Philip Quast Masterclass –
Using You As Character
A special online Masterclass from 3 x Olivier Award Winning Actor
The HubStudio is thrilled to welcome back one of Australia’s great performing arts statesman for a special online masterclass. Philip Quast is a multi-award winning actor with over 35 years of experience in film, television and stage; having won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical three times.
This is a short online zoom course exploring the notion of ‘character’. What is character? Is there really such a thing? If two actors perform the exact same text why are the performances entirely different? Does this mean it’s a different character? Is it You therefore who makes it different? And different on different days?
This very special one-off series is an exceptional opportunity for working professionals to hone their skills and learn from a highly accomplished actor who has actually been there; not a teacher working from theory, based on outside observation. As an Australian actor it’s essential to listen and learn from our masters. I encourage you to invest in your career through this incredible series. Come join us!
Awards & Nominations
- 1991 – for Stephen Sondheim‘s Sunday in the Park with George in the role of Georges Seurat
- 1998 – for the Dempsey and Rowe musical The Fix as Grahame Chandler
- 2002 – for Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s South Pacific in which he played Emille de Becque
- 2011 – Helpmann Awards – Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mary Poppins)
- 2011 – Green Room Awards – Male Artist in a Featured Role (Mary Poppins)
- 1994 – MO Awards – Male Musical Theatrical Performer & “Kevin Jacobsen” Theatrical Performer
- 1993 – Sydney Theatre Critics Award – Best Actor (Into the Woods)
- 1988 – MO Award – Male Musical Theatre Performer (Les Misérables)
- 1988 – Sydney Theatre Critics Award: Best Actor of the Year (Les Misérables)
- 2011 – Nomination, Sydney Theatre Awards – Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Mary Poppins)
- 2007 – Olivier Awards – Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for Evita, at the Adelphi Theatre, London, UK
- 2005 – Nomination, Sydney Theatre Awards – Best Actor in a Lead Role (The Cherry Orchard)
- 2005 – Nomination, Mo Awards – Best Male Actor in a Play (Democracy)
Additional Class Notes
Philip has a keen interest in the “connections” between performance mediums; looking at why the best actors are great both on screen and in theatre, including those multi-skilled from musical theatre. Philip understands the common link and through the one-day intensive you will explore the fundamentals of this “cross training” principal, and why it’s so powerful for all working professionals.
At the core of Philip’s teaching is a holistic approach to acting including work to help restore the confidence of actors who have been bullied and have had traumatic experiences in the work place. Working from various source material, Philip gives the actor practical strategies to help boost speed of thought; increase their confidence with memory; as well as finding ways to balance technique with instinct. Philip also has a reputation for finding ways to help the actor understand and break habitual behaviour in order to free themselves. He believes that all actors, once given permission and the tools to “slow down”, can improve beyond measure.
Using techniques developed during online teaching over two lockdowns, Philip has discovered practical ways of preparing and learning scenes for screen tests and how to avoid panic and stress. All of which show on screen. By approaching the text too quickly we are often making ‘character’ choices which have nothing to do with how film is made and put together and which ignore the very thing which makes the acting truthful and real…US (ourselves).
In three sessions you will be reminded of how simple acting can be. You will rediscover how you played without fear as a child and you will gain the beginnings of a practical approach to staying relaxed during a screen/self test without worrying about ‘the character’.
When: 3 x Mondays
Dates: 4th, 11th & 18th October 2021
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: $285 incl GST (10% off for members)
Format: Online using Zoom
Participants: 12 Maximum
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About Philip Quast
Philip Mark Quast is an actor and singer best known for his work in Theatre. He has taught all over the world and is now a full time casual at NIDA. He is due to commence rehearsals for Death of A Salesman at STC.
Philip graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1979 and went on to work for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, appearing in a number of stage productions, including “As You Like It”, “Pygmalion”, and “The Threepenny Opera”. 1981 marked his first appearance on Play School (1997), a children’s show to which he would later return throughout the years. In 1987 he auditioned for the original Australian production of “Les Misérables”, hoping to get a place in the chorus, but getting cast in one of the main roles – as inspector Javert – instead. This role was his breakthrough and in 1989 he played Javert in the London production. He later returned to the role for the filmed concert version of the musical, Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert(1995). In 1991 he played the main role in the original London production of “Sunday in the Park with George”, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award. Throughout the 1990s he played a number of theatre roles, both in London and in Australia, including a number of Shakespeare plays such as “Coriolanus”, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, “Troilus and Cressida”, and “Mackbeth” as well as musicals such as “Into the Woods”, “A Christmas Carol”, and “The Secret Garden”. In 1998 he won his second Laurence Olivier Award for the role in “The Fix”. In the same year he appeared in Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (1998), a concert honoring theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh. In the 2000s Quast focused mostly on musical theatre, winning his third Lawrence Olivier Award in 2002 for “South Pacific “. He went on to appear in musicals such as “Evita”, “Sweeney Todd”, and “La Cage aux Folles”, and returned to the role of Javert. Over the years he played in a number of movies and TV series, but his most notable movie performance came in 2011 when he appeared as Saddam Hussein in The Devil’s Double (2011). He’s been married to Carol Quast since 1981, they have three sons, Harry, Toby, and Edwin. He’s a teacher at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
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