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Performer Workshop: Creating Characters Jan 23-25
Posted December 18, 2011
Treat yourself to the best holiday gift/New Year's resolution a performer could ask for:

“Characteristically Speaking”
The Parallel Exit Character Workshop

Parallel Exit’s latest workshop focuses on creation, development, and use of character in live performance. Character is much more than a stage personality or attitude; it is the personal connection between the performer and the audience. Understanding and practicing the nuance and power of one’s character onstage opens a world of possibilities in variety acts, plays and musical theater, and film and television.

The goal of a character is to create understanding and empathy in the audience.

In this workshop, we will cover:
  • Attitude-based character
  • Action-based character
  • Image-based character
  • Status or relationship-based character
  • Finding your "type." Playing with it and playing against it
  • Working with a character and act material

Taught by Joel Jeske and Mark Lonergan

About the Company:
Parallel Exit creates physical theater inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Our goal is to create moments of simple magic for audiences of all ages. Our work has been presented in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia to great critical acclaim. The company is a two-time Drama Desk nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience and received a “Spirit of the Fringe” award from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In New York City, Parallel Exit’s work has appeared at The New Victory Theater, The Lincoln Center Institute, The Guggenheim Museum, 59E59 Theaters, Symphony Space, and PS 122.

About the Instructors:
Joel Jeske is an international performer, director, and teacher. He has appeared in major feature films including Two for the Money with Al Pacino, and Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock. On television, Joel was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Sex and the City. Joel is a creator and performer for the physical theater company Parallel Exit. He created and starred in Parallel Exit’s Off-Broadway hits This Way That Way, Cut to the Chase, and Room 17B. Joel was nominated for two Drama Desk awards for creating the shows Cut to the Chase and Room 17B. As a clown, Joel toured and created clown acts for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Cirque du Soleil, and The Big Apple Circus. In 2006–07, he starred in and hosted one of Big Apple Circus’s most popular productions entitled Step Right Up! Joel was honored as Clown of the Year 2007 and Audience Favorite in 2009 at the New York Golden Nose awards.

Mark Lonergan is a director and the artistic director of Parallel Exit, a two-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. He has been directing plays, musicals, revues, and dance productions for over 15 years, both with Parallel Exit and as a freelance artist. Mark’s work has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, at festivals such as the Festival of Dreams in Austria, the COS Festival in Spain, the We Love Dance Festival in Japan, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the United States, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (Awarded: Spirit of the Fringe). He has led workshops and master classes in acting and physical theater for a number of colleges throughout the country.
Mon Jan 23, 6–10pm
Tues Jan 24, 6–10pm
Wed Jan 25, 6–10pm
Manhattan, studio TBD
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Note from the CircusNYC Editors: Posted as received.