summer intensives and workshops

Read below for information about our Summer 2017 Intensives and Workshops:


Mon. August 14 - Thurs. August 24 (10:00am - 12:00pm): Games Storytellers Play with Olga Loya

This is a fast moving, fast talking workshop, offering ideas for both group and one-on-one storytelling activities. We will be playing games with storytelling and audience dynamics. Be ready to PLAY! This class gives your storytelling muscles a great workout, using games and play to teach some tips and tricks from a veteran storyteller. This is a unique offering that won’t come around again! Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher, Olga Loya performs a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles. She performs and teaches workshops at a wide variety of locations, including schools, businesses, museums and festivals, such as the Guadalajara, Mexico Festival and the Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival. Olga was the recent recipient of the National Network of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award in The Circle of Excellence.

Mon. August 14 -Thur. August 24 (1:00pm - 3:00pm): Engaging Audiences: Interactive Storytelling with Marijo

Storytelling is a communal process, coming from the traditions of the village and town square. Master storyteller Marijo shares her experience and skill in this lively and fun class. She’ll focus on exploring ways to connect with audiences, providing an interactive and shared experience and moving the story from head to heart! Explore personal stories as well as folk and fairy tales.

Marijo is an Actor, Storyteller, Writer, and Arts Educator. She has been performing for 20-plus years, & has toured her solo shows throughout the US, London, Germany, and Zimbabwe, Africa. Marijo has taught drama & storytelling at schools in the Bay Area and many states throughout the country. She was the storyteller for the California Governor’s conference on Arts in Education and the California Arts Council Artists-in-Schools.


Tues. August 15 - Wed. August 16 (10:00am - 1:00pm): Two Day Intensive Workshop in Acting Technique with Trish Tillman:

Build your skill set as an actor! Whether you are new or a seasoned actor, we will go deeply into how to create a believable and compelling character through the use of: Acting Technique (The Actor’s Toolbox), Intention, Imagination, and Physicality. This is an overview class designed to give you more tools to access in your creative work.We will work with monologues from modern plays; we will also have a lot of fun finding out more about to make clear and engaging choices in your acting. Come join! Maximum of 12 students.   $125

Mon. August 21 - Thurs. August 24 (10:00am -1:00pm):  The Shakespeare Sampler with Trish Tillman

In this intensive class, you’ll get a crash course in all things Shakespeare, starting with History and Text: the Basics on Monday; Speaking Shakespeare: the Sonnets and Monologues on Tuesday; Shakespeare’s Lovers on Wednesday; and finally, we’ll end with Shakespeare’s Villains on Thursday. Shakespeare is the most performed playwright in the English-speaking world, and here you’ll find out why. Open the treasure chest of text, characters, stories and the world Shakespeare wrote in to spend some quality time with the man who created “the invention of the human.”

We will work with text from many of the plays and become more familiar with the man and his work. Max of 14 students.  $155