues. He will offer his critique and thoughts of the piece participants prepare, gradually trying to reach a wider evaluation of the strengths and potential of each actor. Participants are expected to prepare a monologue and a scene of their choice to work on.

 
I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. Productively mean, that is my hope. Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help.

—Austin Pendleton

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

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Allan Corduner — April 30, 2018
Internationally Renowned Actor, Acclaimed for His Role in an Oscar-winning Movie
Currently Starring in “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center

 

Acting & Voice Transformation with Allan Corduner
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:00pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

In this class with Allan Corduner, you will explore voice technique for stage, screen, and voiceover. Participants will learn the basics of preparing for auditions, developing a character, and exploring vocal possibilities for audiobooks, radio, podcasts, and interviews. With the audiobook, video game, and voiceover industry on the rise, this set of skills can be extremely useful and a valuable addition to a resume. Participants are expected to prepare a short piece of text of their choice to work on. This may be an audition speech, a speech from a dramatic scene, an original work, a poem, or a public presentation — basically any text of two-minute duration. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Participants will develop their potential by working with Allan Corduner, an actor with a broad range of credits and achievements.

 
It’s hard enough being an actor but I think to be a solo performer you have to be absolutely driven, and have a burning desire. It’s incurably brave for people to stand on their own and say something. That’s definitely something to celebrate.

—Allan Corduner

 

Allan Corduner is an actor, known to audiences from his stage, film, and voiceover work. He is currently starring as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway. His theatre credits include: “Murder On The Orient Express” (McCarter, Princeton), “Showboat” (The Sheffield Crucible), “Passion” (Donmar Warehouse), “Hello Dolly!” (Regent’s Park), “A View from the Bridge” (Duke of York’s), “The Birthday Party” (Princeton), “Two Thousand Years” (National Theatre), “Fucking Games,” “Three Birds Alighting on a Field,” “Icecream and No End of Blame” (Royal Court), “Titanic” (Broadway), “Rosmersholm” (Young Vic), “Marya” (Old Vic), “Serious Money” (Royal Court, Wyndham’s and Broadway), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (New Shakespeare Company). Television includes: “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Call the Midwife,” “Fearless,” “Homeland,” “The Collection,” “Utopia,” “Spies of Warsaw,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Exile,” “Zen,” “Lennon Naked,” “The Last Days of The Raj,” “Schama’s Power of Art,” “Heartbeat,” “Friends and Crocodiles,” “The Last Detective,” “Trust,” “Foyle’s War,” “The Way We Live Now,” “Fat Friends,” “Paris,” “Mad About You,” “Nostromo,” “Nobody’s Children,” “Inspector Morse,” “Girls On Top,” “Antonia and Jane,” “Mandela,” “Freud.” Films include: “Topsy-Turvy,” “Operation Finale,” “Miss Dalí,” “Disobedience,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Woman In Gold,” “The Sweeney,” “Burke and Hare,” “Defiance,” “Fred Claus,” “The White Countess,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Vera Drake,” “Food of Love,” “Moonlight Mile,” “The Grey Zone,” “Joe Gould’s Secret,” “The Impostors,” “Heart of Darkness,” “Edward II,” “Talk Radio,” “Shadowmakers,” “Yentl.” Allan is also a familiar voice to audiobook listeners, with titles such as “Anna and the Swallow Man” (Winner of the Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook 2016), and “The Book Thief” (Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award), “Magpie Murders,” “Inkdeath,” and many video games including “Bloodborne” and “Harry Potter.” As a special guest at the United Solo Gala in 2012, Mr. Corduner presented awards to artists performing at the festival. Mr. Corduner is a member of the United Solo Academy, and recommends artists and shows included in the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row in New York City.

 

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Fiona Shaw — March 27, 2018
Acclaimed Actress and Director, Tony Award Winner and 5-time Olivier Award Recipient

 

ACTING STYLES with Fiona Shaw
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

A Master Class with Fiona Shaw is a rare opportunity to meet, work, and be discovered by one of the most influential actresses and directors of contemporary theatre. Participants are expected to prepare a short piece of text of their choice to work on, such as: an audition speech of any kind, a speech from a scene, a poem, any text (classical or contemporary), even your original writing, or — as recommended by Fiona herself — a compilation, which may include, for example: sonnets mixed with contemporary writing; basically any text that is of two-minute duration. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Participants will hone their skills while performing their pieces and by observing the class, which will address a variety of styles and approaches.

 
Once you’ve done one style, you leave it for a while. Theater is dangerously open to repetition. It’s exciting when you hit on a new way. The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor.

—Fiona Shaw

 

Fiona Shaw is regarded as one of the finest classical actresses of her generation, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Ms. Shaw has performed on the most prestigious stages, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in London, winning Olivier Awards for her roles in “Electra,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Machinal,” and “Happy Days.” Her performance in “Medea” garnered her a Tony Award in 2003. Shaw is also known for her critically acclaimed solo productions on Broadway, including “The Waste Land,” for which she received a Drama Desk Award, and “The Testament of Mary,” nominated for three Tony Awards. In 2013, Fiona Shaw received the United Solo Special Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the art of solo performance. Her credits also include her work as a theatre and opera director. Ms. Shaw is also a star of the screen. She won international recognition portraying Petunia Dursley in the ”Harry Potter” films and Marnie Stonebrook in HBO series “True Blood.” She was awarded an honorary C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her accomplishments in drama.

 

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Austin Pendleton — November 18, 2017
Renowned Actor and Director, a Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY & MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 
I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. (Productively mean, that is my hope.) Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help. Just bring your monologue or scene to our class!

—Austin Pendleton

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

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James Lecesne — November 11, 2017
Solo Performer, Screenwriter of an Oscar-winning Movie

 

THE STORY WORKSHOP with James Lecesne
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11am
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 
Are you ready to develop your next solo show? Do you know what story you want to tell? Come learn about the basics of story and structure from a solo performer the NYTimes described as “One of the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” In this two-hour tutorial James will share the basics solo story-making and provide tools that can help you create a structure that will carry your story into the world. To prepare: Be familiar with the play “Streetcar Named Desire” so that we all have a common story to work with in terms of structure.

—James Lecesne

 

James Lecesne has been telling stories for over 25 years. Credits include, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” (Outer Critic Circle Award), Word of Mouth (Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle) and One Man Band. James wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning short film “Trevor,” which inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT & questioning youth. As a writer, James adapted Armistead Maupin’s “Further Tales of the City” as a mini-series for Showtime and was a writer for the TV series “Will & Grace.” He created “The Road Home: Stories of Children of War,” a play based on interviews with survivors of wars in Tibet, Bosnia and Cambodia, and presented at the International Peace Conference at The Hague. James has taught at The NYU School of Continuing Education, The New School, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The New York Film Academy. His young adult novel, “Absolute Brightness,” was published by Harper Collins and was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His novel, “Trevor,” was published by Seven Stores Press in 2012 and with Sarah Moon he co-edited “The Letter Q: Queer Writer’s Letters to Their Younger Selves.” More info at: www.jameslecesne.com

 

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Pau Aran Gimeno – September 21, 2017
Performer at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

 

MOVEMENT with Pau Aran Gimeno
Master Class, duration: 90 min.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11am
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 
Each body has its own language, unique and perfect. Our working tool must be continuously powerful and sensitive. With this in mind, we will work through play and pleasure, with exercises based on technique, composition, improvisation, and body narrative. We will open the space to dialogue with ourselves and the others. We will connect with an authentic personal expression and we will improve the quality of movement. We will achieve an increase in the awareness of our limits, which will allow us to overcome them. The result of our work will help us have an open and autonomous mind, capable of adapting to a creative process. I offer a space for the creative process to take place, for contact with oneself, sensitivity and expression, without pretentions or judgements, where everything is possible.

—Pau Aran Gimeno

 

Pau Aran Gimeno most notably known as a dancer from the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will give a Master Class in movement for theatre and dance. Pau’s professional path has taken him from ballroom dancing in Barcelona to classical and contemporary dance in Madrid, Paris, and Germany. He is currently developing several independent projects and collaborating as a teacher at several prestigious institutions and centers dedicated to dance and performance art. More info at: www.pauaran.com

 

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