Specialty Classes

SMALL TIME COMMITMENT, BIG IMPACT!

A series for students ages 16 and up wishing to work on specific crafts for their actors’ toolbox

Workshops run as specified at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland.


YOUR INNER CRITIC AS CHARACTER: A WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS

taught by Bess Welden

Interested in transforming your relationship with the critical voice inside that can shut you and your creativity down? Many people, artists in particular, feel a keen sensitivity to self-doubt and negative self-talk that can get in the way of achieving our freest and deepest artistic expression. Join Bess Welden, theater artist and educator, for a dynamic, interactive workshop focused on exploring the Inner Critic as a character separate from your self. Through imaginative visualization, simple writing prompts, on-your-feet play, and a messy-fun art project, Bess will lead you through a safe and supportive process that requires no previous acting or writing experience, just a willingness to get curious.

Tuesday, March 14 from 6 to 9pm$35

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DEVISING THEATER WITH 60-GRIT

taught by Lindsey Higgins

How do you make a show from scratch? This workshop is designed to understand the process from early conception into production. 60 Grit Theatre Company open’s their creative tool box to show you how to develop material from a small seed of an idea, embrace counterintuitive ideas, and revel in our mistakes. In addition to the devising process, students will be lead through activities to encourage close group co-operation and trust, coupled with group movement strategies. Whether you think you can act or not, whether you think you have a story to tell, this workshop is for you.

Two weeks – Tuesday, March 28 and Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30 to 9:30pm$65

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POETRY IN MOTION

taught by Carmen-maria Mandley

Combine your voice as a poet with spontaneous creative impulse in your body. This workshop will focus on strengthening your voice as a poet, while engaging your body in impact-full, fun, wild storytelling. All participants should come dressed to move, and with a notebook. Ages 14+ welcome.

Thursday, March 30 and Thursday, April 6 from 7:30 to 9:30pm$40

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DANCING FOR THE NON-DANCER

taught by Rene Johnson

Two left feet welcome. This class will take the most reluctant or inexperienced mover and give them confidence, poise, and a healthy dose of fun while learning some basic dance technique. All experience levels and abilities welcome!

Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 9:30pm$35

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IMPROV WITH RACHEL

taught by Rachel Flehinger

Improv Comedy, made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions, some say it’s the truest most difficult form of comedy. Made popular by the television show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” Rachel Flehinger takes her students on a fun journey of self expression where they learn to be in the moment, accept offers and build on ideas. This class isn’t just for aspiring comedians, it’s for anyone who wants to break out of their every day routine and find joy in creating.

Three weeks – Saturday, April 22, Saturday, April 29 and Saturday, May 6 from 10am to 1pm$95

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PLAYWRITING WITH CALLIE KIMBALL

taught by Callie Kimball

A play can entertain, puzzle, frustrate, provoke, or confirm or challenge a worldview. This workshop will supplement the basic elements of playwriting such as character, setting, and plot with discussions and exercises around image and spectacle, form and structure, space, language, rhythm, and the importance of questions. This workshop will give you tools to build the engine of your play while nurturing the igniting spark. Suitable for beginners and experienced playwrights alike, the workshop will be a mix of lecture, discussion, in-class writing exercises, and hearing your work read aloud.

Two weeks – Tuesday, April 25 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30 to 9:30pm$65

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JUGGLING WITH JANOAH or Contemporary feminist bro juggling: exploring pattern & post-pattern via props

taught by Janoah Bailin

First we stretch. Then we throw things around the room and maybe try to catch them again, but it doesn’t matter so much. Then we learn a pattern for keeping multiple things in the air simultaneously, which involves dropping even more and matters even less. Then we learn to pick things up off the ground, maybe stretching a bit as we do this because the ground is far away and it feels good. Then we’ll write and think a bit, and possibly perform a moment — dropping required throughout! All of this is accomplished with intense attention to props and their interactions with our bodies, the spaces around our bodies, and (of course) the floor. Framing this work is the rapid growth and emergence of contemporary juggling over the past several decades, away from conceptual patterns in the air and towards felt motions grounded in the body. Accompanying this trend is a radical re-opening of the male-dominated toss juggling form towards a circus that is once again accepting of all bodies. No dance or juggling experience required!

Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 9:30pm$35

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