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ATTENTION! as of 7/17, if you're having a problem with registering on this site, there are still a couple of slots available for this workshop. Please contact to let us know you're coming so we can reserve a space for you. Sorry for any inconvenience"

presented by foolsFURY as part of the FURY Factory Festival of Ensemble Theater
Saturday & Sunday, July 19th and 20th, 12-5pm
Z Below Theater, 450 Florida St, SF 94110
Quinn Bauriedel/Pig Iron Theatre

Great plays are far more than words on a page.  They embody an ever-expanding set of skills: presence, musicality, tension, story, character, specific relationships with an audience, light, space, gestures, dialogue, monologue, stillness, climaxes and a specific heart-beat.  These are the tools we use to build a work of theatre from the simplest of origins - a set of questions, or a piece of music that moves something in us, or a unique space.

Where do we go from there?  SOMETHING FROM NOTHING is a workshop on devised theatre, tracing the journey from a single impulse to a full performance.  Alongside improvisations to find theatrical sparks with the starting material, we train specific skills so that the resulting pieces are crafted with attention to the smallest detail.

Learn the process of creating an ensemble-based work of theatre through Pig Iron's tried-and-true creation processes. Participants will be given performance assignments which must be solved as an ensemble.  The playwriting and directing duties will be shared among the ensemble, and decisions will be made collaboratively.

This workshop emphasizes generating original material, physicalizing characters and theatrical ideas, structuring group improvisations into finished pieces and the role music and rhythm play in theatrical creation. Participants will work on taking material developed through improvisation and turning it into pieces that are precise, full, exuberant, and moving.  

BRING: a water bottle, a notebook, dress to move and wear neutral colors free of prints or images.

Quinn Bauriedel bio:
Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Since 1995, Quinn has been one of the leading artists with the company, co-creating nearly all of the company's 25 original works of theatre and touring them to venues and festivals in Brazil, Germany, Scotland, England, Romania, Poland, Peru, Italy, Ukraine, Lithuania and Ireland, among others. Additionally, Quinn and Pig Iron regularly present their work in New York City and have toured throughout the States including engagements in San Francisco, Washington, DC, Princeton, Providence, Cambridge, Atlanta, Tampa, Logan (Utah), among others.  He has directed, designed and performed with the company since its inception. Quinn received an Outstanding Direction Barrymore Award nomination for Welcome To Yuba City, which was nominated for 6 Barrymores including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Overall Production.  Quinn received an Outstanding Choreography Barrymore for his collaborative work on Cafeteria and also won for Outstanding Ensemble for Mission To Mercury.  The company has been recognized as "one of the few groups successfully taking theatre in new directions" by the New York Times who also named Chekhov Lizardbrain, in which Quinn performs and was one of the co-creators, as one of the Top 10 Productions of 2008.  Pig Iron has been named Theatre Company of the Year by the Philadelphia Weekly, City Paper and Philadelphia Magazine.  Welcome To Yuba City was featured on the cover of American Theatre magazine in February 2010, as was The Tragedy of Joan of Arc (January, 2000) which Quinn directed. Quinn was a Henry Luce Fellow in Bali, Indonesia in 2000-2001 where he served on the faculty of the State College of Indonesian Arts and studied Balinese dance, mask work and music.  In 2002, he and his Pig Iron co-artistic directors (Dan Rothenberg and Dito van Reigersberg) were named Pew Fellows in Performance Art. In 2007, he received one of 6 national Fox Foundation Actor Fellowships.

Quinn has taught courses in acting and movement theatre since 2001 at Swarthmore College.  Additionally, he has been on the faculty of the Headlong Performance Institute since its inception in 2007 and has taught at Princeton University since 2005.  Quinn has taught workshops at the Alternative Theatre Festival in Budapest, Les Kurbas Theatre in Lviv, Ukraine, Arts on Location in Bangkok, Thailand, Cabuia Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Princeton University, Stanford University, UVA, Wesleyan university, Utah State, Georgetown, American University, and UPenn, among other workshops.  Additionally, he has taught professional theatre training workshops in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco for the past 12 years.


Z Below (View)
450 Florida St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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