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102: Intro to Devised Theater

  • Durham Fruit & Produce Co 305 S. Dillard St. Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

This six week class offers an introductory dive into the creation of original performance work. Rather than starting with words on a page, we’ll start with bodies in space as the instruments and building blocks for a performance.

What makes a captivating performance? Presence, embodiment, rhythm, environment, tension, relationship to the audience, and the list goes on. Drawing from traditions of Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Clown, we’ll be on our feet and moving most of class. This class is great for actors, improvisers, dancers, writers, and anyone who wants to incorporate new ways of storytelling into their creative practice.

All experience levels are welcome.

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Emmett Anderson is a North Carolina based actor, director, and producer. In addition to her work with Mettlesome, Emmett is a long standing ensemble member with the Delta Boys, which most recently mounted productions of ORLANDO and LOVE AND INFORMATION at Manbites Dog Theater.  

Emmett has performed locally with Playmakers Rep, Little Green Pig, The Performance Collective, and the Here & Now. In New York: Roundabout Theater Company, Columbia University, Playthings Theater, and Cloud City. 

In addition to performing, Emmett creates devised and site specifics theater pieces, directs amateur adult actors in Shakespeare productions, and teaches middle school theater. She has studied with Pig Iron Theater, Fiasco Theater Co., and holds bachelors degrees in Dramatic Art and Cultural Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. 

Earlier Event: November 14
201: Game of the Scene
Later Event: January 15
101: Intro to Improv