Janet enjoys leading workshops for all ages. With a background training with Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, and directing kindergarten operas with Opera Theatre St. Louis, Janet has experience working with many age groups. Recently, their workshops have focused on professional actor and director training in immersive and interactive forms.
INTERACTIVITY IN SOLO PERFORMANCE Middlesex University, London (14 November 2019)
The creation process behind THIS SIDE UP and how we can use interactivity in solo performance.
This bespoke workshop was specially crafted for a solo performance class in response to an interest in the creative process behind THIS SIDE UP. Through this workshop we explored the process of creating THIS SIDE UP and how a creator selects a topic of personal importance. Then through active game generation we delved into how we can invite the audience into becoming a part of the performance through play. We used subject matter from the show, legacy and heroes, as a launch point for these explorations. The workshop ended with a 10 minute sample of the show and an invitation to stay an explore the installations.
IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCES THROUGH GAME Epic Immersive, San Francisco (1, June 2019)
Crafting Impactful Audience Experiences Utilizing Games Techniques
An active workshop on how games and playful experiences can be used to unpack topics, ideas, and create deeply connective audience experiences. Inspired by the works of London based companies such as ZU-UK, Coney, and Blast Theory, we will look at the value and use of games beyond the win/lose binary. Through a rapid games generative process, participants will create short form experience prototypes and act as test players for one another. The group will work through notions of the power of play and how the positive disruption caused by games/play can engage audience and create impactful memorable experiences.
IMMERSIVE THEATRE WORKSHOP SERIES Middlesex University, London (5, 7, & 12, March 2019)
MOVEMENT & RESPONDING TO SPACE:
This workshop looks a devised movement and how we can respond to space. Using building blocks and devised movement we work through how we can create movement with each other and with the space. Borrowing ideas from Lacoq, Viewpoints, as well as generative techniques from Frantic Assembly, Third Rail Projects, and Punchdrunk the workshop delves into the various intersections of movement and space. Throughout participants have the opportunity to test techniques generating movement sequences.
This workshop explores the complex audience relationship in interactive forms. Through a series of exercises we explore how to build a relationship with audience through considering their role in the space and how we invite them in. As a group we work through how to read an audience, negotiate audience content, and facilitate a safe environment for all. The workshop leads into creating short for pieces for an audience of one. We then take the next step in scaling experiences for different sized audience.
CRAFTING A MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCE:
This workshop explores the various human sense and how we as immersive and interactive creators might be able to employ them. Through a series of exercises we unpack the rich potential behind each sense and how it can tie to memory, emotion, character, and story. The event culminates in a chance to experiment with the elements explored and gift a short multi-sensory experience to a fellow participant.
IMMERSIVE THEATRE INTENSIVE
with (re)discover theatre, Chicago (23 June 2018)
10:00am - 1:00pm - Performing Immersive
2:00pm - 5:00pm - Creating and Designing Immersive
5:30pm - Immersive Community Mixer