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Tools for Devising Part I and II with Michael Brown

Friday: Igniting Creativity
As we all know, a devising process requires a high level of creative engagement and risk-taking from all involves. But where do we begin, in order to unleash that level of creative energy? Using a series of proven exercises and games from various masters of creating physical theatre, we will explore effective and enjoyable ways to stimulate individual and group creativity.

Saturday: Building Collaborative Terms
Using games and exercises we will look at the specific issues of creating a supportive, truly collaborative team; generating ideas; structuring useful feedback and discussion; and the essential roles that must be served in a healthy devising process. While participants while benefit from having attended the first devising workshop, this is by no means necessary.

Michael has performed, directed and devised theatre on three continents and has founded critically acclaimed theatre companies in the US and UK. He has trained actors for many companies including the Royal National Theatre in London. For the last 3 years, Michael has co-led a workshop called “Creating Theatre and Performance” at the London International Mime Festival. For the last 5 years, Michael has been a core instructor at LISPA, where he teaches mask work, improvisation, advanced theatre styles, theatre games, and devising skills.

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