Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Free performance workshops

Ever see a movie or play and think to yourself, I can do that! Want to learn how to feel more comfortable in front of an audience? Is your brain buzzing with great ideas that you just can’t seem to get on paper?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you won’t want to miss our free performance workshop!
The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center in Tampa will host two free workshops next week for high school and college students interested in acting, performing, writing or public speaking.
The workshops will be taught by veteran off-Broadway actor, director, comedian and teacher, Rob Nash, guest director for the Patel Conservatory’s summer theater program.
Nash has written 21 plays, many of them one-man shows, including his off-Broadway show Holy Cross Sucks!, and, So a Lawyer, a Priest and an Atheist Walk into a Bar at the Off Center Theater (now the Shimberg Theater) here at the Straz Center in 2003.
The Patel Conservatory is thrilled to have Nash as a guest director this summer! Anyone in grade nine through college is welcome to come try one of his workshops next week.
At the workshop, Nash will perform excerpts from his multi-character one-man show Cindrella, a modern telling of the classic tale, Cinderella, with a Latina heroine, in which Nash plays 12 different characters.
He’ll then lead participants through exercises designed to help actors, writers and performers develop and refine their comedic and dramatic talents. 

“This workshop will stress getting your dreams out of your head and in front of an audience, and breaking down barriers and blocks,” Nash said. “This will be a very supportive and encouraging environment, open to everyone with an interest.”
If interested, participants will be able to further explore writing and performance skills with the guidance of Nash’s expertise in our summer youth theater program, in which students will collaborate to create an original production, LOL: the Musical.
The free workshops will be Thurs., June 16, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m., or Sat., June 18, 2011 from 1-4 p.m.
To register, call 813.222.1002.

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