Master Class led by Henry Woolf
Monday, August 13th 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Enjoying Playing Pinter
In this three hour master class, actors will play with Pinter's text under the guidance of a true expert. Henry Woolf, British actor, theatre director, Master Teacher, and a longtime friend and collaborator of 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, will lead actors through exercises focusing on enjoying playing Pinter because as Henry says "in my experience so many actors DON'T."
Registration Cost: $75
ACT Member Price: $50
Maximum Enrollment: 14
To enroll, please visit: http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/ED13AUGE
About Henry Woolf
Henry was a post-graduate student at the drama department at the University of Bristol in 1957 when his actor (and childhood) chum, Harold Pinter told him he had a play in his head and would Henry like to hear it? Henry not only listened but went back to Bristol saying there was a brilliant new play he wanted to direct and--The Clincher--that furthermore it would cost nothing to produce. Smiles of relief and approval—permission granted. “For God’s sake write your play I’ve been given production space”, Henry to Harold. Harold to Henry: ”Can’t be done. Have never written a play before. It will take me six months.” But it didn’t. Harold wrote The Room in two days and the first Pinter play dazzled and delighted the first Pinter audience. Henry has been a professional actor and director for over fifty years. He has worked with all kinds of Top Chaps: Orson Welles, Peter Brook, Peter O’Toole etc. etc. Lots of film and television but mostly stage. One of his favourite jobs was appearing in Peter Brook’s production of Marat/Sade in New York in 1965 where, incidentally he met his wife, the actress Susan Williamson. Henry taught at the University of Saskatchewan Drama Department (the oldest department in the British Commonwealth) for fourteen years before retiring as head in 1997. He was Artistic Director of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival for ten years from 1990 to 2000. Two years ago Henry played Shylock for the Festival and the year before that enjoyed a glorious grapple with Vladimir in Waiting for Godot. Which just goes to prove that one never has to retire from acting until one drops dead on stage laughing at one’s own jokes!