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.

Workshops and Special Events

Cornerstone Theater Company and the Highland Park Community Project
Friday, February 28, 1:55-3:55pm, Keck Rehearsal Studio (Room 208)

The February 28 workshop will introduce Cornerstone, and include activities and conversation about and for the Highland Park Project. This quick workshop relies on participants’ input for activities and conversations as we introduce elements of a community engagement process for script development and design using Cornerstone’s methods of cultural mapping, story circles and group inquiry? Come ready to share your Highland Park experience.

All are welcome! The workshop works best with a diversity of participants coming from a variety of interests and disciplines, including but not limited to visual and performing arts, social justice, American studies, urban studies, etc. 

Freestyle/Beatbox Workshop
August 31, 2019
Lead by Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan from the Broadway bound Freestyle Love Supreme will deliver a three hour workshop to Oxy students on storytelling, beatboxing and improvisational poetry/rap with an emphasis on language arts and self expression using improv thinking tools and methods of vocal percussion.

He will outline his philosophy around improv thinking and lead activities designed to help nurture healthy process around collaboration, introduce new skills based in improvisational hip-hop and storytelling, while creating an inclusive and respectful environment. 

Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan starred in "The Electric Company" on PBS/HBO and has appeared on "SportsNation", "The Daily Show", "The Real Housewives of New York City" and various programs for MTV and College Humor. He premieres on Broadway this Fall with "Freestyle Love Supreme" and has performed on stages all over the world from T.E.D. to The Edinburgh Fringe and from islands in Tahiti to the NYC Subway System.

BADA Information Session
Oct. 25, 2019
Featuring Eunice Roberts, dean of BADA

Interested in studying abroad in London? Eunice Roberts from BADA, the British Academy of Dramatic Arts, will be here on Friday, October 25 from 12:50pm to 1:45pm in JSC Morrison Lounge. Anyone interested in studying theater abroad at BADA in London is welcome to attend.

Stage Combat Workshop - CANCELLED
April 4-5, 2020
Lead by Nick Erickson

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.

Previous Workshops
Spring 2019

Acting Workshop with Actors From the London Stage
March 2, 2019
Lead by the Actors From the London Stage

This workshop will begin with group vocal and physical work. Each student will be asked to bring a one-minute monolog, either an audition piece or from a current project. The guest artists will work one-on-one with students on these pieces.

Spring 2018
April 14th, 2018
Join us for a free public rehearsal of three new plays! This year's features are:Don't Tell Caroline About the Gays by Andrew Henson, Your Name _____ by Lucas Mogerley, and Blame Softly by Isabel Schwartzberg.

Tools of Writing Trickery
March 25, 2018
Lead by Edgerton Guest Artist, Sarah B. Mantell

Tools of Writing Trickery is a workshop about tricking yourself into writing. Writing is about collecting everything you find terrifying, beautiful, hilarious, heartbreaking, and hopeful in order to make something new—something more your own. We will dive into a wide variety of short writing exercises that will expand your ability to surprise yourself with new subjects and new forms.


2016-2017 Special Events and Workshops

What to Send Up When It Goes Down
September 8, 2016
Written and directed by Aleshea Harris, recent winner of The Relentless Award for playwriting

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.

Pacific Opera Project Presents The Rake's Progress 
September 17 & 18, 2016 in Thorne Hall

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").

The Ghostlight Project
A Nationwide Theater Movement
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Join us at Keck Theater on January 19, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. as we take part in a nationwide theater movement. As part of our continuing collective desire to reinforce the ideals of inclusion, collaboration, and respect within our department, Oxy Theater is excited to announce our participation in THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT. Bring a bright light (LED’s, flashlight, phone light) and be ready to illuminate it at exactly 5:30 P.M. in solidarity to reinforce our shared theatrical ideals.

Live From the Edge
G. William Hume Theater Fellows
Friday, February 3, 2017

Redefining what theater is and who it speaks to, Live From the Edge is a unique performance event that turns the poem into a communal act.

Life: As You Know It
A workshop with Universes
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Life: As We Live It
A workshop with Universes
Sunday, February 5, 2017

Writing Workshop with Dan O'Brien
Poems and Plays
Sunday, March 26, 2017

More Past Workshops

The Poetic & The Political with Stefanie Zadravec
An Actor's Guide to a Director's Process in Rehearsal with Dámaso Rodriguez
Finding Your Voice as a Writer with Lily Blau
Jazz Aesthetics with Daniel Alexander Jones
Acting for the Camera Workshop with JP Allen
Writing for Television Workshop with Sheila Callaghan
Juggling Workshop with The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Performing History with Roger Guenveur Smith
The Business of Acting with Jesse Burch

Previous Guest Speakers

Guest speakers have included:

Stefanie Zadravec (playwright)
Dámaso Rodriguez (director, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre) 
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)