SoulWork Workshops

SoulWork…Because Good Theatre Got Soul!
SOULWORK IS A COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE-MAKING METHOD OF ACTING, DIRECTING, PLAYWRITING, DEVISING, ENSEMBLE-BUILDING AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

 
ABOUT SOULWORK

SoulWork seeks to create heightened levels of emotional sincerity, visceral response, and social and civic power in artistic expression. SoulWork is developed by Progress Theatre founder, Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott, from techniques and generations-old principles of African American performance traditions and aesthetics.
⇐Dr. Truscott’s chapter on SoulWork is available in Black Acting Methods published and sold by Routledge.

PT offers a series of introductory SoulWork workshops open to various levels of experience for adult artists (instructors, actors, generative artists, university classes and professional ensembles) and for youth artists ages 15-18 interested in tools to create their own work or dynamically engage and mount the work of fellow artists as a means of community-engaged activism.   

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Join our Email List to receive announcements for upcoming dates and locations for SoulWork Workshops or Contact PT to schedule a SoulWork workshop. The workshops below are designed for working artists and artists-in-training, ensembles, professional companies, training programs and community-based arts programs. For information on PT’s K-12 public school workshops and university lecture series, see our Generation Progress program.

    SoulWork: Devising Activism (Introduction to SoulWork Method)
    This introductory workshop is useful for performing artists (actors, dancers, spoken word poets) AND generative artists (ensembles, writers, directors, teachers/facilitators) interested in tools to create their own work or dynamically engage and mount the work of fellow artists as a means of community-engaged activism. Through an interdisciplinary blend of writing, singing, acting/performance, ensemble training and discussion/empathy-building techniques, participants will receive a comprehensive overview of SoulWork’s principles and practices.

    Acting With Soul: Intro to SoulWork Method for Actors & Performers
    Get out of your head and into your Soul! Through song, movement and performing text (monologues), this beginner’s workshop will focus on an introduction to SoulWork’s key principles of Emotional Availability, Unending Climax and Soul for actors/performers. While ultimately an acting workshop, this session is also excellent for singers, dancers and spoken word artists seeking to enhance the emotional reach of their performances.

    Writing With Soul: Intro to SoulWork Method for Writers & Generative Artists
    Through a blend of script analysis, writing, self-scripting, performative exercises and ensemble techniques, this workshop focuses on an introduction to SoulWork’s key principles for creating original work. Participants explore how to write for performance vs. reading, develop characters and journey using SoulWork’s “I Am” Template, use Unending Climax to craft a storyline or structure. This workshop is useful for any artist interested in exploring ways of writing, generating or developing a piece to be performed.

    Directing With Soul: Intro to SoulWork Method for Writers & Generative Artists
    This workshop offers an introduction to SoulWork’s key principles for directing which can be applied to various performance experiences, including original work, published scripts, pieces without text, theater spaces, site-specific settings, etc. Participants will explore how to use SoulWork technique for script analysis to find the Soul of a script and collaborate with actors to craft the Soul of a place, piece of art or experience as an ensemble.

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