Solo Performance with Jennifer Markowitz
ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Beginner to Advanced!
For all performers and performance creators — Actors, Singers, Performance Artists, Comedians, Improvisers, Poets, Storytellers, etc–who want to develop their Ideas/Scripts into performance pieces.
Exploring their individuality, performers will create their own material in the class, covering The Idea, Story & Structure, Editing, Developing, Collaborating, Pre-Production, & Marketing. Weekly goals are set to give you the tools and inspiration for success.
Prior solo work not required. Students will immerse themselves in the theatrical art of solo performance and develop their own solo pieces through in-class and take-home assignments. We will explore the art form as text that is both written and embodied through live performance. Students will discover that “solo performance” is a broad descriptor and includes storytelling, performance art, monologue, character-based work, and stand-up comedy.
The classroom will become our laboratory where students will develop, experiment, and demonstrate a proficiency in diverse performance skills, including the following:
The generation of storytelling moments through physicality
The innovative use of objects and images as storytelling devices
The ability to empathize with a chosen person or subject and therefore step into the shoes of another
These skills will be developed through individual and collaborative group work. Class will conclude with an Invited Performance Excerpt.
About the Instructor:
Jennifer Markowitz has recently moved to Raleigh, NC to work for Burning Coal Theatre Company as Director of Education. She has spent most of her 25 years as a director sampling place and how that informs theatre performance. She is the original director of Will Kern’s Hellcab, which ran for over nine years at Chicago’s Famous Door Theatre. She also directed award-winning productions of this play in Edinburgh, Los Angeles, Dublin and throughout Israel. Her Chicago production of Never Come Morning at Prop Thtr won nine Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Director and Best Production. Also in Chicago, at Mary Arrchie Theatre Company, she directed the critically acclaimed productions of Kenneth Brown’s The Brig (2013) and Hellish Half-Light: Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett (2014).
At the William Inge Center of the Arts, she co-directed (with Artistic Director Karen Carpenter) Donald Margulies: American Dreamer, A tribute to Donald Margulies for the 34th William Inge Festival and both curated and directed Scenes at the Inge House — A site-specific production of scenes from William Inge plays, performed in different rooms throughout William’s Inge’s childhood home.
In England, where she received her Master’s Degree in Theatre Research/Practice at the University of Warwick, she formed a site-based theatre company called Trema (a German term referring to both stage-fright and the moment prior to a psychotic break). With Trema, she directed site-responsive productions of Our Town: Act III (Thornton Wilder), Spring Awakening (Frank Wedekind), Crave (Sarah Kane), A Dream Play(August Strindberg) and Far Away (Caryl Churchill). Also in England, she directed Stray, a production of three short plays on separate sites within same location: Victoria Station (Harold Pinter), The Wayfarer (Valerii Bryusov), and Fewer Emergencies (Martin Crimp).