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In each two-hour workshop, participants engage in a variety of group-based games. But, these aren't your average games! These aren't your average goals! What can be learned when "the goal is not the goal"? (We've sure learned a lot from Jeff by investigating our process and "products" by asking ourselves this question.) And, what does it feel like to manifest child-like play within the adult? Leading these workshops-unlike-any-other is a remarkable man unlike any other.
These workshops are also a perfect companion activity to Live Action Set's performance run of UNSET as a way to open, deepen and play with the themes and goals of the show. However, attendance of the UNSET is not required or necessary to participate in either workshop.
Jeff Wirth is a master of the art of serious play. His background spans the spectrum–from Ringling Brother’s clown to university professor, from computer programmer to ballroom dancer, from published author to nationally renowned improviser. This diverse background has given rise to a unique blend of visionary imagination and nuts-and-bolts practicality.
The hallmark of Jeff’s work is his innate ability to empower teams and individuals to realize their potential through the process of serious play. Before establishing the Interactive PlayLab, Jeff was the Artistic Director for Playing with Reality, and prior to that he served on the faculty at the University of Central Florida for 9 years, where he founded and directed the Interactive Performance Lab.
Jeff’s creative skills have attracted a roster of top-tier clients, including Cirque du Soleil, Disney Imagineering, Blue Man Group, and Ringling Brothers Clown College. He is a recognized authority on interactive experience design, having developed and directed over 100 projects for industries ranging from entertainment, to health care, to hospitality.
Jeff has run three production companies, edited a national newsletter, and authored the book Inter-active Acting. He has also written and directed over 100 interactive performance experiences. He now lives in New York City, where he continues to train inter-actors and pioneer new innovations in interactive performance.
Learn more about Jeff HERE.
LIVE ACTION SET BELIEVES THAT WITH RIGOROUS PRACTICE AND PURPOSEFUL PLAY, THE PERFORMING ARTIST GROWS AND THE ENSEMBLE EVOLVES. P.E. INVITES PARTICIPANTS TO SHARE KNOWLEDGE, HONE SKILLS, AND EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO NEW ARTISTIC TECHNIQUES. P.E. WORKSHOPS ARE LED BY TOP TEACHING ARTISTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, BUT PRIMARILY FROM THEATER AND DANCE. PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST IF YOU WOULD LIKE UPDATES ON FUTURE WORKSHOPS.
The tools for creation are invaluable and Live Action Set is available to share our knowledge with students and performing artists of all levels to help create performances through residencies that take a practical approach to collaboration. We draw upon our diverse backgrounds to offer workshops in ensemble play creation, contact improvisation, clown, treteaux and physical characterization.
Communication is essential to collaboration. Participants learn to build teams and work together as an ensemble as well as learn useful tools for creating performance material while engaging and challenging their skills as artists. We actively research and implement methods of collaboration in our own work because we believe that together we are able to make work we couldn't make alone.
Past residencies have occurred at:
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, ST. BEN'S/ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
Past teaching artists have included:
VANESSA VOSKUIL, JIM LICHTSCHEIDL, RYAN UNDERBAKKE, VLADAMIR ROVINSKY, KIMBERLY RICHARDSON, DARIO TANGELSON, LUVERNE SEIFERT, TYLER OLSEN, NOAH BREMER, JOANNA HARMON, THOMAS PRATTKI (UK), TOM CORNFORD (UK), RAYE BIRK, CANDACE BARRETT BIRK, AND GERALD MCDERMOTT (CA), JEFF WIRTH (NYC), STEVE WASSON AND CORINNE SOUM (PARIS/WI)