I arrived at the workshop with three old, tired monologues that I have been using for years and left with three energized, focused pieces that I can’t wait to perform.
I felt safe. That feeling is so important when working on a piece or being in a show. One is vulnerable in this industry and getting involved in a space where one can incorporate positive and negative feedback is thrilling.
We are getting such good feedback from these workshops. It’s fascinating and, dare I say it, goose-bump worthy to watch an actor take direction and immediately heighten their piece. Yes, I’ve gotten actual goose bumps.
We have two new directors this coming Monday. Mariana de Fazio, a local actor and director, is also a dialect coach. So if you have a British piece, bring it! Miryam Gordon is a local theatre critic who graduated with a degree in Theater Directing and Playwriting. Both kind. Both creative. Both bursting with ideas. Come play with us in a safe, supportive environment.
Marianna de Fazio
Marianna de Fazio holds an MFA in performance from the University of Washington. She acts on stages around the Puget Sound, including Taproot Theatre Co, Arts West, Book-It Rep, Seattle Shakespeare Co/Wooden O, Strawberry Theater Workshop and currently as Kristine Linde in A Doll’s House with Harelquin Productions. Professionally, Marianna coaches voice and speech, public speaking and accent modification, as well as acting and dialects for stage/screen. She will coach the dialect for People of The Book this September at ACT Theater.
Miryam Gordon is best known in Seattle, these days, for reviewing theater primarily for Seattle Gay News and at MiryamsTheaterMusings.blogspot.com. She’s had an eclectic career in accounting, HR, and paralegal services among others. Her passion for the stage manifested with a degree in Theater Directing and Playwriting from UC Santa Cruz. She continues to participate in many of these areas, today.