June 2020 – AJT’s Zoom Platform 101 Workshop with Marc Frost
Who – Marc Frost, Founder & Managing Artistic Director of Theater Unspeakable
When – Sunday, June 14, 12pm – 1:30pm Central Time (starting at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific)
How – via Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link
Tickets – Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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ZOOM PLATFORM 101 – In this physical theater workshop, participants will discover practical ways to turn limitations into possibilities. The “platform” style was first developed by renowned French theater-maker Jacques Lecoq and challenges creators to bring an epic story to life in a very small space. Typically, Marc’s shows involve seven actors sharing one tiny platform, 3 feet x 7 feet, but the work has also been adapted to fit one actor-creator stuck inside a Zoom frame. Participants will delve into the fundamentals of the platform including world-building, condensed storytelling and explosive characterization, which will culminate with participants creating a condensed story on the “platform”.
Marc Frost is an actor, deviser, educator and Chicago native who has performed and produced work in Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the USA and the UK. He created Theater Unspeakable as a platform for original works of devised, physical theater. Based in Chicago, the award-winning company has toured nationally to thousands of young audiences at venues including Lincoln Center Education (NY) and Kennedy Center (DC). He also co-founded Physical Festival Chicago, an international physical theater festival, which has celebrated 6 annual editions. He currently teaches physical theater at DePaul University and Columbia College Chicago. He is a proud graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute’s 14-Week Training Program for Commercial Theatre Producers in New York City and received his MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor-Created Theater from the London International School of Performing Arts.
MAY 2020 – AJT Artistic Director Panel: Programming during Covid-19 Webinar
Recording – Free for AJT Members, $20 for Non-Members
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Who – Host/Panelist: Ralph Meranto, Artistic Director of CenterStage Theatre, Rochester, NY
Panelists – Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theater J, Washington D.C.
Ronda Spinak, Artistic Director of Jewish Women’s Theatre & The Braid, Los Angeles, CA
Barbara Brooks, Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, St. Paul, Minnesota
When – Sunday, May 10, 12pm – 1:15pm Central Time (starting at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific)
Join four leading AJT Artistic Directors from around the U.S. for a chat about the challenges and opportunities of running a theatre during a global pandemic. Learn how our panelists are handling the crisis and what the future may look like for Jewish theatres. An open discussion and Q&A period will follow the presentations.
APRIL 2020 – Magical Dialogue Playwriting Workshop
What – Magical Dialogue Playwriting Workshop Webinar
Who – Emma Goldman-Sherman, Playwright and Founder of 29th Street Playwrights Collective
When – Sunday, April 12, 12:45pm – 3pm Central Time
The goal of Emma’s webinar is to help playwright participants understand how to use dialogue to forward the action in a scene. This webinar format came from Emma’s time teaching playwriting at the University of Iowa. She wanted to help her students understand how to use dialogue to forward the action in a scene, since the students hadn’t been trained as actors. Since teaching this to many people, Emma has found different ways to apply the exercise, and playwrights at various career stages enjoy using it. It’s also a great way to help playwrights tackle fear and judgment as it often arises in our work.
Emma Goldman-Sherman’s work includes Counting in Sha’ab (Golden Thread; upcoming Duned in UNESCO Festival and Playingonair.org podcast dir. Omar Metwally); Perfect Women (Jane Chambers Award, All Out Arts Inc.); Significant Circus (Manhattan Theatre Source); ZEN & the Art of Mourning a Mother (EST/LA as a one-act, finalist Bechdel Festival as a full-length); FUKT (finalist, Unicorn); WHORTICULTURE (finalist, Campfire Festival, shortlisted Unicorn and Owl & Cat); 3 time finalist for Risk is This at Cutting Ball with Why Birds Fly, WHORTICULTURE, and Abraham’s Daughters. MAN & WIFE is one of the most recommended full length comedies on the New Play Exchange (NPX).
MARCH 2020 – Writing a Play from a Jewish Source
What – Writing a Play from a Jewish Source Webinar
Who – Toby Klein Greenwald, Artistic Director of Raise Your Spirits Theatre, Israel
When – Sunday, March 22, 1pm – 2pm Eastern Time
The goal of Toby’s webinar is to examine the process of study, writing and directing that comprises the creation of a show written from a Jewish source. We will discuss how to choose from among different interpretations, read between the lnes, and understand the historical context. Ask yourself what story or personalities speak to you personally; about what do you feel passionate? Have questions? Would like to learn more? Let the message reveal itself to you, even if it is something different than what you imagined when you began. Dare to be inspirational.
Toby is an award-winning theater director, journalist and educator, who has co-authored or authored six original biblical musicals for Raise Your Spirits Theatre – on Esther, Noah, Ruth, Deborah, the daughters of Tzelofchad, and Rebecca. They have been performed in Israel (Rebecca soming soon) and several of them have been licensed for performance in the United States, Canada and India.
JANUARY 2020 – Tax Law Webinar
What – Tax Law Webinar
Who – Charles Grippo, Attorney and Theatre Producer
When – Monday, January 27, 7pm – 8:30pm, Central Time
Did you know that the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) opened up exciting new opportunities for non profit theater companies to raise money? Although TCJA upended the previous tax laws for charitable deductions, it created an array of techniques which actually encourage taxpayers to be even more generous than before in their support of their favorite non-profit charities. In this Tax Law Webinar Charles Grippo will show how your theater company can take advantage of the provisions in TCJA to substantially expand your efforts among your current donors and to open up new sources of funding. He will demonstrate how, properly used, TCJA can be a win for your donors, your theater company, and the community you serve.
Charles Grippo is an entertainment lawyer, commercially produced playwright, and the president of New Lincoln Theatre, Inc., and Grippo Stage Company, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to use theater to fight bigotry and hate, especially anti-Semitism. He is the author of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide, Second Edition, and Business and Legal Forms for Theater, Second Edition. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Author’s Guild, and the International Federation of Journalists. Mr. Grippo is a Board Member at Large of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre.