Announcing: Adult Suzuki Acting

September 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm 1 comment

As many of you are aware, the drama teachers at Asheville Arts Center are top-notch.  The level of creativity and talent they bring to our drama program is unmatched.  As the program continues to grow and expand, we will be unveiling several notable programs for kids and adults.

One of our esteemed teachers, Ann Mahoney, has recently begun to offer one such program, for adults: Adult Suzuki Acting.  (Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm at the main location of Asheville Arts Center.)

HamletandOpheliaHere is her bio: “Graduating from Greensboro College wit a BA in Theatre and then achieving her MFA from UCONN, Ann Mahoney-Kadar has lots of experience to offer students at the AAC, including elements from her training in the Suzuki Method. She has taught acting, movement, and voice for the University of Connecticut, Delgado Community College, and the Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival.  Kadar has directed, choreographed, and performed many a lead role regionally at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Greensboro College, Delgado Community College, Southern Repertory Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre and also has had leading parts in film and tv.  She is a member of both the Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.”

More about the class:

dreamplayThe Suzuki Method of Actor training, as created by Japanese theatre master Tadashi Suzuki, involves a series of rigorous physical and vocal exercises, designed to “train” the actor to perform at a high level of difficulty.  The idea being, that if an actor can perform believably within the difficult constraints of the Suzuki forms, performing within realistic forms will be all the more easy.

The exercises are based on the ancient Japanese art forms of Noh and Kabuki theatre, but are adapted for modern actors.  Emphasis is placed on reservation of movement, powerful speaking, and a free and flexible upper body, supported by a strong lower body.  This juxtaposition of flexibility meeting strength, creates a CENTER in the actor, from which the actor taps into their deepest instincts.

The Suzuki training translates particularly beautifully into work with heightened language.  Modern actors are not often called upon to inact tragedies on the level of Shakespeare and the Greeks, and sometimes have HamletProdPicdifficulty finding the power and depth to attack those roles.  There is a tendency for the modern actor to bring the language DOWN to their level of comfortability, instead of bringing themselves physically and vocally UP to the language.  Suzuki gives actors the tools to invest themselves completely in demanding roles such as these.

We will do the training each week, and then apply the training to work on Shakespearean monologues, if time allows.

Classes begin Monday, September 21, 2009 and run through December 18, 2009.  $15 per class / 8 classes for only $99.

Call today to enroll!  828.253.4000

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