116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Plenary Address and Luncheon

Presiding Officer: 
Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside

Please join us for the 2018 PAMLA Plenary Address and Luncheon on Saturday, November 10, beginning at 11:30 am. Our Plenary speaker, Bella Martin, will be delivering an address titled “The Creation of the Living Word - Shakespeare, Stanislavsky, and the Words of Wise Women.” The Plenary Address Luncheon, which does involve an additional expense, is sure to be a highlight of the conference. Go here to make a reservation: http://pamla.org/2018/registration-info

In actor training and performance, our words have the power to create deep affects if we truly let them play on our own imaginations and we use our voice with vibration and resonance. Professor Bella Merlin, professional actress and Stanislavski scholar, will address issues of authenticity and truth, weighty words that impact how actors use body, imagination, voice, and heart. Drawing on aspects of Kristin Linklater's pioneering voice work and Tina Packer's revolutionary approach to Shakespeare, as well as her own heritage in Stanislavsky's system, she will offer a practice-based approach to the paradox of the actor’s authenticity and the value of speaking truth though fictional narrative.

Bella Merlin, PhD, is an actor, writer and professor of acting and directing at the University of California, Riverside. As a practice-based researcher, she combines professional acting with scholarly writing. Acting includes: Cymbeline, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare & Company, MA); Richard III (Colorado Shakespeare Festival); Nights and Dreams: Schubert and Beckett (LA Phil/Disney Hall; She Stoops To Conquer; A Laughing Matter and The Permanent Way (Royal National Theatre/Out of Joint Theatre Company); numerous performances in theatre, TV, and BBC Radio in the UK. Books include Konstantin Stanislavsky (Revised edition 2018); Acting: The Basics (Revised edition 2017); Facing the Fear: An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (2016) and The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit (2014). Her most recent acting includes her leading role in Mexican writer/director Alejandro Ramirez's Mente Revolver (2018) (winner of the Alhambra Gold at the Granada International Film Festival; official selection at the Guadalajara International Film Festival). Her commitment to acting as a means of sharpening human communication and enabling actor-audience empathy through language and imagination has led to her co-writing of Shakespeare & Company: Training, Education, Performance with Tina Packer, founding artistic director of Shakespeare & Company with voice guru Kristin Linklater (forthcoming, Routledge 2019). www.bellamerlin.com

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