Every Friday, our Training Professionals get to choose from extra ‘option’ classes. These options are offered to either deepen your special skill or to improve any weakness in your skill set as a training professional. Here are just a few of the options classes we have coming up this year…
Lindon Barr – Commercial Dance
Lindon is a member of the Olivier Award Winning “Boy Blue Entertainment” and is also the artistic director and main choreographer of his own company “Elementz Entertainment”. As a choreographer Lindon’s biggest credit to date was working on the new West End Musical – Exposure (St. James Theatre, Victoria). Lindon received a Broadway World Awards nomination for Best Choreography for his work on Exposure. Other choreographic credits include America’s Got Talent, Rock The Circus (German Tour), The London Fashion Festival, Vidal Sassoon and Love Box Music Festival. His own dance credits are too extensive to list in full, but include work for Stooshie, Coldplay and Mariah Carey.
Michael Corbidge – Voicing Shakespeare
Michael is an international voice coach and practitioner and is Senior Voice and Text Associate with the Royal Shakespeare Company. At ICTheatre he works with students to enable them to experience a visceral connection to Shakespeare’s text and a chance to let the words live in space un-hindered by previous expectations. Getting out of the head and into the body. Michael has created a tool box and practical kit to build confidence with text, voice, physicality and character and aid in the quest for sense and emotional logic.
Mykal Rand – Musical Theatre
Mykal’s credits as a director and choreographer include: Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, Hair, Smokey Joe’s Café, Fame, Supernatural, Purlie, Grease, Passion, Release The Beat, Golden Boy and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. He has been an integral part of ICTheatre from the beginning.
The Hiccup Project – Devising Physical and Dance Theatre
“All the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences.” The Hiccup project are a Brighton-based comedy dance/theatre duo with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. They facilitate engaging, innovative and accessible workshops that encourage our students to work imaginatively from a place of freedom and creativity.
The Circus Project: Vicki McManus & Alex Poulter – Ariel and Circus Silks
Vicki’s’ experience has been vast ranging from performing with Kylie Minogue, Pericles at The Shakespeare Globe, La Clique at The Famous Spiegletent, to Mary Poppins in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Vicki has been teaching aerial skills for many years now, being inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of her students engaging in aerial circus.
Alex has been a professional performer for over two decades specialising in circus and aerial arts. His most recent credits are for choreography in a Sony Expedia Commercial (Beautifully thin) and the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony, and as an aerial, circus and special skills consultant in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Our students have the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their creativity and build their confidence through a series of short courses using ICTheatre’s Ariel silk facilities located down at the Marina. Circus skills continue to be used in a wide range of contexts from stage shows, corporate events, festivals and ceremonies. It is a skill, that once mastered will lead to all sorts of work opportunities.
Gerry Thompson – Stand – up Comedy
Gerry is a stand-up comedian, trainer, coach, international speaker and best-selling author with half a million books sold worldwide in many languages. He was ranked in the top ten UK humour websites in 2018. He has a wealth of experience in facilitating the individual to discover what matters to them and to be able to express it. His short courses develop creativity, performance appeal, confidence, and also allow people to reveal themselves in a non – judgemental and supportive environment. Stand – up comedy workshops teach a lot more than how to be funny on stage; the skills learnt here can be applied within all contexts of performance.
Sophie Powell – Creative writing
Sophie gained a distinction in her MA at Chichester University where she was also awarded the Kate Betts Memorial prize for the best work on the MA. Sophie won the Exeter Short Story Prize 2017 for The Improbable Yarn of Clark Curtis and was also nominated for The Trisha Ashley Award for humour in a story for the same work. Her work has also been long listed for the Myriad first drafts and short listed for the Cambridge story prize and published by Poetry Today.
Sophie co-wrote Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley as a commission for the Southbank Centre and Moomin Charaters ™. This show has enjoyed two extensive runs at the Southbank centre and is currently on tour across the UK.
As a performer Sophie works frequently with Long Nose Puppets amongst others. A regular teacher at Rose Bruford Drama College she has also taught at Central School of Speech and Drama, Northbrook College and in many community settings.