A scene study class plus for those with professional training who want to reconnect to themselves and their acting. Our intention is to create and foster a safe environment that is about the process of discovery.
Primarily working with assigned scenes from modern and contemporary sources, Dennis Hayes and Denise Norman will be collaborating to support the actor’s connection to breath and voice, while incorporating elements of improvisation to arrive at the ‘hairy edge’ we seek as actors.
Participants will present scenes in class which will be then be further developed with the support and direction of the instructors in response to the needs, goals and learning style of the individual actors. Scene partners will perform the scene a second time after further rehearsal.
Participants are required to arrange meeting and rehearsal outside of class time with their assigned scene partners.
The number of scenes assigned will depend upon enrolment.
Wednesday February 03, 7:00 – 10:00
Wednesday February 10, 7:00 – 10:00
Wednesday February 17, 7:00 – 10:00
Wednesday February 24, 7:30 – 10:00
Wednesday March 02, 7:00 – 10:00
Fee $ 299.00 to be received by February 02, 2016.
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Applicants must include their resume and headshot for consideration.
Comfortable clothing is recommended to allow movement in exercises.
Dennis Hayes’ professional career in Theatre started in the USA, where he directed DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS, Genesius Guild, Rock Island ILL; LOOK BACK IN ANGER, Sister Lakes playhouse, MI; GALILEO and THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, Court Theatre, Chicago.
Acting credits include: The Bridegroom, BLOOD WEDDING, State U. of Iowa; Tullus Aufidius, CORIOLANUS, and McLeod, DETECTIVE STORY, Genesius Guild.
After a degree in Biology, a year in the Playwrights’ unit of the famous Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and 2 years as a draftee in the American army, Dennis took a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing at Catholic U. of America, Washington D.C., and taught at St. Ambrose U., Davenport IA, and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN where he served as Chair of the Dept. of Speech and Drama.
In Canada, Dennis directed Shay Duffin in the wildly successful BEHAN SHOW, served as Chair of the Dept. of Speech and Drama, St. Francis Xavier U., Antigonish N.S.; and Artistic director of The Student Young Company, National Arts Centre, Ottawa.
As founder of Le Théatre Mouvant, Dennis established himself as a leading experimental theatre artist, devising, choreographing and performing in THE DEATH OF ARTAUD, NAC and Factory Lab, TO.
He performed the roles Chef du Mime, GASPAR, Théatre Français, NAC ; James, THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, Centaur Theatre, Montreal ; and as co-author, created the role of Gauguin, THE YELLOW HOUSE AT ARLES, Tarragon Theatre, TO. Recently he loved playing the half-demented Tom, BETTER LIVING, Alumnae Theatre, TO and ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS, Red Sandbox Theatre,TO.
Dennis has worked in every aspect of his beloved art, from set designer and carpenter, stage manager, dramaturge, mentor, and raconteuur to Past-President of Playwrights Canada.
At U of T Erindale, Dennis taught Chekov, directed devised creations, and tutored students toward solo theatre pieces.
Denise Norman (CAEA, ACTRA) MFA in Acting York U, MA in Theatre Studies York U., has been a theatre instructor at University of Toronto Erindale, Sheridan College and Randolph Academy for more than twenty years, as well as a private coach for professional performing artists.
Denise’s special commitment has been to small theatre, working in over 20 Fringe productions, notably directing JUDGEMENT by Berry Collins, George Ignatieff; HEY! GOOD LOOKIN’, an original script by Rees-Brown and Morrow, Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse; and THREE SISTERS by Anton Checkov, The Poor Alex.
Her roles have included the title role in THE VILE GOVERNESS by Stewart Lemoine; OUBLIETTE by Kevin Rees for Summerworks; and Maria Josepha THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico Garcia Lorca.
Denise has also performed in several new Canadian musicals, including the title role in Dean Burry’s SWEETHEART: THE MARY PICKFORD STORY, a one person show with accompanist, Spadina House and Haliburton Highlands; CARRYING ON by Trish O’Reilly and Co., The Red Sandcastle Theatre; as well as directing THE FIGARO PROJECT, a Pochinko style Clown Opera, Centre of Gravity.
As a singing member of the acapella trio DAUGHTERS OF THE ROCK Denise has toured across Newfoundland and Labrador singing at the inaugural celebration of Gros Morne Discovery centre; the Bell Island Come Home celebration; and Festival 500.
With the trio THE MadriGALS, she has sung medieval music as a featured act at The Elora Festival, the Mississauga Art Gallery, and the Corkin Gallery.
Denise has also been a featured singer in BRUANT, by Hilary Unger, Toronto Jazz Festival.