Christopher Vogler is a top Hollywood story consultant (recent movie projects include Hancock, I Am Legend, Helen Hunt’s Then She Found Me, and others). He’s also the author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, which analyzes the hero’s journey, a pattern of narrative that’s at the core of most successful novels and movies today.
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Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert, and longtime Chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is now available. His previous published works include the novels, Escape from Film School and Barry and the Persuasions and screenwriting books, The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.
For more than 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most respected and sought-after expert on comedy. The artists he’s taught, directed or produced have gone on to be nominated for 43 Emmy Awards, 1 Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 American Comedy Award, 6 Writers’ Guild of America Awards and several others. (They’ve WON 10 Emmys, 1 Oscar, 2 WGA Awards and the American Comedy Award.) In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre.
Will is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, and a Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, where he taught playwriting. His play THE FLU SEASON premiered at The Gate Theatre in London in 2003 and then opened in New York where it won the Oppenheimer Award (2004) for best debut by an American playwright. His play THOM PAIN (based on nothing) won all the major awards at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then transferred to London’s SOHO THEATRE.
Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright known for works including WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE ZOO STORY, and THE SANDBOX. His works are considered well-crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition. His early works reflect a mastery and Americanization of the Absurdism that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eugène Ionesco. Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee’s daring mix of theatricality and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent post-war American theatre in the early 1960s.
Hauge is a script consultant, screenwriter, author and lecturer who works with filmmakers and executives on their screenplays, film projects and development skills. He has coached writers or consulted on projects for Warner Bros., Paramount , Disney, Columbia , New Line, Joel Silver Prods., CBS, Lifetime, Morgan Freeman, Robert Downey Jr., Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Roberts, and Val Kilmer. Michael also consults with attorneys, psychologists, corporations and individuals on employing story principles in their projects, their presentations, and their work with clients and patients.
Scott founded the Impulse Company shortly after he arrived in London in 1996. In the years since, he has led the expansion of the company into a full-time training and performance organisation, and continues to increase the impact of The Company’s ideals into the arts world of the UK and beyond.
Stephen Jeffreys was born in London and first attracted critical attention with his study of a stunt man on the skids LIKE DOLLS OR ANGELS (1977) which won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the National Student Drama Festival. He helped to set up the touring company Pocket Theatre Cumbria and wrote several plays for them including his adaptation of HARD TIMES (1982) which has been given many productions all over the world. His CARMEN 1936 performed by Communicado won him a second Fringe First in 1984 and ran at the Tricycle Theatre in London.
Kristin Linklater trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was the Master Teacher of Voice at New York University from 1965 to 1977, while also working with the Open Theater; the Negro Ensemble Company, Stratford, Ontario; the Guthrie Theatre; and on numerous Broadway shows. She was cofounder of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, in 1977. She has received major grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Being an actor, director and founder of the Australian Acting Academy, I have found useful workshops and instructors harder and harder to find. Over the past 20 years I have either dabbled or studied Method, Meisner, Practical Aesthetics, Impulse work and Eric Morris. Because of this I was delighted and somewhat skeptical when I was accepted as an actor for Theatrelab 05 Master class with world famous LA acting coach Ivana Chubbuck.