Every Second Sunday from 1-4pm
October 14, November 11, December 9
At GK Arts Center in DUMBO
29 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(F train to York Street)
We’ve all had an acting teacher or director tell us that we need to “get out of our own way” – but what does that mean, and how do you do it? The practices of stick work not only get you out of your own way, they quickly ignite a responsive, full-body listening and joyful sense of play that will transform your work on stage, on camera, and in the audition room.
Inspired by the work of Jacques Lecoq, Compicité, and Passion in Practice, these simple but infinitely unique exercises use bamboo sticks and dowels to free you from expectations to “get it right” and root you in the quiet chaos of the present moment. Stick work is a visceral, active, ensemble-based training technique that builds the same muscles as Meisner-based repetition or Viewpoints’ kinesthetic response — but without the traps that kick you back into your head, and in a fraction of the time.
This is an open-level class, equally suitable for those new to the work or those who have been exploring it for years. Though this training is developed for actors, it also pays huge dividends as a personal or meditative training: You do not need to be a performer to participate.
Come play with us!
Past Participant Testimonials
“The purest form of ensemble … I’m just hungry for more. There was no better way to spend an afternoon, truly. There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s applicable to all professions and facets of life.”
“Stick work provides a great physical metaphor for some of the challenges that face a performer: focus, objective, obstacle, spontaneity. It’s also a great practice for decentralization, getting one out of their own self-consciousness and putting all of one’s attention on a task outside of one’s self.”
“This ensemble based movement workshop brings together the best parts of your training experience: play, partners, can’t do it wrong.”
“Stickwork is a fun and freeing movement exploration.”
“It’s a lovely and safe space to explore physical work and get out of your own way. It takes the ego out of the process and provides a clean and charged slate from which to approach text work.”
“Rediscover simplicity and focus…Deep flow state. The multitasking insanity of NYC melts away into a single pleasing task.”
“A great workshop to have fun & open up, you feel strong and focused afterwards.”