Get Out of your Head: Exploring the physical life of your character in space and on camera

This workshop will encourage students to let go of self-consciousness and express themselves fully and effectively.
Instructor: Ariela Morgenstern
This is a 2-day workshop.  Drop-ins to the second day are not permitted.
  • Tuesday September 8, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday September 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Answering the common question for young actors, "What do I do with my hands?!" this class will give tools and techniques to get more comfortable using your whole instrument of expression: your body! In this 2-part acting workshop we will be exploring how to authentically express ourselves physically as well as emotionally in our songs, all while utilizing the unique elements of singing on camera. Through fun warm-ups, group exercises, and improv techniques, we will be exploring how our body language and gesture can help flesh out our characters and tell our stories. 

Ariela Morgenstern is an award-winning performer, who has 20 years of acclaimed experience performing professionally in musical theatre, opera, and cabaret theatres across the country. After living and performing in New York for ten years, Ariela returned home to San Francisco in 2016 and has been teaching and coaching Acting for Singers and Leadership Communications at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Stanford University, and in her own Singing Actor Studio. Since returning home she has performed at A.C.T. (A Walk On The Moon), as Mama Rose in BAM's Gypsy, and in a sold-out solo show at Feinstein's at the Nikko. Past Career highlights include being the soloist for Raminsh's Symphony of Psalms at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Wilde in the original US touring company of Flashdance: The Musical, Franca in The Light In The Piazza (Arena Stage + Theatreworks), Diana in Next To Normal (Baltimore Center Stage), the title role in Carmen (SF Lyric Opera), Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (Flat Rock Playhouse), and the 2nd place winner of the 2018 International Lotte Lenya Competition.  She is a proud graduate of the Y.P.T.M.T.C. and is thrilled to be connecting + collaborating with this new generation of young performers! www.arielamorgenstern.com
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
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The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.