Summoners Ensemble Theatre Announces Upcoming Classes

Susan Vitucci and Hugh Sinclair show Session participants "how to mine their ingenuity, imagination and initiative to establish and expand their individual creative voice."

SET is offering two original Storytelling Sessions:

Junk Drawer Drama – 10:15 am to 1:15 pm 
There is no better way to discover the vital building blocks of theatre than to strip it down to its core. Ever wonder how all that clutter in your apartment could be considered art? Use found and made objects to get down to the essence of theatre making - storytelling. Working in teams, SET Session participants develop performance works based on a common fable allowing them to use their ingenuity and creativity to make old stories new again. Excellent for actors, directors and playwrights, Junk Drawer Drama allows everyone to be a part of the creative process from start to finish.

Susan J. Vitucci is a librettist, director, puppet designer, and performer. Her acclaimed puppet operetta Love’s Fowl (music by Henry Krieger) gained wide recognition from a feature story that is often rebroadcast on public radio’s “This American Life”. Love's Fowl has enjoyed a successful run at New York Theatre Workshop and toured the U.S. Susan's Love’s Fowl puppets were nominated for an American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award.

Creating Improvised Pieces - 1:45 pm to 4:45 pm 
Learn the art of building an improvised piece. While creating a safe and positive environment with warm-ups, group exercises and relationship-based scene work, this SET Session focuses on creating a closely connected community of truthfully realized characters. Participants then inhabit this world and create extended narrative pieces. Experience the thrill of spontaneous storytelling. Anyone can do it, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Actors, directors and playwrights will find Creating Improvised Pieces a wonderful way to reconnect with the joy of discovering your creativity. 

Hugh Sinclair’s recent acting credits include The Myths We Need Or How To Begin (dir. Jose Zayas), Ghost Light (59E59), Southern Promises (PS 122), Woodhull (NYC Fringe Festival,) The Wasps (Target Margin), roles at HERE Arts Center, Brick Theatre, The Lark, Atlantic Theatre and many more. Regional credits include working for Epiphany, Pennsylvania Stage, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre, among others. Film: Ernest Goes To Camp, Running Mates, and Tree. Hugh’s most recent directing credits include New York Theatre Fringe Festival’s award-winning Naked In A Fishbowl. He has directed theatre (Travels With My Aunt), film (What Men Talk About), and improv shows (Shake It Up, The Natural Coffeehouse Radio Hour, What Women Talk About) as well as corporate and institutional events.


$75 per Session or $125 for both



Summoners Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1993. Through development of new works, new productions of older works, and strategic collaborations, Summoners Ensemble strives to nurture and entertain theatre audiences.

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