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TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF SHAKESPEARE

Instructor: GEOFFREY OWENS

About the Masterclass
TV and Broadway veteran Geoffrey Owens will instruct students how to understand and not be intimidated by the text and world of William Shakespeare.

What to Prepare
All scripts and supplies will be provided.

Fees
$220 (South Orange Residents) - Limited participation slots available
$230 (Non Residents) - Limited observer slots available

Sessions
Thursdays September 27 through November 15, 2018 7PM-9PM - Adults  18 and up only

Location
The Baird Arts Center
5 Mead St.
South Orange, NJ

About the Instructor
On stage, Mr. Owens recently appeared on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom). Other credits include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (with Al Pacino), the Chicago premiere of David Mamet's Race (at the Goodman Theatre), Opus and As You Like It (as 'Jaques') at Two River Theatre, and Julius Caesar (as ‘Casca’) at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he has appeared at CSC Rep in Mother Courage (directed by Brian Kulick) and Doctor Faustus (directed by Andre Belgrader). He has done roles—including Romeo, Richard the Third, Othello and Puck—at numerous theaters (including the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Long Wharf Theater, the Hartford Stage Company, and the Williamstown Theater Festival) with directors such as Joseph Papp, David Leveaux, A.J. Antoon, James Lapine, Mark Lamos, Joe Dowling, Derek Anson Jones, Jonathon Moscone, Michael Sexton, and Estelle Parsons.

On film, Mr. Owens has appeared in Wilde Salome (directed by Al Pacino), Stonebrook (with Seth Green), The Paper (directed by Ron Howard), Play the Game (with Andy Griffith), and Dreams. He will also appear in the soon-to-be-released Youth in Oregon (with Frank Langella). His television credits include “The Cosby Show” and “Built to Last”, as well as appearances on “The Slap”, “The Leftovers”, “The Affair”, “Deadbeat”, “Without a Trace”, “Boston Legal”, “Medium”, “Journeyman”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Las Vegas”, “The Wedding Bells”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “The Guiding Light”, “That’s So Raven”, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Flash Forward”, and “Friends of the People”. He has recently been seen as 'Gerald' on HBO's "Divorce" and on episodes of "Bluebloods" and "Lucifer.

As a director, Owens has staged productions of King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Tartuffe, as well as one-act plays by Chekhov, Overruled by Shaw, Mamet’s American Buffalo, Athol Fugard’s Statements Made After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act and William Mastrosimone’s Tamer of Horses. In Los Angeles, he directed Macbeth for the Circus Theatricals Theatre Company and co-directed (with Lee M. Cohn) the popular show Inside Private Lives. He recently directed a 21-member cast in Irwin Shaw’s Bury the Dead at the HB Playwrights Foundation, Linda Means To Wait (by and starring Linda Sithole) for the New York Fringe Festival, and Henry VI, Part II at the NYU Tisch School. He recently directed Kristen Greenidge's play The Luck of the Irish at Fordham University.

As well as developing and leading a private weekly Shakespeare workshop, Mr. Owens has taught Shakespeare and Acting at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio, Yale University, Columbia University, the Gene Frankel Studio, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, the Adult School of Montclair, and Pace University (where he taught Shakespeare and Modern Drama). He has also worked as a guest teacher at Two River Theatre, Bergen County Community College, Montclair High School, the Cicely Tyson School for the Arts, the Plainfield Academy of the Arts, the Savannah Arts Academy, and Shorter University. He is the founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Shakespeare Company and is the recipient of the BACA Brooklyn Bridge Award and the Danny Kaye Award. He studied acting with Uta Hagen, Nikos Psacharapoulos, Austin Pendleton, and Bart Teush. For most of the past 25 years, he has served as a semi-finalists judge of the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center.

Broadway Audition Techniques
Instructor: Brandi Chavonne Massey

About the Masterclass
Broadway veteran Brandi Chavonne Massey (Lion King, Wicked) will teach students broadway style musical theatre audition techniques from current shows.

What to Prepare
Students should come with 2 song selections (32 bars each, 1 uptempo and 1 ballad) prepared for Ms. Massey to critique. All additional music and supplies will be provided.

Fees
$220 (South Orange Residents) - Limited participation slots available
$230 (Non Residents) - Limited observer slots available

Sessions
Mondays September 24 through November 12, 2018 7PM-9PM - Adults  18 and up only

Location
The Baird Arts Center
5 Mead St.  Third Floor
South Orange, NJ

About the Instructor
Ms. Massey graduated from The School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio and  made her Broadway debut in the 1997 production of Jekyll and Hyde. Since then, Massey has starred in the Broadway productions of "Caroline, or Change," and "Wicked" as well as Nala in "The Lion King" on the West End. Brandi has toured with the National tour of Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple" understudying the characters of Celie and Nettie, and the national tour of "Finian's Rainbow." Brandi has starred as Mary Magdeline in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at North Carolina Theatre in Raleigh, NC, as Apollo in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at Bucks COunty Playhouse, and Nell in "Ain't Misbehavin'" at The Totem Pole Playhouse. Her Off-Broadway credits include: Ghetto Superstar, Carmen Jones, and Caroline, or Change as well as the Encores! production of Hair.  Brandi starred as Lorell in the Atlanta production of Dreamgirls at The Fox Theater from July 18-29th, 2007 alongside Original Broadway Cast member Jennifer Holliday and can be seen in the movie "Black Nativity" which Ms. Massey directed a separate production of for interACT Theatre productions.








REGISTRATION
To Register for Taking The Fear out of Shakespeare with Geoffrey Owens please click HERE 
To Register for Audition Techniques with Broadway's Brandi Chavonne massey please click HERE

2017-2018 SEASON


http://www.interactproductions.org/clue

OCTOBER 13-15, 20-22 & 27-28, 2017

http://www.interactproductions.org/black-nativity

An interACT Youth Production
DECEMBER 1-3 & 8-10, 2017

No Auditions At this Time

DECEMBER 15-17, 2017

Pride & Prejudice

FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

You Can't Take It With You

MARCH  9-11, 16-18, 23&24, 2018

Spring Musical

MAY  4-6, 11-13, 18&19, 2018