Tuesday, January 26 from 3:00 - 4:30pm
Venue: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 97205
Cost: $50 per person; discounted to $30 with enrollment in Writing and Composition for Devisers
Space limited to 15 participants
Venue: Oregon Children's Theatre, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Cost: $75 per artist group (1-3 people per group)
Space limited to 10 participants or artist groups
Ever wondered how to get more out of the scripts you direct, design or act in? Are you a writer who'd like to investigate how script structure and textual study might inform your next new work? OSF Dramaturg and Literary Manager Lue Douthit lays out the basics of a formal approach to dramaturgy in this fundamentals workshop. Using Shakespearian and other texts, Lue will demonstrate her techniques for delving deeply into script analysis, historical/cultural context, and impactful choice making for your production. This workshop is designed for writers, directors, designers, actors and devisers; creators of new work will also find resonance in how dramaturgy informs the artistic process (especially by adding on Writing and Composition for Devisers, see below). Bring something to write with and on, you’ll be working in a workshop style setup.
Lue Douthit is Director of Literary Development/Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she has worked for 21 seasons. She has been production dramaturg for more than 40 productions, including 13 world premieres (A Wrinkle in Time; Family Album; The Unfortunates; The Tenth Muse; WillFul; Throne of Blood; Equivocation; Don Quixote; Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter; Tracy’s Tiger; By the Waters of Babylon; Continental Divide and The Magic Fire) and more than a dozen Shakespeares; Douthit was co-adapter of the six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, both produced at OSF and elsewhere. Additionally, served as co-producer, Black Swan Lab (2009); and producer, Black Swan Lab (2010–2014).
Come solo, or assemble a small group of collaborators (artist groups of up to three people) to explore an idea, work in progress, or ensemble dynamic. Ellen Margolis and Jessica Wallenfels facilitate hands on, real-time exercises in writing and physicality that foster the creation of performable material in an exploratory lab setting. Get some new tools to create an original piece from the ground up, or riff on source material you're fascinated by. Those new to devising will try out what its like to perform without having a script ahead of time. All participants will have the experience of creating a short, new piece under safe but demanding circumstances. Finally, Mead Hunter will lead a reflection process to activate productive thinking about your next steps with regard to both artistry and intended audience. You'll leave with exercises to take into your next rehearsal room, whether it's a traditional process or one of your own making.
If interested in applying, please fill out the requested fields during your registration process. You'll be asked for your project name, collaborator names, and a 1 paragraph description of the project.
Ellen Margolis is a founding member of Playwrights West in Portland, Oregon. Her plays, which have been produced at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, include Prime, American Soil, What We Thought, and A Little Chatter, which appears in a collection of baseball plays from Playscripts, Inc. She has received commissions from Portland Shakespeare Project, Mile Square Theatre, Shaking-the-Tree Studio, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Excerpts from her plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus. She is also the editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Her work has been recognized by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Trustus Foundation, the Jane Chambers Competition, and the National 10-Minute Play Contest. Ellen is Chair of Theatre & Dance at Pacific University, where she teaches acting, directing, and playwriting.
Jessica Wallenfels (bio) see About.
Mead Hunter is a dramaturg, cultural critic, Professor of Theatre History at University of Portland and artistic director of the New Harmony Project, a new play development conference. He earned an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University and a PhD in Critical Studies from UCLA. He has taught performance history and text analysis at UCLA, UC San Diego, and the California Institute of the Arts. He also guest lectures on contemporary theater at institutions around the United States, and frequently consults for various art service organizations. For 10 years he served as Director of Literary Programs for A.S.K. Theater Projects in Los Angeles where he commissioned many original scripts, including Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views, Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction, Julie Jensen’s Two-Headed, and The Lively Lad by Quincy Long. He also curated a festival of ensemble-generated theater known as Common Ground and the popular Hot Properties production series at the John Anson Ford Theater from 1999-2001. From 2002-2009, Mead was Portland Center Stage’s Director Literary & Education Programs. While at PCS, he was the production dramaturg on world premieres including Outrage and Celebrity Row by Itamar Moses, Steven Drukman’s Another Fine Mess, O Lovely Glowworm by Glen Berger, and Nancy Keystone’s epic masterpiece Apollo, in addition to curating the company’s annual festival of new work, Just Add Water (JAW). He also taught frequently in PCS’s GreenHouse School of Theater, an educational institution that he founded. Mead serves on the Editorial Boards of NoPassport, an organization that publishes dramatic work by Pan-American writers, and he is on the Artistic Council of CoHo Productions.
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