Arena Stage's popular masterclass series returns with eight virtual classes exploring theater in a variety of forms. Masterclasses are for adults (ages 18 and up).
Each class will meet twice via Zoom. Registration is $70.
Dramaturgy with Naysan Mojgani
September 30 and October 2 from 5 – 7 p.m.
"What the heck is a dramaturg, anyway?"
Have you ever seen a "Dramaturg" listed in a program and wondered what that person actually did? Or do you have a basic understanding but are interested in seeing some specific examples or even giving it a whirl? Then this is the perfect class for you! Arena Stage Literary Manager Naysan Mojgani will introduce students to the many tasks and skills that go into the least-understood job in theater, and help students gain a deeper understanding of the art and importance of dramaturgy with case studies from recent Arena productions, and a hands-on project or two!
Choreography with Parker Esse
October 7 and 9 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to choreograph a musical? How do they do it? Where do they get their ideas? Where do they start in creating choreography? From Agnes DeMille to Andy Blankenbuehler we will take a behind the scenes look at the process and styles of choreography. I’ll also share my creative process from inspiration, to conceptualization, to performance. Come join me for this unique theatrical experience as I shine the light on what it means to be a choreographer.
Hip Hop Theater with Psalmayene 24 and DJ Nick tha 1da
October 14 and 16 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Taught by hip-hop theater pioneer Psalmayene 24 and DJ Nick tha 1da, participants in this class will create and perform original pieces that blend the aesthetics of hip-hop with theater. Participants will also learn about the history of hip-hop theater and explore the use of rap as a storytelling device. There will be a writing assignment after the first session and those in the class will perform their pieces during the second session. Recommended for writers, performers, and those who have an interest in hip-hop culture.
Create and Collaborate: Devise a Performance in 4 Hours with Arena Stage’s Community Engagement Staff
October 21 and 23 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Some plays start with a script, devising starts with the people in the room. Based on Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program, create a collaborative performance based on individual and shared experiences, using conversations, poetry, personal writing and creative movement. Experience the excitement and energy of creating thoughtful art with a group of people very quickly.
Sound Design with Roc Lee
October 28 & 30 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Would you like to understand the dark art of sound design? How do you design for something you can't see? Learn how to appreciate sound as an art form, learn physical and abstract ways of creating sound, learn how to record and edit audio. In this masterclass we'll help you get your computer setup to record, edit, and create sound effects and apply these techniques to enhance the experience of the listener in a project.
Personal Playwriting: Writing from within with Aaron Posner
November 4 & 6 from 7 – 9 p.m.
All creative writing is personal, but how can we all find new and helpful ways to bring our own best (and worst) idiosyncrasies into your plays? How do we take what is unique in our minds, hearts, spirits and experiences and get that onto the page and the stage? Well, let’s get in a room and explore together! Everyone’s path as a writer and creator is different. But in this interactive masterclass, we will explore ways to leverage YOU as your best guide to making your writing as radiantly personal (and powerful) as possible.
Freeing the Intuitive Voice with Timothy Douglas
November 11 & 13 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Actor, Director and Linklater-designated voice instructor Timothy Douglas will guide you within to assist you in accessing and unleashing your inner-intuitive sensibilities, and will also provide practical tools for you to be able to harness them. In this two-part workshop, we will also touch upon, and apply principles of the ancient-brain theory, and through the expression of spoken text we will more fully illuminate the actor's organic creative process, and how it flows into the intimacy-of-process between the director and the actor.
Costume Design Workshop: Character Costume Collage with Ivania Stack
November 18 and 20 from 5 – 7 p.m.
This workshop will start out with a short visual presentation of the Costume Designer’s process, quickly followed by a hands-on costume design activity. Everyone will receive a short script, and then be guided through the process of conceptualizing their ideas for the characters in the text. After a brief demonstration, everyone will be invited to create their own costume design collages (and those who love to draw are welcome to sketch their designs as well)! Collage is a fun, versatile, and accessible medium through which designers brainstorm, research, and share their ideas. Throughout this activity, the costume design conversation can continue, with questions & answers, sharing of collages as they develop, and stories from the costume designer’s perspective