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Paid Workshop A (#2908)

Third Rail Projects | New York, NY
Playing in an Immersive Theatre Landscape
Date: Thursday, August 2 
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Spaces Available: 30
Price: $40

Artist: Jennine Willett

Workshop Description:
Led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of Third Rail Projects, this workshop looks at directing and performance skills that come into play when engaging with audiences in immersive formats. Participants will experiment with various ways to dial and adjust focus, proxemics, and perspectives to affect the audience experience when working without a fourth wall. Through experimental game play, they will explore what it means to listen and connect with the audience by developing a heightened awareness and responsiveness to both action and space. 

Jennine Willett is one  of the Co-Artistic Directors of Third Rail Projects, the Brooklyn-based company known for their widely acclaimed site-specific, immersive and experiential performances. She is co-creator of the immersive theatre hits Then She Fell, named one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by the New York Times and running in its sixth year, The Grand Paradise, Chicago’s Learning Curve with Albany Park Theater Project, and Ghost Light at ‪Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater. She has been honored with two BESSIE awards, and was named as one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. Spearheading the company’s education initiatives, Jennine has offered courses for numerous academic institutions and arts organizations, engaging with artists of all disciplines in a learning environment that encourages experimentation and collaboration, both of which are an integral part of her work.

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Paid Workshop B (#2909)
The Theater Offensive | Boston, MA

True Colors: Out Youth Theater
Date: Thursday, August 2
Time: 2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Spaces Available: 30
Price: $35

Artist: Sidney Monroe

Workshop Description:
The Theater Offensive’s Mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities. True Colors: Out Youth Theater, a program of The Theater Offensive and the country’s largest and longest-running LGBTQ youth theatre program, uses a proven community-based theatre approach to train and activate LGBTQ and allied youth leaders ages 14-29.
The Theater Offensive's True Colors: Creative Action Crew (CAC) is the proud recipient of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network's Creation and Development Fund. This fund is awarded to artists who will create, develop and tour new work to national audiences.  From July - November 2017, the CAC ensemble conducted dozens of interviews within the Boston queer, trans and people-of-color (QTPOC) community with folks ages 18 to 71 that produced more than 40 hours of deeply moving, vibrant, and relevant stories as the source material for their production.  

This workshop is a delightfully queer introduction and exploration of the True Colors’ community-based theatre approach. We will engage in the subtleties of community-based vs. professional theatre; youth voice and representation in art making process(es); queer performance; and QTPOC politics and stories.  Our time will also be an opportunity to unpack the project narrative of this process from funding to tour.

Sidney Monroe, Youth Programs Manager at The Theater Offensive, is a community-based theatre artist whose work is situated at the intersections of race, gender and class. Through creative and innovative strategies, Sidney facilitates conversations with communities to spark dialogue, raise visibility and celebrate marginalized bodies.  Sidney holds a BA in International Relations from Hendrix College and a MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth & Communities from The University of Texas at Austin.  

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Paid Workshop C (#2910)
Dijana Milošević
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of DAH Theatre | Belgrade, Serbia
Title: The Personal and the Political: An Exploratory Workshop
Date: Friday, August 3
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Spaces Available: 25
Price: $40
Artist: Dijana Milošević

Workshop Description:
Dijana Milošević is the artistic soul of DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, a movement theatre that has been “speaking truth to power” throughout the world for nearly thirty years. In this workshop, Dijana Milošević takes the participants through improvisational exercises that explore the ways in which the personal and the political intersect. Through this work, the physical exploration of various levels of attention becomes the groundwork for political action.

The training involved at DAH is influenced by, and an elaboration of Eugenio Barba’s work at the Odin Theatre in Denmark, where Milošević and a number of her original performers studied prior to founding DAH. Their first endeavor was a street performance in Belgrade intended to increase the public's awareness of the Balkan war that was germinating at the time. Throughout the war, they maintained their opposition to what their government was doing, at a time when few others dared to speak out. Since then, they have grown into a group of activist/artists committed to healing the wounds of war, and to spreading their message of social equity and peace.

They have taken their performances and workshops to every country in Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Mongolia, Brazil, Denmark, England, Canada, and the U.S. Here they have done residencies at Brown, Georgetown, Virginia Commonwealth University, La Mama, 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Coe College, Luther College, Grinnell College, University of Iowa, Knox College, and the Chicago Art Institute - to name just a few.

With degrees from the Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation and the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the University of Belgrade, Ms. Milošević co-founded DAH Teatar in 1991 and its extension, the DAH Theatre Research Center in 1993. She has served as their Artistic Director ever since. After graduating, she studied with Eugenio Barba and Torgeir Wethal at Odin Teatret in Denmark, where eventually she served as his Assistant Director for the production, Talabot.

In addition, she was the programmer for the International Festival Of New and Alternative Theatre (INFANT) in 1999 and 2000, is a member of the BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (BITEF) Jury and was the President of the board for the BITEF Theatre. She has also served as President of the Association of Independent Theatres in Belgrade and as a member of the ITI board in Serbia.She has collaborated with numerous peace-building  networks, such as Theatre Without Borders, Acting Together on the World Stage, and the international women's theatre collective, The Magdalena Project .

She is also the professor at the IUI- Institute for the Modern Dance in Belgrade, teaching Comparative Directing and Choreography. She founded and co-leads various educational programs. Perhaps the most prominent of these has been a three-week intensive training experience for students from the international performance community called the DAH Theatre Institute.

She has collaborated frequently with peace activists groups such as Women in Black and Act Women in Serbia, as well been an active participant in the international women's performance organization, The Magdalena Project. She has also collaborated with different artists and theatre groups throughout the world, including, in this country, 7 Stages in Atlanta, and Theatre Yugen in San Francisco.

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Paid Workshop D (#2911)
Tectonic Theatre Project | New York, NY
Moment Work - Tectonic Theater Project (Level 1)*
Date: Friday, August 3
Time: 3:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Spaces Available: 25
Price: $50

Artist: Barbara Pitts McAdams
*See Tectonic Theater Project Moment Work Level 2 below

Workshop Description:
Moment Work is a flexible devising process that can be used to create new work new or to reimagine existing plays. It is also used 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.

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, LaJolla 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 theatre 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).

Paid Workshop E (#2912)
Sister Sylvester
*Co-Sponsored by the Conference Committee (CC) and Electronics and Technology Committee (ETC)

Politics, Technology, and Live Performance
Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Spaces Available: 50
Price: $35

Artists: Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton

Workshop Description:
This hands-on workshop for directors, actors, teachers, designers, theorists, and educators explores the intersection between technology and research in live performance. In a 3 hour workshop, Sister Sylvester will share their process working with technology from Skype-theatre to bio-art to virtual reality, and the ways technology can be used to critique, explore, and create a research-based political theatre for the these new times.

The workshop will begin with a presentation that outlines both Sister Sylvester’s work as well highlighting other pioneers in this field. We will look at different models for using technology in performance, and participants will work in break-away groups to apply these models to their own research. Finally, the groups will reconvene to present and discuss their results.

Participants will leave with a tool-kit for how to use everyday-technology to activate research through performance (on the stage and in the classroom), as well as a working knowledge of critical and conceptual reference points and emerging ideas and discussions within the field.

Sister Sylvester Company Description
Sister Sylvester is the ghost of a nun who haunted the first home/studio/performance venue where Sister made work, and it became the company's name for its gender-fluid, feminist and spectral associations. Sister Sylvester makes work, often essayistic performances, using first hand research and found documents. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image and sound.

Sister's work is often concerned with belongings and displacements, investigating the ways that individuals and communities place themselves when they are out-of-place –both psychically and physically. Sister's work began with a performative response to the novel Boxman, by the Japanese writer Kobo Abe. Boxman tells the story of young men in Tokyo, alienated by their surroundings, who choose to make a new life inside the shell/shelter of body-sized boxes, hidden from the eyes of those around them. Sister's most recent work was a collaboration with two Syrian artists who have been physically displaced, and meditates on the potentials of technology - in this case Skype - to re-place, or replace, a physical presence.
Sister presented and performed their work internationally at institutions including The Public Theater, NYC; Abrons Art Center, NYC; Park Avenue Armory, NYC; JACK, NYC; Dixon Place, NYC; Alt Bomonti Gallery, Istanbul; Kose, Istanbul; Arcola Theater, London; Frascati, Amsterdam; Bozar Festival, Brussels; Les Bancs Publics, Marseille.

Kathryn Hamilton is an artist based in New York and Istanbul. She is the founder of Sister Sylvester, a performance group. Recent productions include Three Rooms at Shubbak Festival, London; They Are Gone… at The Public Theater for Under The Radar's Incoming! series; Welcome at Alt Bomonti gallery in Istanbul; The Maids’ The Maids at Abrons Arts Center; The Fall at The Park Avenue Armory, as part of the Under Construction Series; Dead Behind These Eyes (NYT critic’s pick) at Sing Sing Karaoke; Science Fiction at Köşe. Her work has been reviewed by New York Times, New Yorker, Time Out, Village Voice, American Theater Magazine, Performance Art Journal, Hyperallergic, Culturebot, among other publications. She has received grants from LMCC, BAC, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and has been a resident at The Public Theater's Devised Theater Working Group; Salem Art Works; Park Avenue Armory; Flux Factory, Queens; and Spread Art, Detroit, among others. She is currently a part of Lift Festival's Urban Heat program for social practice artists. She has taught or mentored students at Columbia University, NYU and Boğaziçi, Istanbul; and she spent the years 2011-13 in disguise as a french diplomat in New York.

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Kelsea Martin

Cyrus Moshrefi

Paid Workshop F (#2913)
Tectonic Theater Project - Level 2* | New York, NY

 Level 2 Moment Work - Tectonic Theater Project
Date: Saturday, August 4 
Time: 5:00 PM or 6:30 PM (90 mins**)

Spaces Available: 25
Price: $35

Artist: Barbara Pitts McAdams
*limited to participants who have done previous Tectonic Movement Work worksop
**note shorter time

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