Interpretation and Invention 

Interpretation and Invention Session VIIi 

Film & Play Scene Intensive

with John Markland

"Developing a character often entails exposing the layers hiding it deep within."

April 23rd – June 18th  

The 8th Session of Interpretation and Invention will focus on emotional layering. We are told to know what we want. Love is a clear want. But love has many layers. Love to some might come in the form of protection... offering something they have always longed for themselves. Love to others may mean validation... finally being seen where they have always felt invisible. Revenge is a clear want. Revenge to some may mean proving yourself better than that which you were called as a child. Revenge to others may mean hurting oneself to spite the other who offered falsely a love you trusted.

Our wants are pure but they are always layered. Creating a character of depth entails offering, sharing or exposing those layers under which your own true wants and fears are kept. We will explore this with a very simple technique of applying an “emotional costume” through which you will live your character. We may find this costume in your own emotional history or in that of someone who is close to you. You will discover that the layering of emotions opens up a much larger landscape of intentions, motivations and expressions.

What affects our wants and fears creates an almost seductive tension. We will use an emotion to affect our want or fear. This could be cowardly love, grateful surrender, sad desire, happy revenge, and ambitious redemption. We often see this play out all around us. We have even given them clichés. He is his own worst enemy. You always hurt the ones closest to you. You wont be happy till you break it. She has a chip on her shoulder. Behind each of these is a layering of emotions affecting the want.

Your scene will go up twice in the first 5 weeks and then a second scene from a different piece for the second 5 weeks. I’ll be approaching these scenes the same way I do when coaching, so there will be personalization, journaling and in-depth inspection directed at creating a WHOLE life – what is hidden is as important as what is expressed. 


Registration Deadline April 9th, 2018

10 weeks on Monday nights at 8 pm – 11 pm. *Please bring a mat and journal.
***Avery Schreiber Playhouse *** $600. To be paid in full at time of registration. 


*Space is limited for this class so please register as soon as you know you can commit to the dates. For registration or further information please email