My Approach to Teaching:
It’s all about the breath. Once actors can breathe, they are free to discover and play. Every classroo
m should be an ensemble – actors need to be fearless and ready to play. That requires trust and guts.
My Perspectives on Training for the Industry:
You need training. As a great teacher once told me, “you can’t do what you want if you don’t know what you are doing”. Commit to being a life-long learner! Not in a show? Take a class. Read books, see plays, watch movies, listen to music – be a sponge and soak it all in! Regardless of what medium you are passionate about, push yourself out of your comfort zone. Recognize that this is not a kind or “fair” industry – follow your passion but make space for self-care.
Meet Gwen Kelso:
Gwendolyn Kelso is a professional actor and teacher who has recently returned to Austin (hometown!) from NYC. Gwen taught acting and Shakespeare for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, BAM, co-taught with the RSC and Folger Theatre and led numerous master classes throughout NY. As an actor, Gwen has worked with The Rep Theatre St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Saint Louis Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Austin Shakespeare, and many others. When not acting, she has been an audition reader for numerous casting directors and agents. Gwen is a member of AEA, the League of Professional Theatre Women, and founding member of the New York-based company, Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre. Gwendolyn received her BFA in acting from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and MFA in Classical Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy of Classical Acting, DC.
For more visit: gwendolynkelso.com