New York City
TheaterMania is proud to be the sponsor of FringeU, a series of workshops and panels that form the educational component of The New York International Fringe Festival. Topics roam a diverse landscape, from aesthetics and nuts-and-bolts technical matters, to wider issues of funding, business, and politics.
Tuesday August 22
Fundraising 101, 12-2pm
Lani Kennedy introduces the components of a successful funding campaign, including research and cultivation of prospects, project conception, grantwriting, and a calendar of activities. She discusses the roles of the artist, staff, and board in the process.
Image Theatre, 12-2pm
Turkar Coker offers a spectrum of exercises, games, and techniques drawn from the influence of the work of Augusto Boal, Bertolt Brecht, and Richard Schechner.
Step Right Up!: Burlesque, Vaudeville, & Circus, Then & Now, 2-4pm
Hovey Burgess , Master Teacher of Circus, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Andy Davis, Associate Curator, Theatre Collection, Museum of the City of New York
Trav S. D., Producer & Master of Ceremonies, American Vaudeville Theatre
Jane Goldberg, Artistic Director, Changing Times Tap
Mark Mitton, The Big Tent Show
Todd Robbins, Coney Island Wonder Worker
Barbara Stratyner, Curator of Exhibitions, NY Public Library for the Performing Arts
Sarah Safford, Artistic Consultant, Changing Times Tap
Wednesday, August 23
Bored with Your Board, 12-2pm
Barbara S. Miller leads this session which addresses boards. If you don’t yet have a board come find out from others what pitfalls to avoid, and what a really good board can look like.
Story Telling: Weaving Words, Music, & Movement, 12-2pm
Abena Appiah-Kubi Koomson and Cozi Sa Wala from Magic Words present this workshop. Influenced by the dissonance and unresolved themes of Thelonius Monk’s compositions, Ella Fitzerald’s performance clarity, the insights of poetry professor Hugh Ogden, and the voyeurism of German expressionist painting, Ms. Koomson’s work explores personal and global narratives through song, movement and rhythm.
Navigation Notes for Growing Non-Profit Organizations: Avoiding Adolescent Angst, 2-4pm
Elena Holy, Producing Director, The Present Company
Thursday, August 24
Public Relations & Marketing on the Fringe, 12-2pm
Ron Lasko, Fringe publicist, talks about everything you always wanted to know about theater PR & Marketing, but were afraid to ask. Learn the basics of public relations, from writing releases that get attention to getting critics to see your show.
Nobody Wants to See Another Solo Show, 12-2pm
Solo performer Antonio Sacre leads this workshop, asking how can we make what’s in our heads and hearts into personal and immediate live performance? In an hour of writing and an hour of exchange, participants explore what we’d do if we knew we couldn’t fail, and how to make it theatrically exciting and challenging.
Trends in Dance and Back Again, 2-4pm
David R. White, Executive Director and Producer, Dance Theater Workshop
Gus Solomons, Jr., Dancer / Teacher / Writer
Ivan Sygoda, Director, Pentacle
Boo Froebel, Curator of Phat Tuesdays at Dixon Place
Laurie Uprichard, Executive Director, Dancespace Project
Stephen Greco, Editorial Director, Platform.net
Friday, August 25
It’s a Jungle Out There…Tips for Survival, 12-2pm
Barbara Hogue leads this workshop on how to stay true to your mission without compromising your artistic integrity.
Exploring the Collaborative Process, 12-2pm
Lynn Neuman & Amy Drum of Ho-Down Showdown lead this workshop. Rooted in jazz improv traditions, the work focuses on movement, comedy, and character portrayal, exploring various methods of creating physically-based theater that optimize collaborative input. Each participant is responsible for bringing an article of inspiration, i.e. a picture, object, written article, or story creating movement and character sketches.
Theatre Means Nothing!, 2-4pm
Penny Arcade, Writer / Performer
John Clancy, Artistic Director, The Present Company
Mark Dendy, Artistic Director, Mark Dendy Dance Theater
C.J. Hopkins Playwright / Director
Kristin Marting, Executive Director, Here
Liz Thompson, Executive Director, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Julia Barclay & Donna Brady, Co-Moderators
Saturday, August 26
Cutting It Up, 12-2pm
Julia Lee Barclay of Word to Your Mama uses techniques inspired by Burroughs / Gysin of cutting and pasting everyday words and phrases. Participants create improvisational texts and movement/gestures, dealing with issues of gender, religion and class, with a special emphasis on levels of address and presences.
Whose Gender Matters, 2-4pm
Charles Busch, Actor/Playwright
David Herskovits, Artistic Director, Target Margin Theater
Keith Levy, aka Sherry Vine, Theatre Couture
Sophia Lycouris, Artistic Director, Kuntswerk-Blend/UK
Julia Barclay & Donna Brady, Co-Moderators
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