The Hangar Theater is offering a series of 3 free workshops for community members as part of the Hangar Theater Wedge: FutureNow Festival. All sessions are free and open to the public. No previous theatrical experience is required, just curiosity and an interest in trying something new.
The artistic mission of Hangar Theater Wedge: FutureNow Festival is to provide a theatrical laboratory for artists experimenting with creative identity, artistic leadership, and art in relation to the power systems of our precarious times.
The FutureNow Festival will take place in the Hangar’s outdoor performance space. During the weekend festivities, directors of FutureNow Wedge Festival Mx. Andrew Coopman, Mrs. Emily Hartford and Mx. Logan Schulman will present their productions, to be performed in repertoire over the weekend. The directors will also lead creative workshops for audience members and the wider community. Festival programming will include receptions with Hangar Lab Company Design Fellows: Samantha Mastrati (Scenic Design), Hannah S Wolland (Lighting Design), Johnna Presby (Costume Design) and Abby Coppock (Sound Design), as well as Performance Fellows of the Lab Company. Additionally, the three Director Fellows will moderate a platform partnership panel of community organizations doing important work in Ithaca related to the content and themes of the artists’ works. Tickets will be general festival seating with a suggested donation of $10. Tickets are available at the Hangar Theater box office.
Workshops include Improv 101, Mission Based Design and Clowning for All. Learn more and register here for these exciting theater workshops.
The weekend will also include a panel discussion on Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m. titled: Artists and Activists: Climate Justice in Partnership on the Hangar Theater Outdoor Stage. Panel guests include City of Ithaca Sustainability Director Luis Aguirre-Torres, Ithaca Common Council Member Jeffrey Barken, and two Sunrise Movement representatives, Eden Lewis and Siobhan Hull. Tickets will be reserved at the general festival with a suggested donation of $10. Tickets are available at the Hangar Theater box office.
FREE educational workshops include Improv 101, Mission Based Design and Clown for All.
Improvisation 101: (8-18 years) An introduction to improvisation and reflection. This workshop will focus on the fundamental skills of improvisation and acting and will encourage participants to be creative and use their imagination. Students will play a variety of games with the group and apply new skills to a short form of improvisation. This workshop is ideal for beginners and young artists interested in theatre.
Mission-Based Design: (Ages 13+) During this one-hour session, participants will engage in acts of theatrical co-creation and learn how artistic creation itself can become a tool for construction of a values-based whole. Activities will include creating evocative lists, exploring physical movement, writing, and creating site-specific environments. Drawing on Emily’s experience co-directing New York’s Flux Theater Ensemble, these exercises offer inspiring avenues for exploring the kind of art you want to create and, just as importantly, how you want to create it.
Clowning for All: (All ages) Welcome to the world of theatrical clowning where the goal is simple: Fully embrace joy. That’s right, joyful theatrical exploration is what clowning is. Participants should be prepared to laugh, be silly and be creative. This workshop will include a variety of large group activities and fun games.