**The workshop is full now. Thanks, everyone, for your interest.**
Wednesdays, 4–6pm • February 7, 14, 21, 28
Theater is, most often, a highly collaborative art. It is beneficial for actors to have experience directing, for directors to have experience acting, and for playwrights to have experience with everything—this makes for a well-rounded theater artist that can better understand where their co-theater-makers are coming from.
Join seasoned theater artist Jan Maher and The LAVA Center for a four-week workshop for writers, actors, and directors will explore the basics of different aspects of theater artistry. This workshop will, through practice, offer you some experience in other roles in theater.
The workshop leader:
Jan Maher has been involved in theater work for whoa! A very long time! (Coming up on 60 years, or even longer if you count my performance in a Dutch Dance in kindergarten, longer still if you count my solo improvisation as a toddler bewailing being left behind when I was deemed “not old enough” to make a family trip to Chicago. But seriously, I’ve done a lot of different sorts of things over these many decades including writing plays, directing plays (my own and others’), acting in plays (my own and others’), teaching playwrighting, teaching acting, teaching acting for teachers, and assisting my mentor Joseph Chaikin in a master workshop for directors.
My influences in theater, aside from Joe, are The Open Theater, Peter Brooks, Vaclav Havel, Tom Stoppard, Sophocles, Arthur Miller, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Maria Irene Fornes.
I’m looking forward to working with a small, dedicated group of theater artists who would like to learn more in a mutually supportive environment.