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interactive lessons in various theatrical techniques that work beyond the walls of the theater.

Fighting, Falling Down, and Running Into Things

Heather Strickland &
Benjamin Tarlton

Learn the basics of unarmed stage combat! In this workshop, you will learn how to safely fall down, run into things, and take a swing at your scene partner. In addition to learning the basic techniques to unarmed stage combat, students will also learn how to ‘act the fight’ so they can perform realistic fight scenes and take care of themselves and their scene partners.
Students should come prepared dressed to move – comfortable clothing and closed shoes. 

February 12 | 2 – 4pm

Rehearsal Hall 150
Frank Thompson Hall

Voice and Monologue Masterclass

Gwendolyn Schwinke

Explore The Linklater Voice Method and its application to text. Participants will engage in full voice work-out focusing on breath, vibration, resonance and articulation. Individual coaching on monologues, using the voice work to enhance and strengthen your performance will round out the class. Participants should come prepared with a memorized monologue. Classical or poetic ones work best, but any monologue will work fine.

March 5 | 1 – 4 pm

Rehearsal Hall 150
Frank Thompson Hall


The Instructors

Gwendolyn Schwinke: Voice and Monologue Masterclass:

Gwendolyn is the Resident Vocal Coach at PlayMakers Repertory Company and teaches in the MFA program at PlayMakers/UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also a Company Member at Shakespeare & Co., where she frequently works as voice/text/dialect coach and serves on the Training Faculty. Gwendolyn is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and a Certified Teacher of Colaianni Speech and Accent work. She has taught voice, movement and/or acting for numerous institutions including Coastal Carolina University, CAP-21, Binghamton University and University of Northern Iowa. Additionally, her work as a voice or dialect coach has been heard at Atlantic Stage, Oxford Shakespeare Festival (Mississippi), Frank Theatre, Cheap Theatre (Minneapolis) and in multiple university productions. Gwendolyn is also a playwright, devisor, director, actor, and a proud member of Actors Equity.


Heather Strickland: Fighting, Falling Down, and Running Into Things

Benjamin Tarlton: Fighting, Falling Down, and Running Into Things



Feb 12
Mar 05

Masterclass: Voice and Monologues

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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