This week in VCE Drama we were visited by theatre practitioner and actress Kate Sherman.
by Kate VCE Drama teacher
Kate has worked with companies such as the Sydney Theatre Company (Macbeth), Downstairs Belvoir (Checklist for an Armed Robber) and Legs On The Wall (Beyond Belief, My Bicycle Loves You). In 2011 she was commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre to make a short solo dance work and in 2012 was funded by The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to study at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris 2012). She recently acted and puppeteered in Ruby’s Wish at Downstairs Belvoir and completed a NIDA Independent residency for a new work entitled Sehnsucht where she is being mentored by Leisa Shelton (Fragment 31). In 2013 she was awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and studied in NY with dance theatre company Witness Relocation in 2013 and has just returned from Belgium studying with Les Ballets C de la B, Batsheva (Israel), is collaborating with director DJ Mendel (NY) on her new work Sehnsucht, observing Frantic Assembly and studying dance improvisation with Deborah Hay in London. She has also studied with International companies Arch8, Complicite, Kneehigh Theatre and La Fura Dels Baus. Kate Graduated from NIDA in 2005.
Kate led a dynamic, vigorous masterclass on physical approaches into character. The VCE Drama students worked through a series of fast paced activities to access possible characters for their upcoming assessment – developing a non-naturalistic performance using the historic event Black Saturday as their stimulus material.
On such a cold day we in the Blackbox were sweating by the end of the hour and a half. Kate kindly stayed afterwards to answer questions about what the fringe theatre scene was like currently and how an actor can access joy and excitement when they have to repeat the same performance night after night.
It was a great class for all involved and I was really impressed by how the class threw themselves into all the activities.