Theatre Students Moved By Orlandi



During the weekend of April 20 & 21, FIU Theatre students had the opportunity to work with veteran movement instructor and coach, Janice Orlandi. This workshop was the second intensive this semester, the first was focused on preparing students for auditioning by Karen Kolhaas. Janice presented the two-day intensive for our students, who had the following reactions:


“Janice Orlandi’s workshop was everything I needed. Her mixed pedagogy approach was effective and inspiring. She facilitated exercises that bonded a group of practical strangers; leaving more connected to each other and ourselves.”

-Caitlyn Lincoln, BFA Performance Junior



“We experienced pure uninhibited exploration of the self, our environment and one another through meticulous attention to human emotion, group mind and the four elements.”

-Amber Lynn Benson, BFA Performance Junior



About Janie Orlandi:

Movement Character and Style Specialist: Artistic Director and Director of Education at Actors Movement Studio Conservatory NYC. Orlandi is a Movement and Period Style specialist, certified teacher and teacher trainer of Williamson Physical Technique for Actors, including period/styles, character and period dance.

Janice is a certified teacher of Michael Chekhov Technique, personally trained with Mala Powers Executrix of the Michael Chekhov estate, also studied Michael Chekhov Technique with Joanna Merlin, Jack Colvin, who studied with Mr Chekhov directly and Lisa Dalton, Scott Fielding, Leonard Petit and Ted Pugh who trained with Beatrice Strait.

Also trained in Viewpoints and Composition with Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company. Trained in Rasaboxes with founder Richard Schechner NYU Performance Studies. She has taught Michael Chekhov Technique, Movement for Actors, Viewpoints, Composition and Period Styles, for over eighteen years in educational institutions in the United States and Europe, including, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia,  Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University; Williamstown Theatre Festival; de Lindenberg Centrum voor de Kunsten, Netherlands;  State Theatre School in Odense, Denmark, and Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen; New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA), the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and School for Film and Television NYC.

She has been a choreographer, movement and style coach for Mirror Repertory Company, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Sonnet Rep, Players Theatre, Act One, Williamstown WTF. She is the founder of the AMC Sumner Theater Institute for physical theater training, Teen Shakespeare Conservatory and Teen Shakespeare Summer Intensive. She recently worked with Mercedes Ruehl as movement coach for her portrayal of Frida Kahlo in the Bay Street Theatre production of Viva La Vida! Former students: Tom Pelphrey, Guiding Light, Emmy Award winner 2006; and Micah Alberti, All My Children,Guiding Light and Wildfire, Fox Five.

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