WORKSHOPS WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
Girls Act Good is proud to support emerging and established creative artists. We hire our own members as well as outsourcing specialised facilitators to run workshops for our members to enhance, develop and nurture our skills in a fun and supportive environment.
C L O C K T O W E R C E N T R E S T U D I O
R E S I D E N C Y
W I T H J E N N I F E R M O N K
The Clocktower Studio Residency is open to local artists, performers or community arts organisations that wish to develop a creative work. Applicants are encouraged to include at least one community outcome that can be offered to community members at no cost. For example a performance, open rehearsal, reading, exhibition or workshop within their application.
Over the summer Jennifer Monk spent time interviewing women from rural Victoria and Melbourne to inspire this new work which is called Ladies of the Bay.
I used the Clocktower Residency to direct members of Girls Act Good (GAG) to develop and create a new piece of work inspired by these women’s real life stories. Ladies of the Bay has also been influenced by The Scrims song Queen of the Bay and by George Caddy’s exhibition Bondi Jitterbug. All these influences were workshopped through the 14 day residency to create this new play for GAG to produce in the future. The work explores what it’s like growing up and being a female in Australia, particularly during summer. The piece looks at and reveals female moments through time - fun, grief, happiness, horror, fear, excitement and love.
WEEK 1 was spent watching all the video footage of the interviews and researching bushfires, in particular Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday and was spent putting the story together. Jennifer wanted to produce a narrative play using all these stories. So time was spent culling a lot of the material into themes, characters and moments that resonated with the participants of the residency. A story treatment and structure was written up followed by the job of writing the first draft. Lisa Dallinger and Constance Washington worked with Jennifer to create this story.
WEEK 2 was spent writing and editing the script. Participants were given certain sections of the interview videos of dialogue to transpose so it could be used directly in the script. This script is 90% material and stories that have come from these women’s stories and lives! There were 19 women who were interviewed and Jennifer condensed the story to focus on 4 characters. The stories from all these women have been merged into 4 new character’s lives, but still these are the stories from real people. Time was spent reading and rehearsing the first draft for the Showing of the Staged Reading of Ladies of the Bay, a community outcome that was a requirement of the 2 week residency. This Showing was performed by Jennifer Monk, Kelley Kerr Young and non GAG members Caroline Wood and Laura Sutton.
It was great having outside actors from GAG to bring something fresh and new to the piece, especially after working on it so closely and intensely for 2 weeks.
K E E P I N G I T R E A L
An acting workshop and collaborative session.
This workshop was designed to broaden your acting toolbox and get you out of your head.
The sessions were about the sharing of other ways to come at your work with more honesty. Members were prepared to work openly on independent activities that gave them a little taste of what the technique is about.
The main ideas that that sessions will be focusing on were Calling Behaviour, Relativity of Doing, Activity Work and Pinch / Ouch.
Workshop was held at Studio V in Collingwood.
G A G A R T I S T C O A S T A L R E T R E A T 2 0 1 8
This retreat was for GAG members to get away from the city and spend some quality time with nature, to rejuvenate and delve into their personal creative projects. Everyone had the flexibility to work by themselves without interruption, with the luxury of having other creatives close by to ask for input and advice. It was a chance to relax, hone our craft and explore any new creative passions.
Most importantly we had the opportunity to chat with each other outside of a working environment making our bond as a creative sisterhood stronger, deeper and ready for the next adventure!
W R I T I N G W O R K S H O P W I T H
P E R R I C U M M I N G S
APRIL / MAY 2018
'Last Breath' is a web series inspired by the stories of real Australian women executed or imprisoned for life for murder. Perri Cummings (Neighbours, Trench, The Association), designed this Writing Workshop for members to research, develop and write a monologue inspired by these real women and their stories.
Perri facilitated the workshop in a safe and supportive environment allowing the members to feel comfortable and inspiring them to write from their heart and soul to produce unique and truthful monologues. In this workshop members were introduced to essay, editorial and memoire writing; learnt about character mask technique and how to use it to create a compelling monologue; explored free writing to find their personal and character’s ‘writing premises’ and ‘circle of being’ as well as keeping emotional journals. Practical exercises were incorporated to the sessions to further develop the authenticity between the members and the characters they were developing through inner monologue work and personal props.
G O A L S E T T I N G W I T H E M I L Y J O Y
Self tapes, private coaching and mentorships are the services Emily supplies. Emily facilitated a workshop on how to set realistic gaols for ones career and advised tools on how to achieve these goals.
W E E K E N D R E T R E A T
A creative weekend for members to explore different acting techniques and career tips. We filled a house on the coast with strong, talented and passionate women who shared their skills, professional experience and training in a fun and supportive environment. Workshops over the two days were facilitated by GAG members for members including improvisation, accounting, writing for web series, industry chat, salsa, voice, spoken word poetry and a screening of Cinders and the Seven Stages of Grief behind the scenes footage.
M I N I F I L M S C H O O L W I T H
S H A N O N K U L U P A C H
BRAND - The dirty word to any creative being BUT super helpful. This will be about where you fit in the TV/Film world before you get to be Meryl Streep. What does your energy project just as you alone? Understanding how you are perceived just by your mannerisms, tone, clothes etc, helps to finding your type. Your “type” is where you start your TV/ Film journey.
Shanon started screen acting in 2000 and has since worked with many of Australia's top casting directors an acted in TV and film. Shanon was nominated for Best Actress at the Melbourne 48 Film Festival.
"When acting for camera you don't have to act the character because you are already that brand, that character. In front of the camera you just have to be you" - Shanon Kulupach
A C T I O N T H E A T R E W I T H D A N I E L L E C R I S P
Action Theater is an improvisational physical theatre training and performance method created by Ruth Zaporah.
Danielle Cresp is the only teacher in Australia who runs Action Theatre workshops, and Girls Act Good was lucky enough to have a private workshop with her at the Howard Fine Studios in July 2016. Find out more about Action Theatre in Melbourne.
C I R C U S W I T H C L E O C U T C H E R
Cleo Cutcher is a circus & physical theatre artist based in Melbourne. She has worked with many companies, as performer, devisor and facilitator, including Westside Circus, Women’s Circus, Circus Oz, Sweet’n’Sour Circus, Think Blink Theatre, Oxford Children’s Theatre, King Victoria (Melbourne), Swamp Circus, Greentop Circus, Meddling Pixies (UK), El Cirque Revolution (Tenerife) and Epic Arts (Cambodia).
Cleo has done a train the trainer course with Cirque Du Monde and has run numerous programs for schools and community groups working towards a performance and also where there is a focus on social development and group cohesion.
Cleo facilitated circus classes for GAG which included trust and balance exercises, basic circus shapes, simple partner and group balances, juggling and hula hooping.
V O I C E W I T H L I S A D A L L I N G E R
MARCH 2015 AND APRIL 2016
Lisa Dallinger initially facilitated a 6 week Voice and Alexander Technique course for members. The course investigated the key foundations of excellent voice use: posture/body, breath, ease and vocal support. Lisa guided participants towards developing a greater awareness of their own habits, so they may then learn to redirect their thinking to find more ease in their voice use and performance. They explored vocal connection and expression: resonance, range and articulation. Lisa offered the participants a chance to extend their vocal skill and deepen the connection between their thoughts and feelings and their voice. The course had a heavy Alexander Technique focus, but also embodied techniques of other influential vocal practitioners such as Kristen Linklater, Barbara Houseman, Cicely Berry and Patsy Rodenburg.
Lisa ran another series of workshops in 2016 and is contracted by GAG members for outside projects as voice and dialect coach on a regular basis.
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