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Master Scene Study Class with Henry Wishcamper: Contemporary Playwrights


As a member of the Goodman Theatre Artistic Collective, Henry has directed his own adaptation of Animal Crackers, The Little Foxes, Christmas Carol and more.


This six week class is designed to challenge actors to explore relationship and circumstance in depth and to have this exploration color the actors’ choices about action and intention.


During the first 4 weeks of class actors will work on two assigned scenes. Henry will challenge students to allow what they are receiving from their scene partners to create natural beats of actions and shift their actions from one bold choice to another.


The final two weeks of class are dedicated to audition prep and working with readers.

PREREQUISITE: Actors with strong training and theatre credits should submit H/R to:

6 WEEKS- $375



Henry Wishcamper is a member of the Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman Theatre directing credits include The Little Foxes, the world premiere of Ask Aunt Susan, his own adaptation of Animal Crackers (Jeff Award nomination), A Christmas Carol (2013 and 2014 productions), Other Desert Cities and Talking Pictures. Other Chicago directing credits include The Dance of Death (Jeff nomination) at Writers Theatre and The Night Alive at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His New York directing credits include Spirit Control at Manhattan Theatre Club; Graceland at LCT3; Port Authority at Atlantic Theater Company; Elvis People at New World Stages; The Polish Play at Katharsis Theater Company and Pullman Car Hiawatha at Keen Company (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play). Regional theater and other directing credits include Animal Crackers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Birds at the Guthrie Theater; Engaging Shaw and The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe and The Seafarer and Speech & Debate at TheaterWorks. He has served as the assistant director of the Broadway productions of August: Osage County and Shining City. His adaptation of Animal Crackers has been produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Lyric Stage Company. Mr. Wishcamper was the Artistic Director of Katharsis Theater Company in New York and the Maine Summer Dramatic Institute (MSDI) in Portland, Maine. At MSDI, he founded Shakespeare in Deering Oaks Park, a free Shakespeare festival in Portland's primary public park featuring students from MSDI's education program. Mr. Wishcamper is a Drama League directing fellow and a graduate of Yale University.







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The relationship between the Actors - Moments of Discovery for the Actor in the Scene - The Actors motivating Importance - Finding the Humor in the Scene during the Audition process - Secrets in Acting - The Moment Before the Scene starts - Mystery in the Scene - Finding the "Opposites" in the monologue

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