United Solo Professional Training Program

Master Classes for theatre professionals

 
 
To commemorate our eighth season at Theatre Row, the United Solo Theatre Festival is thrilled to announce United Solo Professional Training Program, a series of Master Classes led by distinguished artists and cultural icons. This training is open to all theatre practitioners, and will feature a variety of classes in movement and voice, writing workshops, professional development, directing, and training in specific acting techniques. We are honored to inaugurate this exciting master series, and to welcome all theatre artists to the United Solo society. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required – please, see below.

 

Adam Wade — November 17, 2017
An Accomplished Comedian and the Winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth

 

STORYTELLING FOR SOULFUL HUMANS with Adam Wade
Master Class, duration: 90 min.
Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

Adam Wade is an inimitable fixture in both the New York City storytelling and comedy scenes. He is the winner of 20 SLAMS at The Moth (18 StorySLAM victories and 2 GrandSLAM Championships) with 20 different winning stories. He has toured across North America with The Moth Main Stage. His stories have appeared on The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast. Adam has been performing his New York Times and Time Out New York’s critic’s pick monthly solo show “The Adam Wade from NH Show” since January 2010. He is also a regular performer on Nights of Our Lives at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and has made several appearances on Asssscat 3000 (guest monologist), Whiplash and Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Adam recently released his debut storytelling/comedy album “Adam Wade: The Human Comedy” by Comedy Dynamics. The album was enthusiastically lauded in Sarah Larson’s profile of Adam in The New Yorker. He has been seen on HBO’s GIRLS Season 5 finale and on Season 2 and 3 of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. In 2017, Adam began hosting a tech web series for Bloomberg called Conversations with Coders as well as a series he created called Wade on the Bench in Hoboken. A seasoned teacher of his craft, since 2010, Adam has been teaching a variety of 6-week Storytelling Classes at NYC’s Magnet Theater. He also conducts one-on-ones meet ups and workshops for businesses and organizations. More at: www.adamwade.com

 

Learn the basic elements of how to take ideas and experiences and build them into stories. Also, learn tips on how to face the fear of getting up and speaking in front of a group. Lastly, we will go over the power of connecting to other humans in such a technologically fueled world.

—Adam Wade

 

United Solo Participants: $35
Non-Participants: $50


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

Pau Aran Gimeno – September 21, 2017
Performer at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

 

MOVEMENT with Pau Aran Gimeno
Master Class, duration: 90 min.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11am
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Pau Aran Gimeno most notably known as a dancer from the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch will give a Master Class in movement for theatre and dance. Pau’s professional path has taken him from ballroom dancing in Barcelona to classical and contemporary dance in Madrid, Paris, and Germany. He is currently developing several independent projects and collaborating as a teacher at several prestigious institutions and centers dedicated to dance and performance art. More info at: www.pauaran.com

 

Each body has its own language, unique and perfect. Our working tool must be continuously powerful and sensitive. With this in mind, we will work through play and pleasure, with exercises based on technique, composition, improvisation, and body narrative. We will open the space to dialogue with ourselves and the others. We will connect with an authentic personal expression and we will improve the quality of movement. We will achieve an increase in the awareness of our limits, which will allow us to overcome them. The result of our work will help us have an open and autonomous mind, capable of adapting to a creative process. I offer a space for the creative process to take place, for contact with oneself, sensitivity and expression, without pretentions or judgements, where everything is possible.

—Pau Aran Gimeno

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

James Lecesne — November 11, 2017
Solo Performer, Screenwriter of an Oscar-winning Movie

 

THE STORY WORKSHOP with James Lecesne
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11am
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

James Lecesne has been telling stories for over 25 years. Credits include, “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” (Outer Critic Circle Award), Word of Mouth (Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle) and One Man Band. James wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning short film “Trevor,” which inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT & questioning youth. As a writer, James adapted Armistead Maupin’s “Further Tales of the City” as a mini-series for Showtime and was a writer for the TV series “Will & Grace.” He created “The Road Home: Stories of Children of War,” a play based on interviews with survivors of wars in Tibet, Bosnia and Cambodia, and presented at the International Peace Conference at The Hague. James has taught at The NYU School of Continuing Education, The New School, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The New York Film Academy. His young adult novel, “Absolute Brightness,” was published by Harper Collins and was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His novel, “Trevor,” was published by Seven Stores Press in 2012 and with Sarah Moon he co-edited “The Letter Q: Queer Writer’s Letters to Their Younger Selves.” More info at: www.jameslecesne.com

 

Are you ready to develop your next solo show? Do you know what story you want to tell? Come learn about the basics of story and structure from a solo performer the NYTimes described as “One of the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” In this two-hour tutorial James will share the basics solo story-making and provide tools that can help you create a structure that will carry your story into the world. To prepare: Be familiar with the play “Streetcar Named Desire” so that we all have a common story to work with in terms of structure.

—James Lecesne

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.

 

Austin Pendleton — November 18, 2017
Renowned Actor and Director, a Recipient of Drama Desk Special Award

 

SCENE STUDY & MONOLOGUES with Austin Pendleton
Master Class, duration: 120 min.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5pm
Theatre Row, Stage Door, 407 West 41st Street, New York City
Space is limited & Pre-registration is required!

 

Austin Pendleton is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, and a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 1987. He received critical acclaim in 1964 for his performance as Motel in the original Broadway cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He appeared in “The Last Sweet Days of Isaac” (for which he won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award), “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Goodtime Charley,” and “Up from Paradise” as well as many other plays. In August 2006, Pendleton played the Chaplain in Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline in the Public Theater production. As a director, Pendleton has worked extensively on and off-Broadway. His direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes” garnered him a Tony Award nomination. Additional directing credits include “Between Riverside and Crazy,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters,” “Ivanov,” and “Hamlet,” all at Classic Stage Company in New York. He has made over 100 appearances in television and film. His film work is as diverse as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and “The Muppet Movie.” In 2007, Austin Pendleton received a Special Award for his contributions to American theater at the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards.

 

I spend time in the class watching you in several different contexts. I watch you scene by scene, monologue by monologue. At first I simply critique the piece you have just presented, but gradually I try to form for myself a wider picture of what your acting problems may be. Every actor in the world has acting problems. There is not an actor anywhere who doesn’t. It’s a delicate process to get to the root of what problems you may have in the work (and I mean problems in the work: I don’t mean personal problems). It’s also a delicate process leading you to an awareness of them. Sometimes the way is to be blunt. Sometimes the way is to be subtle. Sometimes, as your work deepens and starts to acquire new colors, new problems arise with THAT. I try to be friendly. Sometimes, if I’ve gotten to know somebody, I try to be a little bit mean. (Productively mean, that is my hope.) Sometimes I’ll praise you to the skies if the work you have done is a breakthrough for you, even if at the same time the work is not totally satisfactory. All this comes under one heading: I try to help. Just bring your monologue or scene to our class!

—Austin Pendleton

 

THIS MASTER CLASS ALREADY HAPPENED.
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.


PRICE OPTION*
CLASS PARTICIPANT’S FULL NAME
(AND SHOW TITLE FOR UNITED SOLO PARTICIPANTS)


*All payments final, no refunds. Discount applies to both current and past participants – if applicable, please provide your show title in order for the festival to verify eligibility.