About the Workshop
Working With Emotion is a five-day intensive workshop designed to introduce professional actors, directors, coaches, and theatre educators to Emotional Fluency Training for the Actor (EFTA). EFTA is a somatic, trauma-informed approach to safely working with emotion in the acting process that utilizes the BOS Emotional Effector Patterns (EEP) as a system to enter, exit and regulate emotion with control and agency.
The workshop will be led by Emotional Body Lead Instructor, Tom Stroud and Emotional Body Instructor, Ines Buchli and assisted by Kate Bateman and Natasha Yannacanedo
Through exercises, practice drills, improvisation, and text work participants will:
Participants who have taken an EFTA workshop have consistently reported: an ability to enter and exit an emotion and regulate it with control and without the use of personal history; a deeper moment to moment connection to their partner; a wider range of expression; an ability to work safely and courageously; and a greater capacity to repeat their performances.
Although EFTA can function as a stand-alone acting technique, it can easily be integrated into existing practices.
Who Should Take the Workshop
The workshop is open to professional actors, directors, coaches, and acting teachers. Advanced theatre students will also be considered. Although no experience with the Emotional Effector Patterns is required, theatre practitioners with experience in the Emotional Effector Patterns who are interested in exploring ways of integrating the EEP into theatre practice are welcome.
Workshop Schedule and Location
The five-day in-person workshop will take place at:
Dorothy Somerset Studio
University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus
Friday to Tuesday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 7-11, 2024.
Please provide the following information and send to email@example.com.
1) Briefly summarize your theatre experience and level of proficiency with the EEP if
2) Briefly summarize your interest and goals in taking the workshop.
Once your application is submitted you will be notified of your acceptance into the workshop within 3 business days at which point registration is required to secure your place.
A deposit of 25% of the workshop fee is required to hold your place upon acceptance, with full payment due May 20, 2024. Payment can be made via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or by PayPal.
In consideration of the financial challenges over the last few years we are offering the 5- day workshop at the following rates:
Full Price - $500 (CND)
Early Bird - $450 (CND) On or Before May 7th, 2024
Tom Stroud is an Emotional Body Lead Instructor and a certified Alba teacher. He has a long career in experimental dance and theatre as a performer, choreographer, and director. He is the former Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and a former Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg where he continues his research into emotion and performance as a Senior Scholar.
Ines Buchli is a theatre director, dramaturg, film maker and writer. Her creative research focuses on the neuroscience of emotion and its application to acting. Ines is an Emotional Body Instructor and has a Level 4 certification in Alba. Ines taught acting and directing for many years at York University where she is currently continuing her research in emotion as a Senior Scholar.
Natasha Lorca Yannacañedo is an Emotional Body Apprentice Instructor. Her work as an actor, writer, casting director and director, extends across independent films, radio, primetime television, and various theatrical productions. She serves as an Associate Professor and Unit Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts at Hostos Community College. Natasha was recognized as an apexart International Fellow in 2018. www.nyactingcompany.com
Kate Bateman is an Emotional Body Apprentice Instructor. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Drama from the University of Alberta. She has worked as an actor and clown in Vancouver and Edmonton for two decades and is currently a Simulated Patient Trainer for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine as well as a ICF Associate Certified Coach.
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