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The Solo Performance Workshop, with Martha Rynberg -Tuesdays
San Francisco, CA
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The Solo Performance Workshop, with Martha Rynberg -Tuesdays

The Solo Performance Workshop, founded by W. Kamau Bell and Bruce Pachtman in 2005, is an 8-session course designed to support the development of professional level theatrical solo performance (aka, solo show or one-person show). Each participant creates a unique and personal 15-20 minute solo performance piece using a variety of writing and performance techniques. The Workshop culminates with a public performance where each participant's work is showcased.

The Workshop 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. Members of the Workshop have gone on to perform their shows all over the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York.


MARTHA RYNBERG came to solo performance on a whim in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. (Although, she thinks of her career as blossoming when she started dancing on the top of a lounge piano for virgin Margaritas - at the age of three.) In addition to creating several solo pieces of her own, she is the original director of the W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Under her watchful, collaborative, and supportive eye, "The Curve" garnered praise from nearly every major local print media source, including The San Francisco Chronicle (Four Stars), The SF Weekly (Recommended), The SF Bay Guardian (Critic's Pick), and The East Bay Express (Critic's Choice).

Martha's own work explores the intersections of inheritance, parenting across racial lines, internalized misogyny, and adoptionism. And she has been described as the creative love-child of Jim Carrey and Carol Burnett.

Martha's current full length show, "Best Feeding" is previewing in the Bay Area this spring.

ABOUT W. KAMAU BELL (co-founder):

W. KAMAU BELL understands even more than most comedians that timing is everything. Waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2005 he appeared on Comedy Central and told his joke about the junior senator from Illinois and his chances of becoming the first black president. Comedy Central later announced that W. Kamau Bell had told the very first joke about Barack Obama. For this, Kamau was named on that network's list of Best 100 Obama Moments. Comedy Central also invited Kamau to perform his critically acclaimed solo show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, at their theater in Hollywood. The San Francisco Weekly honored Kamau as "Comedian of the Year" in 2008 and also profiled him in a cover story in 2009.

And that's not everything. Kamau has appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, where he was the only comedian to perform at both the New Faces Show and Best of The Uptown Comics. Kamau spent two years appearing regularly on radio station Live 105 as half of the movie review team Siskel & Negro. (Kamau is Negro.) The duo can still be heard online at their podcast at Roof Top Comedy. In addition to Comedy Central, Kamau's other TV appearances include Comics Unleashed, KQED's Spark, ABC's View From The Bay, and Filter on G4. As a writer, Kamau is featured in the book, What Would Bill Hicks Say? And, since 2007, Kamau has been regularly performing his hit solo show, The Curve, which has traveled to The 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. But Kamau is most proud of co-founding The Solo Performance Workshop (2005), a course for emerging artists.

Kamau has been profiled in several different newspapers, including four separate occasions in The San Francisco Chronicle (once even, not ironically, during Black History Month). The San Francisco Weekly called Kamau  - 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.



533 Sutter St (at Powell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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