Profile is pleased to launch its Creativity Lab, a series of classes for our community – patrons, artists, creatives and other community members. These classes are designed to give anyone interested in exploring their own creativity the chance to take one-of-a-kind workshops with members of our Artistic Staff and Guest Artists.
A Deeper Look: Exploring Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Body of Work
A Four Week Seminar with Profile’s Artistic Staff
July 19 & 26 and August 2 & 9
Join Profile’s Artistic Director Josh Hecht and Associate Artistic Director Lauren Bloom Hanover for a four-session seminar in which we will dive deeply into the body of work of our season playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes. Each week will feature a different play – the first week we will discuss one of her early pieces that is not appearing on our main stage: Yemaya’s Belly (2005). Then we will focus on the two plays we will be presenting in rotating repertory at the end of the season – Pulitzer Prize Winner Water by the Spoonful (2012) and The Happiest Song Plays Last (2014), Parts II and II of the Elliot Trilogy. We will finish up with one of her most recent plays, the soon to be published Daphne’s Dive (2016). The seminar will examine each play in depth as well as identify repeating themes and images across the entire oeuvre. For those of you looking to get the most out of your Profile experience, this course is for you!
Josh Hecht has been on the MFA Playwriting faculty at Fordham University; the BFA Dramatic Writing Faculty at Purchase College, SUNY; and the MFA Directing faculty at the New School for Drama. He’s been a guest instructor at The Juilliard School, NYU, the University of Minnesota, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill Center, Primary Stages in New York and the Queen’s Street Studio in Sydney, Australia. He is currently Artistic Director of Profile Theatre, where he will direct Water By The Spoonful and The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegria Hudes in the fall of 2017.
Lauren Bloom Hanover is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Profile Theatre and an adjunct professor in the Theater+Film department at Portland State University. Lauren received her MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has been a professional actor and teaching artist for over 20 years. She has taught with numerous companies, including the Shakespeare Society in New York, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Shakespeare Company, Profile Theatre and Marin Theatre Company, as well as leading workshops for a number of educational institutions.
The course fee includes the copies of each script.
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Writing Your Story
A six-week workshop led by Artistic Director Josh Hecht
Everyone has a story to tell. Whether a humorous anecdote, a one-of-a-kind family member, or a truly dramatic encounter that changed the lives of those involved, family stories and personal narratives have served as source material for writers for millennia. Whether you’re writing a play, a short story, creative nonfiction, a monologue, a rant or a poem, we will explore how to turn personal material into into compelling writing. In-class exercises will help you mine this material for maximum richness. Lectures and colloquia will examine how to turn exercise writing into something more formal. Participants will also have the opportunity to have pages read aloud and workshopped. Guided “homework” will help you generate pages and develop work in between classes. This class is for anyone who has a story they want to capture through the written word, whatever your experience as a writer. Bring in a work-in-progress, or simply some thoughts about a piece you’d like to create. You’ll leave with the start of something new and a clear sense of how to proceed.