Weekend Acting School For Adults

  • Subtitle: Year-long Program
  • Date | Place:

    September 2024 – June 2025
    Warsaw

The Weekend Acting School for Adults (WASA) offers comprehensive acting education for everyone, regardless of age and experience. The program includes work on body, voice, emotions, improvisation, camera work, and creating theatrical scenes presented at the end of each semester. Classes are held in the form of 16 weekend sessions.

Information

Program

The program is tailored to the needs of both inexperienced individuals and those who have had previous experience with theater.

WASA consists of 16 weekend sessions (exact schedule and location below). Each session includes 4 blocks of classes according to the following hourly scheme:

Saturdays 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sundays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Classes cover several subjects in acting techniques and their practical application in improvisations, scenes, and character development. Detailed descriptions of subjects are provided below.

Instructors are not only specialists in their fields but also experienced educators. We do not give grades in our school, but we provide participants with support and knowledge.

At the end of each semester, we organize an open showcase – a performance composed of scenes we’ve worked on during dedicated sessions.

For whom?

For those aged 18 and above.
For those who want to work on themselves – their courage, creativity, and expression.
For those who want to use acting techniques professionally.
For those who want to meet interesting people.
For those passionate about theater.

Other Information

The group consists of 12 to 16 people.
Completion of the school is certified by a bilingual certificate. To receive it, you cannot miss more than 25% of the sessions (counted from the moment of registration for the classes).
We exercise in comfortable clothing for freedom of movement. We enter the workshop room in changed footwear or socks.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the session. Together, we prepare the space, and after the sessions, we clean it up.
Tea and coffee are available on-site.

Subjects

Experience and Expression
During classes, we focus on techniques that integrate body, voice, and emotions, allowing us to better understand and control our own feelings. We learn various methods of expression, from dramatic theatrical performances to subtle forms of psychological acting. These classes not only improve acting skills but also increase self-awareness and empathy.
Body Work
Classes focus on developing body awareness by identifying and breaking our own movement patterns. Through work on strength, flexibility, and agility, we improve control over movement. Additionally, the ability to consciously control our body translates into better stress management on stage.
Natural Voice Emission
The aim of the classes is to develop vocal skills, including speaking and singing. Participants learn to use their voice in a healthy and effective way, which is crucial both professionally and personally. These skills translate into greater self-confidence during public performances and on stage.
Improvisations and Theater Games
These classes focus on developing spontaneity, creativity, and quick response skills, which are essential for actors but also valuable in everyday and professional life. Through improvisation, participants learn to collaborate better in a group and become more open to new experiences.
On Camera
Working on camera requires special skills that are crucial in the film and television industry. These classes prepare participants for professional performances, reduce stress related to being on camera, and develop acting skills in a more subtle, realistic style.
Form Theater
In form theater classes, students learn to use objects and stage space to develop their ability for abstract and metaphorical thinking in theater. They work on conscious presence on stage and storytelling through inanimate matter. Classes combine physical actions, stimulate imagination, and improvisation. This work also includes developing dramaturgy, where dialogue is not the dominant element, allowing exploration of new forms of narration and stage expression.
Scenes
Integrating skills acquired in other subjects and applying them to create full-fledged theatrical works is the main goal of this subject. Classes culminate in a public performance, which not only allows for the practical application of acquired skills but also provides experience in live performances, which is invaluable in any actor’s career.

Session dates

  • September 21-22, 2024
  • October 5-6, 2024
  • October 19-20, 2024
  • November 9-10, 2024
  • November 23-24, 2024
  • December 7-8, 2024
  • January 4-5, 2025
  • January 18-19, 2025 AND SHOW
  • February 8-9, 2025
  • February 22-23, 2025
  • March 8-9, 2025
  • March 22-23, 2025
  • April 5-6, 2025
  • April 26-27, 2025
  • May 17-18, 2025
  • May 31-June 1, 2025 AND SHOW

Leaders

Speakers

  • Piotr Filonowicz
    Piotr Filonowicz

    He created and leads the theater workshops at the Academy of Theatre. He is a graduate of the Theater Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and the founder of the groups Linia Nocna and Fabryka Destrukcja. He organizes ethnomusicological travels and conducts voice opening classes. He established the Voice Spinning Mill and is a co-creator of free improvisation. He has participated in numerous theater workshops (including under the direction of Eugenio Barba and Thomas Richards). Piotr Filonowicz is also the author of scripts produced in theater. He has published essays on Rilke, Proust, Schulz, and Wyspiański. He creates numerous artistic projects and is the president of the Contemporary Art Foundation.

  • Aleksandra Kowalczyk
    Aleksandra Kowalczyk

    Singer, educator, performer. She studied cultural studies and Slavic studies at the University of Warsaw and Bulgarian folk singing at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv. She focuses on voice, sound perception, and interculturality. She founded the experimental vocal improvisation group Syreny. She has collaborated with the contemporary music magazine “Glissando” and the Węgajty Theater. She sings in the folk band Córy Mary. She is active in the Contemporary Art Foundation on projects related to performance and traditional vocal techniques. She conducts workshops on voice emission and traditional singing, as well as sound walks. She coordinates the Voice Spinning Mill vocal workshops.

  • Angelika Mizińska
    Angelika Mizińska

    She graduated in dance and performing arts from the School of Art and Design at Coventry University in the UK (Bachelor of Arts). She studied dance at the University of Illinois in the USA and as an exchange student at the Viljandi Culture Academy in Estonia. She graduated with a degree in Contemporary Culture, majoring in culture and media management at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She is a certified somatic movement educator according to the Body-Mind Centering® approach and an yoga teacher in the Ashtanga tradition.
    She practices dance, improvisation, and somatic movement. She works comprehensively as an educator, teacher, artist, producer, and performer. She finds fulfillment in collective creative and educational processes, in recent years in cooperation with the Nurt Foundation and the Mudita Foundation. Since 2022, she has been working as a producer at Nowy Teatr.
    She constantly develops her interest in movement practices, including dance improvisation, contact improvisation, somatic methods of working with the body and movement, ashtanga yoga, and approaches to working with touch (including Wuo tai, Thai massage). In her artistic explorations, she combines an interest in economics and socially engaged art, exploring the physicality and relationality of the body in movement in experimental choreographic, improvisational, and compositional forms. As an educator, she draws on somatic movement methods, improvisational practices, release-based contemporary, as well as Nonviolent communication (NVC), and polyvagal theory.

  • Anna Wolszczak
    Anna Wolszczak

    Director (AST Wrocław), theater scholar (KUL Lublin), and theater instructor. She is a scholarship recipient from the Minister of Science and Higher Education for her outstanding artistic achievements, as well as from Rose Bruford College in London and the European Theatre Convention (ETC) in Berlin. In her creative work, she focuses on developing an original language of visual theater and animated matter. During the creative process, she enjoys balancing physical actions, performance, and visual arts. In her work with actors, the relationship between the body and object is important to her. She has an interest in child psychology, which often leads her to explore themes of growing up and cyclicity in her plays. What excites her most about conducting theater workshops is the participants’ imagination – the abstract, the strange, the mad, and the upside-down!

  • Arkadiusz Ziętek
    Arkadiusz Ziętek

    From 2003 to 2019, Arkadiusz Ziętek served as the artistic director of Interkunst e.V. in Berlin. In his international projects, he combines various performing arts disciplines, involving actors, musicians, dancers, and circus artists. As a director, actor, screenwriter, trainer, and organizer, he engages in projects addressing social issues. In his theatrical and educational work, he emphasizes interactivity and spontaneity, utilizing a variety of theatrical methods and techniques he learned from their creators and masters: improv, Theatre of the Oppressed, method acting, community theater, and drama techniques. In 2007, alongside Mike Hughes, he led one of the first “Impro” theater workshops in Poland, which significantly contributed to the dynamic development of this genre in the country. He conducts theater workshops and original training sessions that enhance interpersonal skills in areas such as spontaneity, creativity, communication, public speaking, and team building and integration.

Registration

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Information

  • If you find that these are not the right classes for you, you can cancel within 7 days of the first session to receive a refund minus 500 PLN for the first weekend session.
  • The price does not include accommodation or meals.

Book Event

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Full year price
7800 PLN for the whole year of study
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Installments: 4 x 2150 PLN
1st Installment 2150 PLN
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Payment in installments is possible. If you do not cancel within 7 days of the first session, choosing the installment option does not exempt you from paying all installments even if you do not attend the training. The second installment must be paid before the fourth session, the third before the eighth, and the fourth before the twelfth.

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LOCATION

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Location

Warszawa – Akademia Sztuki i Kultury
al. Jana Pawła II 36C, Warszawa

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