Summer Work Session--Performance Ecology

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Summer Work Session--Performance Ecology



JULY 5-18, 2016

This two week long session will include creative training in the basic elements of the actor’s craft: physical exercises, voice work, attention and perception, precision and flow, seeing, listening, meeting, and devising. Participants will engage in personal research and intensive physical work.

Location: Balch Street Theatre, Akron, Ohio

Application: Send a resume and a short letter of intent, detailing why you would like to take part in the workshop, to

Deadline for application: June 1, 2016
Only 20 participants accepted — College credit may be available.

Fee: $500 (non-refundable $200 is due upon acceptance into the program.)
This fee does not include travel, housing or food. For out of town participants, NWPL will help you locate accommodations.

Performance Ecology is more than a workshop; it is a performance event that encourages the task of creating culture—hands on. Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak have fashioned a structural tool that builds community and compassion while exploring the participant’s individuality, creativity, and cultural dignity.

The residential work sessions in Performance Ecology are designed around the rudimentary performative elements concerning one’s humanness and relationship with the physical world. Through work with songs from the Shaker culture and other traditions, exercises in coordination, individual actions, structured improvisation, dramaturgy, and montage, the work sessions often culminate in a Rendering that provides the opportunity for each participant to engage in the dynamics of performance.

Please direct any questions to James Slowiak at, or call 330.867.3299


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