Solo Performance Workshop
From One Conversation a Workshop Grows
By Diane Dorsey
Central Membership Education Committee members (L to R) Ron Keaton, Carrie Lee Patterson, Diane Dorsey, Alma Washington and Kathryn V. Lamkey, Central Regional Director
Because actors usually rely on general auditions or agent submissions, and forever hope past employers will call, they don't usually think about creating their own work. So when several of us on the Central Region Membership Education Committee learned we were each into the solo process, two questions were asked: "Who else is?" and "Who else wants to know how?"
The seed was planted and five months later on February 27, 2010 the first AEA sponsored Solo Performance Workshop/Seminar was held at The Theatre Building in Chicago. Moderator Ron Keaton guided a professional panel including performer/educators Tom Mula, Stephanie Shaw, Arlene Malinowski; A Red Orchid Theatre Artistic Director Kirsten Fitzgerald; director/writer/ producer Kevin Theis; marketing maven Noreen Heron; and AEA Business Representative Luther Goins.
This eclectic group covered five basic categories:
A lively Q & A stimulated even more topics. A lively Q & A stimulated even more topics. Panelist Arlene Malinowski inspired all in attendance with an excerpt from her show WHAT DOES THE SUN SOUND LIKE.
So what happens now? Maybe a follow-up workshop, or weekly writing group, or a monthly "Open Mic", or "In-Home Salon"? Not to worry. I think our members will let us know what they want next. And that's as good as it gets!
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