Our summer weekend intensives meet Friday night, and during the day Saturday and Sunday for a total of between 12 and 15 hours total instruction. The exact times for meetings will be arranged with the instructor. Saturday and Sunday sessions will include breaks for meals. Most intensives end with a culminating project or share for friends and family. All intensives take place at the White Pines Place, directions click here.
You must be 18 or older to participate.
Use promo code "multi" if registering for more than one weekend - receive $25 off each weekend. Note: not available for payment plan.
Friday June 15 - Sunday June 17
Writing for the Stage, with Doug Wright
In this intensive weekend seminar, we will increase our ability to write dramtically through a series of classroom exercises. Students may work on their existing projects and should be prepared to write creatively, share their work, and participate in readings and improvisatory exercises.
Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole,which played at the Nederlander Theater. His earlier plays include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Posterity, and Quills (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on A Hardbody. (Drama Desk Nomination). He adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009. Films include the screen adaptation of Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and production rewrites for director Rob Marshall, Steven Spielberg and others. Acting credits include two appearances on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers. He is president of The Dramatists Guild and on the Board of The New York Theater Workshop. He has received grants from United States Artists and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and New York University (MFA). He has been a frequent guest at Yaddo and the MacDowell Art Colonies, and has taught or guest lectured at the Yale Drama School, Princeton University, Julliard and NYU. He lives in New York with his husband, singer-songwriter David Clement and cats Glynis and Murray.
Friday June 22 - Sunday June 24
Holistic Wellness for the Artist, with Peter Danzig
Participants in this intensive will study a holistic and science-based approach to healthy living for the creative arts. They will recieve an understanding of body strengthening, conditioning, budget friendly health and nutrition information as well as a firm understanding on how to condition the body from home for dance, light acro, physical theater practice and stage combat. Living and working in the creative arts can be an exhausting endeavor but through this intensive, citizen artists will gain insight into how to strategize self-care and engagement with positive pyschology to better enhance their work on-stage and off.
Peter Danzig acquired his B.A. in Theater Arts with a focus on Acting through Temple University. Shortly after graduation, he began working nationally as an actor, model and vocalist. In addition, he began his foray into television appearing on One Life to Live, PAN AM and others, soon becoming a member of SAG- AFTRA. In 2012, Peter was awarded a full scholarship to Villanova University as their Acting Scholar, where he went on to attain his M.A. in Theater with a focus on Acting, Directing and Dramaturgy. While in graduate school, he realized his passion for wellness and its integration with theater education, fight choreography and physical theater practice and began to develop his company THEATRICAL TRAINER, an active health collective that furthers research and practice in wellness opportunities for the creative individual. With multiple certifications in personal training, kinesiology, movement coaching and life-coaching he hopes to inform the landscape of theater practice to further include a stronger connection to the body. In his free time, Peter continues to choreograph, perform and collaborates as a teaching artist and professor with organizations such as Drexel University, University of the Arts, Arden Theater Company, SAG-AFTRA, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Peter's future pursuits leave him studying to become one of the country's first Expressive Arts Pyschologists specializing in research on the creative mind and artisitcally inclined individuals.
Friday June 29 - Sunday July 1
Red Square Practice: Spontaneous Compositions, with Barbara Dilley
"The Red Square is a place to explore time space. It is a place for observation, where we watch and see and then go and inhabit. After it’s laid down on the floor, our gaze rests with the room and the Square. Nothing much is happening. Just waiting. Then something comes. ‘Like a fish leaping from water,’ we see in our mind’s eye a glimpse of our self in a still posture in the Square. We rise up, walk into the Square, and inhabit what we see.”
From This Very Moment, p. 171
The three sessions of the workshop proceed from solo to group, and then inviting Allies (props) to embellish the environment. Toward the end we will create a Director’s Chair and play with receiving instructions in the midst of improvisations, like Slower, Stop/Go back/Repeat, Multiply an Image, Find Repetition. On Saturday and Sunday after the morning sessions stay for a picnic in the park across the street if you like. Keep it simple and get your lunch at Creekside Co-op which is right there, too.
Barbara Dilley, Mt. Holyoke College ’60, trained in classical ballet, studied and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. (1963-1968), Yvonne Rainer (1966-1970), and Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of improvisation (1969-1976). She created solo and ensemble dance works and founded Natural History of the American Dancer: Lesser Known Species. In 1974 she moved to Boulder, CO, designing the Dance/Movement Studies program at Naropa University, and served as President (1985-1993). Her memoir and handbook, This Very Moment: teaching thinking dancing, was published by Naropa University Press, 2015. Available at www.barbaradilley.com.
Please note: this workshop meets for fewer total hours than the others.
Friday July 6 - Sunday July 8
Improv for Everyone, with Benjamin Lloyd.
A weekend intensive for anyone who's ever wanted to explore improvisation on the stage, and for those who have some experience and are looking for a fun weekend with great teacher (if I do say so myself!) Topics covered include:
- differences between short and longform improv
- arriving at the "90-second platform"
- comic systems and techniques, and "slow comedy"
- initiating the "tilt" in the scene
- improv without comedy
- playing characters
- working with gets and building an inventory
- identifying your improv gifts, challenges and interests.
Weekend will culminate in an improv show performed for family and friends.
Benjamin Lloyd has an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and has been improvising since 2007, when he appeared in LEAP directed by Bobbi Block at Live-Arts Fringe. In 2014 he co-founded Bright Invention, the resident longform improv group at White Pines and is now Artistic Director. He has acted in and directed Bright Invention shows for the past four years. He is also the Executive Director of White Pines Productions, and teaches improv there to, well, everyone!
Friday July 13 - Sunday July 15
Adulting with Money, with Christianne Kapps
With this intensive workshop about money you will develop a new and invigorated relationship with your earnings. We will work to dispel bad habits and reinforce good habits around spending and budgeting. We will talk about paying taxes and being responsible artists and small business owners. You will leave the session with a better understanding of your finances, means of planning for the future and tools to help you value your artistic ventures.
Some tools we will focus on:
- Setting your billable rates
- Managing your money and preparing your taxes
- Deciding about business formations – when why and how
- Developing personal and project budgets
- Analyzing your small businesses strengths and weaknesses
- Understanding financial reporting
- Determining the value and costs of your creative work
Christianne Kapps has been working with small businesses, start-ups and not-for-profit organizations throughout the greater Philadelphia area for almost 30 years. Additionally, she works with self-employed individuals to prepare tax returns and help navigate the world of the IRS as well as state and local taxes. Ms. Kapps has a BA in Art History from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from PennDesign and maintains a ceramics studio in her garage. Ms. Kapps has served on the boards of the PennDesign Alumni Association and Spiral Q Puppet Theater and is a member of the Business Association of West Parkside.
Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22
Puppets in Performance, with Michael Latini
Participants will learn about my history in puppetry performance and work with me learning the multiple styles I have mastered in my career. Some of those styles will be Muppet Style, Oversized Puppets, Bunraku (Tabletop), and Rod Puppetry. Puppets will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.
Michael Latini is a designer, fabricator, puppeteer and co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions. He began working with his carpenter father, performing in musicals, and working backstage as a stagehand, at a young age. This continued throughout college where he studied Metals, Jewelry, and CAD/CAM at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. In 2000, Michael heard his call to puppetry and found a volunteer position at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference. There he met and learned from the top of the puppetry profession. He then spent the following summer working on multiple productions with Flock Theater. After graduating college, he toured with Bear in the Big Blue House, LIVE!, as Bear. He then moved to NYC where he fabricated and/or puppeteered for Seussical the Musical (National Tour), Flower Drum Song (Broadway), Rugrats LIVE!, Miss Saigon (Broadway), Nosferatu (2003 NYC Fringe), Carnival of the Animals (Carnegie Hall), The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks (Theater Works), Firebird (Carnegie Hall), and Avenue Q (Broadway). Michael then ventured out as the man-eating plant, Audrey II, in the first national tour of Little Shop of Horrors. After returning, he co-founded Monkey Boys Productions. During this time, Michael performed for millions of people throughout North America in two more tours: Walking with Dinosaurs, The Arena Spectacular! and How to Train Your Dragon, Live Spectacular! Recently Michael puppeteered with The Muppets for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and on Saturday Night Live! www.monkyeboysproductions.com www.michaellatini.com
Friday July 27 - Sunday July 29
Devising with Consent, with Dani Bryant
This workshop is for practitioners of devised theater, arts educators, teaching artists, applied theater makers, or anyone interested in the art forms of civic or social practice. What is therapy and what is therapeutic? As artists and educators so often the lines are blurred and boundaries can become confusing. The "learn as we go" methodology is well adopted as one of the most exciting and thrilling parts of the work, but I offer that with more specific tools and frank ethical conversations our scope of practice could contain healthier boundaries and become even more effective. Both days will involve embodied, on-our-feet work as well as collaborative discussions specific to the needs and questions of the participants. A main goal of this intensive is to give you time and space to reflect on your own process and come away with new insights on your past, present, and future work.
Dani Bryant is a drama therapist in training, devised method playwright,and community arts educator working in the field of theater education for over 12 years. Her artistic work is rooted in themes of gender parity and food & body politics. She is currently most passionate about exploring the intersection between devised theater, arts education and the field of drama therapy. Dani is the founder of Knife & Fork, Cabaret Vagabond and is an Artistic Ensemble Member at Adventure Stage Chicago. Dani is currently the Director of Education at White Pines Productions and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Heath Counseling and in the process of training to become a Registered Drama Therapist. More about Dani's work can be found at www.danibryant.com