Guthrie Master Class: Movement and Voice on a Thrust Stage

Part of the Guthrie's Master Class Mondays series, this course will give performers  and directors the opportunity to work on the set of the Guthrie's production of Paula Vogel's Indecent

Monday, March 19 | 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

Cost: $65 (plus $3 handling fee) Payment plans and scholarships are available. Get 20% off if you register for 3 master class sessions. To  register and see the full lineup of master classes click here

This practical on-your-feet workshop will give actors and directors the opportunity to learn and practice the unique skills and awareness required to effectively play on a large thrust stage. Offered in two parts – movement and voice – this workshop will be led by two artists who have worked with countless actors and directors on the Guthrie’s signature thrust stage and many other large spaces. By working on the Wurtele Thrust, participants will learn how to approach any epic theatrical playing space.

6 – 8 p.m.: Marcela Lorca, longtime movement director at the Guthrie, will give students a crash course on how to balance the complex physical demands of playing to an audience on three sides.

8:10 – 10 p.m.: Jill Walmsley Zeger, a vocal coach at the Guthrie, will provide actors with practical considerations and exercises to ensure every audience member in the 1,100 seat house can hear each and every line.

About the Teaching Artists

Marcela Lorca (Director/Choreographer/Master Teacher)
Marcela Lorca has been the movement director at the Guthrie since 1991, and has coached more than 100 productions. She is Head of Movement for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. As a Director/Choreographer, recent productions include Caroline, or Change at the Guthrie and Syracuse Stage; Scorched at Syracuse Stage; The Burial At Thebes and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde at the Guthrie; House of the Spirits and Found at Mixed Blood Theater; Blood Wedding at the Guthrie Lab and Missouri Repertory Theater; and Time Sensitive, Going Live, Macondo, Chain of Fools, Postcards from Earth and Confluence for the A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training program. Marcela was recently named the next artistic director of the acclaimed theater company Ten Thousand Things.

Jill Walmsley Zager (Dialect and Text Coach)
Jill is the resident Voice, Text and Dialects coach for the Guthrie, where she has coached productions of Indecent, Blithe Spirit, Romeo and Juliet, Sunday in the Park with George, The Bluest Eye, King Lear, The Lion in Winter and The Parchman Hour. Currently Senior Lecturer University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, former Co-Head of Voice and Dialects MFA Actor Training Program at the American Conservatory Theatre, MFA and BFA Actor Training Program University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. Jill earned her Master’s Degrees in Voice and Dialects from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and Northwestern University.

Photo by Dan Norman 

Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Lauren Anderson
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Posted March 6