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Directing Text with the Physical Actor


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12pm - 4pm

Theatre Works

St Kilda

Masterclass led by Tanya Gerstle

Places Limited to 10


This five-day intensive will give an insight into the Pulse rehearsal process – a physical approach to staging text. Pulse is a kinetic improvisational strategy for working with linear narrative and character to create text-based physical theatre.


This intensive introduces a particular directorial approach to the physical actor and text. It will be of particular interest to directors who can draw from the visceral experience of being an actor and are interested in using their own improvisatory skills in rehearsal to direct text. The Pulse process necessitates the use of performance skills from a director such as, quick and imaginative thinking, physical and imaginative fluency, collaboration, keen observation and the ability to work‘ in the moment’. During this Master class participants will experience how to wait, watch, recognize and capture what the actors offer.


During the intensive we will work through several layers of the Pulse rehearsal process. All participants will play one of the characters during the intensive in order to understand what the director is searching for and specifically to aid the director to empathize with the actor.



COST: $370

Early Bird: $350

Includes: Workshop, watching Pre-Performance Pulse, participation in Tuesday Pulse Jams, Q&A with cast and creatives of The Mill on the Floss.


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