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Impulse Company Australia: Open Session

15 December 2018

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Saturday 15 December, 4pm
Street 3

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Impulse Company Australia established their Meisner training in Canberra with Scott Williams' 5-day introduction course at the Street Theatre earlier this year. Dene Kermond is an experienced Impulse actor who is teaching for the Canberra branch so his colleagues and the wider community of Canberra performers can train together regularly when not performing. This Open Session is for everyone interested in what a standard 'drop-in' session looks like.

Our current community of Impulse actors will be present for an open class. There will be Q&A opportunities throughout the drop-in for those experienced and new to Meisner technique to gain further insight into a different approach that Scott Williams established under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner. While you need not stay for the whole two hours, the opportunity to talk with the actors and gain their insights will occur in the foyer once completed.

Impulse Company Australia in Canberra has started from the joy of seeing experienced and new actors learn to be present and liberated onstage, while thoroughly immersed in the given circumstances. The Meisner technique is often taught in part to student actors, but the Canberra drop-ins are for the consistent training and sharpening of the impulse 'muscle'. The subsequent effects are the silencing of the inner critic and an opportunity to work on the acting fundamentals when we’re not in the rehearsal room or on set. No scripts needed. Just yourself in the room in front of the audience.

Dene Kermond is an actor and educator with over twenty years’ experience performing and teaching across Australia and Asia. A Nepean Theatre graduate of Western Sydney University, Dene has trained with Scott Williams and Impulse Company Australia for ten years. He has taught acting and movement technique in a range of tertiary institutes such as NIDA, WSU, UNSW. Dene has written curriculum and undertook Head of Acting positions at the Australian College of Entertainment, TAFE NSW, Wesley Institute, Central Queensland University among others. While he is respectably trained, and performance experienced in a range of contemporary and traditional acting techniques, Dene has focused his attention on the Meisner technique as taught by Impulse Company London.  Dene has worked the major stages of Australia and is seen on screens all over the world for over 30 years. His career highlights include Les Miserable, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company, Summer of The Seventeenth Doll, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Malcolm Heslop in Muriel’s Wedding.

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“Because of Impulse training I am a more active, open, creative and honest actor. Whether you’ve been an actor for 3 days or 30 years, you’ll never meet a teacher who loves actors more than Scott.” JOHN BATCHELOR (RED DOG, DANNY DECKCHAIR, SEA PATROL, 3010)

"I was fortunate to observe Scott at work – first demonstrating his method with actors, and then putting it into action in rehearsal of my play.  It was exciting to see the energy shoot through the scene, bringing to it an anything-might-happen vitality. It made for a rewarding and inspiring time." - Hilary Bell, Writer (Wolf Lullaby, Phillip Parson's Playwright Award, Inscription Award, AWGIE Award)


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