Acting: The Art of Empathy
with Brian McEleney
Monday, March 8, 2021 • Monday, March 15, 2021 • Monday, March 22, 2021• Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are closed.
Deadline: February 23.
The head of one of our finest MFA acting programs shows teachers how to move actors beyond “reading with expression” so they reach a deeper, more expressive, more personal connection to a character or writer. Empathy is the key, learning to walk in another’s shoes. Participants will each perform a text of their choice, whether a dramatic monologue or some first-person prose, memorization not required.
This is a four-session master class. In the first three sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the fourth, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.
Brian McEleney, head of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program, is a long-time member of the Resident Acting Company at Providence’s Trinity Rep Company and head of the Theatre Program at the Bread Loaf School of English. His roles at Trinity Rep have included the title roles in Richard II, Richard III, King Lear, as well as Cassius, Malvolio, Felix Unger, Prior Walter in Angels in America, Dr. Larch in The Cider House Rules, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Scrooge in five productions of A Christmas Carol. At Trinity, he has also directed productions of Death of a Salesman, Ivanov, The Grapes of Wrath, The Crucible, Absurd Person Singular, Twelfth Night, A Raisin in the Sun, All the King’s Men, Our Town, Hamlet, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Measure for Measure. At Bread Loaf he has directed productions of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, To Kill a Mockingbird, Blues for Mister Charlie, U.S.A., Othello, and A Tale of Two Cities.