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.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our next class.
A Deeper Look: Exploring Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Body of Work
A Four Week Seminar with Profile’s Artistic Staff
Profile’s Artistic Director Josh Hecht and Associate Artistic Director Lauren Bloom Hanover led a four-session seminar in which we dove deeply into the body of work of our season playwright, Quiara Alegría Hudes. Each week featured a different play – the first week discussed one of her early pieces that is not appearing on our main stage: Yemaya’s Belly (2005). Then we focused 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 finished up with one of her most recent plays, the soon to be published Daphne’s Dive (2016). The seminar examined each play in depth as well as identifed 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!
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.