Brett Robinson wearing a fake mustache.

Introduction to Physical Character

Create deeply alive, sharply drawn characters that brim with life and imaginative force, with acclaimed actor/director/teacher and Pig Iron School graduate Brett Robinson.   
In this course, we will use multiple entry points to explore, access, and create characters that range from larger than life to deeply intimate. Each student will create 3 characters over the course of the workshop, using three physical theater approaches to character creation: elemental work, observational practice, and costume- or object-based development.

The class will use improvisatory exercises and scenarios, challenge students to invigorate their characters with bold choices and quick-thinking, and ask participants to get comfortable in the unknown.  We will also experiment with digital and social media tools as platforms to make and share character work. 
The class is taught by Barrymore Award Winning and Golden Tassel Jawn Nominated Brett Ashley Robinson. As well as developing her own pedagogy, she has studied techniques ranging from Lecoq and Pig Iron to the physical theater of Terzopoulos. She has worked with New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, The Wilma, Lightning Rod Special, Pig Iron Theater Company, Ars Nova Ant Fest, The Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Flea Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Geva Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is a company member of Applied Mechanics and a member of the HotHouse, the Wilma Theater’s resident company.

Actors and improvisers looking to build characters with physical and non-psychological techniques; dancers and performance artists looking for concrete tools to define character.

Saturday, October 3: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sunday, October 4: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday, October 10: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sunday, October 11: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Saturday, October 17: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sunday, October 18: 1:00pm-3:00pm

All times are listed in US Eastern Daylight Time.