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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!
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!
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!
I wholeheartedly support the life-affirming work of Living Theatre Workshops.
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 theatre 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.
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