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Acting Workshops @ City Garage

The Actors Workshop at City Garage focuses on experimental theatre techniques and a highly stylized, physical European style taught by award-winning French director Frederique Michel, Artistic Director of City Garage.

Many actors spend their lives in workshops. They train and often never work. They become addicted to their coaches or teachers. Classes become therapy. Acting is not an emotional crutch. Do the real work. Get onstage under the guidance of a tough, uncompromising director who demands your best and will push you beyond what you think you can do. There is only one motivation: honesty.

The workshops are conducted by Artistic Director Frédérique Michel, trained at the Conservatoire, and with more than a hundred productions to her credit. Her unique style, founded on highly physicalized, choreographed movement, challenges the actor to create the role from the outside in. The disciplined, tightly controlled body frees the actor’s limitless emotional imagination to create the character’s vivid internal life. This low-cost, high-return workshop will be particularly rewarding for actors who have trained exclusively in American-style naturalistic methods. Expand your craft and broaden your technique. Surprise yourself at what you create when you are forced to work within the strictest of boundaries.

City Garage is one of Los Angeles’s outstanding small companies, winner of countless awards, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre, as well as the LA Weekly’s “Queen of the Angels” Award for “decades of producing scintillating, politically charged, thought-provoking theatre.”

Sessions:     Sundays, 10:00am – 12:00pm or Wednesdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Fees:           $80/month or $150/two months
Minimum:     One month in advance, paid upon acceptane.

If you are interested, email for audition appointment: workshops@citygarage.org Only dedicated, serious actors will be considered. Private coaching is also available.

About Frédérique Michel
Frédérique was born in Paris and studied theatre at the Conservatoire. She has led the company as Artistic Director since its founding in 1987. She received a Dramalogue Award for her direction of Dissident. Her 1998 production of George Sand: An Erotic Odyssey in Seven Tableaux was nominated for four L.A. Weekly Theater Awards, including Best Director. She was nominated again for Best Director for MedeaText: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore (2000). In 2005 she won the LA Weekly Award for Best Direction (one-act) for La Leçon. Her production of The Battle: ABC was nominated for Best Direction and received the 2006 LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble. She once again won Best Direction (one-act) for Quartet at the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Awards and was also nominated for her direction of The Bald Soprano. At the 2009 LA Weekly Theater Awards, she received (along with Charles Duncombe) the “Queen of the Angels Award” for “decades of directing and producing scintillating, politically charged theater that challenges audiences to reconsider their assumptions about the nature of politics and the nature of theater itself.”  She, along with her partner Charles Duncombe, won the Best Translation Award for their version of The Marriage of Figaro. In 2011 her work with the company was recognized by its being awarded the “Margaret Hartford Award for Sustained Excellence” by the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle. Her production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis was nominated for Revival Production of the Year by the LA Weekly. In 2012 she worked with Neal LaBute in a new, west coast version of Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Recent projects at City Garage at Bergamot Station are world premieres of Charles Mee’s Orestes 3.0, Magda Romanska’s Opheliamachine, Charles Duncombe’s Caged, Stephen Leigh Morris’s Moskva, the LA premiere of When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell, Charles Duncombe’s Bulgakov/Moliere as well as his play Timepiece.