PHYSICAL LAB LA
A Search for Authenticity and Presence in Acting.
Photo by Philine Hofmann
A search for authenticity and presence in acting.
The point of entry is the body.
This Lab will focus on stripping down acting habits,
rooted in social and cultural conditioning.
We will share techniques that allow the body, mind, emotion and instinct, to work together moment to moment,
to convey clear meaning.
The methodology consists of grounding techniques as tools for presence and deconditioning. Exploration of impulses through physical tasks and text. Improvisation with body and sense memory. Ownership of text though building a character and scene study.
Through discussion and one to one sessions, we encourage actors to discover their own technique and personal journey through the teaching practise.
4th - 7th of April 2019
April 4th: 2pm-7pm
April 5th, 6th & 7th, 3pm-8pm
If you can not attend the whole workshop,
you can book according to your availability.
We recommend all four days for a deeper insight to the work.
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 starred in the feature film 'The Last Note’, directed by Padelis Voulgaris, which won several awards in Greece and the US.
He recently performed in London in a production of Lorca’s ‘The Blood Wedding’, directed by George Richmond Scott (associate director of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), and last December he directed 'The Dream', a site specific devised project and a commission of the city of Chania, Crete.
For more information on Yorgos please visit
'Physical Lab isn't an acting technique.
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.
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.
THIS LAB IS SOLD OUT