Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will present a six-week Acting Methodology Workshop with screen and television star Noelle Parker beginning Tuesday, March 29 at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
Classes will be on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. through May 3 and will be held live and in person at the theater. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry. Registration is $250 for six sessions, with a registration rate of $50 per class, and is open to adults and children 14 and older. For more information, please contact Director of Education and Community Outreach, Allen O’Reilly by calling 631 725 0818 or emailing [email protected]
The Art of Making Choices is designed to give everyone, from beginners to the most experienced comedian, a solid foundation for approaching any character. Both process and performance, the workshop will create an open and creative space for actor growth and character exploration.
What is a choice? It’s about finding the specifics that the actor uses to ground his performance, such as: entering the stage, imbuing a physical prop with meaning or memory, or allowing a touch, sound or smell to inform the behavior on stage. By emphasizing mindfulness, actors can make choices to engage with inner thoughts, feelings, needs, and more. and external circumstances, such as actors, environment and location. When an actor allows their stage partner to affect them, it creates a charge and significance to the work that is magnetic and grabs the audience’s attention.
Each class will begin with a 30-minute focus on relaxation and warming up the body and voice. Students will learn how and the importance of engaging all five senses in their work. Using scenes and monologues, participants will then learn to make choices:
- How to break down a script to find the overall goal.
- How to ask and answer the right, specific questions to reveal moment-to-moment action and motivation.
- How to find gestures and active physical movements to help the actor reveal subtext or deeper layers of the character.
- How to customize the character using their own experiences to create a dynamic and unique performance on stage, in front of the camera or during auditions.
The class will culminate with friends and family invited to present our work.
Noëlle Parker began her professional career on stage at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York. As one of the youngest actresses to become a member of EST, she continued to appear in their annual one-act marathon for the next five years. She attended the original High School of Performing Arts on 46th Street (now known as LaGuardia) where she was formally trained in the methods of Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg, and Uta Hagan. Privately, she studied extensively with Susan Batson and Sandra Seacat in New York, and with Dominic DeFazio in Los Angeles. Noëlle has worked with Sean Penn, Blythe Danner, Brian Dennehy, Sam Waterston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dermott Mulroney among others. She has appeared in many movies and TV shows. Most notably in the title role of NBC’s The Amy Fisher Story, the movie At Close Range and as series regular Sisters playing the temperamental and defiant daughter of Swoosie Kurtz. She received a Daytime Emmy for her work in Different Worlds-An Interracial Love Story. More recently, Noëlle can be seen in the 2020 film They Only Know So Much where she is also an associate producer. Having worked and studied for most of her career has given Noelle a unique advantage as a private coach and teacher. She brings her own knowledge and experience to help all stages of actors achieve their goals. She has lived and worked in the Sag Harbor community for ten years while pursuing her acting career and working as a personal trainer locally and in New York. She is thrilled to collaborate with Bay Street Theater and bring this work to the community!
Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. All guests must present proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask upon entry. For a complete list of COVID-19 safety procedures and guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at baystreet.org.