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Workshops and Classes

 

Margarita’s extensive teaching practice spans all ages and levels of education – from child to adult and from Pre-K through professional. In her teaching career, she has taught classes in: Directing, Devising, Performance, Movement, Mask Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Object Theatre, Puppetry, Script Analysis, Adaptations for the Stage, Production Planning and Development, Grant Writing, and numerous other specifically tailored classes and workshops.

As a teacher, Margarita is particularly interested in developing imaginative and inspired 21st century performance makers through a variety of practical, learner-centered classes that blend techniques from traditional and alternative approaches to theatre. Her primary goals are to help students to develop technique, imagination, creativity, expression, resilience, and the ability to create compelling, relevant and original theatre work. Through her classes, students acquire a range of skills and knowledge to support their personal growth, collaborative spirit, and future professional aspirations within or beyond the field of theatre.



The Poetry of Objects is a practical workshop designed to awaken imaginative performers and creators of original theatre through working with objects and materials in a realm where puppetry, performance and devising meet.

Participants will be introduced to the world of object theatre and its endless possibilities. They will explore the poetry of the mundane and the possibility to create theatrical expression and narrative through it. They will develop imagination and creativity; ability to work collaboratively; focus; performing and puppeteering skills; and ability to devise and create original theatre work.

Approaches to Theatre Devising is a practical workshop that focuses on exploring methods of creating original theatre. It combines exercises/approaches used in physical theatre and Lecoq pedagogy and my own practice as a puppet and devised theatre creator.

The class is very active, collaborative, and exploratory in nature. It serves equally well the creative artist in any area – performance, directing, movement, design, etc.

Movement-Based Performance for the Theatre Creator is designed to awaken imaginative, agile, alert, and skilled performers through the exploration of fundamental movement concepts, movement-based theatre techniques and devising work. The class focuses on the body as the starting point of expressive performance in order to develop performers’ live performance abilities, and organic and compelling stage presence.

Directing for Original Theatre is a directing course designed to awaken, develop, and prepare innovative directors in the field of visual, object, devised, and puppet theatre in the 21st century. Participants will gain knowledge and skills that will empower and inspire them to fearlessly approach the creation of original performance and to join in with the many theatre companies and artists who are stretching the boundaries of the performing arts.

In this course we explore the conceptual approach of the director-creator through:

Learning and understanding theoretical foundations of theatre directing.
Engaging in practical exercises designed to develop directorial skills.

Mask Theatre is a workshop that will introduce participants to basic principles of working with masks and creating mask theatre. Mask theatre is closely related to puppetry in its unique and dynamic ability to portray the human condition in a both profound and accessible way.

This workshop provides an introduction to the world of character masks and/or Commedia Dell’Arte masks and the techniques needed to play them. Participants will engage in rigorous, yet playful exploration of mask movement and creation.

Margarita can tailor workshops and classes to your organization's needs.
Other subjects of expertise include Contemporary Puppetry, Shadow Theatre, & Hand Puppetry, to name a few.