(Based on)

  1. Greek Chorus, Movement and Character Mask
  2. Commedia del Arte’s Slapstick, Physical Movement, Mask & Character Portrayal and Improvisation
  3. Shakespearean Performance both classic and modern, verse and speech, making the classics relevant to a modern audience
  4. Berkovian Total Theatre, Mime, Neutral Mask, Freeze Frame and Slow Motion



Performance and Presentation are simply ways of communicating creatively, be it speaking publically, selling and negotiation, to diplomacy and personal relations. It is necessary throughout our lives, in virtually all job applications and across a wide field of work. According to Learning-Mind.com public speaking is one of the top 3 fears humans as a species have…let’s move past this and learn to articulate some of the most beautiful and challenging writers throughout history and develop your own voices.

Students will explore a variety of texts and apply vocal and physical techniques to them, overcoming stage fright and developing sound story telling techniques.

Students will perform across a variety of medias and explore multiple styles of performance from Greek chorus through Method acting on modern text.

Students will explore and practice multiple techniques across the history of the theatre touching on key practitioners and their contributions to the advancement of the art.

Students will undertake a variety of workshops to develop fundamental theatric and presentation skills.

Most amateur and even some professional productions are superficial, unoriginal and end up pandering to rather than challenging their audience. On the other hand, some performances are overly elaborate pseudo-intellectual displays and can be as distracting from their  author’s intention as they are unfathomable to their audiences. It’s the classic trap of style over substance.

The workshops you will take are based on a variety of theatrical practitioners and their techniques. These will help serve to enhance within you a broader understanding and respect for Drama as well as provide numerous soft skills you will be able to employ as an integral part of your life in social as well as business applications.

Drama is not just an amateur past time nor a fun club to help you pass the time (though I do hope you have fun). Drama can be a means by which we can escape the grueling realities of our day as well as a political tool which presents opportunities to reflect on societal issues challenging and inspiring us towards change. Drama is also an educational tool, whose proper application can aid in the building of confident, articulate as well as both intellectually and creatively active participants in our civic society.


We live in a multimedia society, TV, Film, Radio, Internet, Smartphones, and Smart-pads and we, our friends and family need to be both savvy and creative in navigating the world around us. We are bombarded with images and information on an almost unparalleled scale. We must be able to parse reality from fantasy, understand what is really going on behind the scenes and not be victims of misleading and fraudulent marketing and misinformation. On average, we see anywhere from approximately 247-3000 images per day and probably don’t notice half of them even though we’ve been exposed. We can’t notice, absorb, or even judge the personal merit of up to 3,000 visual attacks a day but they are there, visually and aurally, a perfect storm of media overload seeping subconsciously into our thoughts. That’s an enormous industry and a huge part of our lives. What I hope to do is assist you in drawing the curtain, indeed widening your awareness, perspective and critical thinking skills so that the very nature of the curtain becomes obvious to you, and when opened it reveals that the Great and Terrible OZ is all too human as are their motives.


The purpose of the workshop is to help participants:

  1. Understand Theatrical Techniques and Performance Styles.
  2. Apply the theory’s principles in effective communication
  3. Create engaging and powerful theatrical performance utilizing specialist techniques.


At the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate total theatre technique incorporating mime, mask, slow motion, physical theatre and freeze frame.
  2. Recognize the value and ways of using techniques in communicating be it in presentations, public speaking and or negotiation.
  3. Create a piece of devised theatre incorporating the techniques learned.
  4. Perform a number of selected texts and apply techniques to them.


  • Anyone who wishes to improve their presentation, public speaking, meeting and negotiation skills
  • Burgeoning Performers
  • Trainers
  • Teachers & Lecturers
  • University Students who want an edge in presentations and interviews
  • Sales Reps
  • Management & Event Organisers

Note: Places limited to the first 25 participants only.


  • English language speaker
  • Physically Fit (you don’t have to be an athlete, just flexible and no major health conditions that would prohibit you taking part)
  • Equipment: Black t-shirts (no Logo) and black gym pants, clothes that are comfortable and flexible allowing freedom of movement.


This training will be held as a (6) day-course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day over the course of 3 of weekends. (Dates Provided) Topics that will be covered are as follows:

Understanding Physical Theatre

  1. Theatrical Practitioners throughout History: The Greek Chorus
  2. How performance techniques enable clearer more effective communication
  3. Learning the language of the Mask

Applying Theory and Techniques to Physical Theatre

  1. Theatrical Styles and techniques: Commedia del Arte; Slapstick and stage violence
  2. Mask, Character Portrayal and the Lazzi
  3. Improvisation; Rules and Practice

Create Engaging Performance using theatrical Techniques

  1. Theatrical Practitioners throughout History: Shakespeare
  2. Verse and Speech and the power of language
  3. Hands on practice with lighting and sound boards, incorporating sound and lighting effects in the aid of performance.

Create Engaging Performance using multiple theatrical Techniques

  1. Putting it all together: Steven Berkoff and Total Theatre
  2. Choral Movement, Mime, Freeze Frame and Slow Motion
  3. Make-up and facial expression as mask.
  4. Creating the environment, set and props with only the body


  • 1st and 2nd July 2017
  • 8th and 9th July 2017
  • July 15th and 16th 2017


Participants will be provided with:

  • Video of Performance and Rehearsal clips.
  • A Certificate of Achievement.

PROGRAMME FEES (pricing per participant)

  • The programme fees = RM 750 per person (inclusive of two tea-breaks and lunch)


  • HELP International School
    Ciaran Hinds Theatre
    Persiaran Cakerawala, U4 Shah Alam,
    40150 Shah Alam, Selangor,


Mr James DeGazio is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and was mentored by Alan Rickman, he has also worked with such acting luminaries as Steven Berkoff, Richard E. Grant and Michael Madson of Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs fame. James’ stage fighting teacher Henry Marshall also trained Errol Flynn and the original Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sir Alec Guinness. Richard Ryan, his last teacher choreographed The 300, Batman Begins, Troy and numerous episodes of Vikings and Game of Thrones to name but a few. With over 30 years of combined work experience in the Entertainment Industry in London’s West End and on the BBC, ITV and CBC, as a Stage, Film, TV and Voice-over Actor, James also works as a Fight Choreographer and hosted his own Radio programme, Theatre of the Ear. James has performed in over a 100 plays, over a third of these Shakespeare. He now works for the HELP group sharing his vast experience with our students and helping to foster Malaysia’s next generation of artists. His current passion is now directing, stage and combat, but also extends into the field of Leadership Development and Designing Enrichment Programmes for educational purposes. James has trained professional actors, school teachers, lecturers, postgraduate law and medical students and adult learners on theatrical techniques to improve their public relation and presentational skills.


For more information on the workshop, you can contact:

Ms. Kimberly Leong

The Center for Workplace Performance and Learning

Level 5, Wisma HELP

Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights

Tel: 03-27112000 or email: kimberley.leong@help.edu.my, OR

Mr. DeGrazio at the following email address: james.degazio@kl.his.edu.my

To register for the program, please fill up the following Form.