Course G - ‘Streetcar’ & ‘Salesman’ - (Acting in C20th American Drama)

Peter McAllister

In this advanced workshop for experienced actors, we will explore two of the greatest post-war plays of C20th American Drama - A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (1947) and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (1949). Using a range of techniques from The Method as taught by Lee Strasberg and practised by members of the New York Actors’ Studio, we will look at how to approach the characters and the scenes from the two plays. In the mornings we will focus mainly on creating the characters through improvisation - using exercises in sensory imagination, objects, clothing, animals, music, paintings etc. - while in the afternoons we will work on selected scenes as in a professional theatre studio. Note that the core text for this workshop will be Streetcar with only one or more scenes from Salesman as a contrast. There may also be some pre-reading and pre-learning required.

Peter McAllister is Senior Lecturer in Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London where he has taught on the BA in Acting Course for nearly twenty years. Previously he was Course Co-ordinator of the BA in Acting at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, as well as Lecturer in Acting and Direction at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. His former students have appeared in many award-winning film, theatre and television productions in the Republic of Ireland, the UK, and the USA.