Adult Acting – Online – Spring 2020
MONOLOGUE AND PANDEMIC PLAY SESSION
This spring we will explore monologues and create a play about life during a pandemic, with the actors as the playwrights. Students will turn their experiences during this time of social distancing (the good, the bad, and the funny) into a compilation of monologues that will be performed at the end of the session via Zoom (and possibly on stage, once we can all gather in public). Art always reflects what is going on in life, and we have an opportunity to find the light in dark times, the humanity behind the grim news, and the positivity to push forward—all through the powers of creativity, collaboration, and storytelling.
We will begin the session learning techniques to prepare monologues for auditions or professional performances. Students will select a monologue written by a professional playwright and will learn how to approach the process of bringing their characters to life.
The actors will then take what they have learned about monologues and write their own pieces expressing what their lives have been like during this strange time. Students will be encouraged to journal daily about their experiences in this new normal and read their writing in class. We will hone this material into monologues unique to them and by the end of the session have a compilation play. The monologues in A Chorus Line were created in this way. Other smash hits incorporating monologues include: Vagina Monologues, The Exonerated, The Laramie Project, and Working.
We envision many exciting possibilities for this project, so jump in now to claim your place as part of the original cast and creative team!
Once you are enrolled, we will send you resources for selecting a contemporary monologue to work on. You may consider comedic, dramatic or serio-comedic monologues (think about which style speaks most to you) of one to two minutes each. In the first class, we will narrow down to the best selection for each student.
Tuesdays, 11 am to 12:15 pm
6-week session: April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12.
Taught by esteemed actor/director Nick Sadler!
As an actor, Nick has appeared in award-winning films such as True Grit, Scent of A Woman, Disclosure, The Last Supper, and Fair Game and television projects such as SUITS, PATERNO, CSI, ER, and MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. He’s an invited participant of The Sundance Institute Filmmaker’s Lab and is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
As a filmmaker, Nick is producing with Todd Field (Academy Award Nominated Writer/Director/ Producer of In The Bedroom and Little Children) amateur fools, which he also scripted and is directing. He has several projects in development including writing and producing with Arcady Bay (Bridge To Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins) an adaptation of National Book and Caldecott Award-winning author Katherine Paterson's The Same Stuff As Stars for series television and co-written with GiGi Rios New and producing the feature film Beautiful Tides with Ann Marie Sanderlin (Freaky Friday, Bedtime Stories).
Nick is the Creative Consultant of Emmy-Award winner Ray Romano’s documentary film 95 Miles To Go, directed by Emmy-Award winner Tom Caltobiano. He's currently in post- production on TIMES LIKE THESE, a documentary film which Nick produced and directed.
As a private teacher and educator, he’s conducted workshops on understanding and acting Shakespeare around the country and locally with The New Canaan Summer Theater and led the college/conservatory audition preparation workshops for The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan, as well as creating Acting With The Camera workshops for tweens and teens for The Darien Arts Center and leading the acting component of Triple Threat Academy’s youth summer musical theater workshop. His private clients are working in film, television, and theater as actors, writers and directors. In addition, Nick advises corporate clients on executive communication skills and presentation technique.
Nick lives in Westport with his wife GiGi, their son Cooper, and new pup Kirby.