Summer has arrived — bug juice, capture the flag and cut-off shorts are in abundance. It’s time to go to camp! We’ve got an awesome line-up of workshops taught by dog & pony dc ensemble members every Wednesday from June 10 to July 1, in everything from engaging with arts audiences to stage combat.
Learn something new or sharpen up your skills with dog & pony dc this summer!
New Ways to Engage Your Fringe Audience, with Melanie Harker
Wednesday, June 10 | 7-9:30 p.m.
Fringe is a busy time for everyone, with hundreds of shows happening all around the District, all at once. How do you stand out among the sea of experimental theater productions? In this workshop, unpack the concept of “audience engagement” and learn the pillars and practice of “Connectivity” — a holistic approach to developing and executing audience engagement activities. When lead by artists, Connectivity allows for you to grow engagement experiences from the core of your production; this creates more intimate, meaningful relationships with audience and also boosts your marketing and fundraising efforts.
Devised Design, with Ivania Stack and Colin K. Bills
Wednesday, June 17 | 7-9:30 p.m.
Dog & pony dc’s designers Ivania Stack and Colin K. Bills will teach some of their methods for designing productions that are developed by ensembles. This workshop will help designers, directors and devisers develop strategies for creating worlds that are in process.
Acting with the Audience, with Wyckham Avery
Wednesday, June 24 | 7-9:30 p.m.
Interactive, participatory or immersive theater is becoming more and more popular — but how do performers successfully work with these unsuspecting scene partners in the audience? Dog & pony dc members will share their tips and tricks to help anyone who works without a fourth wall.
Stage Combat for the Improviser, with Lorraine Ressegger-Slone
Wednesday, July 1 | 7-9:30 p.m.
Is it possible to safely execute a fight, or even a single move, in the course of an improvisation? We will learn to become more physically comfortable with one another through a series of both cooperative and competitive games and exercises. We will explore the mechanics of stage combat — what makes a move safe and why — and employ that in our work.