Frank Totino's
Workshop and Master Classes

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IMPRO AND REALISM

Behaviour Is Content

Using Impro to investigate Realism in Performance, Spontaneity in Text and Scene Work, and the Discovery of Character.

We want something to happen on stage, or in a scene, and by “happen” we mean that the characters are being changed in some way by each other or by the circumstances.

We can read behaviour and recognize the meaning of spontaneous behaviour.

Spontaneity is real. Truth is spontaneous.

The project will be to apply the concepts of the workshop to text. The text will stay true to the writing, but we will find many ways of revealing it on the way to something meaningful.

First the investigation of concepts of human behaviour through exercises designed to create experiential learning in this area. Then we apply the concepts within the frame of the texts chosen to find out what is possible.

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I have known Frank for years (1976), as a student of mine at the University of Calgary and later as a colleague and friend. 


As a director he has always had an experimental approach, and has worked on combining improvisation with more traditional methods. 


He is a very knowledgeable person, well informed about my work, intelligent, talented in many areas, and very experienced. I have no hesitation 
in recommending him highly..." 

Keith Johnstone

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Frank’s course is the perfect complement to the teachings of Keith Johnstone - The number of genuinely touching, funny and emotive scenes that came out of the exercises was testament to how effective the course, and Frank’s approachable, collaborative style of teaching, really is."

Director Andy Blackburn London, 2014