• Name: United Solo Theatre Festival (first reference), United Solo Festival or United Solo
  • Dates: Thursday, September 13 through Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • Location: a resident company of Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York City
  • About: Once again this year, United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, will present a selection of local and international productions including storytelling, puppetry, dance, multimedia, improv, stand-up, magic, musical, and drama.Most performances introduce original works, and some are based on adaptations of classical literature. Since its inaugural year in 2010, United Solo featured nearly 1,000 productions from all over the world.
  • 2018 is the 9th anniversary
  • In the press: www.unitedsolo.org/us/uabout/umedia
  • Website: www.unitedsolo.org


Marcin Lipinski
Communications Representative
(617) 697-6888
For Immediate Release
November 5, 2018
New York City

United Solo Offers Master Classes with Anne Bogart, Marek Probosz, Janis Brenner, Allan Corduner

United Solo will host a Master Class with Anne Bogart, internationally acclaimed director, author, and Head of the MFA in Directing Program at Columbia University. This Master Class is a unique opportunity to work with a legendary theatre artist. It will take place on November 5, 2018 from 6pm-8pm at Theatre Row in New York City. The next Master Class will be given by Marek Probosz (Nov. 15, 6pm-8pm), professor at UCLA and actor with more than 50 starring roles in theatre, film and television. Other exciting Master Classes soon approaching will be given by Janis Brenner (Nov. 29, 6pm-8pm), award-winning multidisciplinary artist, and faculty member at The Juilliard School; and Allan Corduner (Dec. 10, 6pm-8pm), internationally renowned actor, currently starring in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Pre-registration is required at www.unitedsolo.org/us/uedu — see this site for more details.
All Master Classes are hosted by United Solo, a New York-based company dedicated to the genre of solo performance. Since its inception in 2010, United Solo has featured over 1,000 productions from all over the world. Founded by Omar Sangare, United Solo presents solo performances, connects theatre artists with their audiences, and produces its new series of Master Classes for theatre artists, students, and enthusiasts with all levels of experience. The United Solo Professional Training Program is led by world-class theatre professionals, whose accomplishments and credits guarantee an excellent educational experience. Each instructor has a unique teaching style and performance philosophy. They describe their individual approaches to their Master Classes in brief quotes:
ANNE BOGART (“WORDS AND ACTIONS MATTER,” Nov. 5, 6pm-8pm): “As a director, I understand that acting requires tremendous courage. Scientific experiments have proven that an actor standing upon the stage and speaking to an audience is under more stress than an Olympic high jumper in the midst of a competition. I have tremendous compassion and admiration for the feat of walking onto a stage in front of an audience and speaking the truth.”
MAREK PROBOSZ (“ACTING FOR CAMERA,” Nov. 15, 6pm-8pm): “In some cultures, it is difficult to perform scenes containing intimacy on stage, whereas in others, it might be easier. Blending backgrounds and traditions is a creative act. In this context, cultural exchange can facilitate great art, because it requires the convergence of people’s souls.”
JANIS BRENNER (“MOVING, SOUNDING, ACTING,” Nov. 29, 6pm-8pm): “As a longtime multidisciplinary artist, I believe it is crucial for actors, dancers, singers, musicians to be deeply and wisely connected to their body as an instrument of expression, imagination, empathy and meaning. It is through improvisation — playful, spontaneous, concentrated exploration — that we may come to discover our vast potential as performers and meaning-makers.”
ALLAN CORDUNER (“VOICE TRANSFORMATIONS,” Dec. 10, 6pm-8pm): “It’s hard enough being an actor but I think to be a solo performer you have to be absolutely driven, and have a burning desire. It’s incurably brave for people to stand on their own and say something. That’s definitely something to celebrate.”
Other instructors at the United Solo Professional Training Program include Pau Aran Gimeno, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dancer and choreographer; Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning actor; Austin Pendleton, renowned actor, director, and recipient of the Drama Desk Special Award; Fiona Shaw, preeminent actress, director, and Olivier Award winner; James Lecesne, actor and screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film “Trevor”; Bill Bowers, renowned and critically acclaimed mime; Joshua Ellis, prominent press agent; Penny Cherns, Head of the MA in Classical Acting at LAMDA; as well as Zishan Ugurlu, professor at The New School and resident artist at La MaMa.
Anne Bogart is a Co-Artistic Director of the ensemble-based SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University, and author of five books: “A Director Prepares,” “The Viewpoints Book,” “And Then You Act,” “Conversations With Anne” and “What’s the Story.” With SITI, Bogart has directed more than 30 works in venues around the world, including “The Bacchae,” “Chess Match No. 5,” “Steel Hammer,” “The Theater Is a Blank Page,” “Persians,” “A Rite,” “Café Variations,” “Radio Macbeth,” “American Document,” “bobrauschenbergamerica” and “Hotel Cassiopeia.” Recent opera works include Handel’s “Alcina,” Dvorak’s “Dimitrij,” Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars,” Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Bellini’s “Norma” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Her many awards and fellowships include three honorary doctorates (Cornish School of the Arts, Bard College and Skidmore College), a Duke Artist Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller/Bellagio Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency Fellowship.
Soulful leading man Marek Probosz is an international theatre, film, and television actor, who also writes and directs for theatre and film. Probosz’s stage credits include the role of Odysseus opposite award winning British actor Henry Goodman in “Philoktetes” at the Getty Villa in Malibu. He wrote, directed and starred in the original Odyssey Theater production of “AUM or Tormenting of Actors.” Probosz’s theatrical adaptation of Wilde’s “Salome,” which he wrote, directed and starred in, was cited by the Czech National Critics Poll as the No. 2 artistic event of 1986. Probosz has more than 50 starring roles to his credit. His film and television career spans roles in Polish, Czech, German, French, Italian and U.S. productions and co-productions. In the United States, he most recently guest starred on CBS’ “Scorpion.” He also had guest starring roles on ABC’s “Scandal,” CBS’ “Numbers,” NBC’s “JAG” and USA’s “Monk.” He received impressive reviews from The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for his portrayal of Roman Polanski in the CBS miniseries “Helter Skelter.” Probosz teaches in the UCLA Department of Television, Film and Theater, and has taught at the Warsaw Theater Academy and Emerson College in Los Angeles. He has also given lectures on screenwriting at international film events and has been a distinguished jury member at film festivals throughout Europe, including the Moscow International Film Festival and the International Theater and Film Festivals in the Russian cities of Blagoveshchensk, Kazan, and Tomsk.
Janis Brenner is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry” (The Village Voice), she has toured in 36 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include the NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance in Meredith Monk’s “The Politics of Quiet”; the Lester Horton Award for Choreography in LA; the NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals; the U.S. State Department; Asian Cultural Council; the Trust for Mutual Understanding; UNESCO; U.S. Embassies in Bosnia, Moscow, Jakarta and Dakar; and a commission for the interdisciplinary work “The Memory Project” from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been commissioned/restaged by more than 50 companies and colleges worldwide and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990-2005, and in 2014, recording on ECM Records. Ms. Brenner was a soloist with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company in Israel, and Alwin Nikolais. Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the U.S., Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers, its wide-ranging and encompassing national and international guest residencies, as well as its “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009.
Allan Corduner is an actor, known to audiences from his stage, film, and voiceover work. He is currently starring as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” on Broadway. His theatre credits include “Murder on the Orient Express” (McCarter, Princeton), “Showboat” (The Sheffield Crucible), “Passion” (Donmar Warehouse), “Hello, Dolly!” (Regent’s Park), “A View from the Bridge” (Duke of York’s), “The Birthday Party” (Princeton), “Two Thousand Years” (National Theatre), “Fucking Games,” “Three Birds Alighting on a Field,” “Icecream and No End of Blame” (Royal Court), “Titanic” (Broadway), “Rosmersholm” (Young Vic), “Marya” (Old Vic), “Serious Money” (Royal Court, Wyndham’s and Broadway), “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (New Shakespeare Company). Television credits include “Da Vinci’s Demons,” “Call the Midwife,” “Fearless,” “Homeland,” “The Collection,” “Utopia,” “Spies of Warsaw,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Exile,” “Zen,” “Lennon Naked,” “The Last Days of the Raj,” “Simon Schama’s Power of Art,” “Heartbeat,” “Foyle’s War,” “The Way We Live Now,” “Fat Friends,” “Paris,” “Mad About You,” “Nostromo,” “Nobody’s Children,” “Inspector Morse,” “Girls on Top,” “Antonia and Jane,” “Mandela,” “Freud.” Film credits include “Topsy-Turvy,” “Operation Finale,” “Miss Dalí,” “Disobedience,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Woman in Gold,” “The Sweeney,” “Burke and Hare,” “Defiance,” “Fred Claus,” “The White Countess,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Vera Drake,” “Food of Love,” “Moonlight Mile,” “The Grey Zone,” “Joe Gould’s Secret,” “The Impostors,” “Heart of Darkness,” “Edward II,” “Talk Radio,” “Shadowmakers,” “Yentl.” Allan is also a familiar voice to audiobook listeners, with titles such as “Anna and the Swallow Man” (Winner of the Odyssey Award for Best Audiobook 2016), “The Book Thief” (Winner of the Audiofile Earphones Award), “Magpie Murders,” “Inkdeath,” and many video games including “Bloodborne” and “Harry Potter.”
More information about the United Solo Professional Training Program can be found at www.unitedsolo.org/us/uedu
Related inquiries may be addressed to Marcin Lipinski at info@unitedsolo.org
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