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Scene Changes: Performing, Teaching, and Working through the Transitions

 

Paid Workshops


 

Tonia Sina

Paid Workshop A
Intimacy Directors International – Intimacy for the Stage for Performers

Date: Thursday, August 8
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Artist: Tonia Sina

Spaces Available: 30

Workshop Description:
This two-hour class examines the technique behind finding authentic chemistry between scene partners while separating the romantic lives of the actors from their characters. We will explore acting exercises designed specifically to safely explore the energy used in acting scenes of intimacy. A safe space to explore this work will be provided, and all exercise are optional and consensual. No kissing is required in the workshop, some light contact will be included.

Bio:
Tonia Sina is the Executive Director, Head of Pedagogy, and Founder of Intimacy Directors International (along with co-founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre, opera, and film. Recently featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio and several other publications, podcasts, and radio shows, she is an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been advocating for safe practices in Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her thesis in 2004.

Originally an actress, fight director, and movement teacher, Tonia translated exercises for duels and mass battles into her method for choreographing safe intimacy between couples and groups. After eight years in academia as a movement Professor, Tonia wrote the article “Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer” for the The Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book currently in the works. She has taught Intimacy at dozens of stage combat regional workshops including MACE's Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop, where she first began teaching Intimacy for the Society of American Fight Directors. Tonia now advises universities on their curricula to help prevent harassment and abuse in academia.

Tonia invented her own method, Intimacy for the Stage, which later was translated into the Pillars, which IDI now uses to set the industry standard for protocol surrounding the choreography of intimacy scenes. She teaches this internationally, but is also very interested in researching and supporting and other methods of safe practice as well for stage and film.

Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. She attended Niagara University for her BFA in theatre performance, and Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage.

 

 

 

Anne Garcia-Romero

Paid Workshop B
Fornés Playwriting Workshop

Date: Thursday, August 8
Time: 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Artist: Anne García-Romero

Spaces Available: 20

Workshop Description:
Maria Irene Fornés (1930-2018), award-winning Cuban-American playwright, is considered by many to be the “founding mother” of U.S. Latinx theatre. The Fornés Playwriting Workshop will introduce her playwriting methods to participants as they experience key components of her pedagogy in this three-hour workshop, which will begin with a physical warm-up followed by writing exercises that encompass visualization, drawing and utilizing found materials to generate compelling new play material. Fornés never wrote a book about her teaching. Her former students, relying upon memory, oral tradition and experiential learning, continue to pass down her pedagogy. Fornés’s method has several recurring components, however it is also improvisatory in nature. Therefore, no one can ever claim to be an expert in Fornés methods. We are all continually learning from “La Maestra.” Taught by Fornés alumna Anne García-Romero, this introductory workshop will give participants a productive experience of Fornés’s unique approaches to playwriting. Participants ought to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to write using paper and pen or pencil only (no laptops or electronic devices). For questions, please email Anne.Garcia-Romero.1@nd.edu.

Bio:
Anne García-Romero is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Her book, The Fornes Frame: Contemporary Latina Playwrights and the Legacy of Maria Irene Fornes (University of Arizona Press, 2016), explores how Fornés has influenced the work of Latina playwrights. Her plays include Paloma, Lorca in New York, Earthquake Chica, Provenance, Juanita’s Statue, Mary Domingo, Mary Peabody in Cuba, and Santa Concepción and have been developed and produced at the NYSF/Public Theatre, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and South Coast Repertory. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and her Ph.D. in Theater Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She’s a founding member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, where she contributes to The Fornés Institute. www.annegarciaromero.com.

 

 

 

 

Paid Workshop C
Intimacy Directors International – Intimacy for the Stage for Directors

Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Artist: Tonia Sina

Spaces Available: 30

Workshop Description:
In this two-hour Introductory workshop, participants will be given tips on how to form a safe and effective environment for basic intimacy work in classroom and professional production situations, with a special interest in combining each participant's directing method with the pillars of context, communication, consent, and choreography. All specialties are welcome (acting, directing, stage managing, tech, etc).

 

 

 

Barbara Pitts McAdams

Paid Workshop D
Tectonic Theatre Project Moment Work Level 1 – The Elements of the Stage, working from a “hunch”

Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 3:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Artist: Barbara Pitts McAdams

Spaces Available: 25

Workshop Description:
Moment Work is the process used to create Tectonic’s best-known plays including The Laramie Project. How can we use the non-text “elements of the stage,” such as gesture, props, sound, architecture and spatial relationship, to build highly theatrical narratives – one “moment” at a time? Level 1 is usually taught without subject matter, exploring the elements for their own poetry and narrative potential. This year’s Level 1 workshop will more closely duplicate Tectonic’s process. Prior to arriving, participants will be given a bit of non-theatrical source material (such as interview text) and asked to bring objects or costumes that might relate to that subject matter. The Level 2 workshop will continue with this “hunch,” to demonstrate how we construct narrative sequences.

Bio:
Barbara Pitts McAdams is co-author of Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater. Most recently, Barb was guest director at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, devising with a cast of ten female-identified actors (Because I Am Your Queen, with playwright Mina Samuels). She is the co-founder of #HereToo Project – an evolving interview-based play with young activists around the country, addressing the gun violence epidemic (regionally unique productions are scheduled at Western Washington University with Rich Brown, and at Penn State with project dramaturg Jeanmarie Higgins). Barb is a frequent adjunct at Drew University and collaborator on the annual Drew/Tectonic-NY Semester devised play. As actor/dramaturg for The Laramie Project, Barb performed at BAM, Union Square Theater, LaJolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and the Denver Center. She also appears in the HBO film of The Laramie Project and shares an Emmy Nomination for the adapted screenplay. Some acting credits: Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Mile Square Theater), WeLL (w/Lisa Kron, Huntington Theatre); The People’s Temple (Guthrie, Berkeley Rep); Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Triad Stage). 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 Anyone But Me.

 

 

 

 

Paid Workshop E
Tectonic Theatre Project Moment Work Level 2 – Making Narrative Sequences

Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 3:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Artist: Barbara Pitts McAdams

Spaces Available: 25

Workshop Description:
Level 2 Moment Work is limited to participants who have taken Level 1 previously. Prior to attending, participants will be given a bit of non-theatrical source material (such as interview text) and will be asked to bring objects that might relate to that subject matter. The first hour will be generating moments inspired by the “hunch,” followed by layering and sequencing moments to construct narrative phrases.


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