Building a Character

In this 6 week course, you will learn how emotions are fundamentally physical actions of muscles in the face, and feelings are the mental representation of these actions


Price: $550 $450

Price: $300 $200



Lan: English
  On Webinar
  6 Weeks
  Certificate: N/A

By: Gulu Monteiro | Instructor

Building a Character

In this 6 week course, you will learn how emotions are fundamentally physical actions of muscles in the face, and feelings are the mental representation of these actions


Price: $550 $450

Price: $300 $200


Lan: English
  On Webinar
  6 Weeks
  Certificate: N/A

By: Gulu Monteiro | Instructor

In Just 6 Module,
You'll Learn


    How emotions are fundamentally physical actions/movements of muscles in the face, limbs, and internal organs, and feeling are the mental representation of these actions and also the generator of conscious mind, rationality, imagination, and creativity.

    The character has his own body (different than yours), the movements triggered by emotion will produce feelings and thoughts that are different than yours as well.

    Become then a privileged witness of your character's feelings and thoughts without being affected by them.

Acting class students performing a drama

In Just 6 Module,
You'll Learn


    How emotions are fundamentally physical actions/movements of muscles in the face, limbs, and internal organs, and feeling are the mental representation of these actions and also the generator of conscious mind, rationality, imagination, and creativity.

    The character has his own body (different than yours), the movements triggered by emotion will produce feelings and thoughts that are different than yours as well.

    Become then a privileged witness of your character's feelings and thoughts without being affected by them.

Acting class students performing a drama

Enrollment Options


PARTICIPANT

$450

A Participant is able to work and interact with peers while receiving feedback from the instructor.

AUDITOR

$200

An Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.

Enrollment Options


PARTICIPANT

$450

A Participant is able to work and interact with peers while receiving feedback from the instructor.

AUDITOR

$200

An Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.

Before the Course


We know you can’t wait to start making progress, and so
here are some helpful tips to get started.

Welcome!

Congratulations! We are excited to see you in class. You won’t want to miss this.




Virtual Class Best Practices

You’ll start with a short video that will help you get acquainted with the course, walking you through where you will find the course materials, course recordings, and more.

Technical Note

Please note that your course dashboard will allow you to see all of your workshop/ class information, review class recordings (as applicable), and more upon login.


Before the Course


We know you can’t wait to start making progress, and so here are some helpful tips to get started.

Welcome!

Congratulations! We are excited to see you in class. You won’t want to miss this.

Virtual Class Best Practices

You’ll start with a short video that will help you get acquainted with the course, walking you through where you will find the course materials, course recordings, and more.

Technical Note

Please note that your course dashboard will allow you to see all of your workshop/ class information, review class recordings (as applicable), and more upon login.


Our Weekly Schedule


This program features four 6-week modules (16 live classes total):

  • Week - 1 Module 1 EDP Theory

    Discussion about the foundations of the EDP Theory. By the end, the students will understand what we’re going to be doing, how and why they are going to do it, and what results they are going to achieve.

  • Week - 2 Module 2 Animal Work

    Animals. The actors will choose the animal that they feel their character is the closest to. For instance, a lion (courageous and strong); a fox (smart, sneaky), or a small bird (fragile, innocent.) This image will modify the actors’ bodies, allowing them to start feeling the physicality and energy suggested by the animal.

  • Week - 3 Module 3 Elements

    Nature's Elements. In astrology, one of the oldest sciences of humanity, nature's elements earth, fire, water, and air, and an individual's personality are intertwined. For instance, people whose element is air are dreamy and absent-minded. Earth is maternal. Fire is moody and impulsive. Working with the elements helps actors find an inner state for their characters. The actors will choose the element that they feel their character is the closest to. This element will bring to the character an inner state that will be different from the actors’.

  • Week - 4 Module 4 Adjectives

    Psychological Characteristics (Adjectives). The actors will work with 3 adjectives that will define the psychological profile of their characters, like selfish, intellectual, or naive. Each one of these images will modify the actors’ body and inner state, allowing them to start feeling the characteristics that each one of these body states suggests.

  • Week - 5 Module 5 The Interview

    Interview. During an in-depth interview, the character will revisit his/her whole life from childhood to the moment of the scene. These memories and emotions will come from the character, not from the actor’s intellect. They will be attached to the character’s body. From now on, each time the actor brings this body, it will have all the information it needs to deal with any situation as the character.

  • Week - 6 Module 6 Scene Work

    Working on Scenes. The text will be the final step in the process, After having created the characters and after having improvised in the situation, the actors will include the text and start working on the scenes. The body is wiser than the rational mind. By creating a character from the body and not from the intellect, the actor will be surprised in each moment by the character’s freedom and spontaneity.

Our Weekly Schedule


This program features four 6-week modules (16 live classes total):

  • Week - 1 Module 1 EDP Theory

    Discussion about the foundations of the EDP Theory. By the end, the students will understand what we’re going to be doing, how and why they are going to do it, and what results they are going to achieve.

  • Week - 2 Module 2 Animal Work

    Animals. The actors will choose the animal that they feel their character is the closest to. For instance, a lion (courageous and strong); a fox (smart, sneaky), or a small bird (fragile, innocent.) This image will modify the actors’ bodies, allowing them to start feeling the physicality and energy suggested by the animal.

  • Week - 3 Module 3 Elements

    Nature's Elements. In astrology, one of the oldest sciences of humanity, nature's elements earth, fire, water, and air, and an individual's personality are intertwined. For instance, people whose element is air are dreamy and absent-minded. Earth is maternal. Fire is moody and impulsive. Working with the elements helps actors find an inner state for their characters. The actors will choose the element that they feel their character is the closest to. This element will bring to the character an inner state that will be different from the actors’.

  • Week - 4 Module 4 Adjectives

    Psychological Characteristics (Adjectives). The actors will work with 3 adjectives that will define the psychological profile of their characters, like selfish, intellectual, or naive. Each one of these images will modify the actors’ body and inner state, allowing them to start feeling the characteristics that each one of these body states suggests.

  • Week - 5 Module 5 The Interview

    Interview. During an in-depth interview, the character will revisit his/her whole life from childhood to the moment of the scene. These memories and emotions will come from the character, not from the actor’s intellect. They will be attached to the character’s body. From now on, each time the actor brings this body, it will have all the information it needs to deal with any situation as the character.

  • Week - 6 Module 6 Scene Work

    Working on Scenes. The text will be the final step in the process, After having created the characters and after having improvised in the situation, the actors will include the text and start working on the scenes. The body is wiser than the rational mind. By creating a character from the body and not from the intellect, the actor will be surprised in each moment by the character’s freedom and spontaneity.

Meet Your Instructor



GULU MONTEIRO

Master Teacher | UCLA School of Dramatic Arts




Gulu Monteiro, a professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In Europe, Gulu teaches workshops in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and London. From 1985 to 2000, Gulu led a theater company in Rio de Janeiro, the Companhia do Gesto, where they introduced the language of clowns, masks, and gestures to Brazilian theater. His work as a director became rapidly well known in Los Angeles and he was invited to direct for the most important venues in town: the LA Opera, Broad Stage, and Getty Villa among others.

Meet Your Instructor



GULU MONTEIRO

Master Teacher | UCLA School of Dramatic Arts

Gulu Monteiro, a professor at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In Europe, Gulu teaches workshops in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and London. From 1985 to 2000, Gulu led a theater company in Rio de Janeiro, the Companhia do Gesto, where they introduced the language of clowns, masks, and gestures to Brazilian theater. His work as a director became rapidly well known in Los Angeles and he was invited to direct for the most important venues in town: the LA Opera, Broad Stage, and Getty Villa among others.


What Our Students Are Saying


What Our Students Are Saying

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the class live? What are livestream classes like?

    All of our classes are taught online and include weekly live sessions with instructors and students hosted on the ZOOM platform. The live online experience is similar in many ways to a traditional classroom experience.

    Participating students can interact with their instructors, ask questions, and connect with fellow students (all from the comfort of home). Course materials, assignments, and class recordings are all available online.

  • Who will I be working with?

    Your primary instructor is listed under “Meet Your Instructor” on the course page.

  • How many classes does it take to complete the course?

    Each course has a specific number of weeks listed at the top of the course page, usually between 4-8 weeks on average.

  • Can I take more than one course at a time?

    Absolutely. We encourage students to take the courses they are the most excited about. Some courses are a la carte and some courses are a part of a larger program. See the details for each course on the course page.

  • How often does the class meet per week?

    Excellent question. Typically, your class will meet 1 time per week with your instructor. The course assignments are self-paced outside of the class session. Each course is 2 hours in length unless specified otherwise. The date and time for each course are specified on the course page and the confirmation email sent to your inbox.

  • Am I Required to Attend Live Classes?

    Participants in our programs should plan to attend livestream classes. However, if you cannot attend, students should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the start of class.

    Many of our courses also allow students to enroll as auditors. Auditors observe live classes and/ or re-watch class recordings, with a less “on-the-spot” experience. If you cannot make all of the course’s live classes, auditing is a great option.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is the class live? What are livestream
    classes like?

    All of our classes are taught online and include weekly live sessions with instructors and students hosted on the ZOOM platform. The live online experience is similar in many ways to a traditional classroom experience.

    Participating students can interact with their instructors, ask questions, and connect with fellow students (all from the comfort of home). Course materials, assignments, and class recordings are all available online.

  • Who will I be working with?

    Your primary instructor is listed under “Meet Your Instructor” on the course page.

  • How many classes does it take to
    complete the course?

    Each course has a specific number of weeks listed at the top of the course page, usually between 4-8 weeks on average.

  • Can I take more than one course
    at a time?

    Absolutely. We encourage students to take the courses they are the most excited about. Some courses are a la carte and some courses are a part of a larger program. See the details for each course on the course page.

  • How often does the class meet
    per week?

    Excellent question. Typically, your class will meet 1 time per week with your instructor. The course assignments are self-paced outside of the class session. Each course is 2 hours in length unless specified otherwise. The date and time for each course are specified on the course page and the confirmation email sent to your inbox.

  • Am I Required to Attend Live Classes?

    Participants in our programs should plan to attend livestream classes. However, if you cannot attend, students should make arrangements with their instructor prior to the start of class.

    Many of our courses also allow students to enroll as auditors. Auditors observe live classes and/ or re-watch class recordings, with a less “on-the-spot” experience. If you cannot make all of the course’s live classes, auditing is a great option.