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Embodied Theater Improvisation Beginner Series – 6 Sunday mornings

October 2, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Action Theater is a practice of improvisation that has its roots in physical theater, dance and meditation. Through tuning in to sensory experience, we hone awareness of the moment. Following what the moment asks for, we respond with movement, sounding and speech, creating performance that is less cerebral and more embodied. In the practice studio, exercises that focus on the elements of form–timing, shape, space, duration, size, pitch, volume, mood, etc.–allow us to increase our awareness of and control of the the details of our expression. Exercises that focus on imagination and relationship expand our ability to create story and discover meaning and connection. Combined with a constant practice of releasing judgement and embracing what is, we achieve a liberation from familiar patterns of expression and begin to explore the vast array of possibilities available in the human experience.

Classes are taught by Mary Rose and Nathaniel Holder, both certified Action Theater teachers who have trained extensively with Ruth Zaporah, the creator of Action Theater. Mary and Nathaniel’s style of teaching is playful and welcoming to all. They love to share improvisation with others and encourage community within the classroom. This work goes deep and tends to create a strong feeling of connection between practitioners.

This Fall, we will be teaching a Beginner 6-week series on Sundays 11am-1pm starting Oct 2nd and ending Nov 13th (no class Oct 23rd).

Participants will learn the basic terms of Action Theater; practice exercises in ensemble, small groups and solo, and have opportunities to perform for each other.

Limit of 10 participants.

COVID safety: we will be wearing masks, and windows will be open and circulation fans and air purifier will be in use. Those experiencing any cold symptoms will be asked to not attend.

Cost for series is $280. Deposit of $50 required by Sep 25th to secure your spot. Remainder due at first class. Payment plans available – please inquire.


October 2, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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$20 off
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Pay discounted price, and mention that you're a DanceWire member when paying.
Member Company Name
Portland Action Theater Ensemble