Master Classes with Local and Visiting Artists at the Guthrie

Guthrie Education is excited to announce our upcoming one and two-day master classes. Led by local and visiting artists who are masters in a particular skill set or technique, these classes are designed for working artists to continue developing their craft.

Classes will be added throughout the season. To join the mailing list and receive updates, email Education Sales Manager, Lauren Anderson at [email protected].


Stage Combat for Actors with Kara Wooten

Monday, September 11, 6 – 10:00 p.m. / $60 / Instructor: Kara Wooten (The visiting Fight Director for Romeo and Juliet!)  

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Combat for actors is more than a simple trick that hides a miss. It is physical dialogue inserted at critical moments in the play to enhance the plot. An actor must be able to utilize this performance skill convincingly to further the story. This master class with internationally renowned fight director and guest artist, Kara Wooten will provide the tools you need to craft acts of violence into acting beats that support and enhance your character work.

Unarmed techniques and swordplay utilized in both film and theatre will be taught in the workshop with a specific focus on stage violence in Shakespeare. You will learn the essential skills needed to execute convincing acts of theatrical violence while keeping you and your fellow company members safe, and the audience thrilled and engaged. Theatrical fight performance will be required of all actors at some point in their careers, so take this opportunity to learn how to make theatrical violence work for you!

Video recording and playback of participants will be used to help identify and improve valuable performance techniques.

About the instructor: Dr. Kara Wooten’s credits include academic pursuits as well as professional theatre, television, and film work. She is a Senior Fight Director with The Society of Canadian Fight Directors and a Master Instructor with the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Kara is the author of “Acted Aggression” a manual of basic stage combat techniques.  Selected Theatre Fight Directing credits: Romeo and Juliet, Reservoir Dogs, Cyrano De Bergerac, The Rover, Hamlet, Richard III, The Three Musketeers, Guys and Dolls.  Selected Opera Fight Directing Credits: Romeo Et Juliette, Fancuilla de West, Pagliacci, Tosca, Macbeth. Selected Film and Television stunt credits:  Designated Survivor, 12 Monkeys, Bitten, Dark Matter, Rookie Blue, Transporter the Series, XII the Series, Aaron Stone, The Mad, Mutant X, and The Dresden Files. 

The Expressive Voice:  An Introduction to the Roy Hart Technique

Saturday & Sunday, October 7-8, 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. / Instructor:  Lucinda Holshue

$120 (register for the Roy Hart Vocal Technique series and save $40!)

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Do you wish to strengthen and open up your voice? To discover "new voices" and explore different vocal archetypes? Centered within a theatrical context, this two-day workshop will explore the deep humanity and rich possibilities of your voice utilizing the methods of the Roy Hart Theatre. The Roy Hart Technique searches for the strongest links between the voice, body and imagination and begins the process of reconnecting with the deep body sources of each voice. By employing the many resonators in the human body, a fuller and richer range of sound and emotion can be tapped. This work takes the actor/singer/speaker into a different experience of what their voice can be.

The workshop will feature:

  • Physical work designed to deepen body/breath connection and awaken the body to give voice
  • Specific approaches to extend vocal range, color and timbre
  • Vocal archetypes
  • Vocal/physical improvisations to inspire the imagination and release the voice

Whether you use your voice as a professional actor, singer, teacher, public speaker, writer, or for the pure joy of vocal expression, you will emerge from the workshop with new resources to enrich your practice and deepen your performance skills. Please bring water & dress in clothing which allows you to move & breathe! No prerequisite, ages 18+, capacity: 12 students.

Vocal Archetypes and Text: A Continued Exploration of the Roy Hart Vocal Technique

Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. / Instructor: Lucinda Holshue

$120 (register for the Roy Hart Vocal Technique series and save $40!)

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In this advanced master class, participants will dive deeper into the Roy Hart vocal technique to open the voice and build a personal practice grounded in this work.

Participants are asked to bring 12-24 lines of memorized text to integrate this work into your speaking voice. Through physical movement, breath and improvisation as well as an exploration of archetypes, text and sound, this master class will help to create characters in a clear, expressive and strong voice, and provide the actor with tools to continue this practice in your work. Dress to move and play! Prerequisites: Roy Hart 1 or past experience with the technique recommended, ages 18+, capacity: 10 students.

About the instructor:

Lucinda Holshue has worked with teachers from the Roy Hart Theatre for the last 27 years. She teaches voice and text for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program and she is a resident vocal coach at the Guthrie.

Margolis Method with Kari Margolis

Wednesday, October 25, 6 – 10 p.m. / Instructor: Kari Margolis


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Geared towards performers and theater-makers looking to cultivate new skills and practice their craft, this workshop is a great opportunity to learn from an artist who is internationally-recognized for her work developing the Margolis methodology.

Kari will share her expansive knowledge developed over three decades - exploring and codifying the technique of the actor - resulting in practicable, applicable exercises and improvisation structures. Learn to create theater on your feet, free your voice and enliven your physical instrument, and discover how skill sets of actor, director and playwright are merged to develop a powerful three-dimensional theater artist. No prerequisite, Intro to Acting recommended, ages 18+, capacity: 25 students.

About the instructor: Kari Margolis is a playwright, director, performer and teacher. She co-founded the Margolis Brown Theater Company (originally known as The Adaptors) with Tony Brown in 1984. Margolis’ research and performance work has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and in Barcelona, Berlin, London and Singapore. Locally, Margolis has been commissioned to create work for the Children's Theatre Company, the University of Minnesota's Theater Department, and the Minnesota Chorale. She is the recipient of a Pew/TCG National Residency Fellowship, a McKnight National Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, six National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a NY "Bessie" among several other prestigious awards. Margolis teaches master classes and lecture demonstrations nationally and internationally, has been the master teacher for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival for 13 years and runs the Margolis Method Theatre Center in Highland Lake, NY.

Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Lauren Anderson
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Posted August 21