May 3, 2013: Workshop from 5:00-6:00; book signing from 6:00-7:00
Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide by Rose Burnett Bonczek and David Storck
A hands-on workshop with the authors including Q & A; followed by book signing
Drawing upon key elements in their book, Bonczek and Storck identify why ensembles matter, how to build a strong foundation, and how to troubleshoot when ensembles begin to truly function like families. Learn to cultivate truly collaborative ensembles and maximize your creative potential.
About the Authors:
Rose Burnett Bonczek is a director and professor of theatre arts at Brooklyn College, where she is also program head of the BFA in acting, and recipient of the Clare Tow Distinguished Teacher Award. Ms. Bonczek has directed professionally and in educational theater, nationally and internationally for over 35 years. For the past nine years, she has been the U.S. Festival director and co-producer of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): The International One Minute Play Festival (See Gi60 Channel on YouTube).
David Storck is a professor in the School of Performing Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he is developing a first-of-its-kind collegiate improvisation and sketch comedy program. He directs improvised and scripted shows, both professionally and in educational theater. Since 2000 he has taught ensemble building workshops to everyone from school children to corporate executives and fellow educators.
About the Book:
Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide is the first comprehensive diagnostic handbook for building, caring for and maintaining ensemble. Successful ensembles don’t happen by chance; they must be created, nurtured and maintained through specific actions taken by ensemble leaders and members. Achieving commons goals in rehearsal and performance requires group trust, commitment, and sacrifice. Ensemble Theatre Making is a step-by-step guide to these processes.
Candid and direct, it considers:
- How to plan and prepare for ensemble work
- The essential building blocks of ensemble
- How to identify ensemble behaviors
- Techniques for responding to and positively redirecting those behaviors
Tools, techniques and recipes for rethinking ensemble, and how to redefine it as a grounded practice rather than a question of luck. Above all, this significant new work brings decades of experience to the sometimes mystifying questions of what creates ensemble bonds, how to protect them, and how to fix them when they break.