Monday, January 25, 2010

Performance workshops

Is there a story inside you burning to be told?
A subject that deserves to be explored and shared with an audience?

Voices of the South
 hosts a six-week adult workshop series dedicated to the art of solo-performance. This workshop series is for storytellers, writers, or performers who have a story, that's been performed, written or only imagined. 

The series is designed to give individuals the essential tools needed to develop and craft personal narrative for the stage. This seven session series, taught by nationally recognized theatre professionals, is an extraordinary opportunity to grow as a writer, performer and connect with a community of fellow artists. 

The classes culminate in a public performance of your own "work in progress," a 5-7 minute informal showing at THEATRESOUTH with an audience talk back and reception to follow.

Beginning the Process:
with Rebecca Fisher,
writer/performer/teaching artist and star of the Ostrander award winning,
"The Magnificence of the Disaster." The workshop is designed to deepen the performer's relationship to their story, through improvisation, movement, storyboarding and character work.
(TWO PART session)
Saturday January 30 from 10:00 am -12:30 pm AND 1:30 pm - 3 pm

Participants will continue their exploration by incorporating innovative group improvisation techniques into the creative process. Taught by Playback technique instructor, Virginia Reed, these ensemble based exploratory exercises will enable the solo performer to deepen relationship with themes and harness raw story potential. (
(ONE afternoon session)
Sunday, February 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DEEPENING the Process:
with David Prete,
published author, performer and director. ( The writing intensive allows participants to explore subjects and flex their writing muscles through unique in-class exercises. Then, workshop participants will be given opportunity to share work and get creative feedback in a nurturing group environment.
(TWO sessions)
Saturday, February 20 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm AND Sunday, February 28 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

THE SHOWINGS with Jerre Dye
Voices of the South artistic director Jerre Dye will facilitate two group showing/feedback sessions as the solo-performance workshop series draws to a close. These sessions will employ a formal critical response process to enable workshop participants to finesse 5 to 7 minute cutting for public performance.
(THREE sessions)
Saturday, February 13 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm; Sunday, February 28 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm; AND Sunday, March 7, 2010 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Public Performance and Celebration - Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8pm
The series comes to a close in mid-March when Voices of the South opens the doors of THEATRESOUTH to friends, family and community members to witness an evening of these extraordinary "works in progress." Afterwards audience members and participants enjoy food, fellowship and a structured post-show feedback session. This "pay what you can" event is the perfect ending to this intensive art-making process.

All workshops and showings are @ THEATRESOUTH, 1000 South Cooper
Price: $30/session OR $175 for entire series
Call 726-0800 to reserve your space.

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