Artist Opportunities

The Mill on the Floss | OpticNerve Performance Group Workshops

Acclaimed Performance Group OpticNerve, led by Director Tanya Gerstle are offering an exciting series of workshops and masterclasses in line with their production of The Mill on the Floss this July.

Workshop Leader Stephen Phillips with Hannah Liddeaux
Dates & Time: August 1-5 // 12pm-4pm
Venue: Theatre Works

This five-day intensive will introduce and explore the Pulse physical performance and theatre-making principles. Working through the fundamental and then more complex layers of the work, participants will embody a shared language enabling them to collaborate and create. Each participant will be challenged to move beyond their habitual performance modes and to extend their physical, vocal and imaginative fluency and clarity within an improvised structure.

This workshop will appeal specifically to actors with an interest and facility in physical acting (body and text) and collaborative artists seeking to challenge their own theatre-making processes.

Cost: $320 Early Bird: $300
Includes:Workshop, watching Pre-Performance Pulse, participation in Tuesday Pulse Jams, Q&A with cast and creatives of The Mill on the Floss. 15 places available only.


Masterclass led by OpticNerve Artistic Director Tanya Gerstle
Dates & Time:
August 8-12 // 12pm-4pm
Venue: Theatre Works

This five-day intensive will give an insight into the Pulse rehearsal process - a physical approach to staging text. Pulse is a kinetic improvisational strategy for working with linear narrative and character to create text-based physical theatre.

This intensive introduces a particular directorial approach to the physical actor and text. It will be of particular interest to directors who can draw from the visceral experience of being an actor and are interested in using their own improvisatory skills in rehearsal to direct text. The Pulse process necessitates the use of performance skills from a director such as, quick and imaginative thinking, physical and imaginative fluency, collaboration, keen observation and the ability to work 'in the moment'. During this Master class participants will experience how to wait, watch, recognize and capture what the actors offer.

During the intensive we will work through several layers of the Pulse rehearsal process. All participants will play one of the characters during the intensive in order to understand what the director is searching for and specifically to aid the director to empathize with the actor.

Cost: $370 Early Bird: $350
Workshop, watching Pre-Performance Pulse, participation in Tuesday Pulse Jams, Q&A with cast and creatives of The Mill on the Floss. 15 places available only.

PULSE JAM For workshop participants and performance ensemble only

Just as musicians come together to have a 'jam' Pulse players who have never met on the performance floor come to this session to improvise together. Armed with a set of shared performance principles they are simultaneously the creators and the creation. This session is a forum to practice skills, find collaborators and invest in your performance fitness. There will be half an hour of guided physical preparation before the Jam begins. The Jam is facilitated rather than taught.

Dates and Times: Tuesday August 2 and Tuesday August 9 // 6-8pm
Venue: Theatre Works

This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund.

The Object is the Score: Masterclass with Duda Paiva

Renowned puppeteer and dancer Duda Paiva (Netherlands) returns to Melbourne to present the highly acclaimed production of BLIND as part of the Festival of Live Art.

In line with this, we are offering a unique opportunity for participants to share his unique performance style in a one day intensive. Explore the link between movement, space, and the object. How impulses can move from the body through the object, into space and back again. How to modulate and characterise that journey through rhythm, shape, and texture. Discover how to maintain separate identities while playing, and how to use your musculature efficiently! A wonderful opportunity for dancers, physical performers, puppeteers and circus artists - both emerging and experienced.

Sunday 13 March
10.30am - 4.00pm
St Martins, 28 St Martins Lane, South Yarra

$150.00 - Masterclass plus ticket to BLIND Presented by Theatre Works, Black Hole Theatre and Duda Paiva Company
$130.00 - Masterclass only


Directors Lab: Melbourne

More information on Directors Lab: Melbourne 2016 coming soon

Following the success of the inaugural Directors Lab: Melbourne we are delighted to announce that the lab will again take place during Melbourne Festival 2016.

To read about the 2015 Program visit the Directors Lab: Melbourne website
Watch the Directors Lab: Melbourne video


Directors Lab: Melbourne 2016
Inspire. Challenge. Connect. Nurture.

Inspired by the Lincoln Center Theatre's Directors Lab, Theatre Works will facilitate a unique program of events for professional directors from around Australia and the world.

The Lab will run from 9am - 9pm over 8 consecutive days, and will be a combination of masterclasses, dynamic conversations, investigations, creative explorations as well as seeing and discussing works presented by the Melbourne Festival. Directors will be actively involved in the participation as well as the presentation of sessions, sharing their skills, methodologies and techniques with a community of national and international directors.

For more information about the Directors Lab please email directorslab(replace+with+at+symbol)

Photo of Peter Sellars and participants in Directors Lab: Melbourne 2015

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