Visiting companies are very welcome at Omnibus Theatre, however this production is not part of our curated programme.
Ways In: Devising and your Creative Identity
With Louise Amos and Helen Tennison
‘Helen Tennison is one of the best directors I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She creates a fun and exciting environment with time to experiment and explore. I now always use exercises I have learnt with her to help pick apart any new character I undertake.’ – Sheetal Kapoor, Actress
An opportunity to discover and explore your unique creative identity, building confidence in your ideas and instincts. Through devising techniques and acting exercises you will draw on your personal creative vision, whilst building skills as an actor that will empower you in any rehearsal process. You don’t need to be an experienced deviser, or intending to create your own work in order to benefit from this course though, of course, you may be.
You will be introduced to a range of techniques that build, over 10 weekly classes, into a tool kit for creating your own work. By the end of the course you will have arrived at the starting point for a show. We finish with an informal, celebratory sharing of work.
* Learn to trust your unique creative voice.
* Take risks in a supportive environment.
* Build your performance presence.
* Develop a devising tool kit.
* Build your acting skills with exercises drawn from Viewpoints, Image work, Uta Hagen Technique, Physical Theatre and Characterisation, in addition to Helen and Lou’s own techniques, developed over their years of teaching and professional practice.
* Take the first steps in making your own work.
* An opportunity to test out your performance ideas in front of peers, in an informal setting To book, email Helen and Lou on firstname.lastname@example.org with a short biog or CV and we’ll reply with more information and payment details.
‘[Louise is] able to relate to people in a way that will encourage exciting and thought provoking exploration of theatre..’ -William Ilkley, Actor and MD of Drama Arts productions
ABOUT THEATRE FOUNDRY
Louise and Helen met whilst teaching at Drama Studio London. Theatre Foundry was formed with the desire to provide regular workshops and a sense of autonomy for actors as they navigate the professional world.
LOUISE AMOS is a professional actress, voice-over artist with Squawk Voices, director and teacher. She is also Artistic Director of the BA Professional Acting course at Drama Studio, London. Louise is also a specialist teacher in Uta Hagen technique, having trained in New York at the Hagen Institute, part of the HB Studio and a Shakespeare specialist teacher /director, with a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre from The Shakespeare Institute. Louise is currently recording the audio books Usbornes’ Guide to Being an Astronaut and 15 Minutes by Erinna Mettler www.louiseamos.com
HELEN TENNISON As a freelance director Helen’s work spans site-specific theatre, devising, physical theatre new writing and classics. Experience includes work for Oxford Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Arcola, Dommolhof (Belgium), Sprint Festival, Bermuda Festival and Women at RADA. Helen was recently Artist in Residence at the University of South Florida where she directed Ravens, a multi-media devised play about women and race in American history. Helen directs regularly for Creation Theatre and Midsummer Scene Shakespeare Festival, Croatia.
‘The devised street performance of TheBird@Napo enthralled and entertained the Napo community…the actors and students benefitted from [Louise’s] insight, motivation, dedication and perseverance.’ – Russell Weimers, Faculty Leader Creative Arts, Bangkok
‘I am extremely lucky to have been directed and taught by Helen Tennison. Helen has a unique and fun way of teaching and directing that enables you to become the best you can be as a performer. She also creates a safe environment so that you feel free and open to experiment creatively. With Helen’s expertise and guidance I have grown in confidence hugely as an actress and I have been able to achieve goals I never thought I would be able to achieve.’ – Emily Roberts, actress