Every artist’s creativity gets stuck in a jam at some point. Whether you are new to performing and unsure how to begin, an actor between gigs, or a solo performance-maker who occasionally feels stuck, this exploratory, four-hour master class is for you. Using practical, down and dirty techniques, you’ll kick your inner critic out of the room, focus and free your unique artistic voice, and translate your vision into original performances made quickly and with limited resources. Through primarily physical approaches, this class encourages students to embrace a joyous rigor, shed the perceived preciousness and mystery of the creative process, and cultivate emotional honesty in performance. Expect physical and vocal work, improvisation, creativity with objects, engaged discussion, and playing dress up. The workshop is open to artists of all disciplines, abilities, and experience levels. Students must be willing to move, perform in front of others, and discuss their work.

Making Something from Nothing is for you if:

  • You sometimes feel stuck in your creativity and want to learn skills for getting unstuck and making performances quickly out of what you have available to you.
  • You are interested in learning about techniques for creating original performances from scratch.
  • You are curious about practical tools and techniques for working in experimental modes that draw on your unique voice.

You are a performing artist (actor, dancer, singer, drag artist, other) who wishes to strengthen the discipline and rigor of your performance-making process.

Making Something from Nothing was originally taught as Pry Bars for Creative Jams at Studio ACT, San Francisco.

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