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Words Matter

Words Matter

A series of workshops, lectures and master-classes at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, supported by The Stanislavski Centre.

Wednesday 12th June, 14.00 – 17.00 (The Barn Theatre)

Jakub Korcak (DAMU Theatre Academy, Prague)

This workshop will focus on the rehearsal principles of Knebel, Efros and Vasiliev. After an introduction and warm up, imagination exercises and contact exercises, the workshop will concentrate on the combination of structural text analysis and the study of dramatic situations with “etudes“, based on physical improvisation. The principles will be practically demonstrated using active analysis of a scene with Charlotte, Yephikodov, Yasha and Dunyasha from the beginning of the second act of Chekhov´s The Cherry Orchard.

Kakub Korcak studied drama and directing at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) in Prague,  and at the State Institute of Theatre Art (GITIS), in Moscow, with Anatoly Efros, Anatoly Vasiliev and Maria Knebel.  He has directed extensively throughout the Czech Republic including productions at Hradec Králové, Olomouc, Ostrava, Pardubice, and Prague.. He has been resident director at the City Theatre, Zlín, Otomar Krejča’s Theatre behind the Gate II, J. K. Tyl’s Theatre in Pilsen, the Theatre on Vinohrady, Prague and the City Theatre, Mladá Boleslav. From 2005 to 2007, he was artistic director of the Drama Ensemble of the National Theatre in Brno. His freelance work has included Eugene Onegin (in Gothenburg and for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo).

Since 1990, he has taught directing at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague; from 2001 to 2006 as Vice Dean of the Theatre Faculty and was appointed as an associate professor in 2005.

Thursday 13th June, 14.00 – 17.00 (The Barn Theatre)

The Pause—Speech and Silence in Stanislavskian Acting Technique

A Workshop including exercises and demonstrations that focuses on the relationship between dramatic language and psychological processes, on the surfacing of this interaction in performance as patterns of silence and speech as well as on how the understanding of these phenomena can be applied to ‘active analysis’ in acting technique.

It will also include an introduction that will contextualize the workshop historically within the work of Stanislavski during the last years of his life and professional activity as recounted by practitioners like Knebel , Kedrov  and Toporkov.

Rogelio Armando Nevares-Guajardo

Rogelio Nevares is a Mexican actor, acting teacher and director of film and theatre.  He lived in the Soviet Union for six years and trained as an actor and acting teacher at the ‘Sergei Gerasimov’ All-Russia State University of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow; he studied Russian and European theatre history under Professor Anatoly Smeliansky at Harvard University in the United States.

He founded the ‘Escuela Rusa de Actuacion en Mexico’, which he also directed for eight years, and also taught at the National School of Theatre Arts and at the College of Dramatic Literature and Theatre, National Autonomous University of Mexico, both in Mexico City.

In the United Kingdom since 2002, he has worked as acting tutor and director at Birmingham School of Acting and Arts University College Bournemouth.  He has been Vice Principal and Head of Acting at SLP College Leeds and is currently Acting Tutor and Module Coordinator for the BA (Hons) Acting Course offered by Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts and Kingston University London.

His directing credits include ‘No Exit’, ‘Crimes of the Heart’ and ‘Colonel Chabert’ at the Etcetera Theatre Camden.  His first feature-length film as director, ‘Crossing that Bridge,’ will premiere in July.  As an actor, his credits include the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated film ‘The Crime of Padre Amaro’, as well as two TV shows produced by Sky UK:  ‘Strike Back IV’ and the ‘Lawless’.

Friday 14th June, 10.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 to 17.00 (The Barn Theatre)


Whatever theories actors may have about their characters, and whatever concepts directors may come up with for their productions, it is at the Text that actors and directors meet each other. Text is concrete, it’s there in black-on-white.

This workshop will be a practical collaboration between actors and directors. We will meet at the text and set off from there.

Philip Bird has been an actor for over thirty years, and has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe in various capacities since 1995: as an actor in several seasons and in experimental productions; as a director of rehearsed readings; and as a workshop-leader and director of courses for undergraduates and postgraduates.

Friday 14th June, 13.00 – 14.00 (The Barn Theatre)

Henry Goodman Master-class

The session will explore the connection between language and lived, stored and imagined experience.  So engaging the individuals in what they bring to language on the page and how it liberates their release experience when spoken or performed.

Henry Goodman is a leading British actor, multiple award nominee & winner (Olivier, Evening Standard, & Critics Circle).

Most recently played Arthur Winslow in Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic theatre and starred as Sir Humphrey in Yes  Minister, in Chichester and the West End .

Other major roles include: Duet for one (Dr Feldman), Richard III ( RSC), The Merchant of Venice (Shylock, (NT), Feelgood (Garrick), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye,  Shefield Crucible and Savoy Theatre, City of Angels (Buddy, Prince of  Wales), Assassins (Guiteau, Donmar), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Art (Marc, West End and Broadway), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit, National Theatre), Hysteria (Freud, Royal Court and West End), Broken Glass, (Goldberg, National Theatre and West End). & West End.

Leading Roles on Broadway include, the title role in Tartuffe, The Producers, and Serge in Art.

A Sony award winner, Henry Goodman has appeared in many radio productions, currently in The Radetzky March (Joseph Roth), and recently  heard as Bloom in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Golspie in Angel Pavement, in Henry James’s The Ambassadors” and the Halloween special Something wicked this way comes, by Ray Bradbury.  He also played multiple characters in the radio comedy series Find the perfect partner 4 u!

His recent films include Taking Woodstock (directed by Ang Lee), The Saint, Notting Hill, The Merchant of Venice (BBC) and the television drama Last days of the Lehman brothers.

Recent television role include The making of Coronation Street, New Tricks, Challenger, Alan Turing, and Midsommer Murders.

He teaches in major theatre schools in London and USA.

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