Feeling stagnant in your creative practice? Looking for inspiration? Reconnect with your curiosity and creativity this new year by returning to the simple truth: writing is a physical act.
In Writing for Performance, we will engage in active writing practices using a performer’s vocabulary that engage the full body/mind.
Every week we’ll start from scratch and generate new material through physical/tactile/sensory exercises geared to reconnect us to our creative process. Each of us will use what we create during the workshop to inspire a piece of performance writing — be it poetry, song, dance, film, theater, performance art or something new/undefined. From there we can revise our work for its next step—or leap.
Note: beyond reading, writing and sharing, we will move and use the space around us. Expect to play with drawing, making physical shapes, exploring outdoors and using all the senses as we cultivate inspiration for writing in new ways. Wear comfy clothes that allow easy movement and dress for the weather.
This is a 6-week workshop that will meet on the following Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM:
- February 6th
- February 13th
- February 20th
- February 27th
- March 6th
- March 13th
Playwright Heidi Kraay examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Writing across disciplines and training in diverse theater vocabularies give her tools to live better making art. Her plays, including How To Hide Your Monster, Rajpurr: Tale of a Tiger, Slap! A Beaver Tale, New Eden, CloudMelt, Ways Not to Drown and The Way Up, have recently been presented in Boise, regionally and in NYC through Boise Contemporary Theater, Opal Theatre Company, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat & Workshop (Colorado), id Theater (NYC), Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (McCall), Campfire Theatre Festival, Treasure Valley Children’s Theater and HomeGrown Theatre. Heidi is a founding associate artist for Migration Theory, a physical art company for which she co-devised SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething (2015) and small matters (2018). Heidi holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. www.heidikraay.com