The following programs specialize in developing one-person or solo shows for performers and writer/performers.
LANCE ANDERSON'S STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Anderson's workshops and private sessions are designed to teach actors to write, perform, and showcase their own one-person shows. Consultation is complimentary. firstname.lastname@example.org. (818) 623-7220.
THE ART OF THE ONE-PERSON SHOW
Weekly classes in writing and performing your own solo show are taught by Emmy- and Theatre World Award-winning director/producer Irene Pinn. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner have said, "Any artist wishing to explore and refine to completion a one-person piece for theatrical performance should begin here with Irene." (323) 650-2391. See ad on page 30-A.
These workshops are taught by Krissy Shook, who holds a bachelor's degree in writing and theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a master's degree in screenwriting from AFI. Shook is also a member of Women In Film and IFP/West and has written, produced, and starred in numerous one-woman shows in NYC and L.A. ShowSolo@aol.com. (323) 663-5959.
Under the guidance of writer/directors Mark Travis and Frederick Johntz, students of "the Solo Workshop" learn the skills of autobiographical storytelling. Classes are for actors, writers, directors, and performers. Shows such as A Bronx Tale, Time Flies When You're Alive, and Undressing New Jersey have emerged from the workshop. Courses offered include Solo Sunday (an introductory one-day intensive), the Solo Workshop (an ongoing weekly workshop), Solo One-on-One (private individual development), and Solo-to-Screen (adaptation from solo show to screenplay). (323) 737-3223.
TRUTH, LIES AND MEMORY: CREATING THE ONE-PERSON SHOW
This program is taught by Terrie Silverman, whose work has been presented at HBO Workspace, Highways, LATC, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts, KPFK Radio, and theatre festivals throughout Southern California. Her program is designed to guide you through the process of developing and performing a solo play, whether you're looking for a way to begin, continue, or polish your material. Using spontaneous writing exercises, movement, music, and drawing, it seeks to create the freedom to write intuitively in a supportive, safe environment. The actor crafts the work through feedback, improvising, writing, and performing. Ten-week workshops, private coaching, and script consultations are available. Classes are small and culminate in a works-in-progress performance. (310) 281-3175. See ad on page 25-A.