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Master Workshops


The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca offers the theater community a range of classes, intensives and courses. With further training options for professional working artists, creative exploration for non-artists, and a deeper connection to our own imaginative creativity, The Drama League Theater Center offers short courses in a variety of specialized skills to enrich your understanding and practice of theatre. 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS 

Generative Lab with Urban Bush Women: Do, Research, Delve Deeper…Repeat
The Generative Lab is an immersive learning environment that combines Urban Bush Women's (UBW) deep investigative research and embodied practice. The workshop will guide you into research prompts lead by our company members that will allow you to learn how UBW investigates, probe and interrogate one's body knowledge for movement information to build narrative, symbol, and/or totem. We will use improvisational practices that lead to uncovering our individual and unique approach to art-making, and take a deep dive together to ignite our ability to be bold, courageous and bodacious in our art-making. This workshop requires you wear comfortable clothing for movement.
Drama League Suggests
Direcotrs/Devisers, Urban Bush Women are world renown for their physical narratives. Take this chance to add to your repertoire some of this prized American companies devising practices for your own work. Samantha Speis leads the workshop. Leave full with new exercises and investigatory practices to generate your next project. Performing Artist, Urban Bush Women are world renown for their physical narratives. UBW enforces that intention is driven from the core. Why only show it through language? Get back in touch with your body and its natural ability to express intention/action. 
 
Urban Bush Women
UBW galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the developing Choreographic Center, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.
To learn more about Urban Bush Women visit https://www.urbanbushwomen.org
Workshop Schedule 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 11-6pm
Workshop Fee:
 
General Admission $150.00
Member $100.00
Alumni $75.00
Please send all questions to Nilan at education@dramaleague.org
 

For Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions, click here.

 

The Frantic Assembly Way
 
Frantic Assembly returns for its third year with us to teach their methods in devising for a large group. Jessica Williams leads the class through exercises focusing on creating movement sequences for large groups, that also travel across the space. This workshop will particularly look at exercises that were created and used for the Frantic Assembly show Beautiful Burnout. The class will also explore paired work focusing on creating movement through the manipulation of your partner's body, incorporating text while moving, and the signature Frantic Assembly lessons "Valette Floor" and "Home chairs". Please come dressed to move. 
 
Drama League Suggests
 
Directors/Devisers, Frantic Assembly thrives on creating work that is both fearless and terrifying. In a business that stresses visual aesthetic to attract audience. The tools learned in this workshop will truly diversity the way you approach creating a stage picture. Performing Artist, working as a company is a key component. Fill up your bucket of tricks so that you are the MVP in the next ensemble you join. 
 
Frantic Assembly
 
Can you be terrified and fearless? That is how we started Frantic Assembly. From a reckless leap into the unknown Frantic Assembly has developed into one of the most studied and praised theatre companies working today. Our ambition is that we continue to learn and remain committed to making brave and bold theatre. At times it is physically dynamic and brutal. At others it's proudly tender and fragile. Frantic Assembly has always been about more than the work on the stage. It is about the ethos of collaboration, of empowerment, of that constant desire to improve. It is about telling stories in a voice we don't always hear and about finding talent in places we don't always look. 
To learn more about Frantic Assembly visit https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/
 
Workshop Schedule 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 11-6pm
Workshop Fee:
General Admission $150.00
Member $100.00
Alumni $75.00
Please send all questions to Nilan at education@dramaleague.org
 

For Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions, click here.

 

Intimacy Direction for Directors, Actors, and Stage Managers
 
An introduction to the discipline of Intimacy Direction with Claire Warden, an international leader of the movement. Learn about consensual based working and consent practices, creating and containing chemistry, and open and empowering communication. Actors will learn to understand, communicate and advocate for their and their scene partners respect and safety and how to create authentic and specific stories of intimacy. Directors will learn how to facilitate an equitable, safe and creative environment for intimacy work and effective communication of their vision and will explore the creative possibilities of the specificity of physical storytelling. Stage managers will learn how to hold and maintain an equitable, safe and creative environment for intimacy work, notation of intimacy choreography and protocols and procedures for intimacy work. 
 
Drama League Suggests
 
Directors/Devisers, get the chance to direct and practice methods towards achieving theatrical intimacy in this lab. You will have the opportunity to direct or watch a director work on scenes that explore platonic to romantic expression, heterosexual to homosexual expression, and more. Performing Artist, get the chance to explore consensual intimate movement of platonic to romantic expression, heterosexual to homosexual. Stage Managers, learn how to access when a room has become unsafe when working intimacy. Learn how to contribute and keep the space safe and practical. 
 
Claire Warden Bio
 
Claire is an intimacy director, fight director, teacher and actress with twenty years experience in theatre, TV and film across America and the UK. Claire is an Intimacy Director and is the Intimacy Director Liaison with Intimacy Directors International and a founding member of Theatrical Intimacy (UK), where she is co-leading the introduction of intimacy direction to Great Britain. She has intimacy directed and consulted on numerous stage and screen productions across the east coast and is the Intimacy Consultant and Director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has delivered workshops, presentations and panels at Julliard, Yale, NYU, Cambridge University, HB Studios, Sonoma State and for conferences and theatre communities on both sides of the Atlantic, including the TBA and TCG annual conferences. She is a faculty member of Shakespeare and Company, MA as fight and text teacher, a master teacher and the Director of Engagement with The Shakespeare Forum, NYC, assistant fight teacher at AMDA and a freelance choreographer and acting coach. Her movement training and extensive background in acting is coupled with her broad experience in working with directors and actors of all levels and backgrounds across the UK and America. Her focus, joy and purpose is empowering those she works with to achieve their full creative potential. She is deeply committed to serving the ensemble, advocacy for actors and supporting artists in their creative process. 
 
Workshop Schedule 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 11-5pm
Workshop Fee:
General Admission $100.00
Member $80.00
Alumni $60.00
Please send all questions to Nilan at education@dramaleague.org
 
 

For Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions, click here.

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