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1 day audit - $85
5 day audit - $375

John Patrick Shanley

New York Workshop
SHeen CentEr, Loreto TheatEr
Sunday October 21st - Thursday October 25th 2018
10am - 6pm

“Whatever you do in terms of telling a story, the most important thing you can define is who you are.” - John Patrick Shanley

16th Street Actors Studio, Australia and Australian Theatre Company, Los Angeles are proud to present Pulitzer, Tony and Academy award-winning writer and director, John Patrick Shanley in his first New York Actor’s Workshop.


This is a 5-day workshop where talented actors from stage, film, and television will work on 11 new and unpublished plays written by John Patrick Shanley, in front of an audience. Following each piece the actors perform, John will sit in conversation with the cast to find out what exploring the topics and themes of the plays was like for them. Then John will open up the conversation to the audience for an in-depth and engaging dialogue with himself and the cast. John’s new plays look at our beliefs/prejudices about identity, gender, power and love. The material will prove illuminating for those in attendance.

Audience engagement is an essential part of this workshop. This event will be of interest to theatre goers and those who love the work of Shanley, but also to anyone who is interested in human behavior and engaged discourse. Join us as we discuss the themes addressed through John’s work and take a fascinating look into who we are as human beings. 

John Patrick Shanley has an ability to hold a room with kindness and empathy. He creates an environment where opposing views can exist in the same space, to be considered and discussed with compassion and real understanding. His workshop earlier this year in LA was profound. The feedback from those who attended said it was a life-changing event, not only for lovers of John Patrick Shanley’s work, but for anyone interested in the pursuit of becoming a better human being.

This is a rare opportunity to step inside the world of an award-winning playwright of this calibre. Purchase daily tickets for $85, or select the 5-day full workshop pass for just $375 and be in the room as we explore all 11 of John Patrick Shanley’s new and unpublished plays and be a part of the conversation.

“Theatre is the safe place to do the unsafe things that need to be done.” - John Patrick Shanley

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John Patrick Shanley

Los Angeles Workshop - MARCH 2018

Australian Theatre Company is proud to continue our partnership with 16th Street Actors Studio Australia by presenting Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Academy Award Winning writer and director John Patrick Shanley in his very first workshop in Los Angeles.

This was not simply an acting workshop, but rather a theatre experience. 

Over this 6-day workshop we had a first look at the new works of one of the world’s greatest playwrights, and participants had the chance to get up on the floor to explore the material elementally through scene work guided directly by John Patrick Shanley, before engaging in stimulating discussion around the topics raised in these stories as they examined the raw jangling nerve of gender, sexuality and power in America today. This workshop was about theatre and all that entails; the writing, the rehearsal process and the discovery.

His new works provoked discussion as we investigated both the effect casting has on meaning, and the effect of cross-gender casting. New ideas were examined, unseen work was shared and ideas were born and changed through this process. This was an artist’s journey into the work of one of the finest playwrights of our time.

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Les Chantery

Los Angeles Workshop - August 2017

“Are you screen testing well?”  This is a question that Al Pacino asked Les Chantery when they worked together, several years ago.

For Les, this question propelled him on a quest to understand, what were the common factors (other than talent) in all successful screen tests, that either got the actor the job or the attention of the casting director.

Les teaches an essential skill that all actors must master – How to show up when it matters most – in the screen test. He teaches actors what is crucial to know about performances that ‘Pop’ within the restraint of the mid-shot frame.

This 3-day workshop equips actors with the most advanced and effective audition skills and techniques. Covering crucial aspects of the audition process, from script analysis and preparation, to being in front of a casting director.  The art of self-taping is also covered, allowing actors to create dynamic screen tests on their own.

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Elizabeth Kemp

Los Angeles Masterclass - JUne 2017

Our first program launched in June 2017 with Elizabeth Kemp's Character Dream Masterclass. Elizabeth was the Co-Associate Artistic Director of The Actors Studio NY until her passing in September 2017. Elizabeth and her work had a profound effect on the artistic lives of actor’s around the world including Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.



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