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Sat, Aug 17


The Forge

An Introduction to EmoVerity for Performers

Moving beyond Emotional Recall and Affective Memory With Matthew Ellenwood

An Introduction to EmoVerity for Performers
An Introduction to EmoVerity for Performers

Time & Location

Aug 17, 2024, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CDT

The Forge, 2424 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA



In this short introductory workshop participants will learn about a body-centered process for

activating and releasing emotional states at will.

Actors are sometimes referred to as Athletes of Emotion. Emotional Recall/Affective Memory can

provide an entry point into emotional access, but there are non-invasive, science-based, physically

tangible and practicable tools that are much lesser known to the performance community.

In this Introduction to EmoVerity for Performers workshop we will explore and implement tools to help

embody the following values for developing the emotional life of a character:

  • Honoring the fact that a performer’s memories and lived experience are their sole property. The choice to share these personal moments should never be required in training, rehearsal, or performance.
  • Creating a culture of access, consent, and permission.
  • Embodying practices which allow the performer to ‘de-role’ at the end of the workday, leaving work at work.
  • Exploring two Emotional Effector Patterns to demonstrate how this training can provide a non-invasive, reliable, repeatable, and sustainable technique for creating access to emotional states.

By the end of this intensive participants will have a new understanding of emotion,

communication, and have access to several tools for self-regulation for performance and personal



Matthew Ellenwood (they/them) is a performing arts educator and owner of Ellenwood Studios;

founded in Chicago in 1995 to train multi-disciplinary performers in voice, acting, emotional regulation

(EmoVerity), and artistic collaboration for professional careers onstage and onscreen. Matthew has

presented voice, acting, and emotion performance pedagogy workshops worldwide including professional

conferences for NATS, VASTA, PAVA, and the Voice Study Centre U.K. They are also a co-founder and

the Artistic Director of Terra Mysterium, a performance troupe focused on devising and producing

original pieces of theatre and film.

They hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters of Music degree

in vocal performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.

Certifications include: Estill Master Trainer (EMT) through Estill Voice International (EVI), Alba Method

Associate Teacher through the Alba Method Association (AMA), Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

teacher’s certificate through Michael Chekhov Association International (MICHA). Matthew also has training in Knight-Thompson Speechwork.

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  • Matthew Ellenwood Intensive

    We are so excited to have you in Matthew Ellenwood's Intensive coming to The Forge this August! Please Note: Matthew is extremely allergic to peanuts so please have no peanut consumption before or during the workshop! Thank you so much!

    +$4.88 service fee



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