Essence Work with Shana Cooper

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All interested TDPS directors, actors, designers and theatre-makers are invited to take part in a 3-day intensive Essence Work workshop with Shana Cooper, nationally renowned director and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company ensemble member.
All meetings 10-11:50am in Cafritz, 
in conjunction with Jennifer Barclay's Viewpoints class:
Tuesday, April 4
Thursday, April 6
& Tuesday, April 11
If you are interested:
--Please RSVP to Jennifer Barclay:
--Plan on attending during the entire class period on all three days
--Wear clothes to move in
Essence Work:
Shana first conceived of Essence Work at the Yale School of Drama, and has been developing, challenging and refining the rubric ever since. Essence Work challenges directors, actors, and designers to work together to create non-verbal performances that explode the physical, visual, and aural landscapes of a play, facilitating new forms of theatrical expression. Ms. Cooper has uses this methodology extensively in her rehearsal processes, including The Nether and the upcoming Hir at Woolly Mammoth, and Julius Caesar at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Shana Cooper:

Directing credits include American Night, Romeo and Juliet (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Unfortunates (World Premiere Musical),Love’s Labor’s Lost (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Venus In Fur (Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company), The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (California Shakespeare Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Playmakers Rep);Camino Real (New York University MFA Program); Three Sisters (The Studio/New York); A Lie of the Mind (American Conservatory Theater MFA Program); The Whale Play, Twelfth Night Parking Lot Project (New Theater House); The Ghost Sonata, Richard III(Yale School of Drama); Oklahoma (Hangar Theatre). Shana was the Associate Artistic Director of the California Shakespeare Theater (2000-2004), and also a Cofounder of New Theater House with Yale School of Drama alumni (2008-present). Awards include: 2014 U Grant – Funded by The Melon Foundation and Administered by TCG, 2010 Princess Grace Award, Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize in Directing (Yale School of Drama), Drama League Directing Fellow, TCG Observership Grant, OSF Phil Killian Directing Fellow, G. Herbert Smith Presidential Scholarship. MFA, Yale School of Drama.Upcoming projects include The Unfortunates at A.C.T. in SF and The Nether at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.