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Devising New Work through
 Dance/Theatre: Stories in Motion


Unfortunantly , this course  class has been cancelled for 2024


1: 6/24/2024 - 7/7/2024




Learn from acclaimed dance/theatre artists and receive intensive training in devising techniques developed by the award-winning Tectonic Theater Project. The physical techniques of the movement portion of the workshop will prepare students for the storytelling portion, learning the Moment Work Technique: Level 1 (Elements of the Stage) and Level 2 (Writing Performance). Using these tools, students will develop one original solo work and two collaborative ensemble performances by the end of the course.

Who Should Take This Class

Actors who want to activate their bodies in the creation of new theatre, dancers who want to experiment with narrative and/or dialogue, and performers who want to expand their knowledge of devising and collaborating in an ensemble process rooted in community and social justice. All body types and experience levels are encouraged.

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement (300-500 words)
  • Resume

Course Coordinator

Josh Truett's (Pomona) work explores performance as resistance, resilience, and community-building. He researches the festivals of Indigenous and Mestizo communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the American Southwest. His current research investigates the festive activism of groups of Muxes: a non-binary gender and queer sexual identity in the Isthmus Zapotec culture. Truett is also a producer, writer, and performer who works across theater, dance, and new media.

Guest Artists

Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia is a San Francisco-based devised dance-theater artist, drag queen, community organizer, and the co-director of Detour. He creates immersive and site-responsive performances that straddle nostalgia, radical futurism, collaborative ensembles, and queer maximalism. Garcia, aka Churro Nomi, produces and hosts the monthly drag cabaret Clutch The Pearl and proudly serves as managing director for Fresh Meat Productions and the SF Transgender Film Festival.

Ricky Pak

Ricky Pak

​Ricky Pak is a Tectonic Theater Project teaching artist and assistant professor of acting at Syracuse University. He worked for over 18 years as a professional actor, writer, and director in a variety of mediums including film, regional theater, and independent black box productions. He founded the Circle Squared Collective in 2009. He trains students in "Moment Work," Tectonic Theater Project's devising method at the Moment Work Institute. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University, Los Angeles and a liberal arts degree from Colorado State University.​

Ricky Pak

Natalie Greene​​

​Natalie Greene is an artist and educator working at the intersection of dance, theater, consent, and community engagement. She has created original works ranging from intimate duets to large-scale flash mobs, working with professional performers, incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated adults, youth, elders, pregnant women, complete strangers, and dear friends. She's done choreography and intimacy work with A.C.T., Aurora Theater, Cal Shakes, Center Rep, Portland Center Stage, Stanford University, Shotgun Players, and many more. Natalie is the Artistic Director of the award-winning ensemble Mugwumpin, and Director of Education and Community Programs at American Conservatory Theater. ​​