Kevin P. Kern
The University of Mount Union, March 19, 2018, 07:52
It was so good for our students to work with Jerry and Lois. Additionally, it helped to contextualize the work I do in my Intro to Theatre class each semester. I talk about The Living Theatre, and here they are – on our stage!
Hayley Haggerty [ E-mail ]
Roger Williams University, April 10, 2017, 07:16
Participating in The Living Theatre Workshop was one of the best and rewarding pieces of theatre I have ever done. Not only did it allow me to truly feel comfortable in front of an audience for the first time, but offered a unique opportunity to explore different aspects of theatre that I have not explored before. So thank you Living Theatre for this one-of-a-kind experience!
JT Williams [ E-mail ]
DePauw University, November 06, 2016, 11:27
This workshop was so much fun and it was really refreshing for someone who hardly gets to act anymore. I am so happy that Jerry and Lois showed up and helped us explore our abilities of less thought and more reaction. Movement was key and working with others was even more important than individual performances. I really hope they come back to DePauw so we can all have a reunion!
DePauw University, November 04, 2016, 13:21
The Living Theatre really gave me the opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary. Having no prior experience with performance, I was able to really get out of my comfort zone in a fun, creative way. Both Lois and Jerry were able to lead a group of 10 individuals to perform a show with only four days of rehearsal. The performance had a great audience and we were really able to leave people with a message at the end of it. It was great.
Claire Li [ E-mail ]
Greencastle, November 03, 2016, 20:22
I was in part of the living theatre performance. I had a great time. It’s an experience I’ve never had before. I met many cool friends and learned something meaningful. Thank you for holding that!
Carolyn Anderson [ E-mail ]
Skidmore College, April 22, 2016, 15:04
Lois and Jerry returned to Skidmore this February for the 5th time! Our students feel honored to work with these members of the Living Theater, and as in past workshops, Jerry and Lois demonstrated their passion for the theater ,and their devotion to the mission of the Living Theater. Our students are inspired by them, and learn valuable ensemble building and performance techniques. They learned how to build a theater piece based on issues important to them, and issues of concern to the college. Lois and Jerry also helped them to connect these concerns to a more global view.
Whether students had previous performance experience or not, all were able to find a way into the workshop exercises and achieve confidence in their final group performance in front of about 140 people right outside the dining hall.
All along the way Jerry and Lois were patient, enthusiastic, disciplined.They always had a plan of action for each session that was engaging, and added to the techniques necessary for the workshop performance.
They are generous artists, and we always look forward to more workshops with them!
Gabrielle Cody [ E-mail ]
October 27, 2014, 10:44
Lois and Jerry, longtime members of The Living Theatre, presented an intensive 3 hour workshop on Antonin Artaud, the French playwright and director and a great influence on The Living Theatre. The scope of their
knowledge on Artaud is impressive and inspiring. The workshop at Vassar was interactive, rigorous and intellectually stimulating. It certainly got the students thinking and jump started the semester’s Artaud seminar. Wonderful work, Thank you!
University of Nevada, Reno, July 08, 2014, 18:04
The Living Theatre visited University of Nevada, Reno to devise “Day in the Life of Reno” with our students. I observed students take risks and evolve in their presence, commitment and willingness to work. Lois and Jerry embody a unique and relevant approach to training young performers. It was wonderful to experience the performance of truths. I appreciate their contribution to the craft and their discussion of the work. Thank you Jerry and Lois!
Robert Hieger [ E-mail ]
New York City, February 20, 2014, 15:19
I wholeheartedly support the life-affirming work of Living Theatre Workshops.
Ben Ramos [ E-mail ]
DePauw University, January 22, 2012, 13:18
When I first heard, “Mysteries and Smaller Pieces” I had no idea what to expect. I remember thinking, “Okay it’s Living Theatre so it has to be crazy and weird right?”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Thanks to Jerry and Lois my original opinion ( which was i admit extremely uninformed) was thrown out the window. They were able to show me that the living Theatre is an organization that exposes issues to the public and goes about finding a solution or making the audience think about solutions to these issues. I love this about the Living Theatre, I was never much of an activist but now I believe I am going to have a great voice and a say on issues in our country and throughout the world. So first Thank you Living Theatre company for just doing what you do.
My opinion of a theater company was changed through out this three week process of putting on Mysteries and Smaller Pieces, but that’s not the only thing that changed about me. One main thing that has changed is well… myself as an actor. Through this play I have come in touch with the true actor that has been wanting to come out for so long. When performing Mysteries its all about full commitment to what you are doing and that full commitment, that focus, that drive is what has made me a better actor.
Jerry and Lois, I would just like to say thank you so much for coming to help us with this production. Also, thank you for helping me find myself as an actor, and bring me at peace with the person who I really am. Thank you so much and I look forward to working with you both in the future.
DePauw University, January 21, 2012, 09:29
Having Jerry and Lois come to help our class with Mysteries…and Smaller Pieces is probably something I will never forget. I’ve never felt so in tune with my physicality, my emotions, and with an ensemble of people. I’m so glad they came, because I learned so much that will carry into future acting and my life in general. Jerry and Lois are genuinely goodhearted and talented people that really helped to shape our play into what it will be for our run. Thank you so much!
Andre’ Williams [ E-mail ]
DePauw University, January 21, 2012, 00:39
I’d just like to say that being able to work with Jerry and Lois from the Living Theatre was an astonishing experience. I learned inside and outside of working on “Mysteries and Smaller Pieces,” with them. They were so much fun to be around and I think that because I have met them, i have grown both as an actor and a person. This was one experience that i will never forget. And I am glad that i was fortunate enough to work with them even though it was just a few days. I have a new appreciation for theatre, and i believe part of that came from just getting to know the two of them.
Skidmore College, November 16, 2011, 14:12
Jerry and Lois: You both truly and really inspired me with their stories about activism, your unique interests in the world, and just your outright knowledge about what it means to be human. Through the experience with your workshop and along with the information I have been learning about through my theatre classes, I feel as if I have been opened up to this world that I really resonate with.
What the Living Theatre did and still does today is just remarkable. Art just has this power to inquire, this power to get people to think about the world or themselves in ways that they never have before. This workshop helped me to look at theatre in a different way and really open myself up to what I am capable of. I truly suggest that if anyone has the opportunity to meet these great people they should!
Roger Williams University, May 25, 2011, 07:13
The Living Theatre conducted a fantastic 3-day workshop here, culminating in a very successful performance and talk-back. Warm, exciting, educational, and memorable for all. No one should pass up the opportunity to invite them because they will inspire students and entrance audiences.
Mount Union College, April 20, 2010, 21:34
I was one of the students at Mount Union College who participated in this workshop for our Kershaw lecture. This was an incredible experience. It was a weekend I will never forget. We experienced the joy of performance, creative, teamwork and improvisation. Some of the techniques we learned were startlingly new and some seemed strange to us. However the more we did them, the more we found ourself not only enjoying the process but learning from it as well.As an actor, we learned how to move beyond a script and how powerful it can be to tell a story with your body. We learned a lot about the Living Theatre and a lot about ourselves. This is one workshop you don’t want to miss!
March 22, 2010, 00:32
To be more clear. If people are given the opportunity to work with the Living Theater Workshop, and decline; if they see what these wonderful people do, they will walk away wishing they had taken that chance. I’m sorry I wasn’t very clear before.
Rachael Davis [ E-mail ]
Mount Union College, March 22, 2010, 00:24
Thank you so much for coming to Mount. I am extremely grateful for the time that was given to help us, not only as college students, but as young adults learning about the world; express the concerns we face every single day. This was, as I said through out the time spent together, if a person sees this and is given the opportunity to participate, that person will walk away wishing they had. I want to thank you for posting your news clip. After watching, I thought that this was wonderful. That clip tells me that I’m not the only one with questions that I have no answer for. This is encouraging me to keep up the search for the answers, even if the answer isn’t what I want to hear, there will be answers somewhere at some point. Thank you so much for the encouragement to “Have some faith.”
Mount Union College, March 21, 2010, 21:26
Just writing to say thank you very much for coming to Mount Union College 🙂 It was a great experience and I feel like I learned a lot that I probably wouldn’t have anywhere else. I’m beginning to feel a lot more confident on stage and this experience certainly aided the improvement of my onstage ability. I loved being able to take part in writing a show, and performing it. It was a blast, and if I ever have another opportunity to do something like this again, I totally will. Thanks!