Jake Cullens - Guest National Teaching Artist
Jake Cullens is a New York-based actor. A graduate of Actors Studio Drama School, Cullens has performed on film, TV, and stage in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Atlanta. In addition to acting, he's directed several plays and musicals and is an audition and acting coach. Cullens has taught acting and film in high school and college and delivered workshops for state Thespian festivals and the International Thespian Festival. He helps actors find truth in the work and bring their personal experience into their craft.
FRIDAY - TEACHERS ONLY - Jake will lead teacher only workshops on Friday afternoon designed specifically to help teachers side-coach students and get the most out of your next production. This workshop is designed for directors of all levels - beginning through advanced. You will leave with a few more tools to help you work with young actors and help them reach their full potential.
THEN ON SATURDAY - Watch Jake continue to put his tips into practice with his student workshops that he has delivered all over the country! These include "Finding the Perfect Monologue, Master the Cold Read, and I Got the Part...Now What".
FINDING THE PERFECT MONOLOGUE - Tired of performing the same monologue for auditions? Do you struggle to find that perfect piece? Throw out the monologue books and discover your perfect monologue. Learn techniques for creating a unique monologue from active scenes in plays. Ensure that your audition is powerful and something never seen before. Bring something to write with.
MASTER THE COLD READ - Your monologue got you a callback. Now they've asked you to look at sides from the script. You have five minutes or less to read the scene and create a character - one that will get you the part. Learn to cold read with ease. No matter how great your talent, you must be able to cold read well to survive.
I GOT THE PART...NOW WHAT? You nailed the audition and got the part. You're busy working on memorization, but what can you do away from rehearsal to mine the depths of the script? We'll examine script analysis in detail, showing you methods like beat analysis, understanding operatives, and using action verbs. Bring something to write with.