PHYSICAL LAB LA: JULY 20th-22nd 2018
Physical Engagement - Ownership Of Text - Character and Scene Study
Applications are now open for Physical Lab's first US workshop of 2018.
Get Your Acting Into Your Body & Be Audition Ready!
Our actors gain tools that can be immediately applied to castings, auditions, on stage and in front of the camera.
Over three sessions we will explore the embodiment of impulses, improvisation, body memory, ownership of text, building a character, scene study and individual training that focuses on the release of acting habits.
Friday 20th of July, 6pm-10pm
Exploring presence in acting through grounding and physical training.
Saturday 21st of July, 3:00pm-9:00pm
Ownership of the text, and working on acting habits.
Sunday 22nd of July, 3:00pm-9:00pm
Emotional engagement and scene work
(scene study & creation of character).
Lineage Performing Arts Centre & Lineage Dance Co.
89 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Suggested donation $50 per day
The training is led by Yorgos Karamalegos
Yorgos Karamalegos is an actor, performer, director, choreographer, and physical acting teacher. He is the artistic director and founder of the laboratory, having previously co-founded Tmesis Theatre Company and Physical Fest (the UK's international festival for performance). Yorgos has taught, directed and choreographed at LAMDA, RADA, Drama Centre, The Actors Centre in London, Williams College (USA), as well as leading workshops and residencies nationally and internationally. He has also worked extensively as an acting coach, preparing actors for productions including ‘The Day I shall Declare it’, Richard III, ‘Thor’ and many more. Yorgos recently starred in the feature film 'The Last Note’, directed by Padelis Voulgaris, which won four Greek Film Academy Awards. This September he will be performing in London in a production of Lorca’s ‘The Blood Wedding’, directed by George Richmond Scott (associate director of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie).
For more information on Yorgos please visit
'Physical Lab isn't an acting technique, it's far more than that.
It's a place where I found qualities of life in myself and others that I was never aware of, which shifted everything for me.'
-Drew Sheridan Wheeler: Residency Participant 2017/8
Preparing For A Lab
For our short courses, we ask everyone to prepare and learn a piece of text. This can be a monologue, or if you know some of your fellow participants, you are welcome to pair up and work on a scene (though this has to be arranged in advance). We encourage our participants to work in whatever language is most comfortable to them.
Please don't feel pressured to learn a huge passage of text, we recommend preparing a maximum of one page of script though as little as 10-20 lines is enough to work from. We always say it's better to feel secure with a short text than spend three days distracted and worrying about your lines.
You are welcome to choose your own text, but the downloads below offer a selection of suggested scenes that we feel are well suited to our work, taken from previous lab productions and residencies.
Although physical lab is primarily dedicated to acting training, please bear in mind that we work from the body and our classes include movement exercises so wear suitable clothing.
It's also helpful to come prepared with a notebook and water.
Other than that, all we ask is that our participants arrive with willing, open minds and bodies.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org