FRANK TOTINO

TEACHING CAREER

CONSULTING, PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS

2020    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cia de Teatro Contemporâneo, Acting and Impro.
2020    Lyon, France, M2M Acting: Impro and Text
2020    Højskolen Snoghøj, Denmark, Devised Theatre and Spontaneity
2019    Global Improvisation Initiative: Middlesex University, London, UK. Presentation on Impro and Realism, You Be Me concept.
2019    London: William Reay Producer: Impro and Realism
2019    Odense, Denmark: Den Dansk Scenkunstskole (5 weeks course): Realism in Acting with text: Ibsen and Pinter.
2019    Højskolen Snoghøj, Denmark, Devised Theatre and Spontaneity
2019    Lyon, France, M2M Acting: Impro and Text
2019    Munich, Germany, Ballett des Gartnerplatz, training for spontaneity.
2018    Vancouver, Canada: Impro and Realism workshop
2018    Paris, France, Again Productions: LifeGame© by Keith Johnstone. Workshop and Production.
2018    Lyon, France, M2M Acting: Impro and Acting
2018    Odense, Denmark: Den Dansk Scenkunst Skole (One month course): Realism in Acting with text work on Strindberg’s Miss Julie
2018    Snoghøj, Denmark, Højskolen Snoghøj: Impro and Creativity (3 Week Course)
2018    London: William Reay Producer: Impro and Acting
2017    Rotterdam, Netherlands: Whatcomesnext bv./Improwerkt Impro Acting Intensive.
2017    Oslo, Norway: Somsagt AS, Consultation for training of Medical Doctors regarding human interaction
2017    Oulu, Finland: Public Course on Improvisation and the Theatre
2017    Beijing, China: China Oriental Performing Arts Group COPAG. Special course to professional companies of this group
2016    Shang Hai, China: Horse Horse Tiger Tiger Culture Communications Company Ltd.
2016    Shang Hai, China: Central Academy of Drama
2016    Beijing, China: Canadian International School
2016    Beijing, China: Central Academy of Communications
2016    Beijing, China: Horse Horse Tiger Tiger Culture Communications Company Ltd.
2016    London: William Reay: Acting and Impro Course
2016    Odense, Denmark: Den Dansk Scenekunstskole, SKUESPILLERSKOLEN: Acting Course
2016    Lyon, France: M2M Acting: Acting Intensive
2016    Clermont Ferand, France: Improvergne: Acting and Impro Course
2016    Mexico City, Mexico: Ricardo Bianchi: Acting and Masks Course
2016    Santiago, Chile: Collectivo Mamut: Acting Intensive
2015    Odense, Denmark: National Theatre School, Acting Intensive Master Class
2015    Vienna, Austria: Schwelle7: Improvisation workshop
2015    Lyon, France: M2M Acting: Acting workshop and directing of a play
2015    London, England: William Reay workshops: Impro workshop
2015    Catania, Sicily: Teatroimpulso, Improvisation workshop
2014    Odense, Denmark: National Theatre School, Acting Intensive Master Class
2014    Prague, Czech Republic: National Theatre School, Acting Workshop at Zlomvaz Festival
2013    Odense, Denmark: National Theatre School, Acting Intensive Master Class
2013    Ljubljana, Slovenia: National Theatre School, Acting Intensive Master Class
2013    Landskrona, Sweden: Alibis For Interaction Conference: Workshop “Turning Gossip into Interaction”
2013    Wurzburg,Germany: International Theatresports Institute: Conference 2013, Workshops and Panel Leader
2013    Krakow and Lodz, Poland: National Theatre School and National Film School: Acting Intensive Master Class
2013    Madrid and Barcelona: Festim013, Impro Workshops
2012    Lyon, France: Calin Radulescu, Impro Systems
2012    Paris, France: Again Productions, Theatresports!
2012    Budapest, Hungary: Improvisation and the Theatre
2012    Metodifestival, Cecina, Toscanna, Italia: Part of the ongoing research of this institute that compares Performance and Acting Methodologies. Masks and Johnstone Systems. Guest Lecturer
2012    Producer 10 Days With Keith Johnstone, Calgary, Canada
2012    Improvisation and Acting: Anthropofocus, Curitiba, Brazil
2012    Consultant to Grupo Arte Simples de Teatro, Director The Last Bird, São Paulo, Brazil
2011    Producer: 10 Days With Keith Johnstone in Canada; Calgary, Canada
2011    Conference; INTERNATIONAL THEATRESPORTS INSTITUTE; Calgary, Canada 
2011    Master Class; TEATRO DO NADA; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
2011    Master Class and Performance; JOGANDO NO QUINTAL; São Paulo, Brazil
2011    FIMPRO: International Improvisation Festival; Belo Horizonte Brazil
2010    Improvisation and Acting, Impromamut, Santiago, Chile
2010    Team Building and Leadership, “Bad + Ida = Sant”, Gothenberg Sweden
2010    Johnstone Method: Metodifestival, Cecina, Italy
2010    Keith Johnstone Methodology: Escuola Superior des Artes Célia Helena (Professional Actor Training College). Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010    Pedagogy of Keith Johnstone: Universidad Regional de Blumenau, Brazil
2010    Pedagogy of Keith Johnstone: Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
2010    Improvisation for the Theatre: San Cetano Foundation of the Arts: São Paulo, Brazil
2010    Keith Johnstone Pedagogy and Method: Unversidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
2010    Improvisation for Theatre: Jogando no Quintal: Professional Improvisation group, São Paulo, Brazil
2010    Master Class and Performance. Improvisatietoneel. Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2010    Pedagogy of Keith Johnstone: Institute del Theatre, Barcelona, Spain.
2009    Performance and Leadership, Angelholm, Sweden
2009    EUX Impro, Paris, France
2009    Improdynamics.com, Belgium
2009    Gawein Theater en training, Utrecht and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
2009    Op de Geest, Nijmegen, Netherlands
2009    Erik van der Liet, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2009    Sub Rosa and Ulteam, Groningen, Netherlands
2008    MIER Improvisatiecabaret, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2008    Teater Op de Geest: Nijmegen, Netherlands
2008    Sub Rosa, Groningen, Netherlands
2008    Fijn Dank U Wel, Theater – Dordrecht, Netherlands
2002    Theater Lawine, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Master Class, Improvisation for Storytellers
2002    Theater Op de Geest, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Master Class, Acting and Storytelling 
2002    Private consultations to professional actors, Dortmund Germany, improvisation workshops
2001    IOF Youth Leadership Institute International Conference (Calgary): Professional Development Workshop
2000    UCAN (University of Calgary Advisors Network): Creativity workshop
1998    IDEA SEA, Edmonton, Alberta: Ideas Management workshop.
1997    RUTER DAM (WOMEN OF THE DIAMOND), Stockholm, Sweden: Swedish Women Executives Professional Association: Ideas Management workshop
1997    WESTERDAHLS REKLAMSKOLE (WESTERDAHL SCHOOL OF COMMERCIAL ART AND ADVERTISING), Oslo, Norway: Learning and Spontaneity Course. Group Dynamics.
1997    CIVIC PLANNING GROUP OF THE CITY OF HELSINGBORG, SWEDEN: This group was responsible for steering and implementing the city’s Vision 2010. Ideas Management workshop 
1997    Socialnämnd Filborna (SOCIAL WELFARE, FILBORNA DISTRICT), Helsingborg, Sweden: Presentation of the results of my work with Stiftelsen Varvet (see below). These sessions were stimulus for brainstorming sessions and conferences.
1992-1997    The Netherlands: Workshops in the nature of spontaneity and improvisation to various theatre groups in cities of the Netherlands, including Nijmegen, Alkmaar, Groningen, Leeuarden, Zwolle, Arnhem, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Rotterdam and others. 
1996/97    Stiftelson Varvet (The Wharf Foundation), Helsingborg, Sweden: Director of experimental programme of theatre-based learning. The foundation conducted social research regarding attitudes towards personal career development and function within society. My project met their criteria regarding the promotion of entrepreneurial thinking among the recipients of social benefits within Swedish systems. (see following)

The Project: Creation of self-sufficient group of individuals from a base of those whose lives had been socially, politically and racially difficult.  Use of participatory action and collective creation methods were used to create an environment of ideas from which were drawn stories or events that were represented in performance. The performance became the interface between the recipients of the welfare system (the performers) and the administrators of the system (the audience). 

 

Results: production of a performance that was not only self-sufficient in financial terms, but was growing in financial potential as it became adopted as a useful tool in the education programmes of the social welfare departments that were the subject of the piece. 
 

Courses: Theatrical Group Development: Project oriented course in the development of ideas with a view to performance.

Ideas Management: Methods and concepts for creating a learning organisation


Thinking Big: The design, construction and use of giant puppets in performance.


1992 - 1997    Stichting Lawine, (Avalanche Society), Rotterdam, Netherlands: Performance consultant and instructor. Twice yearly contracts, spring and summer varying from one to three months.
 

Courses: Mask Design, Construction and Performance: The development of mask as a performance tool. Design and construction techniques, puppetry aspects of costuming, performance theory


Improvisation for the Theatre: The nature of spontaneity with regards to acting, the generation of ideas and the creative process.


1996    Teater Röda Kvarn (The Red Mill Theatre Company), City-managed Culture House, Helsingborg, Sweden: “Associate artistic director”, project development. Determining direction of company regarding season, international projects and local community development.
1996     Munich International Improvisation Festival, Munich, Germany: Master Classes.
1996    Teater Röda Kvarn, (The Red Mill Theatre), Helsingborg, Sweden: 

Courses: Workshops in Improvisation and Group Dynamics

1996    Stiftelsen Varvet, (The Wharf Foundation). Helsingborg.: Workshops to the Chaos Pilots of MoMoHuset, a Danish school of management theory and consultation that uses Chaos Management as a foundation for organizational structuring.
1995    Prince of Wales Elementary School, Resident Artist (with Trickster Theatre), directing first graders in a story of their choosing, Calgary.
1993/94    Aktörerna (The Actors School): Helsingborg, Sweden: Instructor of performance skills

Courses: Improvisation for the Theatre and Stage Fighting

1993    Elizabeth Gording School of Acting, Oslo (Norway): Instructor 

Courses: Performance skills 

1992    Osolokatedralskole, (Oslo Cathedral School): Drama instructor, director    
1992    League d’Improvisation, Antwerp, Belgium.: Special workshop for the Improvisors of that league.
1990    The Agency: Acting instructor (Vancouver)

Courses: Acting for Camera

1977-1987    Loose Moose Theatre: Teaching Improvisation, Directing Plays
1986    Bragg Creek Artists Group, Bragg Creek, Alberta: Mask design construction and performance 
1980    Alberta Sport Outreach: Introduction of Theatresports to Alberta Schools, touring instructor to schools in Alberta.
 

 

COURSES TAUGHT


Character, Transformation and Narrative: How these three elements drive each other in terms of Dramatic Action. A practical course for Actors, Directors and Writers.


Exploring Creativity: The study of the creative process as it applies to various areas of human endeavour


Ideas Management: Methods and concepts for creating a learning organization


The Changing of Character: Directorial techniques for working with actors


Theatre for Young Audiences: production and performance, collective creations and street performance for young audiences


Introduction to Acting: Practical experience in acting; improvisation and introductory work on text analysis for performance, communication skills, performance skills, creative process and functional group development


Improvisation for the Theatre: The nature of spontaneity with regards to acting, the generation of ideas and the creative process.


Acting for the Camera: Practical performance techniques for film and television drama.
Film Studies: Introduction to film theory and history


Stage Fighting: Fundamentals of staging violence and the use of fight technique, guns, knives, swords, and other weapons


Mask Design, Construction and Performance: The development of mask as a performance tool. Design and construction techniques, puppetry aspects of costuming, performance theory


Improvisation and the Nature of Spontaneity for Drama Teachers: The use of impro methods for the study of the creative process and the development of ideas towards performance and production


Theatrical Group Development: Project oriented course in the development of group identity, ideas and goals with a view to performance


Thinking Big: The design, construction and use of giant puppets and fire sculpture in performance
   


 

INSTITUTIONAL TEACHING

Academy


2013-19    Odense, Denmark: National Theatre School, Acting 
2014    Prague, Czech Republic: National Theatre School, 
2013    Ljubljana, Slovenia: National Theatre School, Acting 
2013    Krakow and Lodz, Poland: National Theatre School and National Film School: Acting 
2010    Escuola Superior des Artes Célia Helena (Professional Actor Training College). Sao Paulo, Brazil
2010    San Cetano Foundation of the Arts: São Paulo, Brazil
2010    Pedagogy of Keith Johnstone: Institute del Theatre, Barcelona, Spain.
2003    Dramatiska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. (Institute of Dramatic Studies: University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre): Guest Instructor:
Course: Character, Transformation and Narrative: Sixty-hour course for Directors and Writers 

 

University


2010    Universidad Regional de Blumenau, Brazil
2010    Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
2010    Unversidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
2003/2005    Fall/Spring University of Lethbridge

Courses: Movement Fundamentals, Introduction to Dramatic Arts, Speech Communication, Exploring Creativity, Acting for the Camera

2003    Fall Session, University of Calgary: Acting for the Camera
2002/2003    Fall/Winter  University of Calgary

Course: Introduction to Acting

2002    Spring: University of Calgary, 

Courses: Theatre for Young Audiences: production and performance, collective creations and street performance for young audiences

2001    Dramatiska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden. (Institute of Dramatic Studies: University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre): Guest Instructor: 
Course: The Changing of Character: Directorial techniques for working with actors. Sixty-hour course for Directors.
2001/02    Fall/Winter   University of Calgary, 
   Courses: Introduction to Acting: 
2001    Spring/Summer    University of Calgary, Drama: 
Courses: Improvisation for the Theatre: The nature of spontaneity with regards to acting, the generation of ideas and the creative process.
Acting For The Camera
Theatre for Young Audiences
2000/01    Fall/Winter   University of Calgary, 
Courses: Introduction to Acting: 

1993    University of Oslo (Norway), Theatre in Education: Guest Instructor.
Courses: Improvisation and the nature of spontaneity in performance for drama teachers 
1993    University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland: Instructor
Courses: Improvisation for drama teachers
1987/88    Graduate Teaching Assistant: University of Calgary
Courses: Introduction to Film History and Theory
1981    (spring)  Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver: instructor 
Courses: Performance for artists.
1980    (spring)  Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver: Guest Lecturer Series, instructor      
Courses: Performance for artists.