Workshops & Intensives

Fall 2019 Workshops & Intensives

Being Scared Is OK!: Working Through Performance Anxiety (Ages 16+)
A Workshop with Christina Fleming and Katherine Nies

Join Christina Fleming and Katherine Nies for a workshop about working through performance anxiety. Learn more about how and why performance anxiety happens to so many people, and some exercises to help you work with it instead of letting it carry you away. Katherine and Christina deeply believe that anxiety doesn’t have to be something that holds us back from the things we want, and they look forward to helping you feel empowered to reach for your goals. Please bring 16 to 32 bars of sheet music with piano accompaniment, a water bottle, and an open mind. 

Christina Fleming, soprano, is a classical singer and voice teacher based in Charlottesville, VA. She holds a music degree from The University of Virginia and studied at The Curry School of Education. Having spent the last two years exploring Alexander Technique, Christina loves incorporating its principles into her teaching. She loves working with all kinds of singers regardless of genre and enjoys helping her students find freedom in solid technique as well as helping them develop a deeper emotional connection to music. 

Katherine Nies is a performing artist and teacher based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds her Bachelor of Arts from Albertus Magnus College. Her passion for storytelling through art has allowed her to collaborate with Broadway performers, opera singers, dancers, choreographers, and writers. She is beginning her fifth year as the pianist for Charlottesville Ballet, where she received a sponsorship for her artistry by Kate Tamarkin and Clifford Arnold in honor of Rachel L. Duncan.

Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Rehearsal A (123 E Water St, fourth floor)
Suggested Donation $25–bring cash or check to pay at the door.

Please RSVP for Christina and Katherine’s workshop by Friday, November 1st. Email Education Director Miller Susen at to register.


Great productions depend upon actors, directors, and designers collaborating to shape the action of a play in accordance with the script’s larger arc and thematic concerns. This workshop will provide theater artists with the tools to break down a scene into units of action, identify the key moments that proceed from that action, and then use that analysis to chart a unified course through a script. We will focus on two scenes from well-known plays, one classical and one contemporary, and discover how each works within the overall design of the story to invite concrete decisions about individual moments. By thus discovering the “spine” of a play, theater makers can turn general impressions about setting, story, and characters into playable analysis, playable action, and evocative stage images. 

Gretchen York teaches dramatic literature and Shakespeare at the University of Virginia. She holds a Ph.D. in English, with a focus on early English theater, from UVA. Her current work considers 21st-century productions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. She has studied the relationship between historical text and contemporary performance practices at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Folger Theatre under Yale theater historian and director Joseph Roach. Locally, Gretchen has evaluated scripts for the American Shakespeare Center, been the dramaturg for several productions at Live Arts, and performed in works by playwrights like Shakespeare, Ibsen, Caryl Churchill, and Tony Kushner. This year, she will be facilitating the Live Arts Readers’ Circle and working with UVA’s new interactive theater program, UVA Acts.          

Date: Saturday, November 16th
Time: 1:00-3:30pm
Location: Rehearsal B (123 E Water St, fourth floor)
Suggested Donation $25–bring cash or check to pay at the door.

Please RSVP for Gretchen’s workshop by Friday, November 15th. Email Education Director Miller Susen at to register.

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