H.E.A.T./SOCIALLY ENGAGED THEATRE

H.E.A.T. is an acronym for Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre. The practices from this body of knowledge include techniques of Drama Therapy (healing) Applied Theatre (education) Performance and Peacebuilding, (activism) and Three Paradigm Acting (theatre). Join experienced theatre artist, activist and scholar Jessica Litwak for this unique exciting workshop. Using the four disciplines of the H.E.A.T. Collective Litwak merges aspects of drama therapy, research, social justice and high level theatre skills This workshop provides unique and important skills for creating Theatre for Social Change. A balance between active creative work and vibrant discussion, the workshop moves between theory and practice. In this intensive action- packed workshop, participants are introduced to Conflict Transformation techniques, Lederach's Moral Imagination, Ethical Guidelines for Practice, Voice and Improvisation, Drama Therapy (Playback, Psychodrama and Sociometry), Community and Ensemble Building, Composition and Viewpoints, Theatre Of The Oppressed techniques. From these varied tools, the students will develop project ideas alone and in groups and then create useful, generous, and provocative theatre art that serves.

PUPPETS FOR THE PEOPLE

Join Jessica Litwak, theatre artist and drama therapist for this fun and therapeutic puppet- making workshop Learn how to make a puppet and bring him or her to life. These puppets allow workshop participants to tell their stories and freely express themselves with hands, body and voice. These workshops have been done in Palestine, India, Lebanon and all over the U.S. Using mischief and heart, these special puppets are easily and quickly made with newspaper and tape. First, we build the “brain” of the puppet; the heads are filled with sacred items and important words. The faces are formed with imagination and decorated with expression, we find the face in the paper, hold and mold the face with masking tape. Then we cover the masking tape with glue and paint and dress her/him/. Using found objects, puppets can be made anywhere, with any population quickly and with artistry, emotional/intellectual depth, and fun. Finally, the puppeteers write plays for the puppets and perform small shows with their new creations.

THREE PARADIGM ACTING

This course focues on an introduction to the Three Paradigms: 1. CRAFT (Developing the actor of precision through clarity of voice and speech, movement and expression) 2. CREATIVE RISK (Developing the actor of ideas and vision through character work and composition) 3. TRUTHFUL EMOTION (Developing the actor of authenticity through kinesthetic, psychological and emotional spontaneity and moment by moment action / reaction) Merging theories and practices of classical acting, experimental performance and method work, students will attain a toolbox of skills for future exploration and mastery. At the core of the work we will master Litwak’s Voice Progression a technique for warming up the body, voice and soul in preparation for theatrical generosity.

CREATIVE VOICING: WRITING FOR THE STAGE

Creative Voicing is a course that unites dramatic writing with voice work. At the core of the work we will master Litwak’s Voice Progression a technique for warming up the body, voice and soul in preparation for expressive generosity. Its goal is to inspire people toward free, organic expression both physically and emotionally. This exciting training is based on the idea that we each have two voices: a physical voice that needs to be supple, strong and free and an inner creative voice that has something unique and true to express to the world. Each student will leave the course with a toolbox of techniques. This work can be used effectively with all types and ages of clients. It is also vital for therapists to have access to their full powerful supple range of voice for successful expression in the classroom, office with individuals and groups.

THE VOICE PROGRESSION

Litwak’s Voice Progression is a technique for warming up the body, voice and soul in preparation for expressive generosity. Its goal is to inspire people toward free, organic expression both physically and emotionally. The progression brings participants from Connection to Self to Communication with Others (Quiet Self Care to Loud Generous Engagement)