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Writing and Performing Political Theatre

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The instructor has an MFA in Theater with a playwriting emphasis and has produced social/political-minded work in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Illinois. The class will emphasize techniques for effective character construction as the basis for creating a script, along with fundamental elements such as dramatic conflict, obstacles, and character arc. Specific in-class exercises will be used as well as homework assignments designed to generate material. Suggestions for creative use of different performance modalities and techniques will be developed through movement-based exploration in class, as well as use of video/audio resources. As the class continues each student performs his/her work-in-progress, with instructor feed-back and direction. The class culminates with a full student performance of their work.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Minnehaha Free Space
3458 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
JEFF NICHOLS [email protected] Performing Arts Resume 415-513-6503 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Playwright Productions Ask the Question (full-length solo show) The Marsh, San Francisco May 2008 Everywhere You Look (full-length social drama) Winner, Christian H. Moe Award: Best Long Play Southern Illinois University Carbondale: thesis production Oct. 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Region III Invited Production Jan. 2011 The Channel Changer (full-length solo show) gHosTBridge theatRe: Acadia Cafe, Minneapolis May, 2005 Drowning (one-act surreal/suspense) Winner, Christian H. Moe Award: Best Short Play Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Journeys March 2009 Kennedy Center ACTF Region III Invited Production Jan. 2010 Four Actors in Search of a Moment (one-act language play) March 2010 Southern Illinois University: Journeys Mannequin's Daughter (one-act surreal comedy) Southern Illinois University Carbondale Dec. 2010 Red Delicious (one-act satire) Finalist, Kennedy Center ACTF Region III One-act Competition Staged Reading, Kennedy Center ACTF Region III Jan. 2011 Awake (10-minute comedy) Southern Illinois University Carbondale: 24 Hour Play Day Sept. 2009 Mid-American Theater Conference, Chicago: Staged Reading March 2009 Colors (10-minute drama) Mid-American Theater Conference, Cleveland: Staged Reading March 2010 Theatre Games (10-minute post-modern) Southern Illinois University Carbondale: 24 Hour Play Day Sept. 2009 Echobell (10-minute language play) Southern Illinois University Carbondale: 24 Hour Play Day Sept. 2010 Acting Ask the Question (The Marsh) 4 character solo show San Francisco The Channel Changer (Acadia Café) 5 character solo show Minneapolis The Good Woman of Setzuan (Mpls Comm. & Tech College) Yang Sun Minneapolis Jesus Christ Superstar (SUNY-Albany) Judas Albany, NY Godspell (Homeward Bound Theater) Jesus Chanhassen, MN Landscape (Southern Illinois University) Duff Carbondale, IL The Adding Machine (241 Productions) Shrdlu, Guide, Mrs. Two Albany, NY Hair (Lyceum Theater) Ron, Margaret Mead San Diego The Laramie Project (Jackson County Stage Co.) Rulon Stacey, Steven Meade Johnson, Priest Carbondale, IL Lettice and Lovage (La Jolla Stage Company) Mr. Bardolph La Jolla, CA A Christmas Carol (Santee Community Theater) Fred, Old Joe, Young Scrooge Santee, CA Quilt (Theatre in the Round) Mikey, Juan Ramirez Minneapolis Working Week (Southern Illinois University) Stooge/Teacher Carbondale, IL Ismene (Three Graces Theater Co.) Creon Carbondale, IL Check (Bryant-Lake Bowl) Steve Minneapolis Lysistrata (adapted) (The Lysistrata Project) George, Sgt. Flowers Minneapolis Ten Little Puppets (Minneapolis Fringe Fest) Scaramouche Minneapolis Training & Workshops MFA in Theater, playwriting emphasis Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2008-2011. Physical Theater Summer Intensive at Studio 206, Minneapolis, 2011. Theatre of the Imagination led by Robert Rosen Voice and the Physical Actor led by Barbra Berlovitz RAW Mechanics led by Shawn McConneloug Devise led by Rosen, Berlovitz, and McConneloug Three weeks, five days a week, 101 hours. Spectacle on a Shoestring with Noah Bremer, Co-founding Artistic Director of Live Action Set. Minneapolis, 2011. Two weekends, 20 hours. Developing Solo Performance with David Ford, Director in Residence at The Marsh, San Francisco, 2007-2008. Three 10 week classes culminating in public performance. Will Dunne Dramatic Workshops Phoenix Theatre, San Francisco, 2007. Three 10 hour weekend writing workshops with actor-read scenes. Intergenerational Writer’s Group with George Birimisa, San Francisco, 2007. Ongoing writer’s workshop, 2 hours per week. Mother of Invention Acting School with Andrew Utter (MFA in Directing, Yale) San Francisco, 2007. One semester scene study culminating in public performance. Musician Trumpet: Black Market Traders, sunyata, Fresh Squeez, Dance of Glass. Fusion of jazz, rock, funk, ambient, psychedelia in an improvised format. Various clubs, Minneapolis, 1997-1999. CD releases: Sounds from the Minneapolis Underground (2000) sunyata: emptiness (2000) Percussion and spoken word: Guard Art, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, 2004. Green Party Fifth District Fundraiser (producer and performer) Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, 2003. Can the Klan, The Red Sea, Minneapolis, 2003. Three Shadows, (writer and performer) Gus Lucky’s Gallery, Minneapolis, 2001. Lead Vocalist: Third Rail, Le Schmooz. Rock bands performing at various nightclubs and university functions, Albany, NY. 1989-1991.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
415-513-6503
Class minimum size: 
5
Class maximum size: 
10
Time/Location
Class times: 
Sun, 09/25/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 10/02/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 10/09/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 10/16/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 10/23/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 10/30/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 11/13/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 11/20/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Sun, 11/27/2011 - 11:00 - 13:00
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Minnehaha Free Space
3458 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 56' 23.8236" N, 93° 13' 41.3508" W
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