FURY Factory Workshop: Jesse Bonnell/Poor Dog Group (Los Angeles)
New Theater: On Crafting Original Performance

Date & Time: Saturday, June 25, 11am-3pm
Location: Z Below, 470 Florida St, SF 94110

Registration and details

Participants will learn how to build a new theatrical experience in a collaborative environment; learning the fundamentals of constructing an original performance piece with the tools of original story structure, character development, movement and text. In this workshop we will focus on the creative process, making original theater through source material and improvisation. Participants will spend time making short pieces, culminating in group presentations.

My interest is in creating a workshop where participants are allowed to explore new ways of thinking/responding to the creative process. This outlook stretches inherent impulses, deepening your own creative intuition. Through a similar process of developing work with Poor Dog Group, we will make, share, and critique a range of performance challenges based in bodywork, text, and collaborative imagination. This workshop is useful for artists who are anywhere in their performance trajectories.

We will cover:

Prior experience not required. Dress to move and bring a notebook and water bottle.

Jesse Bonnell is a co-founder and Director of Poor Dog Group, an art lab collective dedicated to contemporary theater. Nationally, his work with the group has been shown at REDCAT, The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, RADAR L.A., South Coast Repertory, The Getty Villa, EMPAC, The Collapsible Hole, Baruch Performing Arts Center and site-specific locations. Abroad, his work has toured throughout Eastern Europe including Croatia, Poland and Serbia. He has received project support from Theater Communications Group, Foundation for Contemporary Art, United States Embassy Belgrade and Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and a Cultural Exchange International Grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Jesse was recently awarded a MacDowell Fellowship and residencies at UCLA, CalArts and Yaddo. Jesse is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee and currently lives and works in New York and Los Angeles.