March 31, 2015

MAKING IT! Or Creating Material through Improvisation by Audrey Crabtreee

Whatever your performance medium, learn to use the spark of spontaneity and your physical presence to develop original dynamic material for stage and screen. This playful workshop will employ basic and advanced improvisation and writing techniques to develop character, situations and explore themes. Learn and practice development techniques to capture your creativity and refine this raw material into performance ready work. Participants will practice the techniques as individuals and in groups. Original exercises were developed from theatre and physical games rooted in Boal, Spolin, and Zaporah. Actors, bouffons, clowns, writers, stand-ups, directors, musicians, movers and the curious are welcome!

Sunday April 19th 1:00 - 5:00pm
Above The Fishtank Performance Studio
1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City MO 64108
$50 -

For more information, contact Byrd Productions at 816-305-8188

Audrey Crabtree KCMO Native, is a collaborative artist, writer and director and instructor. Her work has won a Drama Desk Award, NY Innovative Theatre Award, and several Hola (Spanish Language awards). A graduate of Raytown South High School, and Longview College, and Truman Stage University, she spent early days of her career in KC working with and learning with the folks from Gorilla Theater, Tanstafl Theater, the Ron McGee Late night crew and Comedy City (Formally ComedySportz) and anywhere she could squeeze on stage or in front of the camera. In Minneapolis she also performed, taught and directed short form, long form and musical theater and developed a taste for devising collaborative theater and direct audience contact. In 1998 she formed Ten Directions productions with Lynn Berg and they headed to NYC creating over 16 full-length shows, a feature film and all sorts of smaller unique projects. Audrey is co-founder/director of the International NY Clown Theatre Festival
and the NY Physical Comedy Lab. Her work has continued to focus on audience engagement, physical comedy and stories that stir the pot. She has worked in galleries and theaters and public spaces with performance artist Liz Magic Laser various versions of The Living Newspaper. In her free time she tours with Clowns Without Borders, and teaches and performs in beautiful places such as India, Mexico, Ireland, UK, Canada and her home away from home Colombia.

She has been teaching professional theater practitioners for 18 years at universities, theaters and classrooms all over the world. Audrey, a student has studied clown and bouffon with Sue Morrison, Giovanni Fuscetti, Clown with Bill Irwin, Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Bill Irwin and Christopher Bays and improvisation will the late greats Paul Sills and Del Close, among many others.

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