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Classes for Adults – Spring 2017

 

Improvisation

Experience the joy of creating scenes and stories out of thin air utilizing techniques the professionals use. We'll play games and engage in exercises designed to stimulate the imagination and provoke true spontaneity in a safe, nurturing and fun-filled environment. We'll laugh a lot as we learn to connect with each other and our environment in a whole new way.

Dates:  Tuesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Times:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Michael Irvin Pollard
Tuition:  $300.00 (8 classes)

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Actors Gymnasium

Awaken your inner actor! Express yourself, free your imagination and try your hand at acting in the afternoon. Participate in theatre games, improvisational exercises and fun activities that will get you on your feet and exploring your creativity.

Dates:  Thursdays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Times:  2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Instructor:  Gail Winar
Tuition:  $300.00 (8 classes)

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Acting Basics

Designed for students with, or without, acting experience. This fun, hands-on course will give you a solid foundation in basic acting skills and vocabulary via activities, exercises, readings and script work.

Dates:  Thursdays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Times:  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Instructor:  Gail Winar
Tuition:  $300.00 (8 classes)

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Playwriting for Beginners

We've all got a story to tell. And wouldn't it be thrilling to see that story brought to life for the stage? This class, for beginning playwrights, will focus on playwriting basics -- primarily on techniques for effective storytelling, with an emphasis on style, format, and structure. We will help you develop your writer's individual voice in a supportive environment. We will concentrate on the unique style of the 10-minute play, with assigned readings by playwrights who have specialized in the genre.

Dates:  Tuesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23
Times:  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Instructor:  Joel Stone
Textbook: 

(Purchase required prior 
to the first class)

Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays, edited by Eric Lane and Nina Sheingold, (ISBN # 0-679-77282-0)
Tuition:  $300.00 (8 classes)

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Advanced Playwriting*

If you are an experienced writer who has had plays previously produced or developed in workshop readings, then this is the class for you! In a supportive, collaborative environment, we will help you to develop story ideas, works in progress, and those discarded plays you've been hoping to rewrite. We will read your own play selections in class and give you helpful feedback for structure, style, and story development in conjunction with your writing. In his role as Literary Manager at NJ Rep Co, Joel will provide you with insights and helpful hints about submitting your plays to theaters. It doesn't matter if you are a prolific playwright churning out play after play or somebody suffering from writer's block, we'll help you identify problem areas and try to fix them.

Dates:  Thursdays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25
Times:  7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Instructor:  Joel Stone
Tuition:  $300.00 (8 classes)

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*This class is by invitation only. If you wish to be considered for enrollment, please email the following to Joel Stone at literary@njrep.org by March 10th: an essay about why you want to take this course, and a 2-5 page writing sample.
 

The Pleasure of Drawing -
Learning to See and Draw as an Artist

This class will guide the student in the process of Drawing from Observation studied by the masters of the European tradition. In the studio, students will explore classic techniques and methods fundamental to both drawing and painting – creating form and depth through value (lights/darks), composition and perspective. Each student receives individual guidance as they progress and diversify their skills. This class is open to newcomers who have always wanted to try their hand at drawing and to active artists who want to refresh and broaden their skills in draftsmanship. A solid foundation in drawing is essential for those whose ultimate goal is painting. No previous experience is necessary. Open to adults, age 18 and up. A materials list will be available upon registration.

Dates:  Tuesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
Times:  1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Instructor:  Sven Widen & Lizzi Schippert
Tuition:  $300.00 (6 classes)

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Water Media & Collage

Does a blank piece of paper intimidate you? Would you like to experiment with new materials but aren't sure what to do? Water Media & Collage will introduce you to techniques that you can use alone or in combination with media you already are familiar with.Participants will learn to work with washi and other kinds of paper in combination with watercolors, watercolor crayons, acrylic ink and more to create a different piece each week. Class will include weekly demo and a short discussion about the work at the end of class. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists. A materials list will be provided before class begins.

Dates:  Tuesdays: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9
Times:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Instructor:  Mare Akana
Tuition:  $300.00 (6 classes)

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Metal Clay Jewelry Workshop

Metal Clay is a relatively new product consisting of microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. It is pliable like clay and is then fired in a kiln to burn off the binder and fuse the particles into a solid piece of metal. This class is open to beginners as well as those with metal clay experience. Projects emphasizing technique, construction and design will be presented allowing beginning students to acquire the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to make metal clay jewelry. The projects presented will also have versions that need an extra level of skills, allowing intermediate and advanced metal clay students to learn along with the beginners and to bring their own designs and ideas to fruition. Some project examples include hollow forms made as simple 2-piece forms for beginners and complex multilevel hollow forms for intermediate and advanced students. Various types of metal clays (silver, sterling, bronze) will be introduced. Stone setting, mold making, use of color and combining metal clay with various media will be covered. A materials list will be provided before class begins.

 
Dates:  Thursdays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Times:  1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Instructor:  Barbara Rivolta
Tuition:  $300.00 (6 classes)

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Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry is one of the oldest forms of woven textile art – dating back to 3000 BCE. In this class, over three-hours per week for six weeks, students will learn the basics of tapestry weaving: how to plan and design a tapestry project, where to source desired materials and how to finish their woven tapestry. This class is appropriate for beginning weavers. Table looms will be provided for use in the class (and will be available for purchase at the student's option for $60). A materials list will be provided before class begins.

Dates:  Thursdays: 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
Times:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Instructor:  Kate Wilt
Tuition:  $300.00 (6 classes)

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Discounts available when you sign up for multiple classes - call 732-229-3166 to inquire.

Classes will be held at 132 West End Avenue in Long Branch, NJ.

Free on-site parking and easy access from NJ Transit.

If you would like to register or if you have any questions call 732-229-3166 or email njrep@njrep.org. Class sizes are limited, so act quickly to assure your spot.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:

Mare Akana (Water Media & Collage) A native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, Mare Akana is a visual and performing artist. Her award-winning artwork is in private collections in France, Peru, Hawai'i, both coasts, and the Tri-State area, including the personal collection of renowned artist Louise Bourgeois. In Hawai'i, her work was at The Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hale Ku'ai (Waikiki & Hau'ula) and Na Mea Hawai'i (downtown Honolulu). In New Jersey, her work has been exhibited at The Noyes Museum*, The Monmouth Festival of the Arts* (Shrewsbury), The Art Alliance* (Red Bank), Brookdale College Center for the Visual Arts Gallery* (Lincroft), Georgian Count College* (Lakewood), Ocean County Artists' Guild* (Island Heights), Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (Long Branch), BE Gallery (Asbury Park), Apart Contemporary Gallery (Asbury Park), Belmar Arts Council (Belmar), LBI Foundation* (Long Beach Island), The Guild of Creative Art* (Shrewsbury), The Robert Schonhorn Art Center (Peapack), Oakland Street Gallery (Red Bank), Monmouth Beach Cultural Center (Monmouth Beach), Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport), Oceanic Free Library (Rumson) and Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch (Shrewsbury). In Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountain Arts Council* (Pocono Mountain, PA). A popular demo artist, she has conducted workshops for Brookdale College, The Monmouth County Parks System and art organizations in New Jersey and Hawai'i. She is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Art. Since 2007, she has been the coordinator for Long Branch's annual Art in the Park event. Ms. Akana studied with John Marshall, Lee DuSell, Gerald Brommer, Louis Mendez, Christine Merriman and Mark Walnock. She is currently working in clay, precious and non-precious metals & glass. Her work is available at AAOTE Gallery in Dublin, PA and the Monmouth Museum shop in Lincroft, NJ.
*juried shows

 

Barbara Rivolta (Metal Clay Jewelry) Barbara Rivolta is a potter and metal clay artist who worked as a museum professional for many years. In her own artwork, she likes to combine ceramics, glass and precious metal clay with other materials. She volunteers at the John F. Peto Studio Museum where is a Board member and Chair of the Art Committee in charge of exhibitions and care of the museum's collections. She is certified through PMC Connection and Rio Grande to teach metal clay. Barbara has a B.A. from Goddard College in Art and Education, with a concentration in Ceramics & Education, and an M.A. from Drew University in Near Eastern Archaeology, with a concentration in the History of Ceramics. She teaches extensively in Precious Metal Clay Jewelry, and has had her own work exhibited at the Ocean County Artists Guild and the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center.

 

Kate Wilt (Tapestry Weaving) Kate Wilt is a fiber artist and educator living in Monmouth County, NJ. While working as a visual merchandiser and buyer, she was inspired to pursue a more sustainable and holistic approach to fashion and the arts. She honed her weaving and natural dyeing technique as an apprentice at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY. With a belief that working with your hands brings personal growth and healing, Kate continues to explore the gift that fiber has been to her so far. Her greatest hope is to create an approachable and safe environment for her community to learn and experience those gifts for themselves.

 

Sven Widen and Lizzi Schippert (The Pleasure of Drawing) Sven and Lizzi bring a wealth of experience to their instruction. They each have an extensive background in classical drawing and painting techniques, in lithography and intaglio printmaking. They have taught for over 25 years, both individually and as a team, and are the only private instructors locally who emphasize and teach the classical approach to drawing. They are adept at discovering where an individual student is in his or her art experience and at helping develop in that student both the necessary technical skills and interior language to bring the student further. This past autumn they each had Two Solo Shows of recent paintings at the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, and at the Grunin Center for the arts, Ocean County College. Over their careers Sven & Lizzi have each developed their signature styles and share with their students' personal techniques and insights deepened over the years, in all drawing and painting media. They teach widely in Monmouth & Ocean Counties, NJ. Sven is from Sweden, the land of forests and magic light. A professional artist for over 40 years, he has extensive experience in a wide range of media, using both traditional and his own innovative techniques. He allows his watercolor imagery to evolve from the interaction of the pigments, the water and the surface texture of the paper, creating profound luminosity. His landscapes speak most importantly about this emanating Light – paradoxically created by resonant color and layered depths. A superb colorist and draftsman, Sven is beloved as a teacher, known for his good-humored patience, playfulness and ability to inspire every student. Lizzi sees her imagery as an idiosyncratic balance of positive and negative forms, sometimes nudging perspective playfully close to surrealism. Extremely versatile, her plein-air work displays fluid draftsmanship and usage of an almost Asian brush technique, while studio work exhibits subtle airbrush use – both techniques are devoted to remarkable color interactions. A member of the NJ Watercolor Society, Lizzi has been a professional artist for 44 years and her extensive resume lists 39 solo shows nationwide, in the Caribbean, Sweden and Japan. Lizzi illustrates for the student how to drop preconceptions and allow the motif, and the moment, to speak for themselves.

 

Joel Stone (Playwrighting) Joel Stone was formerly the artistic director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum. On May 17, 1998, his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.) became the first script-in-hand reading to debut at New Jersey Repertory Company. The following year, his short play The Age of Miracles premiered at NJ Rep and went on to be a finalist at the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Also in 1999, NJ Rep presented "Written in Stone", an evening of Joel's short plays, including The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring the late Kim Hunter). In 2001, he co-produced "One Night With You", a collection of six short plays about Elvis, created exclusively by NJ Rep playwrights. From 2000-2002, he was the Theatre Education Coordinator for the New York City Board/Department of Education. He has written and directed for all four NJ Rep Theatre Brut Festivals, including Prairie Dogs (2004), Abilene (2004), Trouble on the PATH (2005), Seven4Seven (2006), and The Purgatory of Charlie Hustle (2008). In 2012, Joel directed the acclaimed MainStage production of Gino DiIorio's Release Point. In 2014, Joel was the Director/Mentor of the award-winning NJ Rep Young Playwrights Project, "Shelter From The Storm", in which local high school students wrote short plays about Hurricane Sandy. For the past three years, he has been an adjunct professor of playwriting at Monmouth University and recently taught the initial playwriting class for New Jersey Repertory Company's West End Arts Center. Currently, he is the literary manager for NJ Rep. He was recently commissioned by NJPAC to write The Calling, his first full-length play in decades.

 

Michael Irvin Pollard (Improvisation) Michael has a profound love and respect for the improvisational art form. His interest began 35 years ago when he was a member of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's resident acting company. The company trained in improvisation and ultimately gelled into the wildly successful performance troupe, "Off the Cuff"—a fixture of the downtown Cincinnati art scene in the mid 80s. Years later, the company re-formed as the company Prov.Duh, performing at numerous venues in Manhattan including appearances at The Westside Café and a residency at The Avalon Theatre. During this time Michael served as the company's artistic director. He continued to teach workshops in improvisation privately and through arts education organizations such as ArtsGenesis and the Union County Teen Arts Festival. Michael is currently a professional actor, a member of Actor's Equity, and a veteran of dozens of professional productions around the country

 

Gail Winar (Acting) Gail is the Education Consultant and an Artistic Associate for NJ Rep and has an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting/GWU; BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts; and certificate from the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. In addition to her work with NJ Rep Co, Gail teaches for the Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway, Kean University and Marymount Manhattan College. She has also taught at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute/NYU; CUNY Queensborough; Columbia Teacher's College; Vassar College; American Globe Theatre; George Street Playhouse; Theatre for a New Audience; National Shakespeare Company; and Shakespeare Theatre Company. Gail has performed with national and international touring companies, as well as orginating roles in Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women at 59E59 and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Missa Solemnis at the Barrow Theatre; Beyond Gravity for New Jersey Repertory Company; and What I Heard About Iraq at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.