Monthly Archives: April 2013
Under the guidance of director/choreographer Daniel Jáquez, emerging and intermediate level directors will have a chance to hone their skills in a safe environment.
Are you tired of waiting for a chance to work on your craft? Are you looking for an forum to show your peers what you are working on? Are there actors in Seattle you have been wanting to work with? Is there a play or performance you have been wanting to delve into? This is an opportunity to work on the staging of a play or scene you have in mind with actors of your choice.
Directors will bring in 5 – 8 minutes of material previously rehearsed. If there is text, actors must be off book. 2 – 3 person scenes maximum. No self-direction.
Design elements must be used including lights and music (during or between scenes). eSe Teatro will provide a CD player, a clip light with a few basic gel colors, chairs and a table. Actors can bring in anything they feel is necessary to tell the story of the scene as they see it.
In this Lab setting renowned director Daniel Jáquez will help you evaluate your work in terms of communication with actors, focus, artistic intent, point of view and other key directorial elements. In that process of working on your feet, changes will be made and incorporated into the work. You might be asked to consider spacing, more interesting staging and other creative and aesthetic solutions. All directors will present their work at least one day. Their actors must be present.
Directors must send the script to Daniel Jaquez via firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior. This gives Daniel a chance to study each director’s script.
Class size: 8 Directors
Something Borrowed, Something New–Adaptation is a marriage of ideas with a rebirth of style. Using the classical script as a path, writers, directors and actors will tease out and explore the important issues of a chosen play as a group. Participants will learn the tools for creative analysis and improvisation, freeing themselves to find creative solutions.
“As a class, we will explore the classic “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca. (The play must be read prior to class.) We will begin by digging into the original text, its purpose, structure, ideas, and value in today’s world. We will then reach into our current world and life experiences to come up with parallels that are important to us. Structured improvisations will help to generate dialogue. For the second day of the workshop, participants will write a response (a scene, a monologue)to what was explored. These will be read/ performed in class.
Writers that want to create from improve are strongly encouraged.
This workshop is open to all with the desire to explore and come up with creative solutions. This is not a traditional writing workshop.”
Class size: 8 to 12 participants.
eSe Teatro: Seattle Latinos Take Stage is looking for:
Designers (set, costumes, lights, sound, & props)
for its upcoming production of Don Quijote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle, written by Rose Cano, directed by Arlene Martinez. All ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Some working-knowledge of Spanish is needed to understand the script.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Don Quijote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle is a relevant adaptation of the Golden Age classic that explores the challenges of maintaining a person’s dignity while living on the streets. This script has been developed by doing readings at several organizations that provide services for the homeless, where homeless people provided us with their feedback on how they felt they were being represented on stage. Last year, we presented a staged reading at ACT as part of Hansberry Project’s Multicultural Playwrights’ Festival, where we provided twenty tickets to two different homeless services organizations to bring their constituents to this prestigious downtown theatre to see this play.
Now, after two years of development, we are ready to present a full production at Rainier Valley Cultural Center in Columbia City.
Applicants must be available for the following production schedule:
June 1 – First Production Meeting (time/location TBD)
July 28 – Designs Ready (final drafts, open to change during the rehearsal process)
Rehearsals start – Aug 19
Tech – Oct 13
Show: Oct 16 – Nov 3
Stipend available for all positions. To apply, please send a Resume and cover letter to email@example.com by April 27, 2013. Designers must also submit work samples (past production shots).
eSe Taller/eSe Workshops is in full swing, with two workshops down, and three to go. Following is an account of our latest venture at Washington Hall.
Last Monday, 10 of us embarked on a 6-hour journey in the interest of both getting better at and partially demystifying The Audition Process for ourselves, with eSe Teatro’s guest instructors, local luminaries Valerie Curtis-Newton (of Hansberry Project and UW Theatre Dept) and Andrew Russell (of Intiman’s Summer Festival).
The first evening was spent around a table talking, mainly, about just *entering/leaving the room*:
1.) Does your headshot convey what you want it to?
2.) What type are you?
3.) Which famous person do people say you look like or you’d like to emulate?
4.) What is your energy like when you walk into the audition room?
5.) How should you greet/treat the folks auditioning you?
6.) How should you begin/end your showing of work?
We went around the table and looked at the headshots of those who’d brought them, with the instructors telling us honestly whether they’d call someone back or not based only on the photo and/or what they might possibly call them back for, which was extremely interesting, eyeopening and useful…possibly a little shocking to some participants.
This segued into a small discussion on type and again, we went around the table discussing those actors we’d always been compared with as well as those we’d LIKE to be compared with. Again, an interesting discussion and informative discussion.
We learned more about the do’s and don’ts of entering the room & greeting the folks on the other side of the table (always be friendly and easy-going!), as well as some of our instructors’ pet peeves in any given audition situation (don’t apologize for yourself or your work!) and some info on what they’d like to see (anything NEW!) when you’re up on your feet – watching 800+ monologues in any given situation can probably get a little mind-numbingly monotonous, especially with the advent of multiple repeats.
Given the sometimes brutally honest comments made in regards to our headshots and/or personal demeanor on Monday, there
was some tension in the air as we arrived for Wednesday’s portion of the workshop, which was spent entirely getting up, one by one, walking into the room and presenting/working audition monologues for feedback.
This portion of the class was even more useful, and the feedback helpful and constructive. Some participants were asked to enter the room more than once before monologues were even started – others were given physical, tactical and/or viewpoint suggestions (even as simple as “try it again sitting in a chair” or “pretend she’s right THERE”) that transformed their pieces tenfold.
Overall, the workshop was a wonderfully succinct and practical way to spend two evenings (and $75), and chock-full of both stock and personal professional information that seemed to serve all participants well! Though of course, I guess we won’t know until we test it out in person!
If you’ve missed the first two eSe Taller workshops, you still have a couple chances left to participate coming up in May, with Danial Jaqeuz’s two workshops geared to Directors and artists interested in Adaptation, and Carter Rodriguez’s workshop geared towards actors wanting more exposure to Shakespeare’s work.
You can register and find more information by clicking here.
Daniel Jaquez is leading TWO workshops with us in May. I know you all know that! Daniel is coming all the way from New York City, after making a stop for his play’s world premiere at The Miracle Theatre in Portland. He sent us a message about his hopes and goals for each workshop.
The Book-It style performance class was fantastic! Myra is such an inspirational theatre artist. She was a great facilitator, and helped everyone feel welcome, no matter their level of experience.
I feel the class helped me not only brush up on my acting skills, but get a look into the arduous work that Book-It adapters, directors, and performers handle on a regular basis.
Not only did it give us all a chance to explore the Book-It style, but we also had the opportunity to network with other local theatre artists. I look forward to more workshops hosted by eSe Teatro.
Marquicia participated in eSe Taller’s The Art of Performance in the Book-It Style workshop, which took place on Monday, March 15, at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District. Read the full lowdown HERE!
Please join us for the remaining workshops in the eSe Taller series:
- Auditioning for Actors and Directors with Intiman Theatre’s Valerie Curtis-Newton and Andrew Russell April 8 & 10
- Director’s Lab with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC May 9 & 11
- Adaptations – Creating New Work Based on Classics with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC May 10 & 11
- Shakespeare: Text, Voice and Body with Carter Rodriguez of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre May 18, 20 & 23
ALL WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE AT WASHINGTON HALL, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, 98122
Click HERE for information and registration