Self-Producing for Artists and Ensembles
Led by the TEAM’s Producing Director Alexandra Lalonde and industry guests, our self-producing series continues this fall, with more workshops about the business side of making and sustaining your work. Each two-hour session is a peer-to-peer discussion over drinks–your $30 registration fee includes beer and wine.
Tuesday, November 27
ART/NY South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, Studio G
Allie and guest expert Jeremy Blocker will lead a 2-hour peer-to-peer conversation about building operating budgets for small companies. How does your operating budget reflect your mission and values? How do you represent the full scale and impact of your work in a spreadsheet? How do you present your operating budget for funders? With participants we will discuss these topics and more. We’ll share experiences from the TEAM’s own history, and solicit your questions in advance of the workshop to help guide our discussion.
Jeremy Blocker began his tenure as Managing Director at New York Theatre Workshop during the 2013/14 Season and has overseen more than twenty productions, stewarding the growth of NYTW’s annual operating budget from $4.5 million to $6.5 million and significantly increasing the Workshop’s reserve funds to secure the financial future of the organization. He also led the effort to create NYTW’s most recent strategic plan which has seen an expansion of the season to five productions, a 200% increase in artist compensation over the five year plan, the launch of a paid, year-long 2050 Administrative Fellowship, the renovation of NYTW’s 4thStreet Theatre and the launch of the NEXT DOOR@NYTW series. Prior to arriving at NYTW, Jeremy served as the first Managing Director of Ars Nova, New York’s premiere hub for new talent, where he produced six world premiere productions including the Obie Award-winning Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, seven festivals, and dozens of concerts, readings and workshops. He has also previously served as Director of Individual Giving at Manhattan Theatre Club, Development Associate for Capital Projects at Atlantic Theater Company, and Producing Director of Babel Theatre Project, which he co-founded. Jeremy is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Theatre Management and Producing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia.
Tuesday, December 11
ART/NY South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, Studio B
Allie and guest expert Anna Frenkel will lead a 2-hour peer-to-peer conversation about fundraising from individuals for small companies. Together, we’ll discuss personal appeals, crowdfunding, benefit events, and cultivating and maintaining donors. We’ll share experiences from the TEAM’s own history, and solicit your questions in advance of the workshop to help guide our discussion.
Currently the Director of Development at Atlantic Theater Company, Anna Frenkel was previously part of the fundraising teams at Signature Theatre, The Public Theater, and MTC. She holds an M.A. in Performing Arts Admin from NYU and a B.S. in Computer Science from SMU When not at the theater or schmoozing donors, she plays competitive pinball.
Devising Within a Democracy
The TEAM creates all of our work collaboratively through a variety of strategies including physical and verbal improvisation, solo and group writing assignments, and character and movement compositions. In a final production it is nearly impossible to trace any one line of dialogue or image back to a single author’s hand.
These workshops gives participants insight into a mini devising process, providing tools and strategies for solo and group creation, working through delicate issues of collaboration and group authorship, and bridging into the editing and synthesizing process.
Topics covered include:
- Moving from intellectual or thematic ideas to dynamic theatrical moments
- Generating material through physical and written assignments
- Cultivating an ensemble bond and navigating emotional waters amidst a process
- Strategies for editing as a group
- Building Dances
- Writing on your feet (and other approaches to improvisation)
This workshop is open to artists at all levels of experience, ages 18+.
Sunday, Nov 18
10am – 2pm
Theatre Lab, 357 W. 36th St, 3rd Flr.
Taught by TEAM company member Jessica Almasy with collaborators James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis. This session will include discussion around music and sound design in a collaborative devising process.
James & Jerome (James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis) are a duo of musician-storytellers based in New York. They make hyper-literary, live-music story performances for theaters and other spaces. Their work has been presented by Lincoln Center, La MaMa, Under The Radar Festival, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Ars Nova, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, among others. They often collaborate with directors Rachel Chavkin, Andrew Scoville, and Annie Tippe. They are LCT New Writers in Residence at Lincoln Center, and they were part of The Public Theater’s inaugural Devised Theater Working Group. They are collaborating on and scoring the new project by The TEAM, RECONSTRUCTION (Still Working But The Devil Might Be Inside), and they have scored many other theater pieces. They also work independently from each other on other projects, and they are both professional translators (of Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese). www.jamesandjerome.org
Thursday, December 13
7 – 10pm
ART/NY @ 520 8th Avenue (Manhattan), Bruce Mitchell Room
Taught by TEAM Artistic Director Rachel Chavkin