ACT (ACTOR - CHORUS - TEXT) is an original approach to generating ensemble theatre productions that symbiotically interweave music, movement and poetry in telling stories, while reinventing the given spatial location.
ACT has been conceived and developed by director-practitioner, Anna-Helena McLean. This training includes dynamic, physical and musical exercise covering Ensemble balance training Physical partner listening Chorus leading and gestures Extended voice techniques Choral singing and close harmony Rhythm and breath awareness Dynamic speech work Dramaturgy and composition Structured improvisation
The training is applied to an exploration of archetypes in stories from around the world, often drawing on scene extracts from classical texts including Shakespeare and the Ancient Greeks, to generate original ensemble works of theatre.
"ACT truly aims for living up to the expectations of creating a heightened reality on stage. No drama or production or a story telling medium should overlook such a process even if it is filtered or edited in later stages of productions to nuanced levels. I would suggest every actor to experience this training" Anuj Choudhry, Actor participating in ACT India 2015
"When engaging in a physical workshop with Anna-Helena McLean, it is not only the body that is activated, but also the mind and the spirit. She is an incredible leader. Her power as a performer is both admirable and awe-inspiring, but her greatest ability is to inspire in others a stronger belief in their own abilities. I enthusiastically endorse her workshops for performers and non-performers alike". Director of Sideway Theater and MFA student DePaul Chicago, 2015
“... The texture of your work weaves physicality and words together with a musicality that penetrates all levels of what takes place in the space... in the 10 days we had, what came out was absolutely incredible, and I deeply admire every single person I worked alongside. The combination of people, your brilliant leadership, the space, and Shakespeare’s text, really really worked for me... we were actually there for each other all throughout the piece when we performed, which is remarkable and a real treasure to take away”. Workshop Participant 2014