Is Poetry Theater? 5-week workshop w/ reg e gaines

Sun, 08 October 2017 // 12:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Is Poetry Theater? 5-week writing/performance workshop w/ reg e gaines

This workshop will meet the following Sundays: September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8

TIME/LOCATION: 12 PM – 2 PM at Bowery Poetry located at 308 Bowery INSTRUCTOR: reg e gaines

It's no accident the workshops are rooted in the familiarity of other writers' work. Sessions arent about memorization techniques but love and respect for printed text. Focus is placed on emotion as key in lifting words from the page. Well-written text shows, through imagery, what one feels. Once this decision is reached, there become options in dramatic interpretations. This is the basis of a series of sessions which will aid artists in analyzing text, creating new work, revisiting unpolished pieces, and sharpening performance skills. Over a five-week period, participants learn the similarities between poetry, hip-hop inflected spoken word pieces, soliloquies, monologues and poetry/theater. Suggested texts used in preparation for the workshops include poetry/theater by Miguel Pinero, Patricia Smith, Paul Beatty, Suheir Hammad, Lemon Anderson, Dierdre Moses, Danny Hoch, and selections from the anthology Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. This book is a part of almost every public library's poetry collection in the United States and should be easily attainable at no cost.

reg e gaines is a two time Tony Award nominated playwright, Grammy Award nominated lyricist, has published four books of poetry, is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, A Year In Ink and scored the PBS documentary, Senior Year. Recent projects include, director of Connect The Lots, a musical theater summer camp in Camden, New Jersey in 2014, director/ creative writing workshop facilitator of, Through The Looking Glass, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles California, 2014-2016, and director of Lyricist Fellowship Lab, Teaching Firm of America Charter School, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, in winter/spring 2017.

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