Character Keys Workshop

Creating Character Through The Body
with Actor / Director / Instructor / Coach
Richard Beaune, Artistic Director Keystone Theatre

Through his work as an actor and director at a variety of theatres across the country, Richard Beaune has developed a comprehensive method for creating unique and memorable characters. Using the techniques of sound and gesture, body centres and Laban, Richard has helped many actors to explore and refine their approach to character work. This method of character creation is central to the his work with his award winning company Keystone Theatre.

This intensive 3hr workshop will provide participants with the tools and vocabulary required to create or develop an infinite variety of diverse characters.

The Natural Performer
with Actor / Mime / Clown / Teacher / Artist
Stephen LaFrenie, Performer/Co-creator Keystone Theatre

Using a series of physical theatre techniques based in Commedia Dell’Arte and character work, each participant will find their own style of physical expression. Each of us has a unique performing style and character which needs to be developed and expressed in order to understand traditional characters and movement. The objective is not to discard natural rhythms but to use them to accomplish and personalize the traditional.

This intensive 3hr workshop will provide an introduction to and a foundation for understanding traditional Commedia Dell’Arte characters.

Musical Keys (May 19th only)
with Musician / Performer / Teacher / Dora Award Winner
David Atkinson, Music Director Keystone Theatre
Both classes on May 19th will be accompanied by live music. On this day Musicians of all styles are invited to take the classes and Keystone Theatre’s Music Director will share insights on how music can play an integral role in character creation.

Sunday, May 12th & Sunday, May 19th
10am – 1pm – Character Keys
2pm – 5pm – The Natural Performer
One 3hr Class $60, Two $100, Three $150, All Four $200
CAEA Members Receive a 20% Discount

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Location:May 12 at Toronto Dance Theatre, and May 19 at Fringe Creation Lab