Acting Foundations with Tamara
2 hour class
TAMARA KOLTES holds her BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She is a recent graduate with an MFA in Acting from East 15 Acting School of Loughton, England, where she has performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Off-West End. Tamara has taught and performed in Seattle, New York, Minnesota, the United Kingdom, and Los Angeles. With years of experience teaching many different age groups in dance and the theatre arts, she has worked with Boden’s Performing Arts, Children’s Theatre Company, SteppingStone Children’s Theatre, Youth Performance Company, Broadway Bound, Green Stage, Seattle Children’s, Young Actor’s Studio, Shakespeare Kids, and is excited to begin new teaching adventures with ACT-1! Her directing credits include youth productions of Seussical Jr. and the original jukebox musical The Buddy Bench with Lakeshore Player’s Theatre, as well as We Are Monsters and Musicville with Ashland Productions.
Her recent stage appearances include: A Dream Play (East15), The Tempest (Car Crash Productions), The Penelopiad (East15), Around the World in 80 Days (East15), Three Winters (East15), Never Wonder Land (Laughing Nomad Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Mission Theatre Company), The Bernice Project (Phoenix Theater), Consumed (Playable Artworks), Rumors of Shadows (Kinetic Fusion Physical Theatre), The Cruel Painter of Radostdale (Laughing Nomad Productions), along with the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe debuts of High School English and Splashback with Car Crash Productions.
This class is designed to focus on the foundations of acting to become a playful, versatile actor and make specific choices for the stage. We explore vocal and physical techniques, along with character and improvisational work to create and sustain well-rounded characters, circumstances, and relationships.
We get physical with biomechanics/ mime, Laban, Viewpoints, Lecoq, and other physical theatre methods to focus on specificity, awareness, and control of the body in space.
Our vocal practice lays the groundwork for a strong stage voice through relaxation, breath support, clarity, articulation, and resonance.
We then discover how to create a character's voice and body, and use improvisation to play in imaginary circumstances and determine how characters think, feel, and relate to the world around them.