The Actor’s Toolbox will take your acting to the next level, by helping you to prepare for drama school and an acting career.
Are you hoping to attend drama school or become a professional actor? By exploring ways to approach text and scripts, accent training and the acting techniques of Laban, Le Jeu and Michael Chekov, you’ll learn tools to advance your acting career...
The programme will use classical texts such as Shakespeare to explore different acting techniques such as: Laban, which will teach you new ways to move; Le Jeu, to discover the fun of being an actor; and the Michael Chekov technique, which looks at the connections between the body/physical expressions and emotions/psychological states.
Experienced actors Kalyani Nagarajan and Justin Rogers will show you how to approach texts with confidence.
You’ll learn how to develop realistic, three-dimensional characters that audiences can relate to.
The programme also includes accent training, movement techniques, and lessons in comedy, clowning and stagecraft.
This fresh and contemporary approach to performing will explore what’s involved in drama school auditions and will offer tips for breaking into the professional world of acting.
Teaching artist Kalyani Nagarajan is a graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. She has been acting from a young age and studied Mask, Moliere and Melodrama at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in France. She has been a part of workshops with clown Dr Brown and has a passion for comedy. She has worked with Indian Ink and has practiced Bharatha Natyam (Indian classical dance) for many years.
Justin Rogers graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2015. Since then he has played Jamie in the two-hander musical The Last Five Years and toured the show Matariki with The Court Theatre. Justin has also worked with Auckland Theatre Company touring the show Maui Me Te Rā and in their production of The Cherry Orchard at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.
Justin played Hone Ropata in the Auckland production of Shortland Street: The Musical. Most recently, Justin starred in Indian Ink’s new two-hander play Mrs Krishnan’s Party which toured the USA in 2018 and Canada in early 2019. Some of Justin’s screen work includes the docu-series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story and short films including For Heaven’s Cake, The Magic Show and Jigsaw.
He has taught acting, improvisation and magic at Wellington's Rata Studios and was a guest tutor at Miranda Harcourt's acting school for teens. His areas of expertise include: acting technique, script analysis, screen acting, voice and signing techniques, improvisation and magic.