Join us for our very first Homecomings with The 5 & Dime workshop! This in-person is led by Zeina Salame, co-founder of The 5 & Dime. Over the course of this 4 hour session, a panel of local artists will converse on their experiences performing solo work, workshop participants will get a chance to try out a bit of solo performance by getting some light performance coaching on sides from published solo plays, and then participants will be guided through the very early stages of crafting their own, original, solo pieces through their participation in a variety of story sharing, improvisation, and writing exercises.
This workshop is open to artists of all experience levels, ages 16 and up.
WHEN: Saturday, June 26 from 11:00am - 4:00pm
CLASS FEE: $35
Need based scholarships may be available for this workshop. Please contact Managing Artistic Director Bradley Akers for more information!
The 5 & Dime is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. All proceeds from the participation fees go directly toward The 5 & Dime's ongoing educational and community outreach initiatives.
4-HOUR INTENSIVE WILL INCLUDE
Opening remarks and group agreements.
Zeina leads a round-table/panel discussion on performing solo work with Bradley Akers, Josh Waller, & Milton Threadcraft III, who have performed solo work at The 5 & Dime.
Group readings, discussion of, and light performance coaching in a selection of brief sample monologues from published solo-plays (sides will be provided).
Zeina guides participants through a series of story sharing, conversation, and writing exercises/prompts with an emphasis on personal narrative. We will then work together to craft and share early drafts of autobiographically inspired monologues. Participants leave with these pieces in progress and an invite from The 5 & Dime to further develop and eventually publicly share that piece at a storytelling event for our audiences later this season.
Snacks and water will be provided, in addition to breaks throughout. An hour lunch break is built into the time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: ZEINA SALAME
Photo by Tami Salame
Zeina Salame (she/her) is a director, actor, educator, applied theatre practitioner, and a scholar. Zeina has just been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in theatre at the University of Vermont where she will be directing, teaching, publishing on her research, and supporting UVM's College of Arts and Sciences in its campus race and gender equity initiatives. She holds a PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation, "Carried In One Woman—Reflections on Arab American Female Solo Performance'' centers on themes of "home" and the creative value of embodied generational knowledge, heritage, and intersectionality in performance aesthetics. A few recent creative collaborations include work with Artists Repertory Theatre's Mercury Company, the Guthrie Theater's Level Nine with New Arab American Theater Works, and the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation with Pangea World Theater and Art2Action. Some of her recent writing on theatre has been published on Howlround Theatre Commons, Etudes, Al Jadid, and in the Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Zeina is also a co-founder and artistic team member of The 5 & Dime.
ABOUT HOMECOMINGS WITH THE 5 & DIME
Our theatre community is strong and vibrant because of the many thousands of theatre artists who have contributed so much of themselves to make Jacksonville an extraordinary city for the performing arts. Many of these artists continue to work here and many artists are now working in different communities, further highlighting Jacksonville as an important and shared part of artistic journeys.
We are thrilled to introduce our new Homecomings with The 5 & Dime series! In this series, artists with ties to Jacksonville who are working nationally as theatre professionals come home to join and lead our local artistic community in explorations of our craft.
Opportunities will include:
We look forward to welcoming you and these artists into a space—in person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two—to create a community of shared knowledge, opportunities, and insights in the pursuit of access to theatre education for all. The Homecomings series will officially launch in June.