Physical Approaches to Acting at the Guthrie

In this new series of classes at the Guthrie, students can take an introductory or intermediate level class that focuses on mastering the physical body to tell stories on stage.

Physical Approaches I 

The body is an actor’s instrument. Gesture and physicality are used to tell a story in concert with the voice. In this introductory class, you’ll explore a variety of physical approaches to performance and gain insight on how to approach acting from a movement-based perspective. No prerequisite. Capacity: 14. This class is a prerequisite for Physical Approaches II and other intermediate classes.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 6–27 | 6:30–9 p.m.
Price: $180
Instructor: Allison Witham 

Physical Approaches II: Devising Through Movement
Want to expand your artistic potential onstage? Explore how full use of the body, understanding theatrical space and precise use of gestures can create unique, engaging and unexpected performances and stories. You’ll learn the building blocks of devising — a collaborative approach to story and theater-making where the ensemble builds the script through play and improvisation. Explore group staging, scene rehearsal and character development, which will leave you with a clear vocabulary and set of skills applicable to a variety of performance styles and settings. Prerequisite: Physical Approaches I (or equivalent experience). Capacity: 12.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, March 13 – April 17 | 6:30–9 p.m.
Price: $255
Instructor: Brian Bose

 To see our full lineup of classes and to register visit and scroll down to the Performance Pathway. 

Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Madeline Achen
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Posted February 1