Theater Unspeakable Company Class
Object-Based Storytelling: Epic Journey
Theater Unspeakable (TU) is offering a six-week course where participants will explore object-based storytelling with a classic tale. The course will build towards the creation of an original tale of an epic journey. Along the way, participants will learn about physical characters, object manipulation, puppetry, epic storytelling, story and character creation and ensemble devised theater. The weekly classes will culminate in a final presentation open to the public.
TU’s Artistic Director Marc Frost and frequent collaborator Thomas Wynne will lead the course. Both instructors studied with disciples of Jacques Lecoq at various programs in Europe and have been teaching physical theater at different levels in the Chicago area over the past several years. Plus, long-time company members Alice da Cunha and Zachary Baker-Salmon will add their voices to the course, specifically focusing on the acting and dramaturgy involved in creating the original epic journey piece. Over the last few years, both Alice and Zac have been part of Jeff Award-winning productions in Chicago.
Class size is limited to 14 participants.
Jan. 10th – Feb. 14th
7:30 – 10:00 PM
Outer Space Studios, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
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About the Instructors
Marc Frostis an actor, deviser, educator and Chicago native who has performed and produced work in Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the USA and the UK. He created Theater Unspeakable in 2010 as a platform for creating original works of devised, physical theater. Based in Chicago, the company has toured nationally including The Kennedy Center (DC), Lincoln Center Education (NY) and Chicago Children’s Theatre (IL). He co-founded Physical Festival Chicago, an annual international physical theater festival, in 2014 and is currently programming its fifth season. He has taught in Brazil, the USA and the UK and currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University. For five years, he led workshops and co-taught with Paola Coletto at The School for Theatre Creators in Chicago, a full-time training program based in the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, and is a proud graduate of the Lecoq-based London International School of the Performing Arts. His mission is to spread awareness of physical devised theater as a teacher, practitioner and producer.
Thomas is a movement trainer/teacher/director with over 10 years experience teaching in Paris, England, and MFA programs at several universities across the United States. He is a graduate of the two-year professional program at The Lecoq School in Paris, France where he specialized in movement, mask, mime, and clown. While in Paris he worked with some of Europe's foremost experts in mask, mime, and clown and served as the pedagogical assistant to Paola Rizza, director of pedagogy at The Lecoq School, and Pascale Lecoq, the director of The Lecoq School and daughter of Jacques Lecoq, in an international conference on “The Neutral Mask” in Paris. Thomas has been teaching clown at Second City for the past 3 years and has been an actor and has provided movement direction for Theater Unspeakable for the past 4 years. His particular focus, as a teacher and director, is on physical characterization and gesture for actors of any discipline, from film to stage.
Alice da Cunha
Alice is Artistic Consultant for Theater Unspeakable. An actress, deviser, producer and curator, she has worked in theater and film in Brazil, Portugal, the US and the UK. While in London, Alice worked as an actress as well as producing a weekly short film festival, ShortCutz, and working for CASA-Latin American Theatre Festival. She also created her own devised physical theater work. Since moving to Chicago, she has founded Physical Festival and serves as its co-Artistic Director. Alice has also acted in various shows, including “United Flight 232” (Jeff Award for Best Ensemble & Best Mid-Sized Production) which had a successful remount in 2017.
Zac is Executive Producer for Theater Unspeakable. He has also served as tour manager on several Theater Unspeakable tours. As an actor, Zachary has appeared in “The Mother” (5 Jeff Awards) and “The Jungle” (remount, 2 Jeff Awards) with Oracle Productions. In 2015, he adapted and directed “This House Believes the American Dream is at the Expense of the American Negro”, also with Oracle Productions. Zachary is a founding member of Area IV Theatre where he starred in “MARCH”, “From the Nightshade Family”, and “Vacation” and directed “Bear Claw”, all original plays by Hayes Borkowski. More info coming soon at bakersalmon.com