What your movements say about your character
Originally a form of improvised dance, the core elements of Contact Improvisation – rolling, counterbalance, minimal effort lifts, full body focus, and breathing – soon became adopted by acting training programs, including at Utah State. Through a heightened focus on storytelling without words, movements in Contact Improv lead to the development of character by engaging every part of the actor’s body in the performance. As a teacher of Contact Improv for more than 10-years, I’ve seen the magic of the ability of an actor to listen and respond with their body to what is happening to them in real time.
Jason Spelbring is an actor, director and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Utah State University – Caine College of the Arts. Jason is a proud graduate of the two-year professional actor training program at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA). He holds his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.
Some of Jason’s theatre credits include Juliet in the UK Premiere of Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R&J, Arts Theatre, West End, London. Other Credits: Bath Shakespeare Festival, PCPA/Theaterfest, Centerpoint Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare East – Boston, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Musical Theatre West – Long Beach, and six seasons at the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.
Directing credits include Cinderella, Urinetown – The Musical, The Game of Love and Chance, Twelfth Night, Rabbit Hole, Dogfight – The Musical, Big Fish – The Musical and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Jason will be directing Amy Herzog’s The Great God Pan for the Department of Theatre Arts this Spring.
Jason has taught Acting on the local, national and international level over the past ten years. Teaching credits including workshops at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE where he’s lead classes on Unlocking Shakespeare’s Text – Shakespeare Made Easy. At Utah State University, Jason teaches courses in Musical Theatre, Classic Comedy, Stage Combat (Hand-to-Hand, Rapier and Broadsword) and Movement for the Actor.