When an actor works onstage, he/she is playing “to the balcony”. The face, body, and voice are used to project emotion and convey character on a scale that fills a large area. Techniques such as “giving stage”, “taking stage”, and “cheating out” are used to direct the audience’s attention.
Students in this class learn to improve vocal projection, body awareness, focus, and narrative control.
The class employs drama games, improv, and scripted material to teach these essential techniques in a fun and edcational way.
In addition to learning stage technique, performers will build confidence and overall communication skills.
DATES: Wednesdays, February 15 – May 31
DATES: Thursdays, February 16 – June 1
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
LISA HYMAN has a long list of professional credits including Syracuse Stage’s production of Pygmalian, and Improv with Freestyle Repertory Company, The Dead Comics Society, Snazz and Guffaw, Sunday Night Improv Jam, Felix Culpa and others NYC based groups, including Bette Midler’s Annual Hulaween Charity Gala. She performed Stand-Up Comedy at Caroline’s, Stand Up NY, Gotham Comedy Club, and various venues around the Tri State Area. As a singer, she toured with the trio, The Angeltones. She has performed her parody song set as an opening act for several off Broadway shows and charity events.
Lisa has written and performed industrials for national brand clients and trade shows all over the country. She received her BFA from Syracuse University Summa Cum Laude in Acting with a dual minor in Psychology and Communications. She also completed a two year program with The William Esper Studio under Barbara Marchant. She is the Director and Producer of Temple Emanu El of Edison and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Metuchen’s Youth Theater Program.
Lisa loves nothing more than sharing the joy of theater with kids of all ages.
As a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity, Laura’s professional credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy) with the Ocean City Theater Company, White Christmas (Rita) at Surflight Theater, Greetings (Randi) at Off-Broadstreet Theater, White Guy on the Bus (Molly) at Passage Theater and Miracle on South Division Street (Ruth) at Shadowland Stages in addition to shows at Bucks County Playhouse, Centenary Stage Company, Waterfront Playhouse, Society Hill Playhouse and Bickford Theater. Her television appearances include Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards, YOU, Do No Harm, The Last O.G., That Damn Michael Che, the Hallmark movie Redemption in Cherry Springs and over 50 commercials. Laura has also recorded numerous voice-overs including a radio jingle for Tide.
Laura has been a performing arts teacher for students ages 2-adult at studios throughout NJ for over 15 years. Laura’s choreography work includes The Little Mermaid and Oklahoma! at Madison High School and Chicago, Mamma Mia!, The Lightning Thief and the upcoming production of Freaky Friday at Governor Livingston High School.
Laura graduated from Rutgers University with a dual major in Dance and Sociology and a minor in English.
For more, visit laurachaneski.com.