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Freehold Theatre’s Winter Acting Classes in Seattle Are Open for Registration

Freehold’s highly acclaimed Acting, Improv, Voice Over winter classes (and more!) are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre is a Seattle acting studio and theatre that for 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty. 

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including Darragh Kennan (“Clybourne Park”, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Amy Thone (2007 Stranger Genius Award Winner for Theatre), Annette Toutonghi (“You Can’t Take It With You”, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Lucia Neare (Mayor’s Arts Award Winner 2012) and many more. We offer classes for the absolute beginner as well as the advanced trained student.  There is truly something for everyone!

Here is our complete list of our great Winter 2013 class offerings …

Winter Quarter Classes

 

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section I with Stefan Enriquez

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section II with Christine Marie Brown

Step II: Acting with Text with Sarah Harlett

Step III: Scene Study Text Intensive with Annette Toutonghi

Auditioning with Darragh Kennan

Making Theatre in Community with Elizabeth Heffron

Improv with Gary Schwartz

Meisner: Instrument with Robin Lynn Smith

Stage Combat with Geof Alm

Movement with Paul Budraitis

Voice-Over with Gin Hammond

Advanced Voice-Over with Gin Hammond

Singing for Actors with Lucia Neare

Shakespeare with Amy Thone

Film Directing with John Jacobsen and Robin Lynn Smith

Registration is available online athttp://www.freeholdtheatre.org/winter-quarter-acting-classes

or by calling us at (206) 323-7499.

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499
http://www.freeholdtheatre.org

Freehold’s Exceptional Fall Acting Classes in Seattle Are Now Open for Registration

Freehold’s highly acclaimed fall Acting, Improv, Voice classes (and more!) are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre is a Seattle acting studio and theatre that for over 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty.  Be sure and sign up now as our classes fill quickly!

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including Marya Sea Kaminski (2010 Stranger Genius Award for Theatre), Amy Thone (2007 Stranger Genius Award Winner for Theatre), Annette Toutonghi (YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Matt Smith (starting in the movie “Outsourced”) and many more. Our students include the beginner and the advanced trained student.  There is truly something for everyone!

Here is our complete list of Freehold’s great Fall 2012 class offerings …

Fall Quarter Classes

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section I with Meg McLynn

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section II with Meg McLynn

Step II: Acting with Text with Stefan Enriquez

Accelerated Intro to Acting with Sarah Harlett

Step III: Basic Scene Study with Annette Toutonghi

Advanced Scene Study with Darragh Kennan

Acting for the Camera with John Jacobsen

Auditioning with Annette Toutonghi

Improv with Matt Smith

Meisner: Foundation with Robin Lynn Smith

Playwriting with Rebecca Tourino

Public Speaking with Gin Hammond

Solo Performance with Marya Sea Kaminski

Stage Combat with Geof Alm

Voice with Gin Hammond

Registration is available online at http://www.freeholdtheatre.org  or by calling us at (206) 323-7499.

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499
http://www.freeholdtheatre.org

Exceptional Acting Classes this Fall at Freehold Theatre in Seattle/Belltown

Posted on August 21, 2012

Freehold’s highly acclaimed fall Acting, Improv, Voice classes (and more!) are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio is a center for the practice of theater that for 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty.  Be sure and sign up now as our classes fill quickly!

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including Marya Sea Kaminski (2010 Stranger Genius Award for Theatre), Amy Thone (2007 Stranger Genius Award Winner for Theatre), Annette Toutonghi (YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Matt Smith (starting in the movie “Outsourced”) and many more. Our students include the beginner and the advanced trained student.  There is truly something for everyone!

Here is our complete list of our great Fall 2012 class offerings …

Fall Quarter Classes

Step I: Intro to Acting, Section I with Meg McLynn
Step I: Intro to Acting, Section II
with Meg McLynn
Step II: Acting with Text
with Stefan Enriquez
Accelerated Intro to Acting
with Sarah Harlett
Step III: Basic Scene Study
with Annette Toutonghi
Acting for the Camera
with John Jacobsen
Auditioning
with Annette Toutonghi
Improv
with Matt Smith
Meisner: Foundation
with Robin Lynn Smith
Public Speaking
with Gin Hammond
Stage Combat
with Geof Alm
Voice
with Gin Hammond

Registration is available online at http://www.freeholdtheatre.org  or by calling us at (206) 323-7499.
There is a 5% early bird discount for registering by August 30th.

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Presents KING LEAR in July

Posted on June 26, 2012

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program Presents KING LEAR this July!

Public Performances of KING LEAR (Free – Donations Accepted):

July 2, 6:30 pm, Seward Park, Amphitheatre
5898 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle

July 12, 13, 14 at 8:00 pm, Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts
901 12

th Avenue, Seattle

Sunday, July 15, 4:00 pm, Seattle University Lee Center for the Arts

Tickets are Free (donations warmly received) but Reservations are Requested:
Brown Paper Tickets Link:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251700

Freehold will tour Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Robin Lynn Smith, to unique locations across the greater Puget Sound area, July 1 – July 15, 2012. Realizing the power of theatre to bring about an extraordinary communion between audience and performer is at the core of Freehold’s mission and at the heart of our annual Engaged Theatre tour. Since 2003, Freehold’s Engaged Theatre has toured Shakespeare productions to communities in non-traditional sites. This year the tour will perform for the general public as well as for a number of underserved populations including Joint Base/Lewis McChord, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Monroe Correctional Center for Men, Harborview Medical Center and Echo Glen Children’s Center, a juvenile detention center.

When asked why she chose King Lear for this year’s tour, director Robin Lynn Smith responded “I am inspired by the human struggle to know ourselves, and the attempt to look fiercely at the truth of our existence –framed by limits of isolation, separateness, bewilderment, blindness; and the limits of our time here:  aging and death.  And it’s a great story.”

King Lear is a story of brothers, sisters, fathers, daughters and sons who have the trappings of their lives ripped away.  They are maddened, cast out, disowned, and blinded. They struggle to stay true to their bonds with family and friends, to learn humility and compassion, to forgive and empathize with those unlike themselves, and to love in the face of certain loss. They must employ tenacity, faith and resilience as they search for reconciliation and reunion. This great story of these two families poses these questions: How do we come to know who we truly are? How do we burn through pride and the appearance of things to that which is authentic in our relationships? How do we learn compassion? How do we let go of our attempts to control, deny, delude ourselves, and learn to endure — together?

Freehold and the artists of Engaged Theatre return eagerly year after year to this work for the creative inspiration it confers on all of us as well as for the opportunity to experience and share in the power and “communion” that occurs between our performers and enthusiastic audience members.  To quote, Robin Lynn Smith, Director of King Lear:

We are privileged to perform for our extraordinary audiences and have been amazed by what we continue to learn about art, humanity, identity, existence, diversity, compassion, and community when we create theatre that breaks the mold.

The cast for this year’s performance of King Lear includes:   Eric Ray Anderson, Christine Brown, Erwin Galan, Jose J. Gonzales, Sarah Harlett, Joshua Holguin, Reginald Andre Jackson, Robert Keene, Shanelle Leonard, Kevin McKeon, Andre Nelson, Anthony Pasqualini, Luisa de Paula, Jesse Sherfey-Hinds, Annette Toutonghi, Kayla Walker.          

The production will include live musical accompaniment with a score composed by Gino Yevdjevich of Kultur Shock, set design by Montana Tippett and puppets by puppet master Annett Mateo. Cast across gender and race lines, reflecting the diversity of our audiences, this ensemble will bring this story simply and vividly to life. 

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre tour 2012
King Lear
by William Shakespeare
Director: Robin Lynn Smith
Set Design: Montana Tippett
Costume Design:  Hannah Stern
Lighting Design: Joshua Tillman 
Puppet Design and Master: Annett Mateo
Composer: Gino Yevdjevich
Musicians: Beth Fleenor, Michael Owcharuk
Movement Director:  Jessica Jobaris
Fight Choreographer: Jesse Sherfy-Hinds
Stage Manager:  Jeremiah Givers
Assistant Director:  Amelia Rose Garcia-Cosgrove
Assistant Set Director:  Kaillee Kieran Coleman 

For more information:  (206) 323-7499 http://www.freeholdtheatre.org

Robin Lynn Smith, Artistic Director of Freehold has directed in Seattle at Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT, On the Boards, The Empty Space, New City Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Intiman. She has an MFA from NYU TSOA, and she is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts. Robin is the 2008 recipient of The Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, and was recently honored by SDC, as a finalist for the 2010 Fichandler award.

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program is funded in part by: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, City of Issaquah Arts Commission, West Star Foundation and Seattle Police Foundation.

About Freehold

Since 1991, Freehold has been a highly acclaimed center for the practice of theatre. Our Studio provides a place for actors, from inspired novices to working professionals, to train. Freehold engages an exclusive faculty of independent professional artists. Our Theatre Lab provides a forum for mature artists to research and develop new work and to re-interpret classics.

Freehold Awarded a Mayor’s Arts Award – 2012

Posted on June 6, 2012

Freehold Theatre Lab / Studio Receives Mayor’s Arts Award 2012

Freehold was honored to learn that it has been awarded a Mayor’s Arts Award for 2012.  To mark the 10th anniversary of the Mayor’s Arts Awards, 10 recipients will be honored this year.  In addition to Freehold, the other Mayor’s Arts Award recipients for 2012 are:  KEXP 90.3 FM, Li Hengda, choreographer, dancer and artistic director, Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Buster Simpson, public artist, Three Dollar Bill Cinema, TilibSedeb (Singing Feet), Duwamish Tribe youth performance group, The Vera Project, all-ages arts venue and Olivier Wevers, dancer, choreographer and artistic director.

Mayor Mike McGinn will present the awards at a ceremony on Friday, August 31 at noon at the Seattle Center in partnership with Bumbershoot: Seattle Arts and Music Festival.  The Mayor’s Arts Award is an annual award which seeks to recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

Freehold engages people from all walks of life in cultivating the audacity of spirit through the practice of theatre. A creative haven since 1991, Freehold is a thriving collective of artists, teachers, and students collaborating to explore both the mind and the heart. Through education, experimentation, and performance, Freehold continues to work toward a theatre practice that illuminates the human condition, and serves the full, diverse spectrum of our community. Freehold provides a place that nurtures:

• Risk in all aspects of the practice, including acting, playwriting, directing, solo performance, spoken word, improvisation, and devised work.

• Research and experimentation in training and performance for working artists, inspired novices, and willing audiences of every inclination.

Freehold is a Laboratory for working professionals, a Studio for emerging artists, and above all a Destination where anyone with an inquisitive spirit can join in the celebration of the inherent risk of being human.

Upon hearing of the Mayor’s Arts Award announcement, Robin Lynn Smith, Freehold Founding Member and Artistic Director, expressed her appreciation noting:

“We are honored to be one of the recipients receiving the Mayor’s Arts Award this year.  In recognizing Freehold, you are recognizing all of the individuals who have collaborated with us in practice over the past 20 years. We are very grateful for all of those in our community who have given so generously of their time and hearts: fellow artists and teaching artists, our lab members, students, audience members, residency participants and the larger arts community.” 

Freehold’s Theatre Lab provides a forum for experimentation by professionals, the development of new performance material, and the rediscovery of classics. The Lab enables artists to explore new work – and new ways of working - in order to forge a deeper connection between actor and audience, self and community, life and art.  The Theatre Lab’s two programs are the Engaged Theatre program and the Sandbox Artists Collective.

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program was created in 2003 and has developed partnerships with organizations that represent culturally under-served populations in our larger community. Freehold tours to these unique populations with professional productions of Shakespeare and partners with them to offer theatre residencies which culminate in a performance of original work for an invited audience. This summer Engaged Theatre will tour King Lear to our partner organizations including: the Washington Corrections Center for Women, the Monroe Correctional Complex for Men, Echo Glen Children’s Center, Harborview, Joint Base Lewis/McChord as well as to the general public. Our dedication to enabling artists to explore new work can be seen in our formation in 2008 of the Sandbox Artists Collective, a membership based collective of working theatre professionals formed as a place for mid-career artists to explore their craft in the company of their peers.

From introductory sessions for the curious to master classes for practicing artists, Freehold’s Studio offers an extraordinary range of disciplines and styles to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of theatre craft and acting. Over 100 Seattle Theatre professionals have given back to the community as Freehold Faculty. Some of our esteemed faculty over the years include: Jerry Manning, Y York, Bart Sher, Robin Lynn Smith, George Lewis, Brian Yorkey, Amy Wheeler, Kurt Beattie, Geof Alm, Timothy Piggee, Amy Thone, and Gin Hammond. 

Charlie Rathbun from 4Culture extolled Freehold’s contributions recently:

“Freehold holds a unique place in the Seattle arts community, as a training ground for theater artists of all ages and experience, as a laboratory for experimentation, and as a critical touchstone for our region’s thriving theater community.  It is Seattle’s only professional theater organization whose mission is directed not toward production and presentation, but toward the fundamental power of the performer and the depth of the theatrical experience.”

It is a privilege for us to do the work we do and to enrich and be enriched by others in the process. We concur with this comment from an inmate from the Monroe Correctional Complex who, after watching an Engaged Theatre performance, eloquently shared about how art can change lives:

“The problems his character’s have are not so different from my own.  I reflected and was lost in the show for two hours.  I left feeling alive and dreaming of the future.  I left feeling validated as a man.  I left with the beauty and softness inside that art creates.  I left questioning myself in a good way.  I was not alone.  I have many friends who were similarly touched by the offer of your art.  I think we all were starved for beauty.  You gave that to us.”

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2

nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
206-323-7499

http://www.freeholdtheatre.org

Extraordinary Acting Classes in Seattle this Summer at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio

Posted on May 15, 2012

Outstanding summer acting, public speaking and playwriting classes are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre is a Seattle acting studio and theater, located in Belltown, that for 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty.  

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including John Jacobsen, Amy Thone, George Lewis, Darragh Kennan, Elizabeth Heffron and many more.  We offer classes for both the absolute beginner as well as the advanced student.

There is truly something for everyone at Freehold!

Here is our complete list of our great Summer 2012 offerings …

Step I: Intro to Acting with Meg McLynn

Step I: Intro to Acting with Stefan Enriquez

Step II: Acting with Text with Meg McLynn

Step III: Basic Scene Study with Dan Tierney

Rehearsal and Performance with Darragh Kennan

Personal Clown with George Lewis

Movement Intensive with George Lewis

Shakespeare Intensive with Amy Thone

Acting for the Camera with John Jacobsen

New Play Lab with Elizabeth Heffron

Public Speaking with Gin Hammond   

More information about our classes can be found here:

http://www.freeholdtheatre.org/summer-acting-classes-seattle-are-now-open-registration

or by calling us at (206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre

2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200

Seattle, WA  98121

(206) 323-7499

Extraordinary Acting Classes in Seattle this Spring at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio

Posted on March 13, 2012

Extraordinary Acting Classes in Seattle this Spring at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio

Outstanding acting, directing, improv and playwriting classes are now open for registration at Freehold Theatre in Seattle.  Freehold Theatre is a Seattle acting studio and theatre that for 20 years has been providing extraordinary theatre and fantastic classes taught by exceptional faculty.  While many of our classes do not begin until April 2012, be sure and sign up now as our classes fill quickly. 

We are privileged to have highly acclaimed artists as faculty including Marya Sea Kaminski, Amy Thone, Annette Toutonghi, Geof Alm, Matt Smith and many more.  We offer classes for both the absolute beginner as well as the advanced student.

There is truly something for everyone this quarter! 

Here is our complete list of our great Spring 2012 offerings …

Step I: Intro to Acting with Sarah Harlett

Step I: Intro to Acting with Meg McLynn

Step II: Acting with Text with Stefan Enriquez

Step III: Basic Scene Study with Timothy Piggee and Jacqueline Moscou

Advanced Scene Study with Tyler Polumsky

Improv with Matt Smith

Playwriting I: Exploring the Craft with Dickey Nesenger

Playwriting III: Going the Distance with Elizabeth Heffron

Public Speaking with Gin Hammond

Singing for Actors with Anna Boynton

Stage Combat with Geof Alm

Voice with Gin Hammond

Meisner: Text with Robin Lynn Smith

Registration is available online at:

 http://www.freeholdtheatre.org/spring-acting-classes-now-open-registration

or by calling us at (206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Freehold Theatre

2222 2

nd Avenue, Suite 200

Seattle, WA  98121

(206) 323-7499

Beginning Acting Classes at Freehold

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio, located in Belltown, offers a range of extraordinary acting classes including beginning acting classes.  For over 20 years, Freehold has offered year round acting classes all taught by working professional actors, directors and playwrights.  If you are looking for exceptional training in a supportive atmosphere, Freehold is the place.

Step I: Intro to Acting with Meg McLynn

At Freehold, we believe that acting is a process that can be learned and practiced by anyone at any age. In the Intro class, you develop fundamental acting tools: playing an action, living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and working with a partner. No matter your experience, you learn acting in an exciting and safe environment. This is the first class in our three-step acting progression, introducing you to a vocabulary and approach that will be the basis of Step II: Acting with Text and Step III: Basic Scene Study.

January 29 – March 25
Sundays, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
$390 Discounted
$445 Full Price
Tuition based on household income

For more information:  https://www.freeholdtheatre.org/civicrm/event/info?id=92&reset=1

Meg McLynn is an actor and singer who has travelled to all 50 states and performed in many of them.  Favorite roles include Miss Julie, Medea, Masha (Three Sisters),  Celia (As You Like It), and Deborah (A Kind of Alaska).  New York credits include Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio, The Mint, Theatre for a New City, Saltbox Theatre Workshop and others.  Locally, Meg has been seen at Tacoma Actor’s Guild, Consolidated Works, Theater Schmeater, Theatre Off Jackson, The Bathhouse, plus she has originated roles in the musicals “We Are NOT Good Girls” and “Diana Moves” as well as several productions with EXITheatre.  She was also a member of Seattle Women in Rhythm & Blues.  As a teaching artist, Meg spent seasons working with Open Door, Idaho Shakespeare, and Living Voices, with whom she also worked as New York Associate Director.  She has assisted with voice training at Columbia Business School and World Leaders Forum.  Meg studied voice and speech for 7 years under Kristin Linklater, and she also studied at Columbia University with Anne Bogart and members of SITI Company, Andrei Serban, Niky and Ulla Wolzc, and Larry Singer.  

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA   98121
(206) 323-7499 

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program-”We Are Tomorrow’s Today” with the Detention All-Stars

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio is excited to announce two FREE performances by youth entitled “We Are Tomorrow’s Today” with the Detention All-Stars at Washington Hall on December 10 as part of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program.  This performance is the culmination of a residency funded through a Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant targeting you involved in or at risk of involvement in violence. Janet, one of our residency students who will be performing on December 10 told us that for her “Being on stage is freedom of speech, being brave and being humble…all eyes on me. It takes time and dedication for me to be on stage in front of all you. It is my time and I will get a point across.

For over two months, 5 teenagers from different areas of Seattle have been working alongside Freehold Teaching Artists Daemond Arrindell and Carter Rodriquez, and have opened themselves up in ways they never have before. Through writing exercises they have created over 70 pages of text – all their own words. The movement and performance exercises they have been led through have helped to breathe possibility and even more meaning into their words both as individuals and as a collective. The performance will be a mixture of poetry, theater, and music in both solo and ensemble pieces.  The cast includes students from Washington Middle School, Chief Sealth, Rainier Beach and Garfield High Schools.

The value of this work is profound. Program participants, often guarded at first, come alive to participate, collaborate, and trust their individual contributions, discovering the power of their unique voice and the depth of their imagination. With Engaged Theatre, the act of creating dialogue through drama is truly transformational for both audience and artist. The impact is undeniable. Social service providers tell us they are amazed at the changes they see in individuals who participate in the Engaged Theatre program. We consistently see and hear how participants and audience members develop tools of greater empathy to transcend their judgments and assumptions, engaging in a new level of understanding.

Teaching Artist Daemond Arrindell noted the importance of this work when he said:

“These 5 amazing young people have given themselves over to us blindly, not knowing what they were really getting themselves into, but knowing that they would have an opportunity to perform in front of others and to have their very own words be the focus. The courage they have shown in allowing themselves to be so vulnerable is astounding. And the trust they have shown not just the facilitators but also to each other and to themselves is awe-inspiring – a testament to their character.  It is not a rare thing to see young people perform. But it IS rare to see them performing their OWN words. And in this case, poetry says things that they would not be able to say otherwise because of the immensity or complexity of their experience. But through metaphor and allegory and persona, the youth have been able to tackle the incredibly difficult question, “Who are you, really?”, a question that is essential to growing up and one that should be asked at many junctures in our lives. It is this self-examination that the youth in this show undergo in very poignant, powerful and at times, painful but always honest ways.”

The hour-long performance includes a Question and Answer session with the performers and the teaching artists facilitating the program. These performances are a unique opportunity for the youth to share their stories and for the community to recognize their voices.  We look forward to sharing this memorable event with our community.

Public performances of “We Are Tomorrow’s Today” with the Detention All-Stars, an original performance by youth:

Date:  Saturday, December 10, 4:00 and 7:00 pm,
Location:  Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue, Seattle, 98122

Tickets:  Free (donations accepted). RSVP appreciated but not required: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/213391
More information about Freehold: www.freeholdtheatre.org
Cast includes students from Washington Middle School, Chief Sealth, Rainier Beach, and Garfield High School.

Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program is funded in part by: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, City of Issaquah Arts Commission, and Horizons Foundation.

Daemond Arrindell

Mr. Arrindell is the 5-time coach of the Seattle National Poetry Slam Team, currently ranked 6th in the nation. He is a workshop facilitator, community organizer, advocate and poet. He is also Slam Master of Seattle and producer of the longest running weekly show in Seattle – the Seattle Poetry Slam. He was nominated in 2008 for Poet Populist of the City of Seattle. He is an Associate Partner at Freehold, teaches Spoken Word and Performance Poetry at Freehold, and is a teaching artist for Freehold’s Engaged Theatre residencies at Monroe Correctional Facility and Echo Glen Juvenile Detention. Daemond Arrindell is a resident of Beacon Hill.

Carter Rodriquez

Mr. Rodriquez is an actor, musician, and visual artist based in Seattle. He has performed with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Center, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The New Amerikan Theatre, Edge Theatre Ensemble, and The Community Theatre. He was an actor in the 2009 Engaged Theatre tour of Shakespeare’s Othello. Carter is a teaching artist for Freehold’s Engaged Theatre residencies at Monroe Correctional Facility and Echo Glen Juvenile Detention. Carter Rodriquez is a resident of the Central District.

About Freehold’s Engaged Theatre Program

Eight years ago, recognizing an opportunity to connect more deeply with our community, Robin Lynn Smith created the Engaged Theatre program. This innovative and unrivaled program engages our community through theatre.

The work of Engaged Theatre calls on us to be more courageous and honest in our art. Making our work radically accessible poses certain artistic challenges that result in the expansion of the traditional boundaries of performance and practice. We believe that theatre has a more lasting impact when artist and audience come together to share a new experience; great stories can be the catalyst for generating meaningful inquiry around life’s largest issues, and we encourage engagement and discourse at every level. This philosophy extends out into the world around us as we seek to build authentic relationships through active involvement. For example, the Engaged Theatre program connects Freehold to a variety of communities, including Harborview Trauma Center, Washington Correctional Center for Women, and Echo Glen Children’s Center.  In addition to a summer tour of a Shakespeare production which we tour to our unique partner organizations, we also have run theatre residency programs at Washington Corrections Center for Women for seven years, Monroe Correctional Facility for four years, and Echo Glen Children’s Center for two years. Our residency programs are led by professional artists, and culminate in a public performance in which participants are able to share their work. In each residency an original script is written and performed by the participants.

About Freehold

Since 1991, Freehold has been a highly acclaimed center for the practice of theatre. Our Studio provides a place for actors, from inspired novices to working professionals, to train. Freehold engages an exclusive faculty of independent professional artists. Our Theatre Lab provides a forum for mature artists to research and develop new work and to re-interpret classics.

“Life Lessons” by Malachy Sreenan

Posted on May 26, 2011

I thought some of our Belltown neighbors would be interested in hearing from some of Freehold’s students and their experiences in our classes.  Malachy Sreenan writes an insightful piece on the life lessons he’s learned as a student at Freehold.  He begins:

Life Lessons by Malachy Sreenan

You don’t always know or appreciate how much someone or something means to you until you wake up one day and can’t imagine your life without them. Likewise, you don’t always realize when embarking on a new project or adventure that it will wind up filling a need or void in your life that you scarcely realized existed. These are just two of the important life lessons that I have learned over the last couple of years attending classes at, and working with faculty and peers at Freehold Theatre.  

The rest of the article can be found here: http://freeholdtheatre.blogspot.com/2011/05/life-lessons-by-malachy-sreenan.html

Here are our Summer Class offerings:  

Step I: Intro to Acting with Annette Toutonghi

Step II: Acting with Text with Sarah Harlett

Step III: Basic Scene Study with Sarah Harlett

Acting for the Camera with John Jacobsen

Advanced Clown with George Lewis  

Alexander Technique Intensive with Cathy Madden  

Business of Theatre by Carol Roscoe 

Movement Intensive with George Lewis

Rehearsal and Performance with George Lewis 

Shakespeare Intensive with Amy Thone

Spoken Word and Performance Poetry with Daemond Arrindell 

Playwriting I with Dickey Nesenger   

New Play Lab with Elizabeth Heffron  

Voice Over Workshop with Gin Hammond   

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE … 

5% early bird registration discount ends Friday, May 27th 

 TO REGISTER for these classes: http://www.freeholdtheatre.org/studio

or (206) 323-7499

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