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JAW Lab: Dealing with the Hard Sh*& in Our Writing Lives: Writing Around Trauma, Core Wounds, Violence, and Heartbreaks with JAW Playwright Anya Pearson

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The Armory: Vigeland Rehearsal Hall
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In this workshop, we’ll explore how to dive into the depths, explore the darkest parts of our humanity, and emerge with/forge/create complex characters that feel authentic, alive, and vibrating with energy. How do you draw from or borrow or fictionalize personal experience in service of alchemy without retraumatizing or reopening your most deeply held wounds? What tools, tricks, safeguards, and ripcords can we put in place so that we can make the best possible art — art that changes the world — without costing ourselves too much.

Lab space is limited, so admission is by lottery. To enter the lottery, email education@pcs.org with your choice of labs in order of preference.

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Masks are still required at The Armory, but we no longer require proof of vaccination to attend performances and events. FULL DETAILS HERE


Anya is an award-winning playwright, poet, producer, actress, and activist. She was recently named a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Anya is under commission at PCS and on staff at Corporeal Writing, where she runs a BIPOC writing collective. She is currently finishing her debut collection of poetry, writing three pilots, interrogating what it means to make art through little square barriers on Zoom in new experimental project called COMMUNITY, and constantly plotting, planning, devising, creating, imagining, and revising visions of a better, more just world. Her plays include: The Measure of Innocence (The Kilroys List, Drammy Award for Best Original Script), Made to Dance in Burning Buildings (Showcase: Joe’s Pub, NYC; Shaking the Tree, Portland, OR), The Killing Fields (2018 Orphic Commission; Last Frontier Theatre Conference; Seven Devils New Play Foundry; Great Plains Theatre Conference), Three Love Songs (Play at Home Initiative, PCS). Memberships: Linestorm Playwrights, Dramatists Guild, Couch Film Collective, Actors’ Equity Association. Find her on TwitterInstagram, and anyapearson.com.

Anya Pearson is a PCS -Commissioned Playwright.

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