Ben Guillory, Robey's Producing Artistic Director, provides scene study for actors serious about taking their craft to the next level.
"Actors spend much of their time looking for work in Los Angeles - the workshop is where one prepares to do the work." - Ben Guillory.
Three ten-week sessions are held each year. The workshops meet Monday evenings at The Raven Playhouse in North Hollywood.
- Session II: May 27 - August 5
The Robey Theatre Company's second session of Advance Scene Study 2013 begins Monday, May 27th, 2013 at the Raven Playhouse located at 5233 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood (Magnolia is the cross street). Workshop time is 7-10pm. The workshop ends Monday August 5th, 2013.
The process begins with a 7pm Orientation at the Raven Playhouse. You'll meet the other actors; match scene and scene partners. Actors will work out the rehearsal schedule and questions will be answered about scene presentation, etc.
- » It's extremely important that actors attend this orientation!
- » The cost is $500.00. A payment of $250.00 is required on May 13th, 2013 to secure a seat. Make checks payable to Robey Theatre Company
- » The full balance is due on or before July 1st, 2013.
- » Robey accepts 16 actors per session.
- » Please check your schedule before you make the commitment as it affects others working with you.
- » Monday, May 27, Orientation
- » Monday, June 3, Scene Presentation Begins
- » Monday, June 10
- » Monday, June 17
- » Monday, June 24
- » Monday, July 1
- » Monday, July 8
- » Monday, July 15
- » Monday, July 22
- » Monday, July 29 (Ben travels to Black Theatre Festival)
- » Monday, August 5
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Approaching our 20th year the Robey Theatre Company looks towards opening even wider areas to serve the Los Angeles community by expanding and refining our Playwrights Program. The program's curriculum thoroughly addresses the various needs and skill levels of each participant.
Our mid-afternoon (2-5pm) session is an opportunity for those with or without experience in Playwriting to find a unique and imaginative approach to creating scenes and telling stories in theatrical ways. If you have an interest, but not a great deal of practical experience, in writing for the stage or an idea you wish to create for the theatre, this session will help you to craft dialogue and understand character, while learning the fundamentals of playwriting. All first time participants are required to attend this afternoon session. If you have more extensive experience in these areas, this session will give you a variety of new ways to approach the process and acclimate you to Robey's approach. Each day in class, new pages of scenes are written and discussed. By the end of the 10 week session, you will have created a body of work, composed of monologues and scenes and understand the inherent nature of writing for the stage.
The morning session (10am-1pm) provides an even more craft- intensive and goal oriented experience with the instructor demonstrating the nature of character, dialogue, conflict, and resolution, and their relation to one another. Writers will practice scene construction with material based on their own personal experiences working towards a first draft of an original work. There will be a good deal of flexibility and a great deal of personal attention to the creation of individual process of working and the development of craft technique. Aaron Henne continues to conduct both of these sessions.
Dylan Southard will also join us once again to conduct a second mid-afternoon 12-3pm session, offering unique, intensive, one-on-one work with a trained Dramaturg. This session is generally reserved for writers with prior experience in the program. It focuses on the continuing, critical examination of original work being developed in the lab, addressing the individual challenges of structure, style and theme that each play will present as it evolves. Playwrights will use the techniques, exercises and feedback the program provides, applying them to their own maturing work, building it from the beginning of an idea to a finished product.
There is a maximum of 16 writers. The cost is $300 for one ten week session.
- Session II: May 25 - July 27
Aaron Henne will again conduct the 10am-1pm session and the 2pm-5pm session. Robey welcomes Aaron back and anticipates a full energized and nurturing atmosphere that is proven to work well for the playwrights' creative process. Aaron's knowledge and experience adds a greatly appreciated layer to the workshop's process.
Dylan Southard will also join us once again to guide the afternoon work. He will conduct a 12-3pm session, which will focus on a re-examination of plays to clarify the more advanced aspects of playwriting: style, tone, premise, etc. Reworked plays will also receive in-house readings by actors when appropriate. Some of these plays will receive a public reading. His experience adds to the process and Robey welcomes and looks forward to his continued participation.
APPLICANTS PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
Please include a resume or personal history and brief statement of what you hope to achieve or what your goal might be by participating. Artists from other disciplines interested in creating theatre pieces are welcome. If you have something you have written that speaks to what you would be working towards please include. Projects may be anywhere along their developmental path. This could be an idea about a story you wish to develop into a play, the beginning of a scene, monologue, or simply a notion for a play or a first draft of a one act or full length piece. Completion of a work for submission at this point is unimportant. We emphasize process over product. What is important is the beginning of your creative process and providing a glimpse for us to reference. Remember the creative process begins with a thought and that thought deserves development.
Applications should be submitted by May 12th, 2013. The summer session begins Saturday, May 25th.
INFORMATION QUICK CHECKLIST
- » Application Deadline: All materials and applications must be postmarked no later than May 12th, 2013.
- » $300 (for 10 week session).
- » There is a maximum of 16 writers.
- » The Playwrights Program commences Saturday, May 25th, 2013.
- » The Playwrights Program meets every Saturday in three sessions, 10am-1pm, 12pm-3pm and 2pm-5pm taught by Aaron Henne and Dylan Southard.
Please check your calendars to ensure the resources and commitment of the Robey Theatre Company, Aaron Henne and Dylan Southard are used efficiently. It is important that attendance be consistent in order to gain maximum rewards.The sessions will take place at:
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St., 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
- » Saturday, May 25
- » Saturday, June 1
- » Saturday, June 8
- » Saturday, June 15
- » Saturday, June 22
- » Saturday, June 29
- » Saturday, July 6
- » Saturday, July 13
- » Saturday, July 20
- » Saturday, July 27
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Drama workshop curriculum is available to participating classrooms offering middle and high school aged youth the chance to appreciate reading, writing and thinking in a whole new way. The outreach program designs and distributes supplemental classroom activities that offer teachers a way to introduce themes the plays uncover.Back To Top