Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to share my expertise as a guest artist and teacher at a number of schools. In addition to giving presentations at conferences and presenting scholarly papers, some of my most gratifying experiences have been those occasions when I’ve gone into the studio to work with students. I invariably wind up learning something from the students I teach, too!
Some recent highlights:
December 2013. Danish Musical Theater Academy. I directed an end-of-term concert featuring the Danish Academy’s second-year students. Each student chose a pop song and Jacob Trautner created extraordinary backing tracks that were used in performance. I coached the students about interpreting the lyrics and the challenges of presenting a pop song as a dramatic event, and staged and directed the concert as well. Here’s a video highlight:
While I was at the Danish Academy, I also taught workshops for the first-year and third-year students, introducing aspects of the SAVI System of Singer-Actor Training.
November 2013. “Artisten” Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Over the course of a one-week residency, I offered the Swedish students a course called “Three Places in America.” I chose repertoire from three classic American musicals – Show Boat, Carousel and Guys and Dolls – and combined scene study from the three shows with lectures and presentations about the uniquely American world of each musical. Nina Norblad, the Director of Studies for Musical Theatre, wrote:
“His clever SAVI training made them open up to their emotions and impulses and it was a joy to see them explore the material with Charlie’s guidance. Charlie’s warmth and pedagogic skills and his ability to listen is inspiring to both our students and teachers.”
Here’s a photo of me with my Swedish students:
October 2013. Rose Bruford College, “London’s International Drama School.” I taught “Three Places in America” (see above) to the students in the American Theatre Arts program. In addition, I was invited to deliver a talk on “Stanislavski and the Singing Actor” at the Stanislavski Centre, a scholarly institute housed at RBC. Steve Dykes, the Programme Director for ATA, said,
“Not only did our 3rd year American Theatre Arts students benefit enormously from your expertise in the week-long practical workshop you led, but students from all four of our performance programmes found your Stanislavski Centre lecture fascinating. I was particularly pleased that you were able to so effectively contextualise your own work within a broader tradition and join so many dots for these young practitioners.”
Over the past 15 years, I’ve taught in Munich, Hamburg, Essen, London, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Guildford, visited the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts as a program evaluator, and presented master classes for the Musical Theater Educators Alliance, the East Coast Theatre Conference and Musical Congress 2000 in Dortmund, Germany. I welcome the opportunity to work with new students from different backgrounds and cultures, and would be happy to develop a specific proposal for your school if you’re interested.