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Devising Shakespeare

with Dody DiSanto and Alec Wild

July 24 - July 29

$500 (5 Days)

maneA collaborative inquiry into crafting a physical theater experience using rich classical text, this workshop calls to those interested in fusing vocal and physical training with dramaturgical inquiry.

This laboratory will probe how to examine and explore text beneficial to creating physical work. In order to extract the essential elements, we will push, pull, reshape and distill a chosen play. Shakespeare touches the very rhythm and raw material of life, placing all the cues in the text. A perfect ground for dissection.

Beginning with the roots of classical pantomime and the essential elements extracted from the written work, a physical and vocal language is assembled developing both micro and macro image building techniques.

The work will take place on a reduced playing area, a concept evolved from the tréteau nu of Jacques Copeau in the early 1900’s. Compressing the stage size serves to heighten spatial and ensemble awareness, acting as a framing device. In this style, corporeal strategies adapt to all manner of script interpretation.

This cooperative training cultivates our physical and collective imagination while delivering inventive tools for storytelling.

We encourage you to take this workshop in conjunction with the Celebration Barn Devising Intensive that runs July 10-22.


Dody DiSanto trained in Paris and is an esteemed teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq, whose teachings she carries forward at the Center for Movement Theatre in Washington, DC. She is also on the faculties of The Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University... read more
Alec Wild has directed more than 50 productions at theaters across the country, including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, which he cofounded and where he served as Producing Director for eight years. He is currently the Director of the Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C... read more

Register by May 1st and receive a $50 discount. A 10% discount is also available to individuals registering for more than one workshop or for group registrations from the same immediate family or performing ensemble. See the registration form for details.
NOTE: There are no earlybird, ensemble, or group discounts for retreats.

Arrival: between 3 PM and 6 PM on Monday
Departure: before 10 AM on Sunday

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