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The Spring Awakening(s) Symposium Announces special opportunity: “Wake Up! Devising Workshop”

Published February 18, 2013

Led by: Dr. George McConnell of FSU’s School of Theatre

With visiting artists, Samantha Johns and Billy Mullaney


For:  FSU students and faculty.
When:  Friday February 22nd from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: WES 060  Directions: Enter from Convocation Way by the roundabout.
(Limited to 20 participants, observers welcome.)


The term devising in theatrical practice is not easily defined.  Typically, it means generating performances through ensemble-based exercises without a pre-existing play text.  That definition is certainly up for debate, but it is the definition that FSU’s George McConnell, and his Minneapolis collaborators—visiting artists Samantha Johns and Billy Mullaney—use to generate original performance material. 


This workshop is designed for participants who have never worked with devising practices before, or for those who have but want to experience the idiosyncratic methods deployed by McConnell, Johns and Mullaney.  At the core of their practice is the concept of play, and the generative nature of creative risk-taking.  The workshop will cover some of the core approaches the trio use when making work, and then circle in to approach and creatively respond to the text of Spring Awakening specifically.  The notion of creative response will play out through an embodied practice as we experiment with how theatrical performance thinks on its feet. Non-performers who want to try something new are strongly encouraged to participate.


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For the full press release, download here