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JAW 2014: Community Artist Labs

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 02 July 2014

Artists from across the nation will be on hand July 25-26 to conduct labs for our local community.

Admission is FREE, but attendance for each lab is limited and determined by random lottery. To enter the lottery, please email education@pcs.org and indicate which lab/s you would like to participate in. You are welcome to submit for multiple labs.  

Deadline for entry is July 18.  Participants will be notified by July 21.


community artist labs


Reading Plays to Become a Better Playwright
With Raphael Martin – JAW Dramaturg & Director of New Work at Soho Rep
July 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Reading a play is a skill. The more you do it the more your play reading muscle will develop. In this workshop we will begin by studying new plays and contemporary classics from the repertoire that put words on the page in surprising, unique and theatrical ways. We will read extracts and talk about how a reader envisions the world the writer has created for the first time. What part do stage directions play in the creation of this world? We will think like stage designers and audience members. The workshop will conclude with some writing exercises aimed at opening up our writer brains to maximum theatricality.


Reality to Fiction: Transforming real events into engaging theater
With Tommy Smith – JAW Playwright
July 26, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

You're in love with a moment of history, but how do you turn this into a compelling play? This workshop will teach the fundamentals of converting "true stories" into impactful works for the stage, covering everything from gaining rights, scouring the public domain, and selecting the best dramatic approach for any story. Participants should come prepared with a subject, and will leave with the outline for a play. (Mr. Smith's previous historical works include Sextet, Pigeon, Demon Dreams, The Tale and JAW's workshop of db.)


All You Need Is Yourself: Neutral mask and stage presence for actors
With Teddy Bergman – JAW Director & professional NYC-based Actor
July 26, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Physical patterns, tics, and tensions make us unique but can also limit us onstage.  Using Neutral Mask and physical awareness exercises, this workshop will help to identify what idiosyncrasies we each bring to table and see the ways they help and hinder us. We’ll also go further and work on ways to use your full imagination to create entire worlds on onstage with nothing but yourself. You’ll leave with a greater self-awareness and hopefully energized by the power of what you’re capable of bring to life alone onstage.



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JAW is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities. Additional support is provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council/Work for Art and the Oregon Arts Commision.

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