International Conference "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity"
Theatre - Dance - Music - Visual & Multimedia Art - Arts Administration - Performing Arts Training - Theatre Design & Technology

December 16 - 20, 2017

There’s Truth in Presence.

Practical workshop by Shelley Cooper, the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL (USA).   

Shelley Cooper is a vocal coach, stage director, choreographer and actor specializing in musical theatre. Shelley is currently the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Shelley has given master classes throughout the United States and the world, including Thailand and Austria. This past spring and summer, Shelley gave master classes and a concert with Simbiose Produções in São Paulo, Brazil; taught directing, dance and voice for the International Performing Arts Institute in Thailand and Germany; and sang “The Spirit” in Chicago Summer Opera’s production of “Dido and Aeneas.” She has performed, taught and directed for a number of companies such as Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Bangkok Theatre Festival and the Venetian Macao. Her one-woman show, “La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas,” has been performed on three continents. She has former students working around the world, including the Broadway production of “Holiday Inn,” NBC’s “Hairspray Live,” “The Festival of the Lion King” in Hong Kong, national tours of “Rock of Ages,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Flashdance,” “Beauty and the Beast” and the West End Revival of “Miss Saigon.” . 


Shelley Cooper will present a practical masterclass on how to be present on stage using the work of Patsy Rodenburg’s The Second Circle. Present energy is focused, specific, clear, whole, attentive, generous, intimate, vulnerable, hopeful, and positive, which is vital for any artist. In the opinion of Shelley Cooper, a good actor is someone who listens and when you are present, you are able to hear others and take in what they are saying. 

Through this masterclass, we will explore how to analyze your body, voice, breath, and how you listen, feel, and think through various exercises in order to be present. You will see, hear, smell, touch something new, which focuses this energy in the whole you so you are able to acknowledge the feelings of others around you. 

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"