Big Sky Theater Workshop

July 30th - August 9th, 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 10th

Tony-Winner Michele Pawk leads her annual session "Acting Through Song" at the Big Sky Theater Workshop of 2016.

Tony-Winner Michele Pawk leads her annual session "Acting Through Song" at the Big Sky Theater Workshop of 2016.

 

Led by some of the country’s top theater artists, the Big Sky Theater workshop is designed to inspire, empower and elevate the talent of actors and playwrights from across the country and provide a stunning environment to cultivate the professional development of new American plays.  Focused primarily on process over product, fellows explore their craft in an extraordinary setting that emphasizes individual mentorship and ample access to highly celebrated artists in residence.

 
 

2017 Program


The Acting Company is comprised of twelve early-career actors who take part in a rigorous TEN-day series of master classes and New play Development, including:

AUDITION TECHNIQUE:  Fellows will be given a core toolbox to approach any audition with confidence and ease.  From cold reading to on camera, the sessions will help unlock a plethora of approaches to make auditioning an empowering and fun experience.

ACTING A SONG:  Fellows (with any level of singing experience) will be coached one on one, focusing on the basic tools needed to approach a song fearlessly through character and objective.  This will be ideal preparation for any musical audition.

ACTIVATING SHAKESPEARE:  Each fellow will be coached on a Shakespearean monologue, learning how to activate that text, make strong choices and bring their authentic self to the language of The Bard.

PERSONAL STORYTELLING:  These sessions will be an exploration of first hand creation, helping fellows through guided exercises to begin crafting the seeds of their own work such as a Solo Show, Clowning Show, or Docudrama.

In addition to the core sessions above, additional workshops will focus on LOANS & BUDGETING FOR EARLY CAREER ARTISTS.

 

Two early career playwrights will be accepted into the program.

The playwrights will be mentored by a professional director and have access to both the fellowship actors and professional faculty to workshop their material.  Each writer, along with their mentor, will design a rehearsal schedule best suited to their needs. At the end of the week, they are given the option of having an excerpt of their piece performed in a stage reading for the WMPAC audience. 

 

We ask that you please submit from the material that you specifically plan to workshop in Big Sky.


2017 ARTIST FACULTY*

MICHELE PAWK: Michele’s Broadway credits include: Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off-Broadway she appeared in Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven, Flyovers, Prayer For My Enemy, The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, After The Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, jon & jen, A Little Night Music. Regional favorites: Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), Natural History. Television appearances include: “Law & Order” (7x) and some fabulous shows from the 80’s. She can be heard on 14 Original Cast Albums. Michele is a proud faculty member in the Theatre Department at Wagner College.

 

STEPHANIE DIMAGGIO was last scene on stage opposite Nick Offerman in the stage adaptation of the Pulitzer PrizeWinning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. The production debuted at Huntington Theater Company this fall, directed by David Esbjornson.

Her past stage credits include: Broadway: A Free Man of Color by John Guare, directed by George C. Wolfe Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater / dir. Karin Coonrod), Exile (The Cherry Lane/ Dir. Lisa Peterson), 17 Orchard Point (Co-Author & Actor / The Beckett).  Regional: Italian American… (Long Wharf Theatre/Dir. Eric Ting ), All My Sons (The Huntington Theatre Company/ Dir. David Esbjornson), Bloody Mary (Dir. Steven Brackett),  Haroun… (Dir. Evan Cabnet) both at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Her TV and Film appearances include : The Good Wife (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Rubicon (AMC), Cupid (ABC), Law and Order (NBC), The Kosher Cucina (Web-series) and the films The First Born and Generation Um, staring Keanu Reeves.

As a writer, her play 17 ORCHARD POINT (co-author) had it’s world premiere Off-Broadway last spring staring Tony-Award Winner Michele Pawk, directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Her additional plays have been developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Atlantic Theater Co. and last year at the inaugural Big Sky Theater Workshop. Her first co-authored screenplay, SMART GIRLS, is currently in development.

Stephanie received her B.A in Theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where she now serves on the acting faculty, and her MFA from NYU Graduate Acting Program.

www.stephaniedimaggio.com

 

 

BEN GRANEY:

Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater), The Heidi Chronicles

Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater), Game Play, The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova)

Other NYC TheaterFrom The Miraculous (Writer, Director, & Performer – Studio Tisch & in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, summer ’14), Paper Dolls (Sundance Theater Lab), Spring Fling (F*It Club – IRT), Bare Naked Drama (Aporia – Cherry Pit), Obama Drama (Creative Destruction – The Tank), An Irish Brew (Studio Tisch) RegionalDisgraced (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), The Heidi Chronicles, Postcards from Earth (Guthrie), Be a Good Little Widow (Old Globe), Twelfth NightYouth Ink! (McCarter), The Cherry OrchardTwelfth Night (Chautauqua), Brand:NEW Festival ’09 & ’10 (Hartford Stage) FilmCantoAma at Sea TVUnscriptedThe History Channel WritingThe Kosher Cucina (Co-Creator, co-Writer, and Actor – Webseries), The Baby Gospel (Semi-Finalist – O’Neill Theater Center ’11) Teaching: Artists Financial Support Group, Co-Founder and Educator at many schools and organizations, www.artistsfinancial.org Training: M.F.A. NYU Grad Acting, B.A. CSU Long Beach. Proud member of the The Actors Center. www.bengraney.com

 

 

EDDIE PRUNOSKE (Resident Director)

Eddie is a theater director interested in new plays, old plays, and site specific events.  From 2009-2015 he served as the founding Artistic Director of Glass Bandits where he directed the world premiere of Paul Cameron Hardy's feeling (The New Ohio), as well as the company devised pieces The Boogeyman Thumbs A-1-A (Fringe), In Memoriam (House of Yes), and a site specific Three Sisters set amidst a Brooklyn loft party.  Other credits include Salty Brine's Dean.  Maybe Frank, Maybe Sammy. (Time Our NY Critic's Pick), the East Coast premiere of Henry Murray's Treefall (Sargent Theater), Claire Kichel's Passenger (Crashbox Theater Company) and Dollymops (NYU Tisch/Atlantic), Blake DeLong's The Hottest Blood (in a gutted Manhattan commercial building), John MacDonlad's Rough Approximations (Incubator Arts Project) and God on the Roof (Carnegie Mellon University), Lucile Baker Scott & Julia Weldon's Wet Glitter (IRT), Diana Stahl's Meditating with my Parents (Dixon Place), and a site-specific production of August Strindberg's Playing with Fire (in an outdoor Brooklyn garden).  Eddie has developed new work with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fee, Ugly Rhino, HOWL!Arts, and Magic Time at Judson Church.  He was a resident artist at House of Yes, a finalist for the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award, and has been a guest lecturer at The New School.  As an assistant director he has worked on projects with Daniel Aukin, Ki Fagan, Mallory Catlett, and David Schweizer.  

 

CAROLINE V. McGRAW (Playwright-in-Residence / Mentor) 

Caroline V. McGraw's plays include Ultimate Beauty Bible, Believeland, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Bachelors,The Vaults, The King is Dead, and Baby No More Times (a musical co-created with Mary Birnbaum and Melissa Lusk). Her work has been produced and developed all around the country, at companies such as Page 73, Lesser America, New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Theater Ninjas, Naked Angels, Washington National Opera/The Kennedy Center, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio 42, the Lark, IAMA Theater Company, and Ars Nova, among others. She has been in residence at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge Playwrights’ Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Four of her full-length plays have been nominated to the Kilroys' List. She is an alumna of the New Georges Jam, the Civilians' R&D Group, and Interstate 73, and a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, and was Page 73's 2016/17 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. She is working on a new play commission from Yale Rep. Caroline is a graduate of the Playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.

 

 

*Artist Faculty subject to change.

 

PAST BIG SKY GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDE:

Hoon Lee (THE KING AND I on Broadway),  Saidah Arrika Ekulona (RUINED at MTC), Laura Savia (Associate Artistic Director of  WILLIAMSTOWN THEATER FESTIVAL),  John Dossett (TONY NOMINEE), Jack Cummings III (Artistic Director of  TRANSPORT GROUP), Benjamin Endsley Klien (Associate Director of WAR HORSE and CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTIME), Stella Powell-Jones (Associate Director of  THE FATHER on West End )  Lee Aaron Rosen (THE NORMAL HEART on Broadway) and Danny Williams (THE PUBLIC) 


TUITION and DETAILS

  • Up to 12 advanced Acting Fellows and two Playwrights are accepted into the program each summer.
  • 60 hours of professional theatrical training and immersive new play development
  • The registration fee is $1495 for over 60 hours of professional training, shared accommodation at Big Sky Resort at the foot of an 11,166 ft. Mountain, local transportation, and three meals a day.
  • Mountain activities in Big Sky including White-Water Rafting, Hiking, Exploring and more.
  • Culminating performance of unprecedented new work at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.

 

A TYPICAL DAY LOOKS LIKE...

Fellows usually begin the day with a hike or other outdoor activity (rafting, yoga, paddle boarding, etc...) followed by a day of work at the theater, which includes:  two masterclasses (totaling 6 hours) OR one master class (3 hours) followed by new play rehearsal.   The days vary slightly depending on playwrights agenda and weather. 

 

The goal of the Big Sky Theater Workshop is to balance creative immersion and learning, while allowing fellows to take full advantage of the awe-inspiring nature and surroundings.


Reviews from the 2016 Theater Workshop

There’s nothing like the majestic landscape of the Montanan mountains to jumpstart your creativity. With the support of the instructors and the fellow artists at Big Sky, I felt empowered and inspired to make the first strokes on a play that intimidated and scared me.
— Garrett Kim (2016 Playwright)
My Big Sky experience was not only an acting workshop, but a life workshop. I got to practice my craft around a group of talented and creative people who care just as much about acting as they do about living ‘lighter, higher, simpler, and with more joy.’
— Matthew Feldman (2016 Actor)
The incredible beauty of Big Sky in addition to the amazing mentors and artists we got to create with made for the most inspirational experience to work on theatre. In the one week I attended BSTW, I was exposed to the logistic and financial resources needed to pursue theatre, as well as challenged and inspired to tell the stories that scare me, but are important and need to be told.
— Elia Chuaqui (2016 Playwright)
Writing at Ousel Falls is just one of the many outdoor excursions we take at the Big Sky Theater Workshop.

Writing at Ousel Falls is just one of the many outdoor excursions we take at the Big Sky Theater Workshop.