Working with Seattle actor Kate Wisniewski (Intiman, Seattle Shakespeare, Book It, The Merc, teacher of acting and voice at Seattle U, Freehold) students will learn specific techniques in acting and stagecraft, improvisation, voice and movement. Concentrating on the texts of Shakespeare and other great poets, the camp will provide an exploration into the craft of acting and will also develop life skills such as ensemble building, self-confidence, and public speaking. Focus on the process rather than the end product will be emphasized and the camp will encourage fun, commitment, discipline, and risk-taking within a safe environment. The workshop will culminate in shared experiences for an invited audience of family and friends.
During this week-long camp, students will have an opportunity to:
• Learn the basic building blocks of acting
• Enhance concentration and sensory awareness
• Build confidence
• Develop movement and vocal skills
• Learn tools to overcome fear of public speaking and performance
• Begin an appreciation of language and heightened text
Kate Wisniewski is a professional actor, and an acting instructor at Seattle University where she teaches acting and vocal production for actors. Merc audiences may have seen her as Maria in Ki Gottberg’s production of Twelfth Night, in Madcap Melodrama’s audio play The Vampire or the Bride of the Isles, and most recently as Hecuba in the Seattle University touring production of Women of Troy. Kate has appeared in Seattle area theatre at Seattle Shakespeare Festival, Intiman, ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Empty Space, Tacoma Actors Guild, New Century Theatre and New City Theatre among others. She is a founding member of upstart crow, an all-female Shakespeare Company that has produced critically acclaimed productions of Titus Andronicus and King John. Her co-adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, entitled Bring Down the House, will be co-produced by upstart crow and Seattle Shakespeare Festival in early 2017. Kate is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard. She has been a faculty member of Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and is also a professional voice over artist.
This camp is for any level of experience, beginning to advanced, and will be tailored to each individual’s need and ability. The instructor, Kate Wisniewski, has been a working actor for 20 plus years, and has taught many levels of workshops and classes. She is an MFA graduate of American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard.
This 30+-hour camp will include instruction in acting and stagecraft, improvisation, voice and movement, and will concentrate on the texts of Shakespeare and other poets. The camp will provide exploration into the craft of acting and will also develop valuable life skills such as ensemble building, self-confidence, and public speaking. There will be focus on exercises that help to develop an awareness of moment-to moment work, truthful behavior on stage, accessing and using the imagination, character movement, character voice, stage craft, taking direction, and making active choices.
We will be working with texts by poets and writers including: Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Lewis Carroll, William Blake and Robert Browning among others.
Cost is $275. A $75, non-refundable deposit is due at registration.
Upload a registration form here. Call 509.997.7529 for more information or email Missi.
The Merc Playhouse connects curious seekers through live theater. The Merc’s staff enjoys the creative process involved with making magic onstage in a lively and energetic theater space. We make connections and interact with The Methow Valley community while engaging in performing arts. We have fun and work hard to create quality live theater and we are looking for a new member to our team.
We look forward to meeting you!
Now hiring a Technical Director
The Technical Director works an average of 20 hours per month with a seasonal calendar based on the production schedule that is determined each Fall. Some months have heavy hour needs, and some months are sparse. The schedule is flexible to staffing needs with advance notice. Must be able to work evenings and weekends. Income based on experience.
The TD is responsible for supervision regarding the technical requirements for Merc Productions/Rentals and the maintenance of the technical equipment in the theater. The TD reports to the Executive Director and works in close association with the Artistic Director and any guest directors working at The Merc.
A successful candidate is willing to be a team player with the Merc staff, crew, and volunteers. The Technical Director will display an interest in all aspects of live production and our physical theater home.
Training will provided for all aspects of the job.
A good candidate will be:
Application deadline extended - position open until filled.