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

Adam Wade — November 17, 2017
An Accomplished Comedian and the Winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth

 

STORYTELLING FOR SOULFUL HUMANS with Adam Wade
Master Class, duration: 90 min.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

Adam Wade is an inimitable fixture in both the New York City storytelling and comedy scenes. He is the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth (18 StorySLAM victories and 2 GrandSLAM Championships) with 20 different winning stories. He has toured across North America with The Moth Main Stage. His stories have appeared on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast. Adam has been performing his New York Times and Time Out New York’s critic’s pick monthly solo show “The Adam Wade from NH Show” since January 2010. He is also a regular performer on Nights of Our Lives at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and has made several appearances on Asssscat 3000 (guest monologist), Whiplash and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Adam recently released his debut storytelling/comedy album “Adam Wade: The Human Comedy” by Comedy Dynamics. The album was enthusiastically lauded in Sarah Larson’s profile of Adam in The New Yorker. He has been seen on HBO’s GIRLS Season 5 finale and on Season 2 and 3 of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. In 2017, Adam began hosting a tech web series for Bloomberg called Conversations with Coders as well as a series he created called Wade on the Bench in Hoboken. A seasoned teacher of his craft, since 2010, Adam has been teaching a variety of 6-week Storytelling Classes at NYC’s Magnet Theater. He also conducts one-on-ones meet ups and workshops for businesses and organizations. More at: www.adamwade.com

 

Learn the basic elements of how to take ideas and experiences and build them into stories. Also, learn tips on how to face the fear of getting up and speaking in front of a group. Lastly, we will go over the power of connecting to other humans in such a technologically fueled world.

—Adam Wade

 

United Solo Participants: $35
Non-Participants: $50


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*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

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.

 

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


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 
 

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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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 

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

 

Mr. 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.

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 

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.

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

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CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
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*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

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.

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

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

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

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

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.