July 13 – 18
DEVISED THEATER: Story Circle & Song as Source with Mondo Bizarro Artistic Director Nick Slie (New Orleans), & President of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET)
Devised theater is like preparing food from scratch. You choose a recipe, carefully combine often-disparate ingredients, decide upon a cooking method, season to taste and serve. For this workshop, the primary ingredients are personal stories and group singing.
Stories will be generated using an inviting and surprising process called Story Circles that comes from former Civil Rights activist John O’Neal of Junebug Productions and the Free Southern Theater. We will also explore the dynamic possibilities of the singing voice. Whether you think you can sing or not, whether you think you have a story to tell, this workshop is for you. — A creative voyage that explores the dynamic possibilities of story, song and movement to generate new performance work.
July 26 – 31
EGOLESS ACTORS: A Puppetry Intensive with Eric Bass & Ines Zeller Bass of Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT)
Sandglass Theater believes that the puppet, as a theatrical medium, unlocks doors to our more secret sides and to integrating parts of ourselves. This includes the worlds of our dreams and memories, as well as all the metaphorical possibilities of theater. Sandglass teaches a method of manipulation developed in over 20 years of workshops in the US and abroad.
Daily sessions will include breath development with relation to puppet performance, training in manipulation technique and its relation to artistic statement, and training and discussion in theory and aesthetics.
August 2 – 7
CREATING SOLO PERFORMANCE: Amusing the Muse (or – The Art of Juggling the Truth) with world-renowned juggler & solo theater artistSara Felder (San Francisco/Philadelphia)
A workshop on developing performance material from our own lives using objects, character work, monologues and humor. We will write, try on different performance styles, create images, play with objects, investigate characters, consider different narrative voices, find the humor in the pain (and vice versa) experiment, fail, laugh and surprise ourselves. Use this workshop to generate material for a solo performance. Emphasize the use of performance to say something important, and, if we’re lucky, to amuse (or shmooze or cruise) the Muse.