"The Assembly actually puts into practice what so many of us say we want to do: they devise their work, and it's great, inventive, serious, and deep. What's more, they can show you how to do it, as they have with my students. The Assembly is a role model for the future of the American theatre." - John Gould Rubin (NYU Stella Adler)
TRAIN WITH THE ASSEMBLY: AUGUST 2019 WORKSHOPS
This summer The Assembly is offering two brand new workshops at a new low price in our multidisciplinary creative process: DESIGN IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM and DEVISING FOR ACTORS: THE FUNDAMENTALS. Train with The Assembly's co-artistic directors and explore the tools we use to develop our work.
DESIGN IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM
Friday, August 23, 6pm - 10pm & Saturday, August 24, 2pm - 6pm
The design of any work of theater is integral to the story being told. But so often, designers are kept out of the rehearsal room and actors out of the design process. We've found that a strong vocabulary in design helps all collaborators to tell the same story.
For the last 12 years The Assembly has been developing and adapting exercises that involve all collaborators in the creation of the design-world of the play. This hands-on workshop is built for directors, performers, writers, dramaturgs, designers, and anyone with an interest in bringing a rigorous design aesthetic to their theatrical work. Over the course of two sessions, we will engage research techniques, object-work, and dramaturgies of space, sound and costume, and will discuss longer-term strategies for shepherding the design process to completion. Taught by Assembly co-artistic director Nic Benacerraf (co-director/designer of Seagullmachine).
Fee: $160 ($145 for the first 5 students!) – apply here
DEVISING FOR ACTORS: THE FUNDAMENTALS
Sunday, August 25, 12pm - 3pm
Actors are often taught that we’re interpretive artists, hired to reflect someone else’s words and vision. By introducing students to The Assembly’s core devising techniques, this workshop empowers actors to generate content as creative artists. Building on these fundamentals is how The Assembly builds its productions, from our fully devised hit show HOME/SICK to our adaptations of classic authors like Chekhov and Dickens. Taught by Assembly co-artistic directors Ben Beckley (Broadway’s What The Constitution Means To Me) and Stephen Aubrey (writer of The Dark Heart of Meteorology).
Fee: $65 ($50 for the first 5 students!) – apply here
Both workshops will be held at the ART/NY South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn.
WORKSHOPS IN OUR METHOD
"Taking a workshop with The Assembly made me more aware of my own collaborative instincts. I’ve taken this awareness into every theatrical project ‘ve worked on since. Both in their workshop and in my summer internship, The Assembly has shared their devising process with me in a way that is personal, generous, and honest." – May Treuhaft-Ali, Playwright & Director
"My workshop with the Assembly showed the importance of building kinship with your theatrical collaborators. The folks at the Assembly trust each other to make strong, bold choices because they share a clear theatrical grammar and process." – Terah Ehigiator, Actor & Playwright
The Assembly offers a rigorous interdisciplinary workshop in our unique collaborative process, for theater practitioners eager to explore how to craft theater that synthesizes writing, action, design and dramaturgy in a supportive environment. The Assembly training emphasizes intellectual curiosity, expert communication, visceral theatricality, and – above all – interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Assembly's training draws from Jerzy Grotowski's physical actions, Chuck Mee's collage aesthetic, the techniques of documentary theatre, modern dance, installation art, performance art, and theatrical realism. The training is experimental in nature, and all theatrical vocabularies are fair game. The workshop is conducted in three-hour sessions over the course of three consecutive days.
Participants will learn how to create personal monologues and physical actions based on academic and visual research. Select source materials will provide the scaffolding upon which we will develop uniquely personal responses and ultimately devise nuanced and character-driven theatrical events.
The workshop is led by members of The Assembly: playwright Stephen Aubrey, designer Nic Benacerraf, director Jess Chayes, and actor-writer Ben Beckley.
The Assembly has conducted workshops at Wesleyan University, NYU (Stella Adler) and at the Ice Factory. Assembly members have experience teaching at CalArts, NYU, New School, Brooklyn College, Kean University, University of Scranton, and more.
The Assembly is available for workshops in both educational and private settings. To inquire about workshops, email firstname.lastname@example.org
POST-SHOW DISCUSSION SERIES
As part of our dedication to building community and fostering conversation, we try whenever possible to engage in post-show discussions with experts in the field of our research. Alongside our 2016 production of HOME/SICK at Los Angeles's Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, we produced Your Brain Is a Bomb: A Revolutionary Conversationn Series and our 2016 run of I Will Look Forward to This Later featured a series of post-show conversations entitled I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: Long-View Conversations About Life in the Arts.
Below, you can take a look at some excerpts from talkbacks with two former Weathermen following our 2012 remount of HOME/SICK.
Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers, former leaders of The Weather Underground, are interviewed by Ben Beckley following a performance of The Assembly's HOME/SICK. They respond to questions about the emotional accuracy of the play, and of their current views towards violence.
More from Bernadine and Bill.