Winter/Spring 2020

ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE with Jennifer Tweel Kelly (Ages 18+)

This five week class is for performers or anyone who is curious about breathing coordination and moving with ease. It will be based in the principles of the Alexander Technique and practices of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. You will explore the anatomy of a natural breath, personal observations of how one interferes with it, and how sound reveals habits. Please bring a yoga mat, a journal, a water bottle, and dress comfortably.

Jennifer Tweel Kelly is currently being certified in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. She is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and a NASM certified personal trainer. Jen earned a BA in Dance from James Madison University. After briefly joining the modern dance scene in the San Francisco Bay Area she spent many years exploring performance with the Zen Monkey Project in Charlottesville, VA. She created The Hip Joint on the Downtown Mall in 2003, and after selling it in 2015 the shop continues to be involved in the local arts community. Jen currently has a private Alexander practice based out of her home studio and at Move Medical Massage and Sports Therapy. She is a part time personal trainer at The Boar’s Head Sports Club. Jennifer also teaches Alexander Technique to the Charlottesville Ballet’s trainee program.

Instructor: Jennifer Kelly
Time: Sundays 3pm to 4:15pm
Dates: January 19th – February 23rd; 6 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A  (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $105

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form.

(Brief) INTRODUCTION TO THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE with Carolyn McCandlish (Ages 18+)

The Meisner technique (one of the most widespread and renowned acting techniques of the past century) was designed to create work that is raw, spontaneous, and truthful. While the full Meisner curriculum unfolds over 128 classes, this weekend workshop at Live Arts will give participants a taste of Meisner’s basic repetition exercise in order to hone their listening skills, which are the foundation of every great performance. With practice of this technique, students will develop more self-awareness about their inner experiences, respond organically and intuitively off an acting partner’s emotional life, and break through habitual patterns to spark more freedom in their work.

The Meisner technique seamlessly supports the mission of Live Arts, which prioritizes growth, risk-taking, excellence, community, and process over result. Participants will be encouraged to show up as the most authentic versions of themselves, with a willingness to look at the social habits that may be getting in the way of honest human connection.

Ideal Workshop Participants:

  • Live Arts actors past and present
  • Audience members curious about acting
  • Anyone interested in cultivating their authentic voice and taking risks in a safe space
  • Actors looking to go back to basics to deepen authenticity and spontaneity in their performances
  • Folks who want to get a taste of what the Meisner technique is all about

Carolyn McCandlish has taught the Meisner acting technique at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio, Acting Studio Chicago, and NYU Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Carolyn trained as an actor in a 2-year Meisner conservatory program with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio, then completed an additional 2-year teaching apprenticeship under Terry as he opened his own studio in Brooklyn. She has also studied with Maggie Flanigan, Fay Simpson, Richard Armstrong, Elena McGhee, Alisa Endsley, Ted Morin, and Jeff Wirth. Her theatre credits include THE SPOON RIVER PROJECT (Green-Wood Cemetery), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Fable Farm Theatre), STOMP AND SHOUT (Babel Theatre Project), and DONNIE DARKO (American Repertory Theater). Carolyn was a founding member of art.party.theater.company (Meeting, Important; Starbox; Bad Romance; Bryant in the Park; Schooled), which specialized in designing creative performance installations and reinvigorating classical texts through site-specific, physical theater. She also co-founded the interactive, dramatic improv ensemble Playing With Reality (Journey On, Give in to Sin, Properties of Play, This Is Storybox), with which she performed and taught workshops in Amsterdam and across New York City. Carolyn co-wrote, co-produced, assistant directed and acted in Whispers in the Dark, an interactive 24-hour film project for the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. Carolyn received a B.A. from Harvard and a Master of Social Work from NYU with a focus on therapeutic drama techniques. She is a firm believer in the healing and transformative powers of acting.

Instructor: Carolyn McCandlish
Dates and Times:
Workshop Part 1 – Friday, January 24th, 6pm to 9pm
Workshop Part 2 – Saturday, January 25th, 3pm to 6pm
[PLEASE BE AVAILABLE FOR BOTH DAYS AND ALL HOURS OF THE WORKSHOP]
Location: Rehearsal A (4th floor, 123 E. Water Street)
Tuition: $75

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have: 

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

BEGINNING TAP with Stephanie Hess (AGES 14+)

Beginning Tap Dance at Live Arts Education

Time to get on your feet and make some noise! This beginner level class will introduce basic tap skills (shuffles, flaps, shuffle ball change, cramp rolls, etc.) as well as musicality and rhythm style. Fun combinations using these tap fundamentals will have you dancing like Gene Kelly! Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Winter Session:
Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Dates: January 22 – March 25; 10 classes total (Weather make-up date is April 1)
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $100

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Spring Session:
Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Dates: Dates: April 15 – May 27; 6 classes total (Weather make-up date is June 3)
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $60

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

INTERMEDIATE TAP with Stephanie Hess (AGES 14+)

Intermediate Tab Dance at Live Arts EducationLooking for a way to get back to tap class? Want to hone your tap skills? This class is for you! For those with at least one year of tap, this class will review all the basic tap skills but at a much faster pace. Musicality, rhythm, and syncopation will be explored as well as learning pull-backs, pick-ups and Maxie Fords. Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Winter Session:
Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Dates: January 21 – March 24; 10 classes total (March 31 weather make-up date)
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $100

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Spring Session:
Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Dates: April 14 – May 26; 6 classes total (June 2 weather make-up date)
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $60

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

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Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Education Director Miller Susen at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.