Clown through Mask 2016


This class has been cancelled due to low registration. She Said Yes! will reschedule later in the year. Please contact shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list and receive notice of this and all other upcoming events.

Clown through Mask (Pochinko Method)

with Sara Tilley

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 6-10 pm

February 2-28, 2016

4th Floor rehearsal room, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s

Registration Fee: $600. Sliding scale and/or potential trade arrangements are available for those with financial barriers. Contact Sara for details at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

Only 10 spots available! Register by email ASAP to reserve your spot: shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com

Participants must be able to attend all sessions.

Pre-requisite: Neutral Mask I and II with Sara, either in previous sessions or in the upcoming classes being offered January 19 and 26, 6-10 pm. Clown through Mask registrants get the Neutral Mask classes for FREE, space pending. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Clown through Mask is intended for all types of people – you do not need to be an actor or performer to participate. All you need is curiosity and the willingness to try something new! The work uses mask-making, painting, writing and a variety of physical exercises to open up hidden creative possibilities, to bring us back to an experience of play, impulse, wonder, a full range of emotions and limitless potential for expression.

This is a journey toward discovering your own inner clown – transitioning from working with a full face mask that you create yourself into wearing the red clown nose. The focus is on personal exploration and adventure, not on performance as an end goal.

This training is not intended to prepare you for the circus. There are no tricks, no juggling and no stilts involved. Rather, we seek to expose human vulnerability, innocence, and expression through the exploration of clown. This work is a powerful tool for any artist, opening up new avenues of exploration which can be pursued in any medium. Participants do not need to be performers – all that is required is the willingness to experiment, to face yourself honestly, and to move beyond your comfort zone.

Sara Tilley received her BFA in Acting from York University in 2001, and founded She Said Yes! theatre in 2002. She trained with both Ian Wallace and Sue Morrison in Clown Through Mask (Pochinko) technique. She has created many different clown performances in the past fifteen years, ranging from full theatre productions to burlesque numbers to improvised characters who are occasionally seen in public places. In 2008, she mentored with Ian Wallace to teach Clown through Mask and Neutral Mask, and worked with him again in 2015 to develop a second-level clown training course which she will begin to offer in 2016. She uses the Pochinko work as inspiration not just for clown, but for acting, directing, writing and design. Sara has taught clown and Neutral Mask in St. John’s, Vancouver, Dawson City, Winnipeg, Calgary, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Cianciana, Sicily.

 

What previous students have said:

“Sara Tilley’s clown through mask workshop was truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. It pushed me to places that were initially uncomfortable, but within the intimate group experience Sara facilitates it is easy to let ones’ guard down and embrace the zany, wacky, weird, and unusual.” -Stephen Quinlan

“The freedom I felt allowed me to do anything and everything! It’s almost like there was a part of me that came to life for the first time.  In my own writing, acting and dancing, these workshops have helped unlock ideas and a creative energy.  On a personal level, I think it’s opened my eyes to the beauty of everything that surrounds me. Sara is a fantastic teacher and guide. Her encouragement and spirit are so welcoming and freeing, she really makes you excited about the work.” -Mark White

“Thank you for generously sharing this work which is so sacred and close to your heart. You created a magical space and a place safe enough to experiment. The clown workshop has changed the way I experience a moment, the way I imagine the shape and texture of world, what my body is and how I inhabit it.” – Bryhanna Greenough

“This work is excellent training for the expression of true voice.” -Ryan Davis

“After the first class I realized that this course would have a profound effect on my life. I felt like parts of me were breaking out of cement; deep cement that encased many emotions that were difficult to access. I was both physically and mentally exhausted. It was the best I felt in ages. This course requires commitment to face uncomfortable emotions and to celebrate good ones. It is a roller coaster of crying and laughing and truly feeling alive. This translated to renewed fresh motivation in my visual art practice and in my life in general. I highly recommend it to everyone in the world.” -Annette Manning

 

Offered with the partnership of ArtsNL and the City of St. John’s.

 

Photo L-R: Heather Rumancik, Kyle Bustin, Mitch McGee Herritt, Kira Sheppard, Annie McKewen, Ben Jackson and Elling Lien, clown workshop participants 2013. Photo by Sara Tilley.

Neutral Mask

 

 

 

This class has been cancelled due to low registration. She Said Yes! will reschedule later in the year. Please contact shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list and receive notice of this and all other upcoming events.

NEUTRAL MASK with Sara Tilley

Level I – Tuesday, January 19, 6-10 pm

Level II (prerequisite Level I) – Tuesday, January 26, 6-10 pm

$40 regular/$20 students -one session

$65 regular/$35 students -both sessions

FREE if you are also registering for Clown through Mask, Feb 2-28.

 

TO REGISTER: email Sara at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com. Register early to avoid disappointment. Space is limited.

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NEUTRAL MASK is a powerful tool for any creative person – it allows you to simplify, to reconnect to the physical body, and to live in the present moment. The neutral mask pares us down to the essential. It is a beginning place from which to approach any new character or project. This work is beneficial to all artists – actors, writers, musicians, dancers, visual artists – as well as to anyone who is curious about mask.

LEVEL I will focus on the essentials for work with the mask. We will use the mask as a clearing tool for the body, to help shed old habits, gestures and postures in order to be ready to take on new experiences. Neutral Mask work is moving meditation – an opportunity to exist wholly in the present moment.

LEVEL II will take the neutral mask experience further into its application as a sponge for energy and experience. Using the mask to channel different natural energies and to create the foundations for character, this session will build on the work done in Level I. We will look at a variety of ways to use the mask as a springboard for creative expression.

Sara Tilley has a BFA in Acting from York University. She has studied neutral mask with Ian Wallace, Dean Gilmour and Jill Courtney. She incorporates mask work into her own artistic practice as a writer, actor, director and designer. As a teacher, she’s worked with artists and non-artists in Neutral Mask and Pochinko Clown Through Mask since 2008.

 

Offered with the partnership of ArtsNL and the City of St. John’s.

 

Call for Submissions:

MAIL-ORDER DRAMATURGY PROGRAM

A long-distance dramaturgy program for new plays in development. Works must be in the first draft stage or later, but as yet unproduced. We do not accept partial drafts or produced plays for this program, and any such submissions will be rejected. Each script will be paired with a professional dramaturge, who will work with the playwright via email and/or Skype through the completion of a further two drafts of their work.

All playwrights, regardless of experience or province/country of residence, are eligible to apply. Up to three scripts will be chosen for development in 2016. Please note that She Said Yes! is a feminist theatre company, and as such we are interested in developing works that are written by, for or about women, including queer and trans women and women of colour. While we do not stipulate that the playwright must be female, priority will be given to works which develop and enrich the canon of feminist theatre.

Submission deadline is October 31st, 2015, at 5 pm. Submissions must be emailed by this date in order to be considered.

To apply, send a copy of your script in pdf or Word format, along with a cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the program and your history as a playwright to shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

We pay a modest honorarium to all participating playwrights and dramaturges.

The Mail-Order Dramaturgy program is an annual project of She Said Yes! Theatre Company.

For more information on She Said Yes! and its work, visit www.shesaidyestheatre.ca, or contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director of She Said Yes!, at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

This program is presented in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John’s.

Mail-Order Dramaturgy 2015

Through the Mail-Order Dramaturgy Program, She Said Yes! Theatre Company has been pairing playwrights with dramaturgs, long-distance, for eight years.

Each pair of playwrights and dramaturgs will work independently, creating their own work schedule to take them through two further drafts of the work in 2015. Each pair also decides whether or not to include Skype meetings, or in-person meetings where possible, in addition to email feedback on the work. Honorariums for playwrights and dramaturgs are made possible by support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John’s Arts Jury.

Congratulations to our playwrights for Mail-Order Dramaturgy 2015.

This year’s pairings are:

Playwright Agnes Walsh, NL (Untitled) with dramaturg Lois Brown, NL

Playwright Meghan Greeley, ON/NL (Skylark) with dramaturg Sara Tilley, NL

For more information on the Mail-Order Dramaturgy Program or other She Said Yes! initiatives, please contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director, at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

The deadline for the 2016 Mail-Order Dramaturgy program is October 15th, 2015.

Clown through Mask (Pochinko Method)

with Sara Tilley

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 6-10 pm

September 17 to October 19, 2014

2nd Floor Rehearsal Space (former art gallery space), Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s

Registration Fee: $600 (60 hours at $10/hour) Sliding scale and/or potential work trade situations available for those with financial barriers. Contact Sara for more details at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

Only 10 spots available! Register by email ASAP to reserve your spot: shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com

Participants must be able to attend all sessions.

Kira Sheppard and Kyle Bustin during the Clown through Mask Workshop 2013. Photo by Sara Tilley.

Clown through Mask is intended for all types of people – you do not need to be an actor or performer to participate. All you need is curiosity and the willingness to try something new! The work uses mask-making, painting, writing and a variety of physical exercises to open up hidden creative possibilities, to bring us back to an experience of play, impulse, wonder, a full range of emotions and limitless potential for expression.

This is a journey toward discovering your own inner clown – transitioning from working with a full face mask that you create yourself into wearing the red clown nose. The focus is on personal exploration and adventure, not on performance as an end goal.

This training is not intended to prepare you for the circus. There are no tricks, no juggling and no stilts involved. Rather, we seek to expose human vulnerability, innocence, and expression through the exploration of clown. This work is a powerful tool for any artist, opening up new avenues of exploration which can be pursued in any medium. Participants do not need to be performers – all that is required is the willingness to experiment, to face yourself honestly, and to move beyond your comfort zone.

Sara Tilley trained with Ian Wallace and Sue Morrison in Clown Through Mask (Pochinko) technique. She has created many different clown performances in the past fifteen years, ranging from full theatre productions to burlesque numbers to improvised characters who are occasionally seen in public places. In 2008, she mentored with Ian Wallace to teach Clown through Mask and Neutral Mask. She is the artistic director of She Said Yes!, and uses the Pochinko work as inspiration not just for clown, but for acting, directing, writing and design. Sara has taught clown and Neutral Mask in St. John’s, Vancouver, Dawson City, Winnipeg, Calgary and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

 

What previous students have said:

“Sara Tilley’s clown through mask workshop was truly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. It pushed me to places that were initially uncomfortable, but within the intimate group experience Sara facilitates it is easy to let ones’ guard down and embrace the zany, wacky, weird, and unusual.” -Stephen Quinlan

“The freedom I felt allowed me to do anything and everything! It’s almost like there was a part of me that came to life for the first time.  In my own writing, acting and dancing, these workshops have helped unlock ideas and a creative energy.  On a personal level, I think it’s opened my eyes to the beauty of everything that surrounds me. Sara is a fantastic teacher and guide. Her encouragement and spirit are so welcoming and freeing, she really makes you excited about the work.” -Mark White

“Thank you for generously sharing this work which is so sacred and close to your heart. You created a magical space and a place safe enough to experiment. The clown workshop has changed the way I experience a moment, the way I imagine the shape and texture of world, what my body is and how I inhabit it.” – Bryhanna Greenough

“This work is excellent training for the expression of true voice.” -Ryan Davis

“After the first class I realized that this course would have a profound effect on my life. I felt like parts of me were breaking out of cement; deep cement that encased many emotions that were difficult to access. I was both physically and mentally exhausted. It was the best I felt in ages. This course requires commitment to face uncomfortable emotions and to celebrate good ones. It is a roller coaster of crying and laughing and truly feeling alive. This translated to renewed fresh motivation in my visual art practice and in my life in general. I highly recommend it to everyone in the world.” -Annette Manning

 

This workshop is presented with the partnership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John’s.

PROGRAM PAIRS NEWFOUNDLAND DRAMATURGS WITH PLAYWRIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD

Through the Mail-Order Dramaturgy Program, She Said Yes! Theatre Company has been pairing playwrights with dramaturgs, long-distance, for seven years. This year, the program takes a truly international turn, seeing our NL dramaturgs connected with playwrights from Canada, the US and Tanzania.

“This year we had nearly sixty submissions, and only ten of those were from Canada.”, says Artistic Director, Sara Tilley. “The program is able to connect people all over the world in a collaborative way, without them having to travel anywhere. The fact that this is a feminist company interested in developing work with women at heart has also attracted many playwrights to the program.”

This year’s pairings are:

Playwright  Klara Wojtkowska from Tanzania (MEAT) with dramaturg Sara Tilley

Playwright Alexis von Konigslow from Ontario (The Exclusion Zone) with dramturg Lois Brown

Playwright Sharon Goldner from the US (Frank Talk) with dramaturg Lois Brown

 

Each pair of playwrights and dramaturgs will work independently, creating their own work schedule to take them through two further drafts of the work in 2014. Each pair also decides whether or not to include Skype meetings in addition to email feedback on the work. Honorariums for playwrights and dramaturgs are made possible by support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John’s Arts Jury.

For more information on the Mail-Order Dramaturgy Program or other She Said Yes! initiatives, please contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director, at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

8th Annual Women’s Work Festival
co-produced by RCA Theatre, She Said Yes! and White Rooster Theatre
Submission Deadline: 5 pm, November 18, 2013
Festival Dates: March 3-6, 2014

Seeking works-in-progress by women playwrights of all levels of experience! Are you at a stage when you need to hear your work read aloud by a cast of actors? Do you need some feedback from a dramaturg, or to hear the words in front of an audience to bring your work closer to production? If yes, please apply!

All submissions must be either by a female playwright or deal with a female character as the central figure. To be eligible, plays cannot yet have been produced, although previous workshops, development or readings of the work are permitted.

Each script will receive a one-day dramaturgical workshop with a professional cast and dramaturg, followed by a staged reading in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. All playwrights, actors and dramaturgs will receive a small honorarium for their work.

Playwrights must be available to travel to St. John’s during the dates of February 28-March 5, 2014 (a shorter trip within these dates is possible). We do not cover transportation or accommodations costs for out-of-town playwrights, but your local arts council or the Canada Council for the Arts may provide travel grants for this purpose. Billeting may be arranged if preferred. All proceeds from the reading series will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

To apply, submit an electronic copy of the following:

- A letter of application, including a little about your history as a playwright and what your goals would be for the workshop and reading time provided by the festival. Please include your telephone number, email address and mailing address.

-A full draft of your play. We do not accept submissions of partial drafts.

-A short synopsis of the plot (1-2 paragraphs).

-A cast list with full breakdown of characters, including indication of double casting possibilities

Send documents in either Microsoft Word or PDF format to rcata@rca.nf.ca
(put Women’s Work Festival 2014 in the subject line). Applications will be
juried by a reading committee representing all three companies. Please note that The Women’s Work Festival does not provide feedback on submissions. All
applicants will be notified by email by January 10, 2014.

 

 

Call for Submissions:

MAIL-ORDER DRAMATURGY PROGRAM

A long-distance dramaturgy program for new plays in development. Works must be in the first draft stage or later. Each script will be paired with a professional dramaturge, who will work with the playwright via email and/or Skype through the completion of a further two drafts of their work.

All playwrights, regardless of experience or province/country of residence, are eligible to apply. Up to three scripts will be chosen for development in 2014. Please note that She Said Yes! is a feminist theatre company, and as such we are interested in developing works that are written by, for or about women. While we do not stipulate that the playwright must be female, priority will be given to works which develop and enrich the canon of theatre for women.

Submission deadline is October 15th, 2013, at 5 pm. Submissions must be emailed by this date in order to be considered.

To apply, send a copy of your script in pdf or Word format, along with a cover letter stating your reasons for applying to the program and your history as a playwright to shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

Pending funding, we pay a modest honorarium to all participating playwrights and dramaturges.

The Mail-Order Dramaturgy program is an annual project of She Said Yes! Theatre Company.

For more information on She Said Yes! and its work, visit www.shesaidyestheatre.ca, or contact Sara Tilley, Artistic Director of She Said Yes!, at shesaidyestheatre@gmail.com.

 

 

 

As part of the seventh annual Women’s Work Festival, co-presented by She Said Yes!, RCA Theatre and White Rooster Theatre, we are offering several workshops (women and men welcome!). Check out the offerings and register early for a serious discount!

To register for any of these sessions, email
whiteroostertheatre@rocketmail.com. Limited spaces available!

 

Animal Work: Another Approach to Building Character with Sara Tilley

Wednesday, May 1, 2013   7-10 pm

Registration $50 (early bird $30, paid by April 28/13)

A three-hour physical theatre workshop with Sara Tilley, which focuses on building character through the use of animal energy, physicality, rhythm, emotion, and sound. Each participant is asked to choose a short monologue (2 minutes max) to bring to the workshop (memorization not necessary). Using this text as the basis for our exploration, we will work with opening the physical body, accessing full animal energy, and then ‘burying’ that energy deep inside a human character to create compelling performance.

No experience is necessary. Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

BIO

Sara Tilley is a professional theatre artist, writer and physical theatre teacher, who specializes in Pochinko Clown, Neutral Mask and other mask and physical work. Sara has a BFA in Acting from York University, and founded the theatre company She Said Yes! in 2002. She trained to teach Pochinko Clown and Neutral Mask with Ian Wallace in 2008. Since then, Sara has taught workshops and classes for a wide variety of theatre practitioners, other artists, curious humans and many, many children in St. John’s, Vancouver, Dawson City, Winnipeg, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

 

Getting Connected with Jamie Brace

Tuesday, May 2, 2013   1-4 pm

Registration $25 (early bird $15, paid by April 28/13)

This is a workshop designed to improve the way you use mobile devices. Most people aren’t aware of how to get the most out of their phone, tablet or laptop. Do you want to know how easy it is to set up, design and run your own website?

Do you need help finding useful applications and accessories for your devices? If you are struggling with electronic and time organization and just never bothered to study that users manual, let Jamie help you sort it out.

As a special feature, you’ll be able to send your burning questions on these and other topics ahead of this class and Jamie will do his best to answer them in the workshop.

Topics

1. Setting up Devices

2.  Using your Devices

3.  Websites

4.  Email

5. Applications

 

Discovering & Building Drama from True Stories: A Workshop with Sally Stubbs

Monday May 6, 2013 1-4 pm

Registration $50 (early bird $30, paid by April 28/13)

Introduction

A non-fiction event or story is a treasure-trove of multiple truths waiting to be mined by dramatists with diverse perspectives, interests, and intentions.  How and where do you begin to build a drama from a complex and true event?   What strand or strands of a multi-pronged story do you choose to research and mine?  What elements do you bypass and/or carve away?

Intent

To introduce participants to a proven and efficient process of unpacking and building upon research materials to inform and shape research-inspired plays.

Process

We’ll begin with a brief introduction to research-inspired theatre, i.e., ‘what’ and ‘why’, before digging into ‘how’ via writing activities I adapted from an inspiring week-long Master Class led by Newfoundland’s Robert Chafe and administered by Playwrights Workshop Montreal.  Participants will need pencils or pens and something to write on and/or a laptop.  They may choose to work on their own research-inspired stories or a ‘commission’ that they will receive during the workshop.

Sally thanks Robert Chafe as well as Beverley Cooper and Tara Goldstein who, with Sally, co-developed and presented the seminar – Canadian Research-Inspired Theatre: What, Why, How – at the Women Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, Sweden last August.

BIO

Sally Stubbs is a Vancouver based playwright and educator who also directs and performs.  She holds graduate degrees in Writing and History in Art, works as a sessional instructor of playwriting and theatre in education, and has been a playwright-in-residence at the Firehall Arts Centre, Touchstone Theatre, the Playwrights Theatre Centre Colony, and the University of Lethbridge.  Sally is also a recipient of a Prime Minister’s Award for her instructional work with young people, theatre, and film.

Her scripts have been described as fierce, bold, surprising, audaciously theatrical, and darkly humorous.  They include: Centurions; Herr Beckmann’s People (published by Scirocco Drama 2011); Wreckage (Scirocco Drama 2009); Spinning You Home (listed for publication, Scirocco Drama); She’ll to the Wars; and Home Movies.

Scripts in progress include Kid Gloves, (rewrites underway following November 2012 premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre; listed for publication by Scirocco Drama); Project Hermie, a commission from Green Thumb Theatre for Young People; and Lori & Colt, a new play about a teacher and her mad, bad love affair with a handgun. 

Selected honours and awards: invited to co-present panel, ‘Canadian Research-Informed Theatre: What, Why, & How’ (Women Playwrights International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2012); SceneFirst 2012 (Kid Gloves, Richmond Gateway Theatre); Alberta Theatre Projects/Enbridge playRites Award (Established) 2011; Canada Peace Play Award 2009 (University of Calgary, Downstage); playwright delegate and presenter, Women Playwrights International, Mumbai, India, 2009; Flying Start (Touchstone Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver); The Gordon Armstrong Playwrights Rent Award 2007; Honourable Mention, Herman Voaden Award 2007; National Arts Centre’s On the Verge Showcase 2007; Canadian Plays in Development Award (twice); Special Merit Award and two Honourable Mentions, Canadian National Playwriting Competition. Mother Cutter, an independent film co-adapted by Sally from Wreckage, was nominated for the Alberta Centennial Award and named a ‘Best of Alberta Shorts’ (Calgary International Film Festival).

Sally is a proud member and artistic associate of Vancouver’s Wet Ink Collective; Playwrights Theatre Centre; Playwrights Workshop Montreal; Theatre Communications Group; and the Playwrights Guild of Canada where she is Women’s Caucus Chair and edits the Women’s Caucus Newsletter.

Twenty daredevil actors. One classic NL play. Random casting, total secrecy, one week to learn their parts. Scene partners meet each other for the first time under the stage lights. Think classic theatre meets improv meets cross-dressing meets dangerously high levels of adrenaline. It’s the stuff (bad) dreams are made of.

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

March 22nd, 2013

8 pm, LSPU Hall

Tickets are $20. Call the Hall at 753-4531 or buy online at rca.nf.ca

Featuring an extremely brave and talented cast: Petrina Bromley, Courtney Brown, Jenn Brown, Melanie Caines, Phil Churchill, Janet Edmonds Colin Furlong, Didi Gillard-Rowlings, Phil Goodridge, Natalia Hennelly, Mitch McGee-Herritt, Geraldine Hollett, Darryl Hopkins, Allison Kelly, Greg Malone, Steve O’Connell, Keith Pike, Issa Russell, Wendi Smallwood and Mark White.

With a set designed in one week on a budget of $20 by Richard Short.

A fundraiser for She Said Yes!’ upcoming premiere of Fruithead, July 17-21, LSPU Hall.