Solo Performance Lab
Take Your Storytelling to the Next Level!
In the Solo Performance Lab, you'll receive extensive training in writing, public speaking, and acting; these are skills you can apply to the theater, the storytelling world, the stand-up stage, or even your other professional endeavors! This class allows you to work on an autobiographical story or something more theatrical--like a fictional tale or a character monologue. In fact, you'll learn four distinct genres of stage stories as well as tips and techniques used by great actors and presenters. At the end of this class, you will have a short piece (5-7 min.) that has been memorized, rehearsed, and full-staged. You'll perform this piece in front of live audience of invited guests. Afterward, this piece can performed at any time!
Why this Class is For You!
If even one of the items below is true, this class is a great fit:
- You've already explored autobiographical storytelling and now you want to take your stories to the next level--by applying expanded storytelling techniques plus training in presentation and acting;
- You're new to storytelling and want to learn an array of story basics--in combination with training in presentation and acting;
- You're thinking about creating a full-length solo show;
- You want to apply storytelling and performance skills to your professional (non-stage) life.
- You want to open your world to creative opportunities that involve the stage!
What you get in the 6-week* course:
(*Please note, this course runs 6 consecutive weeks, but meets 7 times;
the showcase is Wed of the final week)
- Storytelling training that you can use on the stage and elsewhere;
- Playwriting techniques that greatly enhance your stories -- learn four genres of monologues;
- Presentation training, including body awareness; body dynamics, vocal projection, use of gestures, overcoming nerves, and finding stage presence;
- Acting training, including character transformations (using body and voice), expressive techniques, dynamic use of the stage;
- Small classes (limited to 12 to ensure personal attention);
- Public presentation where you can try out your material in front of friends and family;
- Assistance applying to the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival (optional).
I take students on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes do sell out so best to register early. Check out the testimonials of others who've taken this course!
Questions? Give me a call: (202) 431-6448.
Mondays: September 24 through November 5, 2012 6:45 till 9:45 pm
(Please note: no class October 15)
Performance: Wed, Nov 7.
We meet right near Dupont Circle. Some street parking opens up right at 6:30, and of course the metro is right there.
Tuition is in three tiers, to allow for varied budgets!
Basic: Includes all of the above.
Basic Plus: Includes all of the above plus a 45-min. private session, where your piece will be directed.
Premium: Includes all of the above plus a 90-minute private session, where your piece will be directed.
A Level Two class starts right after the Level One ends. Here are details:
When & Where
Laura Zam is an award-winning writer, performer, and educator. Praise in the Washington post described her work as “beautiful,” smart,” and “funny.” To date, Laura has created seven one-person plays, which she has performed Off-Broadway, internationally, and across the US, including Woolly Mammoth, Theater J, and The Kennedy Center as well as The Public Theater, Dixon Place, and Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Her newest solo piece, Married Sex, was commissioned by Theater J, where it had a workshop production before being performed this past summer in the New York International Fringe Festival. In November, it will be performed Off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row. Laura is currently turning this play into a media project that inlcludes a memoir, essays, a blog, ebooks, public speaking, and touring performances. Her touring play Collaterally Damaged has been seen at colleges, festivals, conferences, professional development events, schools, and libraries across the U.S. Through this play, Laura raises awareness about the aftermath of war. Laura has published extensively, including dramatic writing and stories appearing in six book anthologies. She's published essays and articles in Velvet Magazine, Time Out Prague, and others. Awards: Semi-Finalist O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, a Tennesee Williams Fellowship, Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), and an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Also an arts educator specializing in healing, Laura has worked with trauma survivors all over the world, including teens from the Middle East, wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and survivors of sexual abuse. Recently, she was invited to work with female military veterans at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Laura has a B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. She has taught at Brown University, UC Berkeley and George Mason University, among others. For more information, visit LauraZam.com.