HILA DI CASTRO
Hila Di Castro is an actress, improviser and trainer from Israel who has been doing improv for the past 15 years. She teaches acting and improvisation all around the world and is a member of the ensemble LAMABATI and the all-woman ensemble "Anna's Friends." She is the co-founder and director of “20,000 Words,” an improv performance with workshops that discuss gender equality. She is an applied improv trainer throughout Israel and also the artistic director of "Not Just for Actors" – an improv performance that takes audience participation to the limit.
Duration: 3 hours
Times: Wednesday Morning OR Saturday Morning
Research shows that an average woman speaks approximately 20,000 words a day, while a man speaks only 7000. Since childhood, we are programmed by society to think of gender in a certain way – boys should wear blue and be powerful, while girls should wear pink and be gentle. As we progress in time, we start breaking these patterns. But they are more profound than we think.
In order to break them completely, we must know the history of gender roles and challenge ourselves not to take the beliefs we were raised on for granted. This workshop aims to do exactly that.
We will dive into gender theory and history (shortly) before challenging ourselves to play the opposite sex on stage without judgement. We will then challenge ourselves to play scenes without ANY gender presumptions at all. The laboratory's goal is to make us see the world through different gender glasses.
Character Arc in a Longform
Duration: 6 hours
Times: Thursday & Friday Mornings
When improvising longforms, we often focus much of our attention on the plot, trying to create the story from without. Another way of telling a story is from within, by following character arcs: What is happening to the character? What are their choices, actions, highs and lows, strengths and flaws? Stories told from the perspective of the character arc have a strong internal driving force and shine a light on human nature, in all its splendour and imperfection. For us as improvisers, this is both a great challenge and an exhilarating ride.
In this workshop, we will learn how to create compelling character arcs that will move and surprise our audiences, empower us to dare into stronger and more interesting characters and choices and leave everyone asking for more.