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The Seeing Place has taken its Education Program ONLINE!

 

As you know, like other theaters across the state The Seeing Place had to shut its doors when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold on New York City. Gathering together in groups is a prerequisite for live theatre, so we have canceled or postponed some of our productions and events. The well being of our audience, artists, and team is our first priority.

To continue our work and passion at TSP and continue bringing our mission to New Yorkers, we have come up with exciting ways to entertain and educate you remotely - all from the comfort of your own home.

We've created two online series: our Professional Education Program and TSP Insiders Program to serve both Professional Artists and Theater Lovers, alike. Take a look at our offerings below, and join us when you can.

 

Click one of these links to choose a class/workshop based on your interests:

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UPDATED 8/1/2020: In the wake of police violence, against Black bodies as well as the general public who are peacefully protesting that very violence, we are pausing our education and outreach program. To be notified of when we resume, please join our mailing list. Please read our Statement of Action and Solidarity and commit to educating yourself on how you might take better action to stop white supremacy.

In the meantime, we have been taking action by producing readings of plays to benefit local social justice organizations. On August 29 & 30, 2020 we're presenting A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare to benefit The Ali Forney Center.

In July we presented DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka to benefit Black Theatre Network.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED 8/1/2020: In the wake of police violence, against Black bodies as well as the general public who are peacefully protesting that very violence, we are pausing our education and outreach program. To be notified of when we resume, please join our mailing list. Please read our Statement of Action and Solidarity and commit to educating yourself on how you might take better action to stop white supremacy.

In the meantime, we have been taking action by producing readings of plays to benefit local social justice organizations. On August 29 & 30, 2020 we're presenting A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by William Shakespeare to benefit The Ali Forney Center.

In July we presented DUTCHMAN by Amiri Baraka to benefit Black Theatre Network.

 

 

 

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To find out when new workshops are posted, please join our mailing list or visit us online:

 

 

 

We maintain a year-round ensemble of actors and directors that are mentored in all elements of creating their own work, with mentoring in community outreach, fundraising, goal setting and production. We also present bi-weekly artistic workshops where we offer our members advanced training in script analysis, acting technique, personal expression and character development.

We’re also committed to developing our ensemble as individual leaders. Each week we curate articles and videos as a part of our “Leadership Grab Bag,” with topics that include motivation, creativity, leadership, non-profit management, and the politics or art. Not only does our company benefit from the shared knowledge and inspiration, but by reading and participating each week members have a chance to step into their own leadership and become even more powerful and insightful theater-makers.  

Those who demonstrate commitment to ensemble work & passion for self-producing and want a more artistic voice within the company may become apprentices for Company Membership. All apprentices get hands-on training in one area of producing per mainstage production, choosing from the following categories: Arts Education, Community Outreach, Costume Coordination/Construction, Digital Media, Dramaturgy, Fundraising, Grants, Literary Management, Marketing, Patron Services/Events, Production Management, Prop Coordination/Construction, Public Relations and Social Media. Interested members are also mentored in directing and design.

Occasionally we make our classes and workshops open to the public. To be notified when our next training workshops will be, join our mailing list.

NYC Actors: To submit for consideration to join our ensemble, please visit our Membership page.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
12-2pm Eastern Time
$15 per class

SCRIPT ANALYSIS:

NAILING YOUR OBJECTIVE

 

In TSP's NAILING YOUR OBJECTIVE Workshop, learn new ways to identify your character's objective using TSP's methodology for bringing the actor's voice to their work. Before the workshop, please select a scene from a play you'd love to do and bring it to the workshop, and be prepared to take notes. After this two-hour workshop, you'll walk away with a better understanding of the character's wants, needs and desires. Taught by TSP Executive Artistic Director, Erin Cronican, with support of The Seeing Place's ensemble members.

This workshop is perfect for both emerging actors and established actors, especially those who are looking for new ways to explore their craft.

 


 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
6-8pm Eastern Time
$15 per class

SCRIPT ANALYSIS:

UNDERSTANDING CHARACTER

 

In TSP's UNDERSTANDING CHARACTER Workshop, learn new ways to create a character using TSP's methodology for bringing the actor's voice to their work. Before the workshop, please select a scene from a play you'd love to do and bring it to the workshop, and be prepared to take notes. After this two-hour workshop, you'll walk away with a better understanding of how to bring yourself to that role. Taught by TSP Producing Artistic Director, Brandon Walker, with support of The Seeing Place's ensemble members.

This workshop is perfect for both emerging actors and established actors, especially those who are looking for new ways to explore their craft.

 


 

Saturday, May 2, 2020
12-2pm Eastern Time
By Donation

DISCUSSION:

THE MAKING OF
"ANIMAL FARM"

 

A "behind the curtain" discussion about the creation of TSP's top-selling and most critically-acclaimed production, ANIMAL FARM. Led by co-directors Erin Cronican and Brandon Walker and actors William Ketter and Laura Browne, hear about how the play was adapted from the novel including what challenges they found along the way, as well as fun anecdotes and stories. Included will be a Q&A with the artists.

For information about this production, click here.

This discussion is perfect for those who saw the production, those who love learning about devised theater, and those who were unable to attend but wanted to. 

 


 

Sunday, May 3, 2020
12-2pm Eastern Time
By Donation

PLAY READING CLUB:

"HAMLET"

 

In this community-driven event, you'll try your hand at reading Shakespeare's HAMLET, then (with the help of a study guide) discuss the play with fellow club members. A snippet of the play will be read aloud by members of The Seeing Place's ensemble. Led by Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, Co-Artistic Directors of The Seeing Place.

HAMLET was a part of TSP's 4th Season: click to learn more about it.

This event is perfect for people who love Shakespeare, as well as those who are giving his work a try for the first time. Beginners welcome!

 


 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
5-7pm Eastern Time
By Donation

ROUNDTABLE:

INDIE STAGE MANAGEMENT

 

This STAGE MANAGER ROUNDTABLE is geared toward early-mid career Stage Managers who want to know more about working on "indie" contracts (99 seat/Shoecase Code/Store Front/ Equity LOA) in NYC, LA, Chicago and beyond.

Meet stage managers who are currently working on these levels of independent contracts, and learn about the joys and challenges that come when stage managing at these lower budget levels.

This event is perfect for professional stage managers or stage management students. It is also a great educational and networking opportunity for indie producers.

Current Speakers include (subject to change):

Michael Friedlander - he/ him/his (Los Angeles: Surflight, Ogunquit)

Kate Johnson - she/them/they (Boston: Americana Theatre Co, Shakespeare & Co)

Shannon Formas - she/her/hers (New York City: The Seeing Place, Broadhollow Theatre Co)

Pat Loeb - she/they/them (Los Angeles: International City Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company)

Melvin S Marsh - he/him/his (Augusta, GA)

Elizabeth Sophia Strauss - she/her/hers (New York City: Here Arts Center, the Kennedy Center)

Mackenzie McGuire - she/her/hers (New York City: The Seeing Place and American Renaissance Theatre Company)

Hjørdis Linn-Blanford - (New York City: La Mama, The Performing Garage)

Fisher Brawner - he/him/his (South Georgia: The Springer Opera House, Lafayette Society for The Performing Arts)

 


 

Friday, May 8, 2020
2-4pm Eastern Time
$15 per class

PREPARATION:

INTRO TO
LINKLATER TECHNIQUE

 

Intro to Linklater Voice Technique takes you through a series of step-by-step practical exercises that include relaxation, awareness of breathing, the experience of voice vibrating in the body, how to open the throat, the development of resonance and range, and the articulating activity of lips and tongue.

Led by TSP teaching Artist Jon L Peacock, this workshop is perfect for any level of actor who is looking for new ways to exercise and maintain their speaking voice for stage or screen.

 


 

Friday, May 8, 2020
4-5pm Eastern Time
SOLD OUT

DISCUSSION:

CAREER Q&A FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

 

We know how difficult this time must be for high school and college seniors who are seeing their senior shows and graduations get canceled. So we've created a coaching program where students can ask any career-related questions they have which will help them begin to navigate the professional world of acting.

Led by TSP Executive Artistic Director Erin Cronican, who is a longtime member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA and has been coaching actors on the business of acting since 2007.

 


 

Monday, May 11, 2020
6-7:30pm Eastern Time
SOLD OUT

DISCUSSION:

CAREER Q&A FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

 

We know how difficult this time must be for high school and college seniors who are seeing their senior shows and graduations get canceled. So we've created a coaching program where students can ask any career-related questions they have which will help them begin to navigate the professional world of acting.

Led by TSP Executive Artistic Director Erin Cronican, who is a longtime member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA and has been coaching actors on the business of acting since 2007.


 

 

Sunday, May 17, 2020
2-4pm Eastern Time
By Donation

DRAMA BOOK CLUB:

"CLOUD 9"

 

 

In this community-driven event, you'll try your hand at reading Caryl Churchill's CLOUD 9, then (with the help of a study guide) discuss the play with fellow club members. A snippet of the play will be read aloud by members of The Seeing Place's ensemble. Led by Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, Co-Artistic Directors of The Seeing Place.

CLOUD 9 was a part of TSP's 8th Season: click to learn more about it.

This event is perfect for people who love Churchill's work, as well as those who are giving her plays a try for the first time. Beginners welcome!

This program is free but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated for those who can afford it.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 


 

Thursday, May 21, 2020
2-4pm Eastern Time
By Donation

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION:

DISABILITY IN THEATER

 

The theater can be a very welcoming place for all kinds of people to participate, but it can also be challenging for those who live with cognitive, emotional, physical disabilities or chronic illness. The Seeing Place Theater works with several disabled artists and we've put together this roundtable to talk about their successes, their difficulties, and their vision for a better theater for all.

This event is perfect for actors, directors, producers, or theater lovers who want to know more about inclusivity and accessibility in independent theater.

This program is free but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated for those who can afford it.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 


 

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:30-6:30pm Eastern Time
By Donation

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION:

IMMIGRANTS WORKING AND THRIVING IN THE US

 

 

 

There are thousands upon thousands of immigrant artists who make their way to the United States each year, and at The Seeing Place we've been lucky to work with dozens of them from many different countries. This roundtable is designed to bring some of our artists together to talk about their successes and difficulties navigating the theater scene, as non-Americans on all different visa types: student, O-1, green card.

NOTE: This is not a legal workshop - rather, it's a time to hear about the artistic side of being an immigrant artist in the USA. This event is perfect for immigrants in any city in the USA, and for those outside of the USA who are exploring the possibility of moving here.

This program is free but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated for those who can afford it.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 


 

Saturday, May 23, 2020
5-7pm Eastern Time
$15

ACTING:

SPEAKING SHAKESPEARE

 

Shakespearean language does not have to sound foreign or poetic. In this workshop, students will work with a monologue of their choice and learn some basic tools to speak simply and clearly - in a way that even those new to Shakespeare can understand. Taught by TSP Producing Artistic Director, Brandon Walker, with support of The Seeing Place's ensemble members.

This class is appropriate for actors (either emerging or established), directors, and even theatre lovers. 

Limited to 10 participants so there's guaranteed time to work. A waitlist will be available if we reach capacity.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 


Sunday, May 24, 2020
3-5pm Eastern Time
By Donation

DISCUSSION:

CAREER Q&A FOR GRADUATING SENIORS

 

 

We know how difficult this time must be for high school and college seniors who are seeing their final shows and graduations get canceled. So as a way to give back, we've created a coaching program where students can ask any career-related questions they have which will help them begin to navigate the professional world of acting.

This discussion is perfect for any student ages 16-22, but this program is specifically designed for those who are actively graduating from high school or college in 2020.

Led by TSP Executive Artistic Director Erin Cronican, who is a longtime member of AEA/SAG-AFTRA and has been coaching actors on the business of acting since 2007.

This program is free but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated for those who can afford it.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.


 

 

Saturday, May 30, 2020
2-4pm Eastern Time
$15

ACTING:

PERFECTING YOUR MONOLOGUE

 

In TSP's PERFECTING YOUR MONOLIGUE Workshop, learn new ways to identify your character's wants, needs and desires using TSP's methodology for bringing the actor's voice to their work. Before the workshop, please select a monologue - either one you've used before, or one you're newly preparing - and be prepared to perform the piece and take notes. After this two-hour workshop, you'll walk away with a better understanding of how to bring yourself to the piece while also attending to the demands of the play. Taught by TSP Executive Artistic Director, Erin Cronican, with support of The Seeing Place's ensemble members.

Limited to 6 actors so there's guaranteed time to work. A waitlist will be available if we reach capacity.

This workshop is perfect for both emerging actors and established actors and is best for those who are open to new ways to strengthen their audition monologue.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 


 

Sunday, May 31, 2020
2-4pm Eastern Time
By Donation

DRAMA BOOK CLUB:

"THREE SISTERS"

 

In this community-driven event, you'll try your hand at reading Anton Chekhov's work, then (with the help of a study guide) discuss the play with fellow club members. A snippet of the play will be read aloud by members of The Seeing Place's ensemble. Led by Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, Co-Artistic Directors of The Seeing Place.

THREE SISTERS was a part of TSP's 3rd Season: click to learn more about it.

This event is perfect for people who love Chekhov's work, as well as those who are giving his plays a try for the first time. Beginners welcome!

This program is free but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated for those who can afford it.

A Zoom link will be sent on the morning of the event.

 

 

 

 

 


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