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Unmute Yourself: Zoom Workshops with Pig Iron

Hello world. Like many of you, we’ve been on lockdown for most of the past 175 days. Pig Iron is a constellation of artists who create original work at the boundaries of theater. On the one hand, this has been hell. On the other hand, we thrive within limitations.
So yes, we aren’t going to the theater right now. But, as we all learn to communicate, breathe, and teach over Zoom, we are able to broadcast encounters with some amazing artists. The magic of Zoom allows us to teleport across the world, simulcasting workshop encounters for the first time. So we are thrilled to offer you this slate of workshops for the Fall/Winter of 2020. Restless performers, indie creators, theater- and video-makers of all sorts: check this out. 
Each workshop is approximately 12-15 hours of class time. Class size is limited: 9-15 students in each workshop. You will improvise, and you will create outside of class for review. Some classes have a little bit of reading and other prep, but our focus will be on the (virtual) studio. Our goal is to give you new vocabulary to make your own work, to share our artistic obsessions with hungry theatermakers, and to create virtual ensembles of artists who want to reach new frontiers.  

These artists have taught workshops on five continents–but normally we come to you, or you come to us. We’ve been surprised and pleased by what we can accomplish on Zoom, so we’re excited to expand our offerings into the digital world for the first time. It’s a new world; let’s keep creating it.

Note: Times for workshops before November 1 are listed in US Eastern Daylight Time. Times for workshops after November 1 are listed in US Eastern Standard Time.

Workshops | October 2020 - January 2021

Jonathan VanDyke - Performance for Video: Manners and Techniques for Work on Camera
5 sessions: Thursdays at 10:00am, October 1-29

Portraits of Jonathan VanDyke holding a colored piece of paper in front of his face.Back by popular demand! Visual artist and Pig Iron faculty member Jonathan VanDyke guides students through the history, creative possibilities, and problematics of performing on camera. With just a smartphone camera, students will create short works and experiment with video, followed by in-depth class discussion and guided crit.

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Brett Robinson - Introduction to Physical Character
6 sessions: Saturday & Sunday 1:00-3:00pm, October 3-18

Portrait of Brett Robinson, wearing a cowboy had and a fake mustache.Create deeply alive, sharply drawn characters that brim with life and imaginative force, with acclaimed actor/director/teacher and Pig Iron School graduate Brett Robinson.

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Mimi Lien - Fictional Architecture: Design Studio for Performance
5 sessions: Monday & Thursday 1:00-3:30pm, November 5-19

A black and white portrait of Mimi Lien.Pig Iron Company Member and Macarthur Award-winner Mimi Lien distills her distinctive artistic practice into a series of short lectures, thought experiments, and studio projects for review.

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Dan Rothenberg - Three Visions of Presence: Lecoq, Chaikin, Okada
6 sessions: Monday & Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm, November 9-24

Headshot of Dan RothenbergWhere does the actor focus their attention to create presence, to create a distinct performance style? Drawing from encounters and collaborations with theater visionaries ​Jacques Lecoq, Joe Chaikin, ​and ​Toshiki Okada​, Rothenberg will dig into performer presence, action, and play.

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Unleash Yourself: Cabaret with Tareke Ortiz and Dito van Reigersberg
6 sessions: select evenings November 23-December 15

Photo collage of Tareke Ortiz and Dito van Reigersberg.Edith Piaf once said, “Use your faults, use your defects, and you too can become a star!” (Maybe she did, maybe she didn’t. But that’s so Piaf, right?) Participants will explore these forbidden nooks and crannies of themselves, stuff them into the chrysalis of character, and allow them to burst forth as a song.

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Sarah Sanford & Guest Teachers - Something from Nothing: A Pig Iron Signature Workshop, now on Zoom
10 sessions: Tuesday-Saturday afternoons, January 5-16, 2021

Portrait of Sarah SanfordFor the first time on Zoom: One of Pig Iron’s signature intensives, a space to begin, a space to create. Something from Nothing is a workshop on devising, tracing the journey from a single impulse to a full performance. Learn the process of launching an original work through Pig Iron's tried-and-true creation processes.

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