Together and separately, we've been Guest Artists, teachers or directors for Notre Dame University, Wabash College, Columbia College, Wright College, Shawnee State University, City Colleges of Chicago, Avila College, University of Toledo, University of Missouri-KC, Victory Gardens Drama in the Schools, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Actors Shakespeare Company at NJ City University, and more. Mark currently teaches writing at Hudson County Community College. We specialize in combining professional actors' performance experience, stage combat skills and education to enrich our students' experience.
In a flexible package of one or more sessions, Mark teaches the basics of choreographed swordplay or unarmed combat ‑‑ per request. The short version concentrates on the basics of footwork, cuts and parries. The longer version moves on to more flashy techniques, the styles of different characters, periods and weapons and the psychology of the fight. Workshops culminate with students performing a choreographed fight.
PHYSICAL COMEDY & CARTOON PHYSICS: PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO GET THE LAUGH
Learn to find the funny, using established techniques from Plautus and Bergsen such as distortion and mechanization. To this, Mark adds a system of his own nationally audience‑tested invention, combining cartoon physics with cleanliness, precision and specificity. He also teaches Laban‑based effort shape character building.
VOICE FOR THE STUDENT ACTOR: LET THE BREATH DO THE WORK
Hollis combines the basics of the Linklater system of voice and breathing with her own collection of tried-and-true warm up and relaxation techniques. Students learn basic vocal tools which will allow them to fill a theatre with full and vibrant sound.
ACTING SHAKESPEARE: FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE
Students learn several techniques, applying them directly to a Shakespearean monologue. Combining tips gleaned from doing the Bard's plays at festivals nationwide with exercises and techniques from Cecily Berry and John Barton of the Royal Shakespeare Company,
we teach students to use Shakespeare's own secret Folio code to reveal
the emotions, rhythms and meanings in his verse.
BUSINESS OF THE BIZ: CONTROLLING WHAT YOU CAN
We offer students a crash course in the tools of the acting trade: headshots; resumes; agents; unions; mailings; demo reels; how to scout a new market before moving; how to network; how auditions differ from stage to tv to film to voice-over, and more.
HIGH SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOPS
Located in the NJ/NY area, we bring Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, and other Shakespeare plays alive for students.
Drama leaps from dusty page to living stage with our flexible, fight and fun‑filled class visits
as we demystify and electrify the drama of Shakespeare.
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"They are master teachers able to enlighten students on all aspects of performance. By all means give this uniquely talented couple every possible consideration!" —Paul A. Rathburn, Professor Emeritus, founding Artistic Director, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame
"Mark McCarthy is an astonishingly accomplished actor who is also a wonderful acting teacher." —Vivian Robson, Assoc. Professor of Theater, Shawnee State University
"Hollis McCarthy is an enormously talented actor who possesses an equally impressive ability to inspire and teach young actors." —Michael Abbott, Chair, Theater Dept., Wabash College
We offer private coaching tailored to the individual needs of all levels of actors, professionals and students, on auditioning, voice, dialects and more.
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