Something from Nothing: Devising with Students
How do you use the tools of devising to enhance classroom learning, artistry, and student engagement? Through hands-on activities and discussion, educators will be led through an example devising process based in the pedagogy of physical theatre teacher Jacques Lecoq, analyze the impact of devising on the teacher-student relationship, and strategize how to bring devising into their classroom. Sample lesson plans and devising activities will be provided.
Instructor: Karim Muasher is an Arab-American deviser, director, and teacher working at the intersection of education and performance. As founding co-artistic director of Animal Engine Theatre Company, he creates and tours original devised works inspired by classic stories. Notable productions include the four-time award-winning prairie love story Petunia and Chicken and the critically acclaimed Peter Pan retelling Darlings. He has taught at institutions including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Guthrie Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Abrons Arts Center, International Thespian Festival, and Wingspan Arts. He is based in New York City.