This three hr. workshop is designed for both experienced and inexperienced players as a way of looking at oppression, finding acceptance for the unique, and recognizing the value of every human being.
Participants explore the themes of marginalization through theater games, dramatic structures and mask exploration leading toward the development of characters and short scenes. This workshop also has a list of the theater tools used in the workshop that can be used by professionals who wish to take the work into classrooms and community settings.
About the facilitator: Jean Minuchin runs The World and Eye Arts Center, which produces hands-on workshops and programming focusing on social issues through the arts. Jean has 20 + years in arts education in schools and community. She ran a middle school theater program, trainings for clown care in hospitals, directed intergenerational arts programs and developed school-based arts for literacy curricula. As a performance artist, Jean uses her degrees in arts and theater to cultivate a hybrid form of visual theater. Recent plays written, performed and toured by Jean include “Beneath the Hood” a solo mask play exploring the role of outcasts in a fictional community and “Odyssey in the Land of Shadows” a puppet play about the nature of grief and healing. She has performed at two NYU Forums, WaxWorks in Brooklyn, NY, at the National Puppetry Fringe Festival 2013 and at THE NERVE performance art festival in Fort Lauderdale. Jean’s solo performance, “Still Life of an Orange and Other Puppet Parables” appeared in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in California. www.jeanminuchin.com