From Page to Stage: The Art of Performing Your Story with Jeff Greenwald – (1/24 – 2/7)
Instructor: Jeff Greenwald
Number of sessions: 3 Tuesday evenings, plus 1 weekend evening performance
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Dates: January 24 – February 7
Course fee: $250.
To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.
Description: In the beginning, there was fire—and around the fire, stories. Sometime later came the printing press, Mark twain, The New Yorker, Kerouac, the World Wide Web, Blogging for Dummies and Twitter. The fire may now be a YouTube download—but a storytelling Marco Polo will always be welcome in the court of Kublai Khan.
Our writing and performance class will include the fundamentals of how to structure your tales for the stage, physical exercises for improv, and the fundamentals of live stage performance. You’ll find that almost any well-structured story can be turned into a winning monologue or live story—even if it describes a particularly unusual trip to Costco. You’ll leave the class with the confidence to appear before an audience of four or 400, and the ability to animate your stories with a freedom, physicality and immediacy that transcends anything found on a printed page.
Instructor Bio: Oakland-based Jeff Greenwald is a journalist, author and stage performer. His six books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas, The Size of the World and, most recently, Snake Lake, a memoir set in Nepal during the 1990 democracy uprising. Jeff’s stories and essays have appeared in many print and online publications including Smithsonian, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and Salon. His critically acclaimed solo show, Strange Travel Suggestions, has played to sold-out houses since 2003.