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Action Theater Improvisation Classes

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 and control of 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 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.

Spring 2023 we will be teaching a Beginner 6-week series on Sundays 11am-1pm starting March 26th and ending May 7th (no class Easter Sunday Apr 9). 

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 12 participants.

COVID safety: Participants are welcome to wear masks, but we will not be requiring masks unless there is a public health mandate. Air purifier will be in use.  Those experiencing any cold symptoms are asked to not attend.

Cost for series is $280 due at first class. To hold your spot, please pay in advance a deposit of $50. Come try out the first class - if it's not for you, it was our gift to you. If you decide it is for you, you can pay for the full series then. Payment plans available - please inquire.

Register for Beginner Class here!

We have also resumed our ongoing Tuesday night practice/class for people who have taken Action Theater classes previously.  Please contact Mary if you would like to join. Our location will once again be the North Coast Seed Building: 2127 N. Albina Ave, rm#211.  All classes are from 6:45-8:30 pm and cost is $15-20 sliding scale.

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