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Workshop Title: Moment Work, Tectonic Theater Project – Workshop 1
Workshop Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
Workshop Time: 1:30 - 4:45 PM


Workshop Title: Moment Work, Tectonic Theater Project – Workshop 2 (Repeat of Workshop 1)
Workshop Date: Friday August 4, 2017
Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Tickets Available: 25 Ticket Price: $50/per person

Artist: Tectonic Theatre

Workshop Description:
Moment Work is a flexible devising process. It can be utilized to create spectacle for new or existing plays or to activate non-theatrical source material, such as interviews. This three-hour workshop, with Tectonic’s master teacher Barbara Pitts McAdams, explores how to employ non-text “elements of the stage” to build highly theatrical narratives — one “moment” at a time. Moment Work is the process used to create Tectonic’s best known plays: The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, 33 Variations and I Am My Own Wife.

Bio:
Barbara Pitts McAdams is a co-author of Tectonic Theater Project’s Moment Work (Random House, 2018). As a Moment Work master teacher, she has lead training labs and devised new plays at colleges across the country. Most recently, Barbara was invited to Vietnam for the Asian Pacific Activities Conference (APAC), teaching Moment Work and devising with students from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. As actor/dramaturg for The Laramie Project, she appeared at BAM, Alice Tully Hall, Union Square Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center and Sundance Theater Lab. She also appears in HBO Film’s The Laramie Project and shares an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Made for TV Movie. Favorite theater credits: WeLL (w/Lisa Kron, Huntington Theatre); Leigh Fondakowski’s The People’s Temple (Guthrie, Berkeley Rep); Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage, NC); West Coast premieres of Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant and Rebecca Gilman’s Sweetest Swing In Baseball (Magic Theater, San Francisco), and Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream (Encore Theater, San Francisco). TV/Film: Forever, Person of Interest, Kidnapped, 30 Rock, One Life to Live, As The World Turns, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics, and the webseries Anyone But Me (on Hulu).



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Workshop Title: What a Drag!
Workshop Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Workshop Time: 2:45 - 6:00 PM

Tickets Available: 30
Ticket Price: $30/per person

Artist: Corey Martin

Workshop Description:
Drag has been a part of theatre since the days of Shakespeare. Today there are dozens of plays and musicals that have drag roles, and a few — like Le Cage au Follies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and Kinky Boots — require an entire cast of drag queens. With the hit show Drag Race, drag is becoming much more mainstream and evolving at the same time. I first became involved with the art of drag in 1997, when I attended the Miss Gay Oklahoma Pageant. It was my first time in a gay bar, and my first time seeing a drag show. I sat there thinking, I want to design and make costumes for these fabulous ladies. Little did I know that the next summer I would be on that stage competing for the title. My drag career also included several theatre productions. In fact, my first paid jobs as a performer were as Aunt Sponge in James and the Giant Peach, and Mary Sunshine in Chicago. Over the years I have continued to design and create costumes and gowns for drag performers, as well as use my drag skills in theatre. In this workshop, we will learn the basics of drag. I will show you how to transform a man's features into those of a fabulous drag queen. We will start with covering eyebrows and the the process of basing and “packing the powder” to create a smooth surface hiding all the stubble. Remember, Covergirl does not coverboy! We will then learn the basics of drag and showgirl eye makeup. Moving on to contouring and highlighting, and we will finish the makeup by creating the perfect lip and finishing the face. After the makeup portion of the class is complete, we will discuss other drag basics. Body padding and shaping will include discussion of shape-wear, corsets, and even a little duct tape. I will share my advice on creating hip pads and falsies and creating the proper proportions. We will also discuss the “tuck” — which will answer the question everyone asks, “where did he hide that?”. We will also discuss wig styling and application, and the secret ingredient of drag SUPER GLUE!

Bio:
Corey was born and raised in Oklahoma, and knew at an early age he would be somehow involved in theatre. He attended college majoring in Musical Theatre and Costume Design. Corey has appeared in many productions, but has spent most of his career as a Costume Designer and Technician. He spent several years working in Oklahoma for local theaters as a Costume Designer, and served as Technical Director for Carpenter Square Theatre where he also designed sets. In 2002 Corey began designing for Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. He continued to design shows for JWT until 2012. From 2007 to 2008, Corey served as Costume Shop Manager for the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. In 2009 he returned to Ogunquit as the Director of Costuming and also designed several shows. In 2011 Corey returned to Oklahoma to design Flipside, The Patti Page Story. Flipside went on to win numerous awards at ACTF and had a limited Off-Broadway run. From 2007 to 2010, Corey was based in New York; he continued to work as a freelance designer and also work in several Broadway costume shops. In 2013, Corey relocated to Las Vegas to begin work as a Senior Costume Technician for The Wynn Las Vegas. He continues to work for The Wynn, and also designs and constructs projects for individuals at his in-home studio.



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Workshop Title: Tony Walton: “Creative Collaboration”
Workshop Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tickets Available: 30
Ticket Price: $25/per person

Artist: Tony Walton

Workshop Descriptions:
Join award-winning designer Tony Walton in a workshop he created for The Actors Studio at the New School. Mr. Walton will share his unique methods and philosophies behind his creative process.

Bio:
Tony Walton is an award-winning director and production designer for Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, television, ballet and opera. He has been honored with 16 Tony Award Nominations for his Broadway sets and/or costumes, with Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls winning him Tony Awards. Among his 20 films, Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations. He won an Oscar for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, and an Emmy for Death of a Salesman.

 

Walton’s designs for Broadway include Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, Grand Hotel, The Real Thing, The Will Rogers Follies, The House of Blue Leaves, Our Town, I’m Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes, and the recent A Tale of Two Cities and Well, among many others. He was the Production Designer for Madison Square Garden’s Christmas Carol for 10 years as well as for Julie Andrews’ 2003 revival of The Boy Friend for Bay Street Theatre and for Goodspeed Opera House, followed by a national U.S. tour in 2005.

His film work includes collaborations with directors Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffaut. These 20 films include: Mary Poppins, Murder on the Orient Express, Fahrenheit 451, The Wiz, The Boy Friend, All That Jazz, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Regarding Henry, and Deathtrap. His graphic work includes a great many book and magazine illustrations, as well as caricatures for Playbill, Theatre Arts, Vogue, etc. and posters for many Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows.

During the last 17 years, Walton has turned his hand to directing, and has directed productions of Wilde, Shaw, Coward, and others for New York’s Irish Rep, San Diego’s Old Globe, Sarasota’s Asolo Rep, East Hampton’s John Drew Theatre, and the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor. He both directed and designed the smash hit revival of Where’s Charley? for the Goodspeed Opera House and the U.S. premiere of Noël Coward’s After the Ball (a musical version of Lady Windermere’s Fan) for the Irish Repertory Theatre for whom he also directed and designed The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara, Candida and the recent The Devil’s Disciple, which he restaged for the Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida. Other direction includes Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight for Bay Street Theatre, Gen LeRoy’s Missing Footage for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show for a 60 city U.S. tour. At the John Drew Theatre, Guild Hall, Easthampton, he staged Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle and two plays by Peter Shaffer — both starring Alec Baldwin — Equus and The Gift of the Gorgon. Most recently, he staged Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones, on the same stage.

As a producer, Walton has co-presented six productions — plays and musicals — in London; three in association with the legendary Hal Prince. His designs for opera have been seen at London’s Theatre Royal Covent Garden, The Sadler’s Wells Opera Company and throughout Europe and America. His many ballet designs include St. Louis Woman for Dance Theatre of Harlem at Lincoln Center and Peter and the Wolf and the new Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre at the Met … plus many ballets for the San Francisco Ballet Company.

Tony Walton was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991. He lives in New York City with his wife, author Gen LeRoy Walton. The pair have two daughters, Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy, and five grandchildren.



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Workshop Title: Tony Walton: “My Fair Lady Revival: Creating Ascot on a Flower Girl Budget"
Workshop Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017
Workshop Time: 2:45 - 6:00 PM

Tickets Available: 30 Ticket Price: $25/per person

Artist: Tony Walton

Workshop Description:
Mr. Walton contrasts his experience with the immense and faithful revival of the 1956 Broadway production of My Fair Lady for the Sydney Opera House, which was directed by his former spouse, Julie Andrews. These 60th Anniversary Gala Productions were being produced simultaneously.

Bio: Tony Walton is an award-winning director and production designer for Broadway, Off-Broadway, film, television, ballet and opera. He has been honored with 16 Tony Award Nominations for his Broadway sets and/or costumes, with Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls winning him Tony Awards. Among his 20 films, Mary Poppins, The Boy Friend, The Wiz and Murder on the Orient Express earned him 5 Academy Award nominations. He won an Oscar for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz, and an Emmy for Death of a Salesman.

Walton’s designs for Broadway include Bob Fosse’s original productions of Chicago and Pippin, Grand Hotel, The Real Thing, The Will Rogers Follies, The House of Blue Leaves, Our Town, I’m Not Rappaport, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Uncle Vanya, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, She Loves Me, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Ashes to Ashes, and the recent A Tale of Two Cities and Well, among many others. He was the Production Designer for Madison Square Garden’s Christmas Carol for 10 years as well as for Julie Andrews’ 2003 revival of The Boy Friend for Bay Street Theatre and for Goodspeed Opera House, followed by a national U.S. tour in 2005.

His film work includes collaborations with directors Bob Fosse, Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Volcker Schlondorf, and Francois Truffaut. These 20 films include: Mary Poppins, Murder on the Orient Express, Fahrenheit 451, The Wiz, The Boy Friend, All That Jazz, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Regarding Henry, and Deathtrap. His graphic work includes a great many book and magazine illustrations, as well as caricatures for Playbill, Theatre Arts, Vogue, etc. and posters for many Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows.

During the last 17 years, Walton has turned his hand to directing, and has directed productions of Wilde, Shaw, Coward, and others for New York’s Irish Rep, San Diego’s Old Globe, Sarasota’s Asolo Rep, East Hampton’s John Drew Theatre, and the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor. He both directed and designed the smash hit revival of Where’s Charley? for the Goodspeed Opera House and the U.S. premiere of Noël Coward’s After the Ball (a musical version of Lady Windermere’s Fan) for the Irish Repertory Theatre for whom he also directed and designed The Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara, Candida and the recent The Devil’s Disciple, which he restaged for the Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida. Other direction includes Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight for Bay Street Theatre, Gen LeRoy’s Missing Footage for San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, and Oops! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show for a 60 city U.S. tour. At the John Drew Theatre, Guild Hall, Easthampton, he staged Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed starring Peter Boyle and two plays by Peter Shaffer — both starring Alec Baldwin — Equus and The Gift of the Gorgon. Most recently, he staged Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, starring Blythe Danner and Simon Jones, on the same stage.

As a producer, Walton has co-presented six productions — plays and musicals — in London; three in association with the legendary Hal Prince. His designs for opera have been seen at London’s Theatre Royal Covent Garden, The Sadler’s Wells Opera Company and throughout Europe and America. His many ballet designs include St. Louis Woman for Dance Theatre of Harlem at Lincoln Center and Peter and the Wolf and the new Sleeping Beauty for American Ballet Theatre at the Met … plus many ballets for the San Francisco Ballet Company.

Tony Walton was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991. He lives in New York City with his wife, author Gen LeRoy Walton. The pair have two daughters, Emma Walton Hamilton and Bridget LeRoy, and five grandchildren.



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Workshop Title: Theatre Design: Effective Communication and Design Management
Workshop Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Workshop Time: 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Tickets Available: 100 Grad Student Tickets Available
Ticket Price: Free – Must Preregister

Artist: Caitlin Graham

Workshop Description:
Join Caitlin Graham, costume designer and stylist, in a workshop on effective communication and design management under a graduate studio setting. She will reveal through her own experiences how she uses technology and effective communication skills to navigate and engage with multiple teams of designers, directors, technicians, shop managers and the many ‘creatives’ involved in main stage productions while pursuing an MFA at the University of Texas in Austin.

As an artist she will discuss the trials and triumphs of working with varying budgets and engage in a dialogue on what the future may look like for the upcoming generations of artists and designers who aim to devise design driven theatre and new theatrical work.

Bio:
Workshop Descriptions Caitlin Graham (Costume Design MFA Candidate at University of Texas - Austin) moved from New York City to continue her studies in costume design and production. Her previous work includes professional designs and styling for theatrical stage productions, commercial print & television, fashion photography and event entertainment.

Graham's background in fashion and performance has led her to pursue a career in costume design where she can combine current fashion influences and historical research together to develop and translate a character's visual identity to a modern audience. Her academic research focuses on sub-culture fashion, sculpture, historical dress and fashion photography & portraiture.



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Workshop Title: La Chica Boom
Workshop Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Workshop Time: 2:15 - 5:30 PM

Tickets Available: 50
Ticket Price: $35/per person

Artist: Xandra Ibarra

Workshop Description:
From 2002 to 2012, performance artist Xandra Ibarra’s burlesque persona, La Chica Boom, embodied the experience of racial and sexual abjection. Through combined parody and spectacle, La Chica Boom presented various works entitled spictacles — performances that engaged hyper-raciality and sexuality in order to explore racialized sexuality and queer forms of pleasure. In this workshop, Xandra Ibarra will share delve into some of the ideological frameworks she draws upon to create and depart from what she calls "spictacles."

Bio:
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist who often uses mediums such as video and photography. She uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Throughout her multiple works, she teeters between abjection and joy and problematizes the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subject.

Ibarra’s work has been exhibited at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo (Bogotá, Colombia), Broad Museum (LA, USA), Popa Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Joe’s Pub (NYC), PPOW Gallery (NYC), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) to name a few. She has been awarded the Art Matters Fund, NALAC Fund for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Away Award, ReGen Artist Fund, Theater Bay Area Grant and the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award. Her work has also been published and featured in Women and Performance Journal: a journal of feminist theory, GLQ: a journal of gay and lesbian studies, Art Practical, The Drama Review: the journal of performance studies, Art and Architecture in the Americas, Artforum and Hyperallergic among others.

As a community organizer, Ibarra’s work is located within immigrant, anti-rape and prison abolitionist movements. Since 2003, she has actively participated in organizing with INCITE!, a national feminist of color organization dedicated to creating interventions at the intersection of state and interpersonal violence. As a lecturer, Ibarra has taught ethnic studies and sexuality studies courses in the Race and Resistance program at San Francisco State University. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts and teaches philosophy and art history classes in the Critical Studies program.



Workshop Title: Cirque Mechanics Workshop
Workshop Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Workshop Time: 2:15 - 5:30 PM

Tickets Available: 20
Ticket Price: $30/per person

Workshop Description:
Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Well, here's your chance. Join members of Cirque Mechanics in an interactive movement and performance workshop that focuses on circus skills and techniques.



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