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Theatre Arts Studio Classes

Audition Monologue Workshop – January 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stage Combat Workshop – February 1st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Freedom Through Improv – February 16th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To register, you have several options:

  1. Sign up online. (*Prefered Method*)
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  2. Contact M&D Playhouse at (603) 733-5275 to register over the phone.

Audition Monologue Workshop
January 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sharpen your monologue and audition skills with award-winning director, actor, and producer, Michelle Aguillon.

Each participant should have a three minute monologue prepared. No memorization is required, but it is highly advised to be familiar with the piece as much as possible. Each participant will be taught how to present themselves in an audition setting and will be asked to perform their monologue. Be expected to be directed and work through it.

A $10 suggested donation to help pay for our new projector. The class is limited to 25 participants only, so sign up now! If you have any questions, please email M&D Artistic Director, Mark Sickler at mark.sickler@gmail.com.

Meet Michelle Aguillon
Michelle has been a director, actor, producer in the Boston area for over 25 years. Her professional directing credits include Fences, The Joy Luck ClubTo Kill A Mockingbird Disgraced, True West (Umbrella Stage Company) – the latter two shows earned the DASH Distinguished Achievement Special Honors (DASH) Best Production awards; Augusta and Noble (Emerson Stage, Paramount Theater), Vietgone (Company One), Sylvia (Theatre Uncorked), Proof (Nora Theatre Company, Central Square Theater), and A Return to Morality (Titanic Theater, Central Square Theater). Other favorite directing credits include Terra NovaOf Mice and MenA Midsummer Night’s DreamMarjorie PrimeThe PillowmanRabbit HoleGood PeopleKimberly AkimboSense and SensibilityLooking for NormalG.R. Point (Independent Reviewers of New England, Best Director award), God of Carnage, and Miss Saigon.

Favorite stage roles include: A View from the Bridge as Beatrice CarboneUncle Vanya as Yelena AndrevyevnaHow I Learned to Drive as Female Greek ChorusThe Crucible  as Elizabeth Proctor), Taming of the Shrew as KatharinaTwelfth Night as Viola, and Communicating Doors at Poopay/Phoebe (IRNE Best Actress award).

Michelle studied acting and theatre at San Francisco State University, California State University at Long Beach, and the National Theater of London. She teaches theater to grade school children and is a personal chef.

Michelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stage Source of Boston and at Hovey Players in Waltham, MA. She recently served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters (EMACT). Michelle is also a member of the Asian American Playwright Collective (AAPC) of Boston.

Stage Combat Workshop
February 1st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for the second workshop in our series, led by Chris Cardoni.

The workshop will introduce participants to violence/depicting violence on stage, what is fight choreography, and safety concepts. You will get a practical approach to slaps, punches, grapples, strangles, acting reactions, falling, styles, and acting moments.

The class size is limited to 25 participants, so please sign up early. There will be a $10 suggested donation to help pay for our new projector. If you have any questions, please contact M&D Artistic Director, Mark Sickler at mark.sickler@gmail.com

Meet Chris Cardoni
Chris Cardoni is an actor, director, designer, and stage combat choreographer from Billerica. Chris has taught and choreographed stage violence for professional, community, and educational theaters throughout eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, and has worked on more than 85 productions in 20 years. He is a long-time member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and has been a member of the Independent Fight Directors Guild and a Visiting Lecturer in Stage Combat at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.

His training includes classes in unarmed, quarterstaff, small sword, broadsword, knife, rapier, saber, and rapier dagger at Bay State Fencers Stage Combat Studio with SAFD instructors Stacy Eddy, Robert Walsh, Adam Mclean, Rob Najarian, and Ted Hewlett; master classes with Tony Wolf (The Lord of the Rings) and Anthony DeLongis (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Jet Li’s Fearless); intensive SAFD workshops in Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia; and classes in katana, krava maga, boxing, singlestick, and firearms.

A partial list of the theatres and organizations at which Chris has worked includes Attleboro Community Theatre, Sudbury Savoyards, Theatre@First, Winnmere Family Theatre, Concord Players, The Rivers School, Salem High School, Umbrella Community Arts Center, Bedford High School, Kingswood Regional High School, Pawtucket Community Players, Shrewsbury High School, Vokes Players, Hovey Players, Walpole Footlighters, Quannapowitt Players, Curry College, Norwood High School, Salem Theatre Company, Wellesley Players, Atlantis Playmakers, Bay Colony Productions, Walpole Children’s Theatre, Scituate Summer Theatre, Acme Theater, and Arlington Friends of the Drama.

His fight direction credits run the gamut from Gilbert and Sullivan to David Mamet, from modern farce to Shakespearian tragedy, and includes Deathtrap12 Angry JurorsI Hate HamletShe Kills MonstersThe Country HouseThe Hunchback of Notre DameYou Can’t Take It With YouLes Miserables, Terra NovaThe 39 StepsMoon Over BuffaloMauritiusOf Mice and MenDraculaLooking For NormalReasons To Be PrettysecondDead Man’s Cell PhoneA View from the Bridge, DisgracedBonnie and ClydeThe Pirates of Penzance, True WestExtremities, Communicating Doors, King Lear, Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Richard III, The TempestMacbethRomeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julius Caesar, among many others. His website is cjfights.com

Freedom Through Improv
February 16th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The third workshop in our series led by M&D veteran Rich Russo.

How often have you heard your director say, “Stay available, or accept all offers, or stay in the moment, or listen carefully?” Practicing improv is a great way to sharpen these skills, and to stay “out of your head” during performances, while avoiding the emotional roadblocks that prevent us from being free – all in an atmosphere of fun and acceptance.

There will be a $10 suggested donation to help pay for our new projector. If you have any questions, please contact M&D Artistic Director, Mark Sickler at mark.sickler@gmail.com.

Meet Rich Russo
Rich has over 50 years of acting and directing experience. He studied in New York with Julie Bovasso, Jack Poggi, and Stefan Rudnicki, and with Michael Finlayson of the Royal Shakespeare Academy in London. He received his Master’s in Theatre Arts from C.W. Post University in Brookville, NY.

Acting credits include Frank in Lovers and Other StrangersDonner in Reindeer MonologuesMalvolio in Twelfth NightHenry McCoy in Papermaker, Bill Perch in The JacksonianLyman Wyeth in Other Desert CitiesNoel in Homestead CrossingJoseph Halpern in Halpern and JohnsonPaul Sheldon in MiseryOtto Frank in The Diary of Anne FrankJoe Keller in All My SonsFrank in How the Other Half LovesBig Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin RoofHenry in The Lion in WinterBrian in The Shadow BoxPetruchio in The Taming of the ShrewSir Andrew in Twelfth NightTeach in American Buffalo, and Howard in Picnic, among many others.

He has worked with M&D since 1999, and during that time has directed many productions, including The Shadow BoxThe WoolgatherPapermakerLast GasWalter Cronkite is DeadWait Until DarkDraculaTwo RoomsDeathtrapAgnes of GodThe Real Inspector HoundBurn ThisThe Odd Couple (female version), Talley’s FollyA Streetcar Named DesireThe Rabbit HoleCrimes of the HeartThe Importance of Being EarnestAnd Miss Reardon Drinks A LittleArt, and The Glass Menagerie. A two-time winner of the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Director (The Glass Menagerie in 2002 and Talley’s Folly in 2011), he also won the Best Actor Award for the role of Joseph Halpern in Halpern and Johnson in 2012.


Workshop and Classes Registration
(603) 733-5275