Workshops & Special Events
Expand your experience beyond the classroom!
Throughout the year, the Theater Department offers special workshops and guest speakers to augment the classroom experience.
Fall 2016 Workshops and Special Events
What To Send Up When It Goes Down is a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration meant to disrupt, honor, and reclaim. An attempt to honor those lost to racist violence in America, the piece uses language, song and movement as a means of reflecting in order to cleanse and uplift.
A full production of one of the most-performed English-language operas ever, The Rake’s Progress, written by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, comes to Thorne Hall.
Performing Racial Justice
October 18, 2016
A panel, part discussion and part performance, including dynamic LA artists such as playwright/spoken word artist Aleshea Harris ("What To Send Up When It Goes Down"), librettist/poet Douglas Kearney (The Black Automaton), Artistic Director Bruce Lemon, Jr. (Watts Village Theatre Company), hip hop artivist Maya Jupiter (Artivist Entertainment), theater devisor Traci Kato-Kiriyama (Tuesday Nights at the Cafe), and Oxy Alum Faith Santilla ("Beats, Rhymes and Resistance").
Spring 2016 Workshops
Playwright Stefanie Zadravec brings a series of thought provoking exercises to her masterclass designed to inspire students to dig deeper into the issues happening around us; stretch the bounds of their work beyond the realistic and naturalistic, and to work meticulously across all writing mediums to develop a voice and creative vision that is authentic and resonant.
An Actor's Guide to a Director's Process in Rehearsal with Dámaso Rodriguez
February 27, 1pm-5pm in the Keck Theater Rehearsal Studio
An Actor's Guide to a Director's Process in Rehearsal is a 4-hour workshop designed to give young actors tools for being prepared and productive during the fast-paced professional regional theatre rehearsal process. The workshop will include; an overview of audition room, rehearsal room and on-set standards; textual analysis techniques for classical and contemporary scripts; an approach to the first day of rehearsal "on your feet" (i.e., Blocking Rehearsals); and simple approaches to making bold, active acting choices.
London Dramatic Academy Q&A with Kathryn Pogson and Shea Kelley
March 1, 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Keck Theater Rehearsal Studio
Interested in studying in London? Well, we have representatives from the London Dramatic Academy coming to Oxy! Kathryn Pogson and Shea Kelley will be here to answer all of your questions. LDA is a vibrant, rich and intensive conservatory study-abroad experience that benefits both theater majors and minors. Click here to view their website.
Cornerstone Theater Company Brown Bag with Paula Donally and Megan Wanlass
March 3, 12:45pm-1:15pm in the Keck Theater Lobby
This is an informal meet and greet with Cornerstone’s Director of Engagement, Paula Donnelly and Managing Director, Megan Wanlass (Oxy alumn) to learn more about the Institute Summer Residency. It is designed for people who are looking for insight, tools and inspiration for engaging a community toward a specific project or goal. Through classes and hands-on participation in a production, Cornerstone’s Ensemble, staff and guest artists share with students how we create a theatrical community-collaboration from start to finish.
The Stage Combat workshop will focus on the basic skills necessary for effective unarmed or hand-to-hand combat for the stage. Students will learn a choreographed fight with a partner that includes slaps, punches, kicks, chokes, rolls, and falls. The workshop will finish with student presentations of their fight to their peers and invited guests.
An extension of the New Play Festival, our Development Day will showcase two new student plays: Lonely Heart's Club by Tomas Dakan and Mixed Signals by Greg Feiner. This will be a public rehearsal with words, feedback, and snacks.
Past workshops have included:
Juggling Workshop with The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Performing History with Roger Guenveur Smith
The Business of Acting with Jesse Burch
Guest speakers have included:
Tim Sanford (Oxy alum, /artistic director of Playwrights Horizons)
Roberta Levitow (artistic director of Theatre Without Borders)
Carrie Yonekawa (Oxy alum)
Melissa Berger (agent, CED Talent)
Mitchell Gossett (agent, United Talent)
Christine Dunford (actress)
Beth Holmes (casting director, Beth Holmes Casting)
John Billingsly & Bonnie Friedericy (actors, Bonnie is an Oxy alum)
Alan Bruun (Creative Director, Disney, Oxy alum)
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