Taking Space and Telling Your Story

We at From the Ground UP are thrilled to announce our inaugural Workshop Intensive Series ‘Taking Space and Telling Your Story’ available to female identifying artists.

For this series we will be offering three weekend intensives, Shakespeare for Shrew's, Impro System & Making Mischief: Creating & Producing from Start to Finish. Each of these workshops aim at offering training and opportunity for female identifying populations with the goal elevating and supporting womxn artists in the greater Portland community.


Shakespeare for shrews Led BY LAUREN BLOOM HANOVER

Until recently, the classical canon has offered limited opportunities for female performers.  However, with conversations about gender equity gathering strength, exciting characters and storylines are starting to become available for artists prepared to step in and inhabit them. Join instructor Lauren Bloom Hanover for the latest session of this popular workshop, and explore the fundamentals of analyzing and embodying Shakespeare’s texts. From discussing iambic pentameter to considering the gender archetypes in Shakespeare’s plays, this workshop intensive is ideal for theatre makers who are interested in not only learning (or returning to) the primary tools needed to succeed at engaging with Shakespeare’s texts, but also in exploring the expression and performance of gender in his work.

Where:  3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland

When: May 18th & 19th

Saturday 10am-6:30pm

Sunday 10am-2pm

impro systems: Character & Mask LED BY Theresa Robbins Dudeck

“A Mask is a device for driving the personality out of the body and allowing a spirit to take possession of it” ~ Keith Johnstone (Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre).

This quote is Johnstone’s poetic way of saying a Mask is a tool for getting out of the way of the socially-constructed self in order to unleash the instinctive, creative self.  Character work, according to Johnstone, operates in much the same way. In order to build and eventually become a character, an actor must explore their “other selves” during the rehearsal process. Moreover, beyond the theatre, those who have knowledge of and access to their “other selves” are often better equipped to step into “roles” that challenge and push them beyond what is comfortable in everyday life. In this Impro System: Character and Mask 2-day intensive, we will playfully investigate the characters that live inside us through a series of character-building exercises and techniques.  Then, through application of Johnstone’s beginning Mask techniques with a dynamic collection of half-Masks, we will encourage our most primitive personalities to come out and play!

Where: 3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland

When: May 31st & June 1st

Friday 6pm-9pm

Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm


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making mischief: Creating & producing from start / finish LED BY KATHERINE MURPHY LEWIS

An important step in our pursuit for a more equitable artistic landscape, both here in Portland and beyond, is the full realization of stories that are created and told by underrepresented communities. Katherine Murphy Lewis, founding Artistic Director of From the Ground UP has created a weekend intensive that takes participants through the early stages of creative development, the process of gathering community, and cultivating financial support. From working on your feet through a series of movement based devising exercises; to the writing, construction and editing of new work; to finding and applying for grants and community backing; all participants will leave this workshop with a solid tool box that will support the creation and production of their visions. This workshop is ideal for womxn theater makers who want to reclaim agency over their creative lives - or anyone who has a story to tell and struggles with the creation and production elements that so often stifle the artistic process.    

Note: This workshop will benefit participants at any stage of creation, from a simple idea to a work in progress.  

Where: 3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland

When:   June 22nd & 23rd

Saturday 10am-6:30

Sunday 10am-2pm