MasterClass : Getting My New Play to Fly! by Philip Himberg
Zoukak Sidewalks 2018 - The Festival presents:
Getting My New Play to Fly
Wednesday 7 November 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lebanese University, Theatre Department, Furn el Chebbak.
How a new play gets stronger and more resonant during a developmental residency
For theatre-makers who are new to Sundance Institute
This Intensive will be filmed
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Morning Session
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM | Lunch
12:45 PM - 3:00 PM | Afternoon Session
This intensive is for theatre-makers who want to deepen their knowledge of the play development process. We will focus on how to most effectively use Sundance play development opportunities, how to create strategies that will enable the theatre artist to get meaningful work done, as well as how to deepen and intensify your story. We will explore how to stay open and unafraid, how to interrogate your project and remember the animating impulse of how it came to be. We will also explore how to receive and filter feedback from advisors and colleagues, and how to most meaningfully collaborate with performers. Emphasis will be on identifying helpful goals while practicing courage and flexibility.
Invited artists will be asked to send a description of their working process and how they think this Intensive may help them develop their new works and careers as theatre-makers. Lunch will be served.
Philip Himberg is currently in his 21st season as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Under his aegis, since 1997, Sundance has shepherded hundreds of plays by emerging and established American playwrights that have subsequently been produced across the US, on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional theaters, as well as internationally. Many of these plays have won Tony and Obie Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. He initiated the Sundance Institute East Africa Initiative which for over 15 years supported theatre makers in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as residency labs in Africa each year.
Two new initiatives began in 2013: the Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, and a burgeoning cultural exchange with Arab playwrights in North Africa and the Middle East.
He was co-artistic director of Playwrights Horizons in New York, in the theatre's most formative years. He is a recipient of the Theatre Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts Artistic Fellowship. He was Staff Producer for the Mark Taper Forum's Improvisational Theatre Project (I.T.P.), a resident touring ensemble that created and performed new work for young audiences.
In addition, Himberg holds a degree as a doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1985.
Zoukak Sidewalks – The festival 2018 is supported by: Drosos Foundation, AFAC – Arab Fund for Art and Culture, the Sundance Institute, the Goethe Institute, the British Council, the French Institute – Paris, the French Institute – Lebanon, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Beirut Office, Salon Du Livre Francophone.