Space and The Actor

Practical workshop with Laura Wayth - Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Actor Training Program, San Francisco State University (USA).

Laura Wayth is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Actor Training Program, San Francisco State University where she teaches classical and contemporary acting. Ms.Wayth has taught acting at the University of Miami and the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and has worked internationally as a teacher and coach in Italy, Morocco, China and at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She was a 2002 Fulbright Fellow to the Moscow where she taught Shakespeare text to the graduate actors of the Moscow Art Theatre American Studio, and was a 2011/2012 Senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania. She received her M.F.A. from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School Institute in Russia.


This interactive acting/directing workshop investigates the actor’s use of space. The workshop explores ways that space functions as its own language and even transcends language; the arrangement of people and objects in a stage space tells stories and creates character relationships even when no words are spoken. We will use still photography as an entry-point for developing an understanding of how actors and directors use stage space. We will first understand elements of composition and relationship in a photograph, and then discover how those same compositional elements translate into stage space.

The seeds of this work come from Viewpoints training (as developed by Anne Bogart and the SITI company) and incorporates other elements of physical theatre.  This workshop was first developed on a visit to the Shanghai Theatre Conservatory in 2010 and further developed in residence at Babes Bolyai University in Romania.  It requires active participation and I feel will be of equal relevance and interest to actors, directors and designers.

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"