Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep), the professional English-language theatre company, is proud to announce its Autumn 2017 Season of three productions:
• #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump
• Big Boys
• Dear Santa…
The company’s ambitious season opens with the original solo piece #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump, to be presented September 20 – 24 at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg ‘Bar National’ (lobby) space: 194, route de Longwy, L-1940 Luxembourg.
Originally created by Actors Rep Artistic Director Erik Abbott, the play was commissioned by Théâtre d’Esch and developed with Director Charles Muller as a piece for the Ville de Esch-sur-Alzette’s ‘Nuit de la Culture’ in May, 2017. Only short segments were performed.
Now re-imagined and substantially revised, the show theatrically explores the curious phenomenon of the Donald Trump Presidency. One actor (Abbott) portrays several Trump supporters. These characters, some of whose monologues are based on published interviews and statements, present a variety of voices and viewpoints—alternately sympathetic, funny, perhaps frightening—and reveal a complex emotional and cultural tapestry examining the Trump effect in a compelling, theatrical way.
Actors Rep Associate Artistic Director Christine Probst directs.
In November, Actors Rep partners with Arendt House in Kirchberg to present Big Boys, by New York playwright Rich Orloff. Big Boys is a hilarious satire on corporate culture that the New York Times described as ‘rip-roaringly funny’, with ‘snappy dialogue and non-stop mayhem’. This ‘over-the-top comic fable’, as Orloff describes it, pokes fun at the peculiarities of the business world in a style he says is ‘influenced by the surreal energy and comic rhythms of vaudeville comedy’.
Actors Rep will be present the production in Arendt House’s auditorium (where the company participated in an evening of Shakespeare readings for the British Ambassador to Luxembourg in January 2016). In performing this corporate play in a corporate setting, Actors Rep brings to the doorstep of the Luxembourg business community a boisterous laugh filled event that (gently) pokes fun at business—juxtaposing the onstage fun with its real-world counterpart.
Probst will again direct and Swedish born, London trained actor Caspar Rundegren will perform with Abbott. Rundegren grew up in Luxembourg and is making his debut with Actors Rep in Big Boys.
The show opens with performances for Arendt House employees and invited guests on November 15 and 16, and continues with public performances November 17 – 19 at Arendt House: 41 Avenue J-F Kennedy, L-2082 Luxembourg.
Finally, during the festive season, Actors Rep takes to the road with the world premiere of Dear Santa…, a sweet and funny half-hour play about a couple’s holiday plans with their family. In this completely portable soupçon of charm, they write letters to Santa, exploring a latent childlike sense of wonder and review their gift list, chuckling at their extended family and celebrating their connections. Developed by Actors Rep, Dear Santa… is available as an entertainment for seasonal parties and events—great theatre and holiday cheer to deliver! —and will also be presented in three public performances. (Venue to be announced.)
Dear Santa… is a warm cup of festive delight—to go!
In addition to the three productions, Actors Rep will also continue its commitment to theatre education and training opportunities through its Actors Lab programme with autumn classes. One section of acting classes and a section of stage voice technique have begun, both taught by Christine Probst, and a second section of acting classes planned for November and December. The company also plans a workshop—topic to be determined.
Please check the Actors Rep Facebook page and back here for additional details.
Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep) is offering an ‘Impulse Training’ workshop on 17 June 2017 with Cologne based actor, director and acting trainer Hans Kieseier.
The location is the Théâtre National du Luxembourg (TNL) Atelier space (166, avenue du X Septembre, 1940 Luxembourg).
It will run from 10am – 6pm, with a lunch break.
The cost is 125 €.
The workshop is open to ages 13 and up. It will be conducted in English and, as needed German, with a translator to assist with both English-to-German and German-to-English translation.
Kieseier’s description of the workshop:
‘The objective of this workshop is to allow our acting to become more alive by trusting our impulses. Impulses are understood as both inner and outer impulses, which lead us to an effortless reaction.
Such a reaction can express itself physically, emotionally and intellectually, transforming in turn into an impulse for the other performers as well as for us.
The result is discovering what to do next—acting without agony. Increasing our awareness of these acting “impulses” in our acting—in a fun way—is the focus of this workshop.’
Kieseier’s ‘Impulse Training’ workshop offers another opportunity for local theatre artists to gain experience with and training from international theatre artists. Kieseier’s career spans over thirty years as a professional actor, director and actor trainer in theatre, improvisation and comedy, as well as acting in television and film. He has performed, trained and / or taught in his native Germany, Canada, the UK and the US. A full bio is below. The workshop provides a rare chance for Luxembourg theatre artists to learn and benefit from a renowned and passionate international artist
Actors Rep has recently focused on increasing educational opportunities for the Luxembourg theatre community, first offering a workshop with Dr Peter Zazzali, in October 2016. Dr Zazzali, an actor, director, actor trainer and Associate Professor in Theatre at the University of Kansas, came to Luxembourg to direct our October 2016 production, The Fever.
Since January 2017, we have offered two sections of acting classes through our Actors Lab, with Associate Artistic Director Christine Probst. The first section ran from January – March and the second began in late March and continues till early May. A third section is planned for the autumn.
To enroll, contact Actors Rep Artistic Director Erik Abbott: ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com
For further information, visit our Facebook page.
Hans Kieseier: Biography
Hans Kieseier is a Cologne based actor, director and acting trainer. He studied Acting and Improvisation with Keith Johnstone, Bill Mockridge and Alan Mariott; Movement Theatre with Wolfgang and Anne Tiedt; Theatre Direction and Creative Writing with Mark Travis; and Jazz Dance with Janco Jancolini, Ballet with Carl Inox and Tap Dancing with Uli Datzer.
Since 1994, as both a performer and director, he has been a company member of Cologne’s famous Stunksitzung, which is performed live before over fifty thousand people every year, and is seen on the WDR television network by tens of thousands more.
He has worked as an actor at Cologne’s Theater Tiefrot, Comedia Colonia, Kammerspiele, Theater am Sachsenring, and the Gloria Theater, and was a founder and member of the Blackbox theatre company. Early in his career he was a performer in the company at Bonn’s renowned improvisational theatre, Haus der Springmaus.
Kieseier was in the feature film Unter Frauen and has appeared in television shows including SOKO – Köln, Unter Uns, Danni Lowinski, Alles was zählt and Cobra 11.
Kieseier has directed for Haus der Springmaus, the legendary Cabaret Theatre DISTEL in Berlin, the Theater im Kloster in Bornheim, the Zartbitter youth theatre in Cologne, the Sissi Perlinger Cabaret in Munich, The Pantheon in Bonn, the Theater am Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, as well as cabaret, comedy shows and stand-up for, among others, Cordula Stratmann, Ingolf Lück, Peter Vollmer and Mark Welte.
He was a coach for the pilot of the highly successful improvisational sit-com Schillerstraße on the SAT 1 television network and was a dramaturgical advisor during its first season. He has also done improvisation, comedy, moderating and / or acting coaching for Comedy Central, the RTL-TV (Germany) shows Frei Schnauze! and Chartbreak Hotel, as well as the WDR-TV shows Annemie Hülrath – Der Talk and Kleine Cordula Stratmann Show.
For several years Kieseier has taught acting and comedy at the Stagepack Sommerakademie as well as countless workshops in acting, directing, improvisation and comedy for professionals, young performers, teachers and others. He has coached comedians, actors, cabaretists and students in theatres, productions, television and Vereine.
Théâtre National du Luxembourg (TNL) Announces a Casting Call.
For its upcoming production Codename Ashcan.
Rehearsals will begin 03 April with performances through 31st May.
Théâtre National du Luxembourg is looking for a native US-English speaking actor to play a US-Army general.
Playing age: 50-60
Codename Ashcan is a documentary theatre and film project, retracing the few months that the most important surviving Nazi leaders were held in and interrogated in Mondorf’s Palace Hotel in Luxembourg in the Summer of 1945.
For more information on the project: www.tnl.lu/de/event/codename-ashcan
Please send your Vita (CV) with a picture and details to: email@example.com
You will be contacted with a possible date for a casting.
Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep) is excited to announce Actors Lab and Acting Classes with Christine Probst.
Laboratory: A safe place of experimenting, exploring, success, failure, imagination and fun.
Have you ever watched a play or a film and thought, ‘I don’t believe them!’ ?
Well. We are going to search for truth. At the actor’s core is truth, truth about the character and, more importantly, oneself. To find the truth of the character you must be confident in your own truth.
We will explore in weekly classes the actor’s truth. Truth in body, truth in voice and truth in being.
The classes are geared for every level and experience, ages 15 and up.
Progress is only possible through commitment — commitment to the classes, commitment to the work (in and out of the classes), commitment to the other members of the class, and commitment to yourself.
Requirements for the first class: a sturdy notebook — something you will love to use, everyday, and loose, comfortable clothing.
Beginning Tuesday, 24 January at Vedanza, 18 rue de Louvigny, L-1946, Luxembourg.
Classes continue 31 January, 7 February, 14 February, 28 February and 7 March (Tuesdays).
Classes meet from 7pm – 10pm.
Cost: € 300 (€ 50 discount if payment received by 3 January).
To register or for additional information, contact Erik Abbott at Actors Rep: ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com
Christine Probst is a professionally trained actress with over 20 years of experience, she holds a BFA (Bacheors of Fine Art) in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She studied (and continues to study) Voice and Movement with the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart. Christine has acted professionally in Luxembourg (Actors Rep, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, Théâtres des Capucins / Luxembourg Ville) and the United States (ActOut Productions, Rosebriar Shakespeare, and the Reality Theatre, among others).
Christine Probst in THE FEVER / Photo credit: Carole Reckinger
She has taught a variety of levels and ages in acting for over 10 years, including for the Luxembourg Accueil and the Lycée des Garçons in Esch-sur-Alzette, and founded the Youth Theatre programme for the New World Theatre Club. Christine’s teaching incorporates several different methods and techniques to help the actor find his or her path to understanding the character. She believes that not one single method or style of acting is for every actor. Christine will take the actor through a series of exercises related to relaxation and imagination, as well as extensive voice and body work to free the actor’s physicality and develop a sense of being fully present onstage.
Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep) announces General Auditions, Tuesday, 10 January 2017:
at Vedanza, 18 rue de Louvigny, L-1946, Luxembourg, from 7pm to 10pm.
These are general auditions. We are not casting for any specific production.
The auditions are open to performers aged 15 and up
Auditioners are asked to prepare a two-minute monologue in English, ideally memorised. Auditioners may also be asked to read a short piece. Copies will be available at the auditions.
Please bring or email a headshot.
Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg is a professional English-language theatre company.
We are committed to delivering passionate, thought provoking professional English-language theatre in Luxembourg.
Formed in 2012, Actors Rep debuted with Edward Albee’s The Goat Or, Who is Sylvia? in 2013 (in collaboration with Théâtre National du Luxembourg — TNL) and has presented five productions since, mostly recently Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, in October.
For an audition slot, please send a request to Artistic Director Erik Abbott:
Actors Rep is thrilled to announce an exciting one-day workshop with Peter Zazzali, the director of our next production, The Fever (October 12th, 13th, 15th, 19th, 20th and 22nd at Konrad Café and Bar).
The workshop, titled ‘Psychophysical Approaches to Acting’, is for ages 16 and up and will take place on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am till 4pm, with a one-hour lunch break. (Lunch is not provided.) The location is to be confirmed.
In the workshop actors will learn to use their minds and bodies as expressive instruments in service of a text. Using a variety of techniques, we’ll explore the ideas of Linklater, Laban, Berry, Strasberg and Stanislavsky, as well as eastern techniques (tai chi chuan and yoga) in a vigorous five-hour workshop designed to help actors become fully present onstage. Participants will leave the session with multiple tools for activating their imaginations, emotional lives, voices and bodies onstage.
Dr. Zazzali is an internationally recognized actor trainer and stage director whose credits include the National Theatre School of Ireland, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and numerous theatres and universities in the US. He is currently on faculty at the University of Kansas, where he serves as the Department of Theatre’s lead acting teacher and director. His recent book, Acting in the Academy: The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education, focuses on acting pedagogy and practise in America (Routledge Press 2016).
To learn more about Zazzali’s career and work please visit: www.peterzazzalidirector.com
Space is limited. To request a place, please email ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com with ‘Acting Workshop’ in the subject line.
When a place is confirmed, please transfer the fee (50 €) to:
ACTORS REP ASBL
IBAN / ACCOUNT: LU33 0019 3855 7356 6000
(Please note ‘Acting Workshop’ in the transfer information.)