In this workshop, HB Studio Teachers Francesca Ferrara and Brian Mulligan cover tech tips for online teaching and share ground rules for students participating in Zoom drama classes. Next, the presenters will demonstrate how they coach actors performing two person scenes and monologues in the Zoom space using Uta Hagen’s Six Steps from "A Challenge for the Actor" as their guideposts. Time will be reserved for Q&A.
Francesca Ferrara is an actress and teaching artist based in New York City. She is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, where she teaches scene study and acting for the camera. Francesca is also a frequent guest artist at the Theatre Workshop of Otisville, where she played Mary Jane in THIS IS THIS, and served as assistant director for FATHERS AND SONS. Other theater credits include I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER (Chain Theatre), ROMEO & JULIET, 1984 (National Players), THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (Olney Theatre), SEDUCED, THE ADDING MACHINE, SISTER CITIES, AS IS (New American Theatre/LA), STAGE BEAUTY (Crown City), ANXIETY (The Odyssey) and DETAINEE (East 4th Street Theatre). Film and television highlights include CHICKEN LIVERS, FLUSHED, HOW TO CHEAT, THE UNIT, THE WEST WING, UGLY BETTY, GREY’S ANATOMY, MASTERS OF SEX, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, BATTLE CREEK and the series finale of MAD MEN.
Brian Mulligan is an actor, director, and acting teacher. He also does private coaching for professional actors, and for students auditioning for college BFA and MFA acting programs. He is an Adjunct Professor of Acting at California State University, Long Beach, and in his 20th year on the Drama Faculty at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. Brian teaches both Hagen and Meisner techniques, scene study, audition technique, directing, and improvisation. He won “Best of Fringe” for his direction of EVOLUTION OF A KISS at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Film acting credits include: WHITE OLEANDER, ARMAGEDDON, SOUL PLANE. TV acting credits include: TRUE BLOOD, CRIMINAL MINDS, SCANDAL, THE GAME, HART OF DIXIE, VEGAS, BIG LOVE, CHARMED and THE PRACTICE. Theatre: Off Broadway and numerous regional theatres in the US and Canada. Brian has done several national commercials. Training: MFA – Acting and Directing, California State University, Long Beach; Hagen technique – Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, HB Studio, New York; Meisner technique – William Alderson, Los Angeles; Acting, Studio 58, Langara College, Vancouver.