Elements of Stage Work 2019 4th Edition – Weekend Workshop

Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 26, 27, 28

Three days of intense training. What does it mean to present a theatre show? Which skills are necessary to be a performer? How can we become “transparent” on stage? How to achieve trust and reliability as an actor? How to convince the audience to believe in you? During the weekend, we’ll embark on a journey through the world of performing.

Our aim is to give you the opportunity to experience all elements that work together in the creation of the theatrical reality, a world that gives us a unique space to explore the diversity of creative process. In this 4th edition of the workshop, we will focus primarily on the body and senses and how we can use them in the creative process
in contrast to our overthinking mind. Our work will provide space to connect with your own source of creativity and imagination. Give yourself the chance to travel with us and have fun on the way, discovering the beauty that lies behind every performative act!

Summary of the activities of the weekend:

Partnership: Building the group, integration, cooperation, trust, comfort, awareness.

1) Listening
Building a Group/Partner Work. Giving and Receiving. Integration, Cooperation. Trust, Comfort. Awareness

2) Body
Discovering the potential of our bodies. Research of movements, sensuality and senses. Body relation to room and space. Exploring the body according to rhythm, sound and music. Physical Training. Connecting movement and breath

3) Voice/ Text
The power of your voice. How can we use our voice. Working with text structure. Creating a story. Experimenting with text

4) Character
Building up the stage character. Finding the balance between “me and the figure”. Working with emotions. My character in relation to others (audience and actors)


Kristin Brechler

Kristin Brechler, yoga instructor, performer and actress. Co-founder of Nukka Theater

This class is suitable for all levels, from expert performers to newcomers. The course is in English.

Elements of performance
3 intensive sessions (Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 26-27-28)
Friday 6-9 PM @Theaterhaus Mitte Berlin.
Saturday and Sunday 3-9 PM @Theaterhaus Mitte Berlin. In English (with German translation if required)
Full Price: 90€
Discounted fee: 75€ until August 10!
Discounted fee: all Instant Theatre Berlin students, all previous Nukka theater students, University students, groups 2 or more people

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please register through the form below and we’ll contact you in short.

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Aleta Chappelle’s Schönow Castle Film Acting and Shakespeare “on camera” Acting Workshop August 23, 24 & 25

Ms. Aleta Chappelle 
will conduct her 2nd Workshop at the Schönow Castle

(90 minutes from Berlin)

For experienced Shakespeare actors and those NEW to ACTING Shakespeare

Scenes from the previous Castle Workshop in May 2019:

Flim Workshop at the Schonow Castle
“On Camera” Workshop
Plus SHAKESPEARE film screenings each night during the overnight weekend retreat at the Castle 
AUGUST 23rd, 24th & 25th
(Enrollment limited to 8 Actors Only) 
The Weekend includes
8 HOURS of Film Acting technique and Shakespeare Acting technique (leaving time to enjoy the beautiful countryside and relaxing at the Castle)
– All MEALS and ROOMS included
– Plus MONOLOGUES filming (Contemporary or a Shakespearian Monologue) for Acting Reels


About Ms. Chappelle
Ms. Aleta Chappelle
Director & Casting Director Aleta Chappelle

In addition to being an Internationally acclaimed Acting Coach, she is the Director of a new Feature Film that is an American/German Co-Production RED DRESS SOLILOQUY. She also directed the Feature Films GOOSED starring Jennifer Tilly and ROMEO AND JULIET IN HARLEM starring Harry Lennix, and she has directed numerous Shakespeare plays. Ms. Chappelle is also an awarding winning Casting Director who has cast films for both Francis and Sofia COPPOLA, Roland EMMERICH, Wim WENDERS, Martha COOLIDGE.
Ms. Chappelle’s credits:
Ms. Chappelle’s current film projects: HERE
Ms. Chappelle’s Directing Reel: HERE

About the Schönow Castle
Here’s the Castle website (Ms. Chappelle also shot her film “Red Dress Soliloquy” there in May 2018):
Film Acting Workshop 2019
The castle is located ca. 90 minutes travel distance from Berlin.

Film Acting Workshop 2019
(Actors are responsible for paying and arranging their own train or car transportation)

The Workshop Schedule (August 23rd, 24th & 25th)
Friday evening The Welcome diner and a movie. 
Saturday – 4 hours of Acting Study, free time to relax and a movie screening at night. 

Sunday – 4 hours of Acting Study plus the Monologues are filmed.

Flim Workshop Schonow Castle

The Fees:
150€ – The 8 HOUR Workshop plus Monologue filming. 
125€  – MEALS and ROOMS
-The MEALS included: Diner Friday night, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday. 

-A variety of ROOMS are available – 3 private bedrooms (additional 20 per night) and shared rooms for 2 people in separate beds. The Workshop is limited to 8 Actors staying at the Castle.


The Workshop Overview:
18:00 – 23:00 Welcome Dinner Party plus a Movie.
10:00 to 11:00 Breakfast 
11:00 to 14:00 (3 hours)
– warmup exercises (for the body)
– Improvisation exercises (for the mind)
– roundtable discussion regarding “Film Acting vs Stage Acting” and performing Shakespeare.ON or OFF CAMERA.
– Actor rehearse the MONOLOGUE they prepared for the Workshop  (Shakespearian or Contemporary) ON CAMERA, with personalized notes given to help develop the performance.
14:00  to 15:00 Lunch
15:00 to 16:00 (1 hour) each Actors is assigned a Scene Partner and a short SCENES from one of Shakespeare’s Plays to prepare and study overnight and be filmed on Sunday morning.
16:00 to 20:00 Actors have time to relax, hike, swim in the near by lake, enjoy a sauna at the Castle or ride horses (for an additional fees).
20:00 to 23:00 Dinner and a Movie.
10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 – 14:00 (3 hours) The Scenes studied overnight are filmed. 
15:00 to 16:00 (1 hour) MONOLOGUES are rehearsed one last time before filming.
16:00 to 20:00 The Monologues are filmed with professional lighting and sound in/or around the Castle. Each 2 to 3 minute monologue takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes to film and this allows for multiple takes (the Actor’s footage is sent to them via Dropbox).

20:00 the Goodbye Diner Party (most Actors leave that night but Actors are also welcome to stay Sunday night for an additional 20€ fee).

Aleta Chappelle Film Workshop

To register:
  • The payment of 100€ is needed to hold a spot in Workshop and to reserve accommodations at the Castle (the EARLY BIRD special is 20% OFF if paid in full by JULY 10)
  • The final 175€ payment deadline is AUGUST 1st.

Previous Participants and photos from around the Castle:


I hope you will join me for this unique weekend of WORK and PLAY – surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the wonderful and magical Schönow Castle. Best wishes,
Aleta Chappelle
My website for more information:

You can register here on the Instant Theatre Berlin’s website and we’ll pass your application to the organizers of the workshop. Use this form if you have any questions about the workshop: