International Master Class med Greta Amend (DE) in Oslo - Norwegian Actors´Center - November 2017

14.11.2017 19:20


In collaboration with the Norwegian Film Institute we offer this exclusive 6-day International Master Class on Casting, Directing and Working with Actors

The workshop is aimed for 12 experienced actors and 6 film directors and is held in English.

Under the artistic direction of lecturer Greta Amend, this master class follows the previously acclaimed workshops she has been conducting at the The Postgraduate Training Dept. of the National Film School of Denmark since 2014. It is conceived for professional actors and film directors and focuses on the intense relationship between actors and directors. A closer look will be taken on the core principals of a rewarding interplay in the casting process, on set, and in rehearsals. Respect for actors – respect for directors, working on the same artistic level.


The master class includes practical hands-on training and is accompanied by camera-work. It offers scenework and -analysis, improvisations, investigations and roundtable discussions, and is an invitation to emphasize the dialogue between artists at eye level. It will expand both actors’ and directors’ toolbox to gain access to innovative forms of expression, learning and working methods, which will provide fresh impulses to future own work and enhance a personal work ethic.

The directors will experience a valuable insight to the actors’ art and their specific professional needs. They will obtain a framework of common language to use in notes to the actors – in order to make their feedback more practical, and to enable the actors to execute more precisely to the directors vision. This will enrich and facilitate the work of organizing rehearsals, creating improvisations and group spirit, and improving the delegation of an ensemble and individuals on set.

The actors will gain a selection of highly sophisticated and practical skills for the casting as well as pre-set and on-set situations, along with stagecraft and various acting techniques, complemented by fruitable ensemble training. The education will pay attention to the actors’ task of being the „responsible creator of his performance“. In 1-to-1 interviews, participants will additionally learn how to “put their best foot forward in meetings and interviews”. They will improve their artistic expressiveness and consciousness to develop a more nuanced and energetic way of acting, with humour and grace in a free atmosphere. As a casting director, Greta will provide an insider view of the casting process, and artist advice as well as further business knowledge for actors.

«A script is an invitation to let life in». This is a mantra that Greta preaches and teaches. And this is something that I have brought with me since I had the pleasure of working with her for the first time. Greta’s great insights into human nature, her methodologies and her approach to the working relationship between actors and directors brings truth to the art we all love. Working with her, I’ve felt myself growing tremendously both professionally and personally – if it even makes sense to distinguish the two.» – Janus Metz, Director

Medlemmer av Norsk Skuespillerforbund får rabattert pris.


Greta Amend studied drama at the Hannover College for Music and Theatre from 1983 to 1987, graduating in 1987 by writing & directing her first medium-long film «Full House – House of Fools». She subsequently continued her studies with Anatolij Vasil`jev at the Theatre of Dramatic Arts in Moscow. With the International Theatre Centre Akt-Zent and the GITIS Academy Moscow she studied in the Masterclass «Acting and Directing», including most techniques based on the Russian school. Her teachers were Prof. Vassili Skorik, Prof. Jurij Alschitz and Prof. Sergej Issayev.

Gretas substancial education as artist is enriched by her participation in the international theatre and film directing workshops of Künstlerhaus Bethanien which enjoyed cult status in the Berlin of the early 90´s. There Greta studied with directors Krzysztof Kieślowski, Peter Palitzsch, Thomas Schulte-Michels, Ruth Zapora, Sergej Ashkenasy, Yoshi Oida and Wojiech Marczewski. Additional private lessons involved extensive repertoire work with actors from Peter Stein´s former ensemble of Schaubühne Berlin. Amongst her film training teachers were danish director Henning Carlsen and Rae Allen.

Greta has been pursuing her acting career by working extensively in theatre productions with numerous foreign and local companies in Europe for 25 years. She´d been working project-based as a director for theatre and film, and has been forwarding her broad knowledge regularly as a guest-lecturer at various film and theatre ¬schools, like the German Film Academy Berlin, dffb. As a casting director her credits encompass the serial casting of Europe’s most popular daily soap opera «Gute Zeiten/Schlechte Zeiten“, more than 40 productions from short-films and feature films to the 700-hour screen epic „Dau“ by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, the biggest russian-european co-production to this day, where she was responsible for the casting process in Europe and North America.

Periodically she is participating in the «International Directors´ and Trainers´ Colloqiums» of the European Association for Theatre Culture, Akt-Zent Berlin, Research Centre of the International Theatre Institute ITI,  focusing on new training methods and theatre ethics.

Throughout her career she has compiled an own set of exercises designed to prepare the modern actor and director for the work on stage and on-camera. These exercises have become the cornerstone of her practice-oriented method, which she has been teaching throughout Europe. This series of exercises focuses on refining of new and already existing acting techniques and on optimizing the artists´ abilities beyond classical techniques and terms.


Christian Alexander Rogler trained as an actor at Schauspiel Munich, a vocational acting school based on the idea and methods of the Actors Studio in New York. As a stage actor his experience includes leading parts as Arthur Rimbaud, or the leading part in „White Nights“ by Fjodor Dostojewskij. He toured with the Spanish performative group «La Fura dels Baus» and with the Commedia del arte production „L´uomo, la bestia et la virtu“ by Pirandello through different countries. Since 1994 Christian has been a well booked actor for more than 50 german film and television productions, as voice-over artist for around 250 tv documentaries, as well as actor for radio plays. Parallely he has been working as a renowned head shot photographer for actors, and has been covering Greta Amend´s work photographically since 2007. Additional work experience includes the assistance at Greta Amend Casting company, and the ongoing co-production of her workshops and masterclasses. In 2013 Christian completed an education as Film and Television Producer, certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Berlin (IHK). Together with Greta Amend he is the  co-founder of the international theatre and film-collective «Superbohemians», which started in 2015, and is aimed to foster intercultural exchange between media artists. For the «Working with Actors»-Masterclass he will serve as the camera-operator, photographer and artistic sparring partner. Further infos:


Åpent for erfarne profesjonelle deltakere, med minst 5 års profesjonell arbeidserfaring etter endt 3-årig utdannelse på høyskolenivå (bachelorgrad), eller tilsvarende med profesjonell erfaring, med følgende bakgrunn:

Postgraduated/well experienced actors and film directors. Actors need to have experience in both theatre and film/tv.


Norsk Skuespillersenter, Welhavens gate 1, 0166