My Heart is in the East, EU

My Heart is in the East, EU

The ongoing journey of creating  My Heart in the East with theatre and interfaith communities across Europe!

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: H.E.A.T. Collective Events

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: H.E.A.T. Collective Events

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Spring Equinox Ceremony:

March 23rd 

6:00-8:00

 

H.E.A.T. Salons: (invited short community performances with specific themes)

March 30th: Theatre pieces, songs, presentations about Women Heroes for Women's History Month

"Litwak is a radiant, born storyteller who knows how to walk the walk and dance the dance. A modern-day shaman, she spins a healing tale of the power and potency of womanhood."  The Los Angeles Times

Reserve your spot: jessica.litwak@gmail.com

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: Playing Shakespeare

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: Playing Shakespeare

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Using voice, acting and text work based on Kristin Linklater’s work and Litwak’s studies at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, students will approach the work of Shakespeare through body, voice, intellect and heart. We will work on sonnets, soliloquies and scenes- discovering character, bringing precision and authenticity to the text. Participants will experience the soaring power of the plays and express joy through all emotions.

The three days of intensive work will culminate in an open class presentation. Work in this class may be developed towards future performance.

 11:00-6:00

March 24th

Reserve your spot: arlenefranciscenter@gmail.com, jessica.litwak@gmail.com

$50 (needs-based scholarships available)

The Arlene Francis Center Presents:  Writing The Revolution: A Playwriting Workshop with Jessica Litwak

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: Writing The Revolution: A Playwriting Workshop with Jessica Litwak

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I am passionate about helping writers to move forward in their process and have had taught workshops in a variety of countries, and institutions. I like to encourage writers to discover their own revolutions: both inner self and outer world and inspire them towards the freedom of strong and clear self-expression. It will be an intimate group, time for one-on one contact as well as group work using a variety of writing exercises and theatre practices.

You are welcome to bring in a new play; or to continue a work in progress; or to discuss ideas for what is not working; or what you want to write next. 

Four group meetings to work on a piece that I will help shepherd to completion; or to work on a variety of pieces in development.  Includes individual meetings with Jessica.

Weekly Peer Support Sessions with “writing buddies”. Cost: $125.

FOUR Thursday nights 6:00-9:00

Mar 28th, April 4th,  11th , 18th

Reserve your spot: jessica.litwak@gmail.com

  The Arlene Francis Center Presents: ACTING FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

The Arlene Francis Center Presents: ACTING FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

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Theatre of The Oppressed techniques, Playback Theatre and the Three Paradigms of Acting:  CRAFT (Developing the actor of precision through clarity of voice and speech, movement and expression), CREATIVE RISK (Developing the actor of ideas and vision through character work and composition)  TRUTHFUL EMOTION (Developing the actor of authenticity through kinesthetic, psychological and emotional spontaneity and moment by moment action / reaction)  At the core of the work we will master the Litwak Voice Progression a technique for warming up the body and voice in preparation for expressive generosity. Merging theories and practices of classical acting, experimental performance, method work, and theatre for social change, students will attain a toolbox of skills for future exploration and practical use. Classes culminate in a presentation.

Sunday afternoon 11:00-6:00

April 7th

Reserve your spot: jessica.litwak@gmail.com

$50 (needs-based scholarships available)

Upcoming Workshops: Playwriting with Catherine Filloux and Jessica Litwak

 

2019 Spring Playwriting Workshop

with Catherine Filloux and Jessica Litwak

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Build your work and explore theatrical writing with the support, guidance and expertise of two award winning Theatre Without Borders playwrights. Participants will work on individual plays after doing exercises and discussing ideas. There will be group work and one-on-one interaction with the workshop leaders. In the culminating session participants will read their new work and we will consider options for  production. 

·       Five group meetings to work on a piece that we will help shepherd to completion; or to work on a variety of pieces in development.  Includes individual meetings.

·      7 Weekly Peer Support Sessions with “writing buddies”

·      Individual meetings with Both Teachers

DATES:

·      April 28th

·      May 12th, May 19th

·      June 15th, June 16th

LOCATION: Upper West Side, New York City

COST: $375 Before April 1st, $400 After  April 1st

contact us ASAP to reserve your spot: Jessica.litwak@gmail.com

Catherine and Jessica created such a warm, lovely and supportive creative space. I felt encouraged, welcomed, and most importantly inspired. As an artist in New York City, it’s  rare to spend a day feeling creatively nourished and productive and ready to take more risks.”

Alexa Jordan

 

“Catherine and Jessica’s workshops I have attended continue to extensively aid my development as a playwright. Being able to meet in a supportive atmosphere with facilitators who are fully present and fellow writers who are engaged in our collective experience provides the opportunity to be immersed in the creative process.”

Susan Jennifer Polese

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Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for twenty-five years. In New York City, Catherine was honored with the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre and with the 2015 Planet Activist Award. Filloux has taught playwriting and served as a speaker at places around the world including Vassar College, Wesleyan University, La MaMa Umbria, and ArtRole's International Women’s Conference in Iraq. Catherine is featured in the documentary film “Acting Together on the World Stage" co-created by Dr. Cynthia E. Cohen and filmmaker Allison Lund; and she is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders. www.catherinefilloux.com

 

Jessica Litwak is a playwright, performer, educator, puppet builder and leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. She has a BFA in acting, an MFA in playwriting, a Ph.D. in Theatre as Leadership and Change. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, and the founder of Artists Rise Up NY. Herwork hasbeen published by Theatre Communications Group, Applause Books, Smith and Krause, No Passport Press and The New York Times. Litwak has taught theatre around the world including at San Francisco State University, the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Columbia University, Lesley University, and Whitman College. She is a core member of Theatre Without Borders and a Fulbright Scholar.

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