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.
Writing Your Story
A six-week workshop led by Artistic Director Josh Hecht
April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
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.
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.
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Creating a Character for Solo Shows and Beyond
A six week exploration with Lauren Bloom Hanover
April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Batting around thoughts for a solo piece you might want to create? Interested in how to mine a character in an existing work for maximum richness? Whether you’re a professional actor or simply interested in creating a piece for yourself, this is your opportunity to explore and develop a compelling character who is alive and fully realized.
In this one-of-a-kind six-week class, participants will select a character that speaks to them – a cultural icon, a family member, an original creation, a dream role from the canon of theater, film or literature. Using a broad range of techniques including Laban efforts, Viewpoints, found objects, historical research and deep text analysis, each participant will craft an in-depth character study around which they will create a short solo piece that will be showcased for local theatre professionals during the final session. This class is for anyone who considers themselves creative – personally, professionally or both! — and who has ever dreamed of creating a unique one-person character piece or solo show.
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.
Maximum students: 10
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