Sunday, June 7, 2009

Approach to Acting Development Workshop

Media Contact: Melissa Hill Grande

Director of Marketing and Artistic Associate

412.561.6000 x203


PICT offers professional development opportunity

Simon Bradbury brings expertise to share with Pittsburgh-area actors

Pittsburgh, PA – May 21, 2009. Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Theatre Arts, presents a professional development opportunity for actors in the Pittsburgh area to connect their voice to physicality, improve facility with classical texts and release their inner clown!

“Language of the Soul: A Physical Approach to Acting” will be held June 15 to 19, 2009 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The intensive, five-day professional development workshop will prepare the student for physical expression of character and motivation under the guidance of master actor Simon Bradbury. Cost for the workshop is $200.

Participants will develop their ability with physical expression of character and motivation in a series of five, four-hour sessions. Exercises and games will be used to examine a variety of physical techniques, including Delsarte, clowning, Laban and Method. Scenes from Moliere’s Tartuffe will be used to explore use of these techniques in scenework and character expression. Participants should be prepared for intensive physical work on their feet. Early registration is urged, as enrollment is strictly limited to fourteen participants.

Simon Bradbury was born in Manchester, England, and has over 30 years of professional experience. His credits include sixteen seasons as a company member with Canada’s Shaw Festival and four seasons with The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. His one-man show, The Trial of Charles Spencer Chaplin, Esq., has been performed at the Shaw Festival, in Vancouver, and as part of the PICT 2005 season.

To register for the workshop, or for more information, contact Melissa Hill Grande at 412.561.6000 x203 or email

The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre was founded in 1996 to diversify the region’s theatrical offerings by providing Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania audiences with high-quality, text-driven, affordable productions of classical theatre and the works of classical and contemporary Irish playwrights and to significantly improve employment opportunities for local talent in all facets of theatrical presentation and production. PICT is a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, and a constituent member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Alliance. PICT is the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh and PICT productions at the Charity Randall and Henry Heymann Theatres are presented in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh – Department of Theatre Arts.

Melissa Hill Grande

Director of Marketing and Artistic Associate

Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre

PO Box 23607

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412.561.6000 x203

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