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2014 Spring Workshop Series

Theater and Dance 

2014 Spring Workshop Series!!

Hio Ridge Dance Collective Workshop
Led by Cookie Harrist, Delaney McDonough and Caity Richards
February 28, 2014
4 to 5:30 p.m.
Runnals Dance Studio

Hio Ridge Dance Collective artists Cookie Harrist, Delaney McDonough and Caity Richards will work with student participants to craft their experiences into scores for repeated investigation, allowing everyone in the room full access to whatever might come up . The class will begin with a simple score of solo improvisation and witnessing in small groups. We will ask students to focus on generating a group movement vocabulary and discovering games as ways to communicate with one another. The goal of the class will be to help students diversify their group choreographic processes, specifically away from conceptually-based group work to a more deeply collaborative and emotionally aware practice. Come over to Runnals 104A and sign-up! (sign-ups sheets are posted outside the door)

Dorfman Master Class

Dorfman Poster

The Business of Acting

Friday, March 15: The Business of Acting:  How to Have a Career on Stage and/or Screen with Peter Zazzali

2 to 4 p.m. in Smith Acting and Directing Studio


The workshop will address some fundamentals of “show business,” such as joining actor unions, showcasing one’s work, seeking representation from agents and managers, and learning how to network/market oneself.  Professional acting in the US is a business.  While it is true that talent, training, and yes, luck are important components of the success and longevity of an actress’s career, the fact remains that she must treat her profession as a privately owned business, in which she markets her work to access and execute auditions, and ultimately, to become gainfully employed.  The primary learning outcome of this workshop is to demystify the student actor’s understanding of what it takes to have a professional acting career while providing him/her with a few basic strategies for getting started. 

National Theatre Institute

from the
National Theatre Institute

NTI Visit
OCT.  2nd, 2012 at 4pm
Strider Lobby Runnals

Sign up today on the Workshop Board in Runnals
Refreshments will be served.

Hip Hop Master Class

Do you love Hip Hop?


Come take class with master teacher, Robin Sanders!
Sept. 21 at 12:30 in Runnals on Strider Theater Stage

Sanders’ love for freestyle and African dance and drum has lead her to a style that fuses hip hop dance & African inspired movement with a touch of Cali swag & Memphis ‘jookin’.  Her teaching philosophy is based on the idea that hip hop dance is a street born art form that stems from a mirage of movement and experiences. She is a seasoned instructor with the ability to connect with dancers of all genres, levels, and ages. Sanders is one of Mid-South’s paramount instructors and provides dancers with a street savvy  rhythmic experience.

Open to all levels of experience.

Broadway Dance Master Class

March 26: Andrew Cao: Broadway Dance Master Class

Strider Stage or Dance Studio

4 to 5:30 p.m.: Master Class in Strider


Come learn a section of the Tony Award Winning choreography from Broadway’s current hit, ANYTHING GOES, with Broadway triple threat Andew Cao. All levels of dance encouraged to participate. Tap shoes are welcome, but not required. Tap experience not necessary. Come and enjoy this tremendous opportunity.

 Andrew Cao is currently appearing on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Anything Goes. Other New York credits include West Side Story, Bells are Ringing and Frog Kiss. Regional credits: Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe in San Diego; Annie Get Your Gun at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; West Side Story at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Atlanta Theater of the Stars.

 Space is limited: sign up sheet is posted on the call board in Runnals

Lunch with Andrew Cao

Have you always wondered what life is like for a Broadway triple threat? Now’s your chance to find out! Sign up for lunch with Andrew Cao, currently appearing in the Broadway hit revival of Anything Goes. A sign up sheet is posted on the Workshops bulletin board outside Runnals office 104a.

March 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bullock Dining room in Dana.

Diversity in Rhythm and Motion Workshop

Diversity in Rhythm and Motion Workshop with David Pleasant

Friday, March 2: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Runnals Dance Studio

Space is limited: sign up sheet is posted outside Runnals 104A


If you missed working with David Pleasant last spring when he was the Visiting Artist in the Music Department (and even if you didn’t!), you’ll want to attend this amazing rhythm and motion workshop designed for dancers, actors and musicians. The workshop highlights the unique percussion approaches of Gullah-Geechee (ring play, Juba, hand jive, tambourine, hambone, etc) and stresses the benefits of collaboration, participation and co-operation in the creative process. It is a hands-on, intensive movement and rhythm class that is accessible to all skill levels. Participants experience a model for a broad interpretation of creative expression stressing co-operation; practice; individuality; patience; focus; acceptance; risk taking; growth and cultivation as primary issues.


David Pleasant is a multi-faceted percussion virtuoso, rhythm effects vocalist, avant-garde performance artist, Storyteller and lecturer who specializes in African-American traditions. Born in Savannah, GA and raised in McIntosh County, Pleasant grew up immersed in the rich Gullah/Geechee (Georgia and South Carolina Sea Island) culture, which thrives in that area.

Life of the Artist Workshop

Artists Don’t Actually Have to Starve – Do you want to be an artist? Do you have questions about how to make a living as an artist? Come to The Life of the Artist workshop led by Amy Smith of Headlong Dance Theater of Philadelphia. The LIfe of the Artist workshop is for student artists of any genre who feel overwhelmed by the thought of entering the professional world. We will talk about the artist’s role in our culture, and share some tips and thoughts about to build a balanced and sustainable career in the arts. We also talk more specifically about balancing day jobs and artistic work, how to put a dollar value on your own time, budgeting, when to say “no” to opportunities, goal setting, and even “to MFA, or not to MFA”. There is no single model for an artist’s career, but we at Headlong care about helping you create your own model, and giving you some tips and tools to do so.

Please sign-up on the bulletin board in Runnals. Space is limited. Contact Todd Coulter ( with any questions.

Friday February 17th 12:30pm in the Fairchild Room in Dana. Grab your food and join us!

Paul Taylor Workshop

Paul Taylor Mini-Intensive Workshop!

The Department of Theater and Dance welcomes Lisa Viola to campus on February 25th and 26th. A former principal dancer and Bessie Award winner, Lisa will teach a technique and rep class each day followed by a discussion of Paul Taylor’s work. Paul Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon of American Modern Dance. Having danced for Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, Taylor began choreographing well over 50 years ago creating pieces that range from the comedic to the dark side of humanity. We invite you to come work with Lisa and experience Taylor’s style of movement and to learn excerpts from some of his work. The Department will also be screening the Academy Award nominated Dance Maker on Thursday February 23rd at 7:30pm in Smith Lounge in Runnals. The film prominently features Lisa and gives an excellent overview of Taylor’s work.

The classes are open to all level of experience. Technique classes are from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday followed by Rep Classes from 2-4pm each day. To participate in the rep class, you must take the technique class. Sign-up sheets for the master classes are on the Runnals bulletin board. Space is limited so be sure to sign-up soon. Contact Todd Coulter ( with any questions.