Public Speaking the Actor's Way
“Excellent tips! Real common sense ideas that are easily translatable to my personal speaking style.”
Four lunchtime classes. An innovative approach to powerful public speaking, taught by pioneers in the field of applied acting. This course leads participants through a series of acting-based physical, vocal and psychological exercises designed to promote spoken communication that leaves a lasting impact on an audience. From writing a dramatic speech to defining strong objectives to building confidence through a reliable rehearsal process, this course is for anyone who wants to know what it takes to please a crowd. Required text: Taking Center Stage: Masterful Public Speaking Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro
Deb Gottesman is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than thirty productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Laramie Project, and My Soul Look Back and Wonder (which premiered at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and is now the subject of a feature length documentary by Academy Award-nominated Producer and Director Nicole Boxer), as well as productions for Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department and National Geographic. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.