Theatre Junction GRAND & One Yellow Rabbit present…
A creative process workshop with Young Jean Lee
Program dates: January 17, 2015 (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
Application deadline: January 12, 2015
This new workshop will allow participants to work with esteemed playwright and creator, Young Jean Lee. Called the “most adventurous playwright of her generation,” Young Jean Lee has been creating a diverse body of work since 2003 with her Obie award-winning New York-based theatre company. Having previously performed her existential cabaret We’re Gonna Die to delighted Theatre Junction audiences in our 2011.12 season, and subsequently releasing the show on an album featuring cameos by Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys), Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre; Bikini Kill) and David Byrne (Talking Heads), we are thrilled to bring the work of this vital playwright back to Calgary audiences. A recipient of the 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and named one of the ‘top 25 artists who will change the face of American theatre’ by American Theatre Magazine, Young Jean Lee represents the future of American contemporary theatre.
When starting a play, I ask myself, “What’s the last show in the world I would ever want to make?” Then I force myself to make it. I do this because going out of my comfort zone compels me to challenge my assumptions and find value in unexpected places. I write my shows as I’m directing them, working collaboratively with my performers and artistic team and getting feedback from workshop audiences. Our goal is to find ways to get past our audiences’ defenses against uncomfortable subjects and open people up to confronting difficult questions by keeping them disoriented and laughing. My work is about struggling to achieve something in the face of failure and incompetence and not-knowing. The discomfort and discovery involved in watching this struggle reflects the truth of my experience.
-Young Jean Lee
This workshop is for early-to-mid career artists that make their own work.
Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge, however space is very limited. Early application is advised to secure attendance to the workshop.
For more information and to apply: http://www.theatrejunction.com/education-outreach/rbc-emerging-artist-workshop-series/
To apply directly, please email [email protected]