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Stoppard – The Deceptive Dramatist (Drama)

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard

Are you intrigued with the plays of Tom Stoppard and would like to get to know his work better?
Are you an actor that loves immersing yourself in excellent writing?
Does the juxtaposition of, or collision between, two different worlds fascinate you as a performer?

Then this is entirely the course for you…

This practical acting course will delve deep into the work of Stoppard – a writing career that spanned 50 years and produced a huge range of some of the best work of British theatre.  It’s perfect for actors who want a hands-on exploration of his plays and for directors who would like an opportunity to develop their knowledge of how to stage top quality writing.

During the week you will:

This course is for actors (although directors are very welcome as long as they are prepared to get on their feet and have a go) with some experience of working with text and it’s staging.

Tutor: Julia Locascio

Julia Locascio is a New York and London based theatre and opera director. She frequently collaborates with composers and writers on new work. 

Currently Julia is developing Woman on Paper, a devised work about Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz that translates O'Keeffe's paintings into body mapped 3D projection, and ADA by Emily Holyoake, a new play about computing visionary Ada Lovelace with music by the all-female electrorock trio Haiku Salut. 

Other directing includes: site-specific productions Cymbeline and Lemon Cake (adapted from Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake); Jim Manganello's Charlie Blows a Bulb (Edinburgh promenade street performance); Will Eno’s Oh, the Humanity; Polly Pen’s The Flitch; and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice

Julia has overseen large-scale productions across the US and UK as a resident assistant and staff director and designer, including The Kite Runner (West End), Salomé and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Royal Shakespeare Company), War Horse (US national tour), and Sleep No More (Punchdrunk). This spring she associate directed and performed as an onstage foley artist in Ragtime in Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Birkbeck, University of London. Julia has received awards from the US-based National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Foundation, and the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Arts Council England.