SOLO PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
8 weeks. Your story. Your solo show.
Summer Sessions begin in May!
Saturdays, 10a-1p - starting May 4th - 1 Spot Left!
Thursdays, 10a-1p - starting May 9th - FULL
With SPW you will write, develop and perform a unique and personal 15-minute solo performance piece in 8 sessions. You'll work collaboratively -- get loads of support -- and learn a variety of writing and performance techniques. Under the guidance of a experienced teacher and director, Martha Rynberg, you'll try new things and s-t-r-e-t-c-h creatively. That's right, we're not kidding, you'll write a solo show in 8 weeks and then perform it, on stage, with a real live audience.
Class Time: Saturdays or Thursdays, 10a-1p
Saturdays: May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22
Thursdays: May 9, 16, 23, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 (FULL)
Class Shows: TBA
Class Fee: $425 ($99 deposit due now)
SPW is recommended for performers of all disciplines, including actors, writers, comedians, spoken word artists, musicians and dancers. All levels of experience are welcome, from those who have never been on stage before to those preparing a piece for a professional production or audition.
SPW, founded by W. Kamau Bell and Bruce Pachtman in 2005 and now under the direction of Martha Rynberg, has proudly graduated dozens (and dozens!) of artists who have performed all over the Bay Area - WordsFirst, the Marsh, Tell it On Tuesday, Solo Sundays, City Solo and the SF Theater Festival. Members have also been featured in Los Angeles and New York at The New York International Fringe Theater Festival, Midtown International Theater Festival, and the Comedy Central Stage.
ABOUT MARTHA RYNBERG (Teacher & Director):
MARTHA RYNBERG collaborates with performance artists to find the story in personal histories and social/political movements. Her directorial debut was the internationally acclaimed W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, and the basis for FX's 2012 television series, Totally Biased. Martha works with performers all over the country. She is also a founding member of Mixed, Blend & Whole, a queer multidisciplinary and multicultural performance collaborative. Martha's own work, Lady Parts, explores the dark and hilarious corners of inheritance, parenting, and internalized misogyny. Really, it's funny.
ABOUT W. KAMAU BELL (Co-Founder):
W. KAMAU BELL understands even more than most comedians that timing is everything. Waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2005 told the very first joke about Barack Obama on Comedy Central, earning him a spot on the network's list of Best 100 Obama Moments AND an invitation to perform his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, at their Hollywood theater. The San Francisco Weekly honored Kamau as the "Comedian of the Year" in 2008 and also profiled him in a cover story in 2009, calling him "smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho" - but he was more excited that they called him handsome. So really, it's no surprise that FX and Chris Rock are smitten with him - and conspired with him to build a new television show, Totally Biased.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE $99.00 DEPOSIT SECURES A SPOT FOR YOU IN THE CLASS. THE DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
500 William Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|