Workshops with Myra Platt, Andrew Russell, Valerie Curtis-Newton & Daniel Jaquez

Performing Text in the Book-It Style with Myra Platt March 25, 2013
Founding Co-Artistic Director, Myra Platt, helped develop Book-It’s trademark style for the past 24 years. In this two hour workshop, Platt will teach the Book-It approach to performing third person narrative text, descriptive text, verse and non-fiction text. Students will look at the basics of storytelling and then apply techniques to scenes from Book-It productions, text from unproduced works and narrative lifted straight out of books. Come prepared to do cold readings and bring your imagination.

Auditioning Workshop with Andrew Russell and Valerie Curtis-Newton
April 8 & 9, 2013
valariecn_headshotProfessor in Acting and Directing and Head of Performance, Valerie Curtis-Newton oversees the Hansberry Project, a professional African American theatre lab. She has directed projects for professional companies, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Childrens Theatre, Northwest Asian American Theatre, and Capitol Repertory Theatre. Valerie has participated in new play development for the New York Theatre Workshop, The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and at the ACT/Hedgebrook and Seattle Rep/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festivals, working with playwrights including Kia Corthron, Caridad Svich, Gina Gionfriddo, Laurie Carols, and Valetta Anderson. In addition, she has served as Artistic Director for The Performing Ensemble of Hartford and the Ethnic Cultural Theatre at the UW and was a participant in the 1997-98 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors assisting Tina Landau, Douglas Hughes, Lisa Peterson, Gordon Edelstein, and Sharon Ott. Valerie is a recent recipient of both the Stage Directors and Choregraphers Foundation's Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship and a UW Presidential Faculty Development Fellowship and is an alumna of Holy Cross College and the University of Washington (MFA). Professor Curtis-Newton is also a Donald E. Petersen Fellow.

Andrew Russell (Director) is Artistic Director at Seattle's Intiman Theatre where he has directed several productions, workshops and readings. Other credits include directing the acclaimed new musical THE CALLERS for Washington Ensemble Theatre, FOR A LOOK OR A TOUCH for the Seattle Men's Chorus, Jeanine Tesori's AMERICAN SONGBOOK concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center, and overseeing Tony Kushner and Tesori's COURAGE IN CONCERT at The Public Theater. Also in New York, he has directed for Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Subjective Theatre Company, The Gallery Players, Downtown Urban Theater Festival, Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, Columbia University and New York University. While in NYC Andrew also interned with Warner Bros. TV Casting, was an agent with Peter Strain and Associates, and worked in creative development with David Stone. BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Acting.

Creating New Work Based on Classics with Daniel Jáquez
May 10 & 11, 2013
Using the classical script as a path,  writers, directors and actors will tease out and explore the important issues of a chosen play as a group.  Participants will learn the tools for creative analysis and improvisation, freeing themselves to find creative solutions.
"As a class, we will explore the classic "The House of Bernarda Alba" by Federico Garcia Lorca.  (The play must be read prior to class.)  We will begin by digging into the original text, its purpose, structure, ideas, and value in today's world.  We will then reach into our current world and life experiences to come up with parallels that are important to us.  Structured improvisations will help to generate dialogue.

Director's Lab with Daniel Jáquez
May 9 & 11, 2013
Under the guidance of director/choreographer Daniel Jáquez, emerging and intermediate level directors will have a chance to hone their skills in a safe environment.
Are you tired of waiting for a chance to work on your craft?  Are you looking for an forum to show your peers what you are working on?  Are there actors in Seattle you have been wanting to work with?  Is there a play or performance you have been wanting to delve into?  This is an opportunity to work on the staging of a play or scene you have in mind with actors of your choice.