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Nine Years Theatre shares these training methods and philosophy with the community through classes and open training platforms.

The classes that NYT often conducts are:

Class
Class Description
Suzuki Method of Actor Training + Voice The Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a training system focused on enhancing the three important aspects of the actors' art: energy production, breath calibration, and centre of gravity, which works towards the cultivation of the “invisible body”. We will go through the 6 basic disciplines and the philosophy behind the training. At the same time, we will look into the mechanisms of voice production, working on breath support, developing musculature and finding resonance. This class aims to help build strength in the performer’s body and mind, and work towards groundedness and presence on stage.
Viewpoints + Acting Viewpoints is a training method that trains performers to work together by developing a common awareness of time and space, which can be broken down into elements such as shape, movement, architecture, kinesthetic response and duration, to name a few. We will go through the elements of Viewpoints, and the philosophy behind the training. At the same time, we will look into some fundamentals of acting, and also explore viewing it through the lens of Viewpoints. This class aims to build awareness in the performer’s body and mind, while tapping into our impulses.
Diction of Standard Mandarin This is a basic class for people who want to speak Mandarin with proper diction. It aims to equip participants with the fundamental knowledge of Mandarin pronunciation, such as the correct enunciation of consonants, vowels and tones. It also aims to impart knowledge of standard spoken Mandarin, including ways to vary tones in speech.
Mandarin Speech Technique This class is for actors who wish to learn the techniques in analysing and performing Chinese text. Participants will work with texts from various genres in order to study elements in speaking Mandarin text, such as stresses, pauses, continuity and emotions. This class teaches the methods of presentation for various genres of texts.
DIRECTING THE SCENE: Master Class in Directing Artistic director of Nine Years Theatre, Nelson Chia, conducts this master class. It aims to share knowledge that will help in understanding the elements that make up a scene, and skills needed in making a scene work. This is a largely hands-on class that requires participants to work with actors on the rehearsal floor in directing exercises.

Classes in 2022

Other Classes

We do, by invitation, teach "Viewpoints" classes at schools. Please email us at class@nineyearstheatre.com for more information.