Training

PETE’s Institute for Contemporary Performance draws on our collective decades of education and experience to teach classes that look toward the future of training for the theatre. Classes include Suzuki, Viewpoints, Linklater voice, Alexander Technique, devised theater and collaborative composition. We also host classes by guest artists, ranging from clown to extended voice and audition prep. Check back regularly to see what we have in store.

Upcoming classes with pete

Writing for Experimental Performance (May 6)

Directing Devised Performance (June 9)

Teaching Like An Artist (July 28)

Suzuki/Viewpoints Intensive week 1 (August 13-17)

suzuki/viewpoints intensive week 2 (August 20-24)

 

About PETE instructors:

PETE intensives are taught exclusively by PETE founding members: Jacob Coleman, Rebecca Lingafelter, Cristi Miles and Amber Whitehall.  All PETE instructors have trained extensively with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, as well as Mary Overlie, Wendell Beavers, Barbara Dilley and Tectonic Theatre.  Members of PETE have taught at Portland Actor’s Conservatory, Barnard College, Naropa University, Brandeis University, Boston Conservatory, Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, The Public Theatre, and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Click here for more about Suzuki and Viewpoints training.

Refund policy: All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Jacob Coleman at jacob@petensemble.org. Full class refunds are available until the first day of class. After the first class, refunds will be pro-rated from the time of the written cancellation.

Upcoming Classes

Instructions & Events: Writing for Experimental Performance

Instructions & Events: Writing for Experimental Performance, with Robert Quillen Camp, is an intensive workshop for performance creators of all backgrounds and all levels of experience. The emphasis is on developing modes of thinking, creating, and writing that complement embodied theater creation techniques (e.g. Viewpoints, LeCoq, etc.) but no previous performance training is required.

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We will think through what writing for performance means from the ground up, starting not with plays and playwrights, but with happenings, conceptual artists and Fluxus performers, establishing fundamentals that apply across aesthetic approaches. During this workshop we will make a lot of new work and think through dramaturgies and methods of revision for devised performance. Most of all, this workshop will provide a toolbox of prompts, strategies, and joyful stimuli for working on all kinds of performance projects — including traditional playscripts – at any stage in the writing process, from inception to revision.

Robert Quillen Camp has written many experimental performance works, including the Obie Award winning Chekhov Lizardbrain, a collaboration with Pig Iron Theatre Company. His work has toured nationally and internationally and been published in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies. He has taught playwriting and performance theory at Brown University, Lewis and Clark College, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Upcoming work includes: The Deception Unit (PETE, Portland, OR, 2018-2019), How To Learn (JACK, Brooklyn, 2018) and Franklin’s Key, commissioned by the Kimmel Center for Summer 2020.

Teaching Like An Artist

Teaching Like An Artist

with Rebecca Lingafelter
This workshop will introduce participants to series of guiding principles focused around an artistic approach to teaching. Adapted from the Public Theatre’s Teaching Artist Lab program, the day will blend exercises, games and conversations about artistic pedagogy.

 

 

Participants will come away with a concrete set of principles to apply to their teaching, some strategies for lesson planning and a toolbox of games and exercises to apply to teaching almost any discipline. The workshop is intended for all teachers including teaching artists, K-12 and post-secondary educators, as well as artists interested in expanding their work into teaching.

 

Rebecca Lingafelter is an educator and  theatre artist based in Portland, OR. She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University and is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lewis and Clark College where she was recognized in 2014 with the Pamplin Honors Society Teacher of the Year Award. She has worked as a teaching artist for over 15 years at institutions such as The Public Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Classic Stage Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, Portland Playhouse,  Portland Shakespeare Project and  Third Rail Repertory Theatre. She has also taught at the New York Academy for Dramatic Arts, Portland Actors Conservatory, and the Institute for Contemporary Performance. She is an actor and director and has worked locally with Portland Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Boom Arts and Third Rail Repertory. She is a founding member and co-artistic director of Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble.

Directing Devised Performance

A day-long intensive workshop focused on directing devised performance, taught by PETE’s Rebecca Lingafelter and Jacob Coleman. We will explore processes for generating material as well as structuring and rehearsing new performance. We will also introduce techniques for generating ensemble and collaborative creation. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in creating new work including directors, playwrights and creator/performers.

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Both Jacob and Rebecca have directed PETE’s work in addition to collaborating with other devising companies including Tectonic Theatre, PL115, Fever Theatre, Liminal, and training with the SITI Company and Anne Bogart. They have taught devising at Pacific University and Lewis & Clark College as well as through PETE’s Institute for Contemporary Performance.

 

Questions?

Contact jacob@petensemble.org

Red Nose Workshop with Philip Cuomo

Red Nose Workshop with Philip Cuomo

In this three-day intensive we’ll explore the possibilities of working with the smallest mask: the red nose. The work will include an exploration of neutral, and build performers’ capacity to listen and respond to the tiniest stimulus. There will be dancing, the creation of original clown bits, and an integration of viewpoints and clown vocabulary.

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About the instructor: Philip Cuomo is the Producing Artistic Director of CoHo Productions. He is a director and actor and a Third Rail Repertory Theatre core company member. His directing credits include work with Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Hand2Mouth, Theatre Vertigo, Miracle Theatre, Nomadic Theatre and Portland Actors Conservatory, all in Portland Oregon, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Expanded Arts and The Sonia Moore Studio of Theatre in New York City and with The Tampa Historical Society and School is Fun Productions in Florida. He has worked extensively in devised work and play development.

As an actor he has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Hartford Stage, The Civic Theatre of Central Florida, and in Portland with Third Rail, Artists Repertory Theatre, Shaking the Tree, and Imago Theatre.

Philip is an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University teaching movement and clown.

 

 

Viewpoints/Suzuki ADVANCED Intensive

Join PETE for a week-long Advanced Suzuki/Viewpoints intensive coming in August 2018. This five-day advanced intensive will deepen and expand participants’ understanding of how these techniques can be used in performance. Previous experience of Viewpoints and Suzuki is required.

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More about Suzuki & Viewpoints HERE.

More about the instructors HERE.

Questions? Contact Jacob Coleman at jacob@petensemble.org

Viewpoints/Suzuki Training Intensive

Viewpoints/Suzuki Training Intensive

These complementary techniques train the body, voice, perception, and creativity of the performing artist. This intensive will give participants a strong grounding in the Suzuki method and the language of the Viewpoints.

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Sign up for our ADVANCED Suzuki/Viewpoints training to deepen the work in week two, August 20-24!

 

More about Suzuki & Viewpoints HERE.

More about the instructors HERE.

Questions? Contact Jacob Coleman at jacob@petensemble.org