Physical Theatre is an exciting genre of performance. This practical masterclass will explore a range of physical theatre techniques including; cultivating body and spatial awareness, Meyerhold's Biomechanics, functional movement, chorus work and devising physical theatre.
This workshop will also explore and introduce basic stage combat principles with a strong focus of safe practice and technique. You will learn basic stances, strikes, blocks, falls, knaps and correct staging.
Participants should come with an open mind and wear suitable clothing that allows them to move freely. You may also observe and take notes if you choose not to participate in the workshop.
This workshop will be facilitated by Sam Foster
Sam is story teller, performer and theatre maker. He has worked as an Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Stunt Performer, Stunt Rigger, Physical Theatre Performer, Movement Director and workshop facilitator. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Shock Therapy Productions.
Sam works in theatre, film and large scale events and has worked for a number of companies and festivals over the past 16 years. His career has taken him to New York, London, Namibia, South Africa, Denmark, Norway and India as well as all over Australia.
Sam has won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for his work as a Stunt Performer in Mad Max – Fury Road. He was also awarded Best Director at the 2015 Matilda Awards for Shock Therapy’s production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman”.
Sam has written and created a number of works with his company Shock Therapy Productions including “Viral” which was awarded Best Independent Production at the 2016 Matilda Awards and was also nominated for Best New Australian Work.
He has worked extensively on large scale events as a director and movement director. In 2015, he was assistant to Gavin Robins on the Opening Ceremony of the Asia Cup. In 2016 Sam was the Movement Director on a major project for the 2016 Bleach Festival called “Shifting Sands”, Directed by Donna Jackson. He was Movement Director for the Woodford Folk Festival Opening Ceremony in 2016 and in 2017 he was asked to take on the role of Performance Director for the Fire Event at Woodford.
Over the past 15 years Sam has toured extensively in secondary schools throughout Australia mainly with Zeal Theatre. He is also a highly experienced workshop facilitator and has worked for Queensland Theatre Company, Qld Arts Council, Grin and Tonic, Soapbox Theatre Productions, Zeal Theatre, Backbone Youth Theatre, The Young Company (Cairns), ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People), Empire Theatre (Toowoomba), NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), Drama Queensland and Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus). He has also worked as a facilitator with Qld Shakespeare Ensemble’s “Shakespeare in Prison’s project” in 2015.
Sam continues to perform and create work that is meaningful and thought provoking and enjoys exploring cross art form collaborations.