This year, the National Conference will feature Artist Workshops led by three distinctive artists. The workshops will allow participants to work in an intimate setting with playwrights and directors, exploring methods, both new and established, of creating work for the theatre.
The workshops are open to all conference participants. They will have limited participation; we will accommodate as many people as possible. Registrants may attend one workshop, space permitting. Workshops will take place during the afternoon on Thursday, June 6, beginning at 1:00 PM before opening events. Several will also be repeated on subsequent days of the conference. Please be aware of this schedule when arranging travel and lodging. To request a slot in a workshop, please register using the online registration process or the registration form provided in your invitation packet.
The workshop will provide a basic introduction to the physical vocabulary of “Viewpoints.” Increasingly popular as an approach to training, rehearsal, and/or performance in both this country and abroad, Viewpoints offers a language and technique for working with an increased awareness of the body, for building cohesive ensembles quickly, and for creating vibrant stage moments through use of time and space. In this overview, participants will be introduced to the nine individual Viewpoints as well as the first steps of how they might be put together in a training session or a rehearsal. The workshop is designed for theater artists of all types (performers, directors, writers, designers,etc.) and no particular level of movement experience or skill is necessary. However, all participants should be prepared to fully engage in the movement exercises.
Michael Rohd has been exploring the intersection of theatre and democracy for years with his company Sojourn Theatre and through his projects with collaborators and universities around the nation. ‘Civic theatre’(a term he has begun using to describe some of his own work) aims to bring an adventurous theatricality to a focused interrogation of contemporary issues by offering spaces for civic engagement throughout the process of developing new performance- it’s a porous series of events combining research, participatory activity, and studio (artist-focused) sessions that allow, invite and demand community members and community expertise into the dramaturgy before and after production in a variety of ways. This conference session will offer a sequence of physical activity, solo to group work, and devising strategies that inestigate the relationship between story, idea, perspective and fact. Rohd is currently working on a two-year project focusing on housing in America as our population prepares to add 100 million new citizens in the next 50 years, mostly in urban areas. Notions of home and community will be the starting impulse for this session’s work.