The New York Neo-Futurists Offer Level One Workshop: Function And Fundamentals     

The New York Neo-Futurists Offer Level One Workshop: Function And Fundamentals     

The award-winning New York Neo-Futurists will share their well earned wisdom this winter when they offer the Level One Workshop: Function and Fundamentals. This workshop is a twelve hour workshop that stretches over three Saturdays beginning February 9th and wrapping up February 23rd; all taking place at ART/NY Rehearsal Studios.

The New York Neo-Futurists are pleased to announce the return of the workshop series that served as a stepping stone to fifteen future Neo-Futurists with Level One Workshop: Function & Fundamentals. Over the course of three weekly, four-hour classes, workshop participants will be taught the function and fundamentals of what it means to create art in the Neo-Futurist aesthetic: performing as your most natural self, dismantling the fourth wall, creating task-based theatre, and accessing creative inspiration to eliminate writer's block. By the end of this workshop, participants will have written, workshopped, and performed both individually and collectively in several original pieces based in personal storytelling and devised Neo-Futurist techniques.

The instructors for this Level One workshop will be Neo-Futurists Rob Neill and Katharine Heller.

Rob is a New York-based writer, performer, theater maker, and educator whose body of work includes avant-garde theatre, storytelling, traditional Broadway roles, and creativity master classes. He is a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists. His original plays have been performed at experimental theaters including The Ontological Theatre, P.S.122, The Public Theater, and HERE. As an actor, Rob has performed in Broadway shows, in London, regionally, and at the Edinburgh Festival. Rob has taught a variety of master classes and workshops in New York City, on many campuses including Brooklyn College, Fordham, Hobart, NYU, Hofstra, University of Rhode Island, Texas State, and for several corporations around the country. He studied at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and Grinnell College. He also studied performance and writing at the National Theater Institute and the Peoples Improv Theater.

Katharine has been a member of the New York Neo-Futurists since 2017. A New York native, she graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a BA in Communications and Theater. Katharine is an actor, writer, playwright, storyteller, podcaster and voiceover artist. Her original plays have been produced at Soho Playhouse, Barrow Street Theater and Dixon Place, and she has been seen/heard in various TV and radio commercials. Katharine is the host of the storytelling podcast Tell The Bartender, and the co-host of The Struggle Bus Podcast: Self-Care, Mental Health and Other Hilarious Stuff. She is the owner of The Podcast Shop, a boutique podcast Production Company. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, petting your dog on the street, making personalized action figures for friends and ice skating.

If you've ever found yourself in the Kraine Theater at 10:30 on a Friday or Saturday night witnessing the Neo-Futurists delivering their barrage of short plays, and said to yourself "I can do that" or "I could never do that," then this workshop is for you. Creative individuals at all levels of experience are encouraged to enroll for $300.

The New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer-director-performers that create theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper; non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible; immediate, irreproducible events at affordable prices. Since opening in Brooklyn in 2004 the New York Neo-Futurists have premiered over 5,000 plays and have become a downtown New York institution. In addition to performing The Infinite Wrench fifty weeks a year and producing Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind from 2004 until 2016, the New York Neo- Futurists have been a stalwart presence in the Off-Off Broadway community, having won numerous Innovative Theatre Awards and Drama Desk Nominations. Most recently, The Infinite Wrench took home the 2017 Innovative Theatre Foundation Award for "Outstanding Performance Art Production".

ART/NY Studios, 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018. February 9th, 16th, & 23rd , 1pm-5pm, nynf.org or 347.871.6365. Cost: $300.

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