Free Film and Theatre University
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In this mini-masterclass, participants will discover the power behind the techniques of American acting teachers Lee Strasberg, the pioneer of Method Acting, and Eric Morris, renowned teacher who was influenced by Strasberg, and author of ten books, including the classic, “No Acting Please.” Both techniques produce powerful results as actors become free to experience authentically, to express emotionally, and ultimately to embody a character amidst complex given circumstances. Participants will be guided through several exercises and are invited to stick around afterwards for snacks and mingling with other bilingual actors in Paris. Open to any level.
Sei Shiomi began his acting training in a performing arts school in Boston. After graduating from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) with a BFA degree in acting and studying at the Stella Adler Studio, he worked in Off-Broadwy productions for two years as an actor and director (notably Pan Asian Repertory Theatre company). During that time, he became increasingly interested in directing and in different training methods. In 1996, Sei decided to leave New York in search of diverse approaches to acting that existed in the world. This research took him on a cross-continental trip across Europe, during which he met and worked with theatre professionals from Russia, Bulgaria, Norway, Italy, England and Japan (including Yoshi Oida from Peter Brook’s company). Sei arrived in Paris in 1997 and followed an apprenticeship with Amy Werba at the Bilingual Acting Workshop before accepting his position as a BAW instructor. He also created the Four Courners Theatre Ensemble and co-produced and performed in Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business. His directing credits include (in English): The Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang, Desdemona by Paula Vogel, The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman (co-directed with Amy Werba), The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, The Blue Room by David Hare, The Big Funk by John-Patrick Shanley, Split by Michael Weller, Refuge by Jessica Goldberg, Old Saybrook by Woody Allen, Blue Surge by Rebecca Gilman, Doubt by John-Patrick Shanley, Stuck by Jessica Goldberg, Independence by Lee Blessing. (In French): Le Chat du Rabbin by Johann Sfar (an adaption of his comic book), Suspendus by Franck-Olivier Lafererre, Ecrits d’Amour by Claude Bourgyex, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928) for the Avignon theatre festival, La Ligne – la vie de faussaire by Sarah Kaminsky, Lâleh – une fleur en partage by Aude-Laurence Clermont-Biver (in Luxembourg and in Paris).
Celia Anne Browne has an extensive background in the arts. Dance was her first love. She was born into a thespian family who ran a theater in Montauk in the Hamptons for seventeen years and continues to produce in NYC. As an actress, she has experience in theater, film, and television. While in NYC she performed in many original plays including at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Theater for the New City, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and several stages on Theatre Row. She has also appeared in independent films and the soap opera All My Children. Longing to expand her experience, she shifted her focus from professional acting to the teaching of Yoga and Meditation. Distinguished producers, directors, and actors have been some of her favorite students. She was on staff at the award-winning Cornerstone Theater Company in LA for six years. In the past few years she has been writing, including developing a treatment and script for a TV show. She was encouraged to teach the Eric Morris System of Acting, a method she has felt passionate about and at home with for many years. Celia has known Eric since she was a teenager, and his instrumental and craft technique have been an extraordinary creative guide. Currently she teaches in LA, NYC, and Paris. Other wonderful study of the acting craft has included the Acting program at Emerson College, Circle In The Square and New Actors Workshop in NYC, the conservatory of the late greats George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills.
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