Comedy Masterclass w/ Darren Gilshenan

A 7 week comedy masterclass for professional working actors.

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Course Overview

You don’t need funny bones to get a laugh. This course explores the hidden tools that make comedy work.

The HubStudio is very excited to work with Logie nominated Darren Gilshenan on this extended Comedy Masterclass. Darren is one of the country’s most successful and award winning (Helpmann, Greenroom,) comedy performers. The series will look at all the aspects of great comedic acting, demystifying the art of comedy acting and giving you practical tools to call on to generate laughter.

Course Outline

Through improvisation the class will delve into the mechanics of contrast, extension, exaggeration, obsession, oblivion, rhythm, strategy and timing. The next step will be applying these principals to script.

Course Outcomes

Throughout this course you will:

  • Understand the tools of authentic comedy.
  • Gain the skills to be able to access these tools as an actor.
  • Apply your understanding of the mechanics of comedy to a script or character.

Session Details

When: 7x Tuesdays

Dates: 7th May – 18th June 2019

Cost: $425 (10% off for members)

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Participants: 12 Maximum

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be emailed an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start paying in instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About Darren Gilshenan

After graduating from The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in ’88, Darren began his career in Musicals before spending ten years with The Bell Shakespeare Company. Sketch comedy followed with three years on Full Frontal, followed by some great TV work; Dossa and Joe (BBC/Granada), the AFI Nominated Chandon Pictures and the Logie nominated Derrick which he wrote and starred in.

Darren returned to the theatre for seven productions with The Sydney Theatre Company before again returning to the small screen for A Moody Christmas and The Moodys, as Uncle Terry, Top of the Lake created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, Rake 3, Janet King, The Killing Field, Old School, Devils Playground and recently Maximum Choppage .

Film credits include Women He’s Undressed in which Darren played Orry Kelly in Gillian Armstrong’s documentary drama on the man himself, Save Your Legs, The Outlaw Michael Howe and the AACTA nominated Liebermans in the Sky. Recently Darren returned to the stage with Mother and Son, playing the role of Arthur and will continue in the theatre later this year as Piggsy, in a festival version of  Monkey – Journey to the West and Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn at the Ensemble Theatre.

Darren’s heartfelt  and complex characterisations have led to a great breadth of work across all areas of the industry with acknowledgement from the industry and the public, some of which are included to follow:

      • 2013 3rd Annual Equity Ensemble Award Winner: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for A Moody Christmas
      • 2012 Green Room Award Nomination: Best Male Actor for Elling
      • 2011 Sydney Theatre Award Nomination: Best Actor in an Independent Production for Fools Island
      • Time Out Theatre Award: Best Actor for Fools Island, The White Guard, Loot
      • 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards Nomination: Best Actor in a Lead Role for Strange Attractor
      • 2007 Sydney Critics Nomination: Best Actor for The Government Inspector
      • 2006 Green Room Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Measure for Measure
      • 2005 Green Room Award Nomination: Best Male Actor in a Leading Role in Drama for The Servant of Two Masters
      • Logie Award Nomination: Most Outstanding Comedy Program for Derrick
      • 2004 Helpmann Award: Best Male Actor in a Play for The Servant of Two Masters
    • Green Room Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor for Richard III

Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. & headshot to courses@thehubstudio.com.au or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course.

For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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    TERMS & CONDITIONS: Please make 100% sure you are available for the course BEFORE agreeing to these terms and conditions. Once you have agreed by ticking the above box YOU ARE FULLY LIABLE TO PAY FOR THE COURSE IN FULL REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY CLASSES ARE ATTENDED. If you are not accepted onto the course, you will not held be liable to pay. Confirmation of acceptance onto a course will be emailed to you directly with an invoice. Upon receipt of the invoice you hereby agree to pay the full amount and by no later than the due date stated on the invoice. If you have opted for the direct debit payment system, you agree to return the emailed Direct Debit Request (DDR) Form within two days of receipt with the correct banking information and agree to have the appropriate funds available at all times, as per the payment schedule. If for some reason the DDR Form isn't filled out, at any stage before or after a course, you will still be required to pay the course amount in full. If for any reason you have not received the DDR Form, it is your responsibility to pay for the course and notify the studio. Please note that prior to payment we cannot guarantee your place on any course. CANCELLATIONS MADE BY YOU: If for whatever reason you wish to cancel your place on a course, you must notify us via email within five (5) business days before the start of the first class. A REFUND WILL BE ISSUED ONLY IF YOUR PLACE CAN BE FILLED. Often at this stage it can be difficult to find a suitable replacement, however we’ll do our best to facilitate the changes, if at all possible. If a refund is approved it will incur an administration charge of $75. Any cancellations requested after the five (5) days cut off are non-refundable however may be transferred as a credit, at the discretion of the The HubStudio, and are not guaranteed. IF WE MAKE CANCELLATIONS: Rarely we have to move a class due to unforeseen circumstances such as teachers sickness or unavailability. In these circumstance we will do our best to find a new time to accomodate everyone. We do not offer refunds for single class movements. If a whole class series is moved you will be entitled to a credit note for the next series or a full refund if you can’t attend the new dates. MAILING LIST: Please note by agreeing to these terms and conditions you also give consent to be subscribed to any potential HubStudio mailing lists and marketing material. To opt-out at any time simply follow the link provided. OUR POLICY: At all times, The HubStudio will endeavour to facilitate your needs, and provide the most fair, and suitable outcome for both parties. The above terms and conditions are best practice policies to ensure we can maintain a high standard and quality service to all our customers.

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Further Questions

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