The Illyrian Players proudly present our first ever class...
HEALING THROUGH PERFORMANCE
(for actors and non-actors)
Created and led by Artistic Director and Thespomancer Carly D. Weckstein
2019 -- NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!!
SCHEDULE: Monday, February 11, 7:30pm-10:30pm Monday, February 18, 7:30pm-10:30pm Monday, February 25, 7:30pm-10:30pm Monday, March 4, 7:30pm-10:30pm
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this class is to reconnect you with your purpose as an artist, actor, performer, storyteller or creative being. We will harness playfulness, fearlessness and even fear as tools to recharge and recenter your creative spirit from the burnout of the LA hustle. We will explore the power of performance, story telling and ritual to realize the sacredness of our practice and its ability to heal our selves and each other. This class includes exercises and games from Clowning, Viewpoints, Mask Work, Theatre of the Oppressed, Theatre of Witness, Melodrama and Devised Theatre.
WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR? Actors, performance artists, musicians, comedians, dancers, performers of any kind - or literally any folx who are interested in rekindling their creative flame! This class is recommended for adults (18+) but exceptions can be made for mature high schoolers.
OVERVIEW: DAY 1 - Moving Through Stories and Spaces (Theatre of Witness, Viewpoints) Day 2 - The Masks We Wear (Clowning, Mask Work) Day 3 - Darkness and Desires (Melodrama, Theatre of the Oppressed) Day 4 - Manifest Magic (Devising from Themes/Folktales)
SIZE: 10-14 people
COST: $175 for all 4 classes, each class running 3 hours (12 hours total) DISCOUNTS: Friend Discount -- If you sign up with a friend, you each can pay $150 for all 4 classes, saving $25 per person! Accessibility Discount -- Inquire about paying in installments, this class is designed to be accessible. A couple sliding scale spots will be reserved for each class. POC prioritized for sliding scale spots. Illyrian Discount -- Special discount for ensemble members of The Illyrian Players, please inquire with Carly.
LOCATION: Thymele Arts 5481 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 Room: Stack 101
RSVP: To reserve your spot email email@example.com You will be asked to make a downpayment of $25 to hold your spot (Venmo or PayPal) Spots are limited so claim your soon!
QUESTIONS? Feel free to email any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
"I had the pleasure of working with Carly for The Red Letter Project, and it was one of the more informative artistic experiences of my adult career. There is a deftness and attentiveness she has for her performers, and the pieces she pours herself into, that brings the hardest of works to life. She moves with an honest understanding that makes it easy to play and create uninhibited work." - A'raelle Flynn-Bolden, Actor
"Carly working on a project means you will have the best opportunity to be heard and have a safe space. She encourages respect, boundaries and open dialogue, offering the most comfortable place to take big changes and explore artistically. I worked on a very personally challenging piece with Carly, which included several sexual situations. Sensing my hesitation, Carly immediately opened a dialogue about my concerns and helped my communicate my worries in a comfortable way." - Sophie Green, Actor & Director
"I have had the privilege of working with Carly, leading traumatized children of widely varied ages in a program of theatre games, collaborate exercises and artistic projects. She is a wise, enthusiastic and carefully sensitive artist, and trainer of artists." - Mark Hein, Artistic Director Actaeon Players
"Carly is collaborative, energetic and willing to try weird ideas. Her trust in her team is amazing and her jump-in-headfirst attitude inspired us." - James Ferrero, Actor & Designer
"Working with Carly is such a gift. She empowered me to feel my body and hear my voice in a way I did not know was possible at the time. She is focused, dedicated, a safe space holder, and has open ears that love and witness unconditionally. The body is a vessel for magic and healing and Carly is able to use the body to help you give voice to emotions asking to be expressed and examined. I cannot recommend highly enough working with Carly or the Illyrian Players! It will change your life." - Emma Harris, Actor & Dancer & Creator
TESTIMONIAL FROM PAST ATTENDEES:
"This class was incredibly direction-forming, passion-magnifying, and as the title suggests, HEALING!"
"Carly creates a safe artistic space where you can’t help but be genuinely playful! Right away, it felt like a safe space. I didn’t feel at all judged by the other ensemble members. I could just play. It was extremely freeing."
"The clowning and mask night changed so much for me inside and outside the 'craft' - truly a healing moment. "
"It’s been a while since I’d taken any sort of acting class, so I was nervous! But Carly created such a safe + open space, I felt completely comfortable to throw myself in, make a fool of myself, and be vulnerable. It truly felt like it was about the work, and not about “the result.” I couldn’t recommend taking a class with Carly more!"
"This class helped reconnect and reignite my wandering and forgotten passions, and has provided an updated toolkit to advise my human-person mental, emotional, and artistic self in forward life momentum!"
"Carly truly understands the ritual function of performance in healing, not only for ourselves but the larger energies that inform the work we make as socially-engaged artists. She is a true theater witch."
"Carly has a way of clearing presumptions and egos...By leading the group to construct our own sort of house, the grounding, the floor... it allowed that vulnerability to sit right up on top."