Ripe Time Workshops

Ripe Time is a theatre company devoted to the creation and experimentation with performance that bridges the gap between dance and theatre. This June they will offer several workshops on making performance.

Ripe Time Presents:
Workshops in Multidisciplinary Performance Work
Taught by Ripe Time Company Artists
June 2-5, 2005

Registration until this Friday, May 20 .
See below for all information on coursework offered.


Ripe Time Studio trains actors, writers, dramaturges and directors in movement, voice, performance, and the creation of new work. Our classes are taught by pre-eminent theatre artists who are integrally involved with the creation of Ripe Time’s multidisciplinary performance. Students in our Studio workshops are invited and encouraged to participate in our mainstage work, as performers and/or assistants in production, design, direction or dramaturgy.
Ripe Time’s most recently premiered INNOCENTS in the winter of 2005 at the Ohio Theatre, a production that was called “a dazzling achievement” by Backstage, “grand and glorious” by Variety and “mesmerizing” by the New York Times. See for more details and full reviews.


Training the Solo and Ensemble Body
Led by Jill Samuels
Thursday, June 2nd and Friday, June 3rd
6 p.m.-9 p.m.

This rigorous workshop is designed for performers, dancers, singers, and directors. Beginning with an investigation of impulse within the body and in relationship to an ensemble, we will investigate precise techniques with which to follow the path of impulse to the creation of physical and vocal imagery. Building upon the imagery we have created, we will open up our physical investigation to other sources, including song, text, visual materials, and objects.

JILL SAMUELS is a director, performer, and teacher in New York City and internationally. She is an associate member of Ripe Time, Wax Factory, & Boca de Lupo Theater in Vancouver, B.C. She has been a Guest Teacher at the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico; with San Banquitos Teatro in Leon, Mexico; at the Topsy Foundation Sanctuary Village in South Africa; with the Morristown, N.J. Gifted and Talented Consortium, and with Boca de Lupo Theater in Vancouver & The Digital Collaborative, Nimbus Theater Ensemble, Deep Water Productions, & Ripe Time in New York City. She has most recently directed Deke Weaver’s The Land of Enchantment at Dixon Place, Jean Giraudoux’s Ondine at walkerspace, Saturn’s Wake produced by HERE, and Mean Solar Day adapted from Saramago’s Blindness at CSV. Her recent performance credits include RipeTime’s The Innocents (Ohio Theater & Lincoln Center), IronWorks The Bacchae (LIU), the premiere of Lee Blessing’s The Napkin Play (Irish Arts), & 3 incarnations of WaxFactory’s LadyfromtheSea, which featured the silent film The Secret Sorrow, which she co-created (BAX). Jill has trained with several laboratory theaters including the Odin Teatret, Lume Teatro, SITI, Augusto Boal, NaCl, Gardzieniece, & Centre for Performance Research & was formerly the assistant to Meredith Monk. She is a graduate of Brown University.

Led by Rachel Dickstein
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

This workshop will explore ensemble performance through character, theme, composition, and movement. We will focus on ways in which ensemble action builds the world of a story and how text work and physical choices build specific characters in that story. Guided by improvisational techniques used in Ripe Time’s rehearsal process, participants will develop short pieces that weave the verbal and the visual, and explore ways these two core elements feed one another rhythmically.

RACHEL DICKSTEIN is the founder and Artistic Director of Ripe Time. She has been creating and directing original work for over 13 years. Her work with Ripe Time has been presented at the Clark Studio Theatre at Lincoln Center, PS 122, La MaMa, ETC., and the Ohio Theater. She most recently directed and conceived Ripe Time’s critically acclaimed INNOCENTS at the Ohio and has also recently directed for the Asia Society, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art and L.A.’s REDCAT. She has worked and trained internationally with such renowned artists and companies as Martha Clarke, Theatre de Complicite, Jeune Lune, Dell’Arte, and Philippe Gaulier. Rachel has taught at Fordham University and Lincoln Center Institute and is a graduate of Yale College.

Material for the Construction of Theatrical Art
Led by Emily Morse
Saturday, June 4th and Sunday June 5th
2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Open to theatre artists of all disciplines, this course will delve into the dramaturgical and creative process of adapting non-dramatic source material into works for the stage. Through creating short pieces, we will prepare text for hypothetical production, taking into consideration theatrical language, various approaches to constructing narrative, space, style, and methods of posing questions that support the creative process. Specific attention will be made to exploring the dynamics of collaboration, and how work is built on the foundation of mutual trust and respect.

EMILY MORSE is the Director of Playwright Programs at New Dramatists. Her directing work has been seen at the Ontological, Nada, DTW, the Women’s Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, Bard College, and the American Living Room Festival. Her 10-minute plays have been produced in the Adobe Theatre Company’s Fleet the Time, The Turnip Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville and NEW WORK NOW! at the Public. She has served as dramaturg on workshops and productions at The Philadelphia Theatre Company, ATL, New York Theatre Workshop, the Wilma, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, JAW/West Festival, Ripe Time, and Cincinnati Playhouse. She recently served as the dramaturg/co-adaptor for Ripe Time’s production of INNOCENTS, an adaptation of THE HOUSE OF MIRTH by Edith Wharton, conceived and directed by Rachel Dickstein. She is an artistic advisor for New Georges, an alumna of The LCT’s Directors Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect, a member of LMDA, and a Board Member of The Talking Band.


Ripe Time is a theatre company devoted to the creation and experimentation with performance that bridges the gap between dance and theatre. We develop and create ensemble driven theatre infused with rich language, visual power and physical rigor. Our work ranges from collaboratively created theatre pieces, to new adaptations of novels or stories, to dynamic stagings of classic plays. We believe in the extraordinary potential of the creative process to offer audiences new and engaging perspectives on the world around us.


All Workshops are $100.00.
A 10% discount per workshop is offered to those who take two workshops and a specially reduced priced of $250 is available for those taking a three workshop intensive. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Applications for workshop participation due by May 20th. Payment must be received (by cash or check) by this deadline. Enrollment is limited. Workshops will be held at the Ohio Theatre at 66 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome) in Manhattan.

To reserve a place in a workshop, or to get further information,
please call or e-mail NO LATER THAN MAY 20 to:

Catherine Ward
Associate Artistic Director
Ripe Time
138 South Oxford Street Suite 4D
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-3650; fax (718) 398-2794

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