Creatively Independent Workshop

Join us for a very special weekend Intensive with Creatively Independent!

December 8 & 9, 2018

Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm
Workshop meets at Mechanics Hall in downtown Portland

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Devising Your Path as an Artist, taught by Jess Pillmore

Artistry requires creative ownership—caring deeply and taking personal responsibility—for why, how, and what you put into the world. Actively define your artistic practice through personal identity, intention, and it’s impact. We’ll explore making space for individual interpretation and relevance through ferocious play, mindfulness, and ensemble techniques. In day two, we’ll delve into ensemble devising, with a focus on Shakespeare.

“Free your art. Free yourself. Free play.  Putting your artistic process through its paces.”

Register today!  Workshop limited to 20 participants.


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(Please note that tuition payments are non-refundable unless we have to cancel the class.  Payment plans are available on a case by case basis.  Please email us at to request.)

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cropped-jesspillmore_headshot-1    About Jess:

JESS PILLMORE (Artistic Director & Co-Founder) is a shapeshifter in the worlds of theatre, dance, music, and creative coaching with a solid spine of “Yes, you can!” Over the past 20 years, Jess has worked as an international guest artist (K-post grad, professional development, conferences), director/choreographer (International, Off-Broadway, fringe, regional, educational), singer/songwriter (3 Nat’l releases, 1 musical) and published author. Her book, Creatively Independent: Life on Your Terms with Play, Community & Awareness, was supported by international best-seller Seth Godin, her provocative essay on ageism in education appeared in Psychology Today, and her series on Sustainable Artistry is now at HowlRound.  Jess brings the revolutionary power of “What if?” to any situation. She delights in constructing impossible tasks and then playfully stepping into them. Her talent as a creative hacker allows her to bring seemingly disparate groups together with dynamic results. Jess is known for her crazy ideas, a tendency to communicate through jazz scatting when excited, and an infinite supply of hope.  Currently, Jess is work-shopping two new musicals: It’s All Right Now, a modern parable about living in the Now, written with songwriter, Ron Morris and A Fire Just Waiting (working title), a Joan of Arc rebirth featuring Ani DiFranco’s music and lyrics. She is also writing “Shakespeare’s Ensemble”, activating an ensemble focused process within classical theatre.

TRAINING: MFA Interdisciplinary Arts (Goddard), BA Theatre (FSU), RADA, Movement Studio Theatre, Society of American Fight Directors, Pilobolus

AWARDS: Best Female Actor Combatant (Nat’l SAFD), Founder’s Award (Nat’l SAFD), Best Musical (Dir. /Chor., Minneapolis Fringe w/ Neo-Futurists)

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