Being an independent solo artist and a collaborator of original work has allowed me to form a process for creating that combines my acting, clowning, movement and writing skills. Included in this process is the ability to WORK (i.e. make a living) as a performer. As a teacher my passion is to provide a space where students can explore their full potential as working performing artists. which means leading students towards a process of developing as many different skills as possible.
One of my many goals in teaching is to spread knowledge about creating ones own destiny in the business of entertainment. No performer should wait to be dicovered. Discover yourself and make it happen! So....Lets get to work!!
Solo Performance Workshop
This workshop will focus on how to develop and perform a solo show. Starting with what motivates you! Through theater games for the solo actor we will explore the "right now" and "doing, not thinking." Clown techniques will be introduced to uncover the unique, connected and visible performer. We will then move into building your character/characters from a physical point of view. Storytelling will figure heavily in the work as you begin to discover and structure your own solo performance material. Participants are asked to please come in with an idea. It can be anything, a poem, a prop, a gesture, a monologue, a word. Anything.
Clown Techniques for the Actor “Find The Silly!”
This workshop is an introduction to clowning and will focus on the essence of clowning, including building characters, expressing emotions physically and embracing mistakes. Through exercises, routines, music and improvisation we will explore solving problems, status and making bold physical choices. Clowns have an untraditional and childlike (not childish) process of solving problems, which is usually funny, unique and a stretch of their imaginations. Let’s find the silly!
Stereotypes Then and Now
This workshop is specifically designed to follow a performance of The Mammy Project. This workshop could be a great addition to the discussions that will begin after your audience sees the show. Focus will be on discussing and exploring stereotypes that African Americans faced during the Jim Crow era of the 1893 Columbian Exposition and how they were created. Main focus will be the Mammy/Aunt Jemima stereotype featured in the show. We will then research and discover stereotypes in advertisements today. All materials will be provided. Students required to bring in one current magazine.