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Collaboration and Devised Theatre

course dates: july 20 to august 2, 2021


Use contemporary techniques—including Viewpoints and Cornerstone Theatre methods—to collaborate, strengthen your skills as an ensemble and create powerful devised theatre.

  • Train with two of L.A.’s most accomplished theatre directors on the core skills of collaboration, ensemble-building and devising.
  • Learn how to become a “total theatre artist”—one who is able to weave together the various elements of theatre (acting, directing, designing and writing) to create dynamic and theatrical work.
  • Train each day in exercises and methods drawn from Viewpoints and the work of Cornerstone Theatre in L.A.
  • Each day, craft and create short devised performance pieces: to practice the art of group-generated work, to sharpen your theatre-making skills and to learn how to work quickly, efficiently and imaginatively in response to a range of prompts and projects.
  • Perform in a public student showcase.



Undergraduate: DRAMA 421, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 621, 3 units




Anyone who has an interest in theatre is encouraged to apply. No devising experience is necessary. This course is designed for students who might want to be actors, directors, designers or playwrights. We accept those with a wide range of experience, from beginners to more experienced students. This course is a fun, creative and safe space in which to bond, create and grow with a group of other students!​


  1. Prepare a short (one-page) letter of interest describing what it is about this class that makes you want to participate and what you hope to get out of the course. Include a YouTube link to a short video introduction of yourself.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by June 7​, 2021.​


Professor Jeff Janisheski

Guest Artists

Bruce Lemon Jr. –​

Bruce Lemon is a storyteller born and raised in Watts, California. He is a prolific artist who has had a wide range of roles, including host of 89.3 KPCC In-Person’s “UnheardLA,” artistic director of Watts Village, associate artistic director/ensemble with Cornerstone Theater Company, as well as actor, writer, director, producer and creative collaborator. Lemon has worked with the LA Opera, Son of Semele, Company of Angels, Mutineer, Illyrian Players, The Vagrancy and more.​

Jessica Hanna –​

Jessica Hanna is a Los Angeles-based theater maker. She has worked as an actor, director, choreographer and producer all over Los Angeles with many companies and spaces including, Open Fist, Sacred Fools, Evidence Room, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Greenway Court, Abundant Sugar and others. In June 2006, she co-founded Bootleg Theater and has been the producing and managing director ever since. At Bootleg, she has produced and worked with hundreds of artists and companies, overseeing production of all the theatrical and dance performances.