Turn That Thing Off! Discussion and Signing

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome Rose Burnett Bonczek, Roger Manix, and David Storck in celebration of the publication of their new book Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in 21st Century Actor Training. 

As personal technology becomes ever-present in the classroom and rehearsal studio, its use and ubiquity is affecting the collaborative behaviors that should underpin actor training. How is the collaborative impulse being distracted and what kind of solutions can re-establish its connections?

The daily work of a theater practitioner thrives on an ability to connect, empathize, and participate with other artists. This is true at every level, from performing arts students to established professionals. As smartphones, social media, and other forms of digital connectedness become more and more embedded in daily life, they can inhibit these collaborative, creative skills. Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training explores ways to foster these essential abilities, paving the way for emerging performers to be more present, available, and generous in their work.

Rose Burnett Bonczek is a theater educator and director with over 35 years of experience in the field.  Co-author of Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide (Routledge Press) with David Storck and One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre (Routledge Press) with Steve Ansell; she is a professor of theater and director of the BFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, where she recently received Brooklyn College's award for Excellence in Creative Achievement. She has directed over 100 productions in New York, in regional theater, and in educational theater, and she is the US artistic director of Gi60 (Gone in 60 Seconds): International One Minute Theatre Festival, an annual international event that produces several hundred one minute plays on three continents; all plays are filmed and available for viewing on the Gi60 Channel on YouTube. See www.gi60.blogspot.com and the Gi60 Facebook pages for further info. 


David Storck is co-author of Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in the 21st-Century Actor Training and Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide.  He is a proud alum of the graduate directing program at Brooklyn College.  After 18 years of improvised and scripted theater in New York (including Gi60, The Lion King, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and as Artistic Director of Gotham City Improv), he moved to the Peach State where he is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design and occasionally addresses people as "y'all."



Roger Manix is co-author of Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in the 21st-Century Actor Training and Ensemble Theatre Making: A Practical Guide. He teaches acting and movement in the BFA Acting Program at Brooklyn College, along with creating coursework at The New School to develop emotional intelligence and non-cognitive skills. He's a founding member of Adjusted Realists, an award-winning NYC based theatre company which is mounting Eliza Bent's The BeyoncĂ© this summer.

Roger is an international workshop facilitator, creative director and executive coach. He is at the forefront of designing transformational experiences to highlight the relationship between Somatic Learning and play based activities. His school, Brooklyn Training Ground, is dedicated to training actor's in the Meisner technique.

Event date: 

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

Arthur Seelen Theatre
250 West 40th Street
Turn That Thing Off!: Collaboration and Technology in 21st-Century Actor Training Cover Image
ISBN: 9781138677135
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Published: Routledge - March 20th, 2018