Jeffrey H. Frace
Covers learning and application of creative methodologies for the theatre artist. Students study established systems of creative development, the use non-dramatic source texts as a foundation for adaptation into dramatic theatre pieces. Emphasizes artistic entrpreneurship, group collaboration, and applied narrative theories.
Devised Work is an umbrella term describing many kinds of theatrical performance that began not with a playwright’s words, but with the imaginations of the director and/or the ensemble. Devised work tends to be collaborative and interdisciplinary in its generation and performance. Whether political, personal, conceptual, material or in combinations thereof, some exciting hallmarks of devised work are its diversity of voices and the exponential creative wealth of a group’s imagination combining with an individual’s. There is no formula for devised work, but there certainly are many useful tools and best practices. This course is for directors, actors, dancers, musicians and designers who are keen to give theatrical writing a try, and also for writers (stage or screen) who want to attempt a different approach to generating material. Think of it as a full-immersion workshop in creativity. We will be working on our feet as well as on paper, and at the end of the quarter we will have works-in-progress to show.
Jeffrey Fracé teaches acting, movement and devising theatre at the UW School of Drama to both graduates and undergraduates. He is a founding member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, a nationally-recognized and award-winning company based in New York that specializes in devising new work. He is also a former Associate Artist of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, known for their groundbreaking collaborative projects as well as for their training techniques. Professor Fracé’s recent devised work in Seattle includes Once Upon a Time 6x in the West (Jones Playhouse), Harp Song for a Radical (Meany Studio Theatre and On the Boards), Barbarians (performed in a professional photographers’ studio) and Untying My Cement Shoes (performed in a 12,000 square foot warehouse in Ballard). This last year he also co-created 10 Real Star Acts: 100 Years of Vaudeville for the Stonington Opera House, and The Secret Social for Cleveland Public Theatre.
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