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THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY
THE CALLING IS IN THE BODY tells the story of a Nashville hero and early HIV advocate in the early 90s as the pandemic was growing internationally and changing culture and language around sex, safety, and intimacy. It is the story of her memory and legend as told by a young high school student who searched for closure after losing contact, a nurse practitioner and HIV/AIDS care trailblazer who befriended her, and a woman in recovery who commits to her cause and champions her work.
by Cynthia C. Harris
Destinee Monét is Deidre
Teacora Sherrill is Cynthia
Nicole Mason is Ms. Mary
Rachel Agee is Bev
Lisa Yolanda Treece is Grandma
LEVEL ONE: INTRODUCTION TO THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
This course introduces the concepts of the approach and develops the actors’ instinct, encouraging actors to work with greater spontaneity and honesty.
LEVEL TWO: SCENE STUDY
Actors work in improvisation and scene work learning to be emotionally full and truthfully responsive in performance.
LEVEL THREE: EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
Perhaps the most integral part of the Meisner approach, at this level, actors learn to have emotional truthfulness that is appropriate to the imaginary circumstances of the scene.
LEVEL FOUR: SCENE STUDY W/EMOTIONAL PREPARATION
More complex improvisations and more challenging scenework are assigned as students learn to put emotional preparation to practice. In this level, we return to improvisation with the Domestic Exercise, relationships, emotional preparation, and news. Be prepared for high-stakes circumstances.
LEVEL FIVE: INTERPRETATION AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
At this level, actors confront challenges associated with performance. Students develop the ability to apply personal interpretations to the text and build appropriate characters through attention to culture, period, language, and physical adjustments. The class culminates in a public showcase.
Note to students: In addition to in-class work, students should be prepared to spend one to two hours with their scene partner in outside study each week. Memorization is required in levels 2, 3, and 5.
We hear it all the time: “I wish that I could have experienced something like Act Like a GRRRL when I was a teenager.” Believing it’s never too late to begin the process of self-discovery and transformation, we created Act Like a Big GRRRL.
Act Like a BIG GRRRL is a writing and performance program modeled after Act Like a GRRRL. It is for female-identifying adults 21 and older. The group gathers weekly to share writing, gain feedback and step boldly into a new version of themselves. The work culminates in a public performance at our studio at Darkhorse Chapel.
You don’t have to have any acting or writing experience — just a desire for self-discovery and a willingness to “go deep within,” supported by this community. The only requirements are a commitment to the entire writing and performance process and a willingness to reach, stretch, grow.
Wednesdays, August 24-September 21
With public performances on Sept 24 & 25
Rehearsals Sept 22 & 23 (final dress prior to performance on Sept 24)
What you get:
Five 3-hour writing sharing meetings
Weekly writing prompts and exercises
A supportive, non-judgmental sisterhood in which you can be 100% your authentic self