02/01 Is Poetry Theatre? with reg e gaines
Is Poetry Theater? is a Language Arts based workshop, which assists poets, spoken word artists and Mc’s, who wish to make their words more accessible to traditional theater audiences. Using poetry/ theater hybrids such as, Danny Hoch’s, Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop, Def Poetry on Broadway, Bring in da Noise/ Bring in da Funk, and The Last Celebrity, as source material, reg e gaines explores subtle ways to to sharpen public speaking technique. Workshops concentrate on deconstruction of text, the process of editing, and creating writing which directs the performance. John Barton’s Shakespeare Sessions are frequently referenced to help writers understanding the use of monosyllables, reading/ writing verse, and how contradiction is the foundation of character. Devices such as, Subordination of Verbal Measures to Tonal Considerations, (stretching vowel sounds) Musicality of Poetry, (making word songs) and Conveying Complicated Emotions Through Movement, (word dance) keep the workshops fast paced, fresh, and invigorating. Is Poetry Theater is beneficial to artists who want their words to have significant impact and leave lasting impressions on audiences.
Stick around after class for a reading with reg e at 6pm.
reg e gaines has facilitated his popular, “Is Poetry Theater?” workshops during various residencies including, The University of Southern California, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Windward School, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Voz Alta Project Gallery, The World Stage, Beyond Baroque, Farleigh Dickinson University, Rosa Parks Performing Arts Academy, Passaic County Community College, Montclair Public Library, and Scratch DJ Academy, which he co-founded with Jam Master Jay and Rob Principe.