As well as in person classes and workshops The H.E.A.T. Collective's Artistic Director Jessica Litwak offers individual mentoring and coaching sessions, solo and small classes over the phone and online via Skype, email and video conferencing:

Mentoring: writing, creative leadership/team building , and drama therapy.

This work is for writers who want to incorporate acting skills, actors who want to write, people pursuing an interest and/or career in drama therapy, organizations and corporations interested in creative team building.

Mentoring for solo or group work can be custom built for any person or group who wants to widen their channel of creative expression for art, business, or daily life. The work is of high artistic quality as well as deep personal value.

Coaching: voice, acting, life goals.

This work is for writers who want to incorporate acting skills, actors who want to write, people pursuing an interest and/or career in drama therapy, organizations and corporations interested in creative team building.

Coaching  for individualsor groups can be custom built for any person or group who wants to widen their channel of creative expression for art, business, or daily life. The work is of high artistic quality as well as deep personal value.

Virtual Workshops: voice, writing, creative leadership/ team building and puppet building.

 

Testimonials


 Karla Mosley is an actress, producer, and the Philanthropic Chair of Ammunition Theater Company. TV and Film credits include The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS), Hart of Dixie (CW), and Gossip Girl (CW). She was commissioned by CBS to write, produce, and star in the new web series Room 8. Karla is the author of the book  Short Poems for a Long and Happy Life .

Karla Mosley is an actress, producer, and the Philanthropic Chair of Ammunition Theater Company. TV and Film credits include The Bold and The Beautiful (CBS), Hart of Dixie (CW), and Gossip Girl (CW). She was commissioned by CBS to write, produce, and star in the new web series Room 8. Karla is the author of the book Short Poems for a Long and Happy Life.

Jessica Litwak has taught me almost everything I know about how to facilitate group rituals and create theatrical healing spaces. Over the past 12 years I have watched Ms. Litwak’s commitment to ritual healing through theater evolve from passion to consciously honed skill. Her work with puppetry, song, mythology and story telling through the lens of current events (both global and personal) creates breakthrough and peace building. Additionally, Jessica’s years of work as an actress and director allows for the generation of performable art and catharsis through vulnerable presentation. Jessica truly walks her talk. Working with her is a revelation.
— Karla Mosley

 Katie Jones is a director, performer, puppeteer, and arts educator, and has worked in the outreach and artistic departments of major regional theatres throughout the country, such as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company and Steppenwolf. She is an ensemble member of Wishbone Theatre Collective, a company that creates socially progressive work and tours nationally. In North Carolina, Katie teaches storytelling at Catawba Valley Community College and creates youth programming for Asheville Improv Collective. She serves as Managing Festival Director for the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, as Artistic Associate at The Magnetic Theatre and as a Resident Artist with Asheville Creative Arts. Katie holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from Clemson University, an MFA in Performance from Naropa University, and was in the 2005 class of Directors Lab New York.

Katie Jones is a director, performer, puppeteer, and arts educator, and has worked in the outreach and artistic departments of major regional theatres throughout the country, such as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company and Steppenwolf. She is an ensemble member of Wishbone Theatre Collective, a company that creates socially progressive work and tours nationally. In North Carolina, Katie teaches storytelling at Catawba Valley Community College and creates youth programming for Asheville Improv Collective. She serves as Managing Festival Director for the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, as Artistic Associate at The Magnetic Theatre and as a Resident Artist with Asheville Creative Arts. Katie holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from Clemson University, an MFA in Performance from Naropa University, and was in the 2005 class of Directors Lab New York.

I had a powerful experience working with Jessica as part of my graduate school program, where she taught courses in acting and applied theatre. Her acting techniques helped me to create more developed physicality for my characters, to cultivate ensemble among fellow actors, and to ground myself during warm-ups, in order to be my most generous self onstage. Jessica is warm, encouraging and is simultaneously willing to push students toward finding truth in their performances.

Her applied theatre course was incredibly inspiring because she has so much experience working with people on the ground. She provided us with exposure to dramatherapy techniques, Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, and psychodrama. While we certainly spent time learning the mechanics of each of these forms, the reason this class was impactful is that it illustrated the many different ways of connecting theatre and public dialogue. Jessica made it possible for us to believe that theatre and the arts really do matter because they have the capacity to legitimately change people’s lives, and she introduced us to practitioners around the world who have used these techniques while working with the most vulnerable communities.
— Katie Jones

 Nalini studied Drama at Bristol University and trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include: Safe Place/ The Archivist (NTS/ Oran Mor) Flight (Vox Motus) Horizontal Collaboration/ City of the Blind (Fire Exit) Aladdin (M.A Productions/Ayr Gaie-ty) Puellae (Frae Naewhere) Traverse Live/ Theatre Uncut (Traverse Theatre) After Mary Rose (Magnetic North) Heer Ranjha (Ankur Productions) and Yellow Moon (TAG). TV and Film credits include River City (BBC1), Justice for (LA productions/ BBC) Taggart (STV)   

Nalini studied Drama at Bristol University and trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits include: Safe Place/ The Archivist (NTS/ Oran Mor) Flight (Vox Motus) Horizontal Collaboration/ City of the Blind (Fire Exit) Aladdin (M.A Productions/Ayr Gaie-ty) Puellae (Frae Naewhere) Traverse Live/ Theatre Uncut (Traverse Theatre) After Mary Rose (Magnetic North) Heer Ranjha (Ankur Productions) and Yellow Moon (TAG). TV and Film credits include River City (BBC1), Justice for (LA productions/ BBC) Taggart (STV)

 

I worked with Jessica on a week long development of a verbatim piece of theatre in 2015. Having worked in theatre for the last fifteen years I have done my fair share of workshops and R&D weeks, but this was different. Jessica’s process was holistic and actor centred. Everything from the creative building of ensemble to the voice work we did was valuable to my ongoing work as an actor. As a group all left feeling we had been very privileged to work with Jessica.and would love to do so again
— Nalini Chetty

 David J. Diamond curates the  La MaMa Umbria International Symposia  in Spoleto, Italy. He heads  Career Coaching for Artists  and serves on the Steering Committee for  Theatre Without Borders . He is a Founder/Trustee of the  Barrow Group Theatre , a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre, an author, community activist, and Facilitator of Forum Theatre. More information:  www.davidjdiamond.com .   

David J. Diamond curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia in Spoleto, Italy. He heads Career Coaching for Artists and serves on the Steering Committee for Theatre Without Borders. He is a Founder/Trustee of the Barrow Group Theatre, a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre, an author, community activist, and Facilitator of Forum Theatre. More information: www.davidjdiamond.com.

 

I have worked with Jessica and been in workshops led by her several times. You will not find a better person to create a community out of a group and embark on a creative process. I am impressed by the thoughtfulness of her workshop design, her inclusivity of everyone in the room and her attention to detail in both her instructions and execution. Perhaps most important is how she engages the groups in discussions about the work and themselves with deep listening, empathy and insightful questioning. Personally, I have learned a lot about the subjects of the workshops including theatre and peacebuilding, facing our fears, theatre for social change, voice work, puppet-making, directing and playwriting - but also I have learned about how to take care of a roomful of people who don’t yet know each other and create a safe place for them to engage in the risky work of mining their own creativity.
— David Diamond

 Jordan Rose Frye trained for four years at the Moscow Art Theater School before joining a Russian repertory theater company. After a few years of touring around Russia and Europe, she feels ready to come home and has moved back to New York to follow some leads into film. 

Jordan Rose Frye trained for four years at the Moscow Art Theater School before joining a Russian repertory theater company. After a few years of touring around Russia and Europe, she feels ready to come home and has moved back to New York to follow some leads into film. 

In High School, training with Jessica was an island on which I could escape adolescence and seriously do what I loved. She gave me a basic understanding of the tool that is me, an understanding that I still rely on today, ten years later. The poetry and love that she brought to our work then set a standard both for what I expect of myself and for what I seek out in the professional world. Her words are gems and her guidance is golden, and rarely have a met a teacher that cared so deeply.
— Jordan Rose Frye

 Barbara Herucová

Barbara Herucová

Working with Jessica was an enriching experience as she calmly, but firmly guided us through a difficult process of creating a meaningful socially engaged theatre performance. With her help we became a group - together we created a safe space for sharing the fun as well as the tough life experience and we were able to create material which Jessica used in writing a play about childhood and stories we tell children. I see Jessica as very experienced and wise artist and teacher and I recommend meeting her (in theatre or in workshops).
The feeling of creating together as a group and looking for ways how to make the environment safe for the group sharing were inspiring for me in my own work as an improv teacher and artist and I’m thankful for this experience with Jessica.
— Barbara Herucová

 Born in Florence (Italy), Nerina is a theatre artist and translator based in Brussels (Belgium). Co-artistic director of  inoutput  with Andrea Messana, she has co-created various performances, installations, exhibits and video-work between Belgium, Italy, France and the United States. She has translated into French Jessica Litwak’s play "Wider Than the Sky", and into English, in collaboration with Allison Grimaldi-Donahue, Lina Prosa’s "Lampedusa Beach" and "Lampedusa Snow".

Born in Florence (Italy), Nerina is a theatre artist and translator based in Brussels (Belgium). Co-artistic director of inoutput with Andrea Messana, she has co-created various performances, installations, exhibits and video-work between Belgium, Italy, France and the United States. She has translated into French Jessica Litwak’s play "Wider Than the Sky", and into English, in collaboration with Allison Grimaldi-Donahue, Lina Prosa’s "Lampedusa Beach" and "Lampedusa Snow".

In the past few years, I have had the chance of sharing the rehearsal room with Jessica on multiple occasions and in different parts of the world (Belgium, the United States, France). At those times, she wore a different hat. She was a playwright, an actor, a co-creator, a workshop leader, a catalyzer of thoughts and action, but each and every time, I was deeply touched by her competence and her contagious energy. An active volcano. That is really how I perceive her and her perennially creative being. Her core always active, tackling new challenges and eager to share that energy with all those surrounding her. If there I had to choose one thing of what remains with me, day after day, from those encounters, is what her own Emma Goldman says in “Love, Anarchy and Other Affairs”: “I believe in doing whatever it takes to make it happen.” Art is a collaborative venture and Jessica knows exactly how to share her infinite knowledge of the trade, in different contexts, but always with the same generosity and full-heartedness.
— Nerina Cocchi

 Phd Literature History of Science Catholic University, Ma   Acupuncture Practitioner 1986 -2004, Author of: Twelve Elements (2007) and Heaven, Earth, and Humankind (2014) both a fresh holistic look at traditional cosmology through the lens of integrated traditional medicine. ,30 years Holistic massage therapist, former raft guide in West Virginia. Recently developed interest in history of post- WWII  international theatre diplomacy

Phd Literature History of Science Catholic University, Ma   Acupuncture Practitioner 1986 -2004, Author of: Twelve Elements (2007) and Heaven, Earth, and Humankind (2014) both a fresh holistic look at traditional cosmology through the lens of integrated traditional medicine. ,30 years Holistic massage therapist, former raft guide in West Virginia. Recently developed interest in history of post- WWII  international theatre diplomacy

I don’t know about you, but I find new endeavors difficult Every field of knowledge is infinite so starting out is infinite ignorance. conceptual knowledge doesn’t give much leverage certainly not any kind of wisdom Couldn’t do a thing until a training with Jessica offered several direct ways to begin writing. It wasn’t what Jessica said, nor even what she demonstrated through acting, that helped, it was her visceral understanding of theatre in all aspects, as text, as acted, as directed, as lived - that communicated. She’s been trained by the best, some of the toughest task master’s in theatre, so as a trainee I had total confidence in her integrity from the get go. What was surprising was the kindness and compassion that made my overwhelming ignorance seem a good place to start from. The process has begun and I wish to communicate that this kind of mentoring is as rare as it is valuable.
— William Wadsworth

 Kate Moore

Kate Moore

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jessica while in graduate school. Her passion and unwavering commitment to social justice and performance was, and still is, an inspiration. I imagine it isn’t easy to hold space for the gravity of work that she does. And yet, Jessica not only holds space, but facilitates discovery and creation, allowing performers and creators to evokes empathy and bravery within themselves and their work.
— Kate Moore