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.


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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PLAYWRIGHTING 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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