WORKSHOPS

Acting With Disabilities

With Mickey Rowe and Annie Jankovic

AGES: 11+

DATES: Thursday, July 15 (4-5:30pm)

LOCATION: Outside at Green Lake park (exact location to follow)

Join Actors Mickey Rowe and Annie Jankovic for an interactive discussion of the challenges and joys of acting with disabilities, what access looks like in the theater, and tangible steps all theater-makers can take to create more inclusive, diverse, and vibrant theater.

Mickey (he/him) was the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has also appeared as the title role in the Tony Award-winning play Amadeus and more. Mickey has been featured in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, PBS, Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Forbes, and has keynoted at organizations including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, Yale, Disability Rights Washington, The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, the DAC of the South Korean government, and more. Mickey was the founding Artistic Director of National Disability Theatre, which works in partnership with Tony Award-winning companies such as La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He is the Author of Fearlessly Different – In bookstores everywhere March 2022.

Annie (she/her) is the Accessibility Coordinator for Sound Theater Company, a Seattle-based theater leading the way in Radical Accessibility. She got her BFA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, and has been working for Sound since 2019. In that time, she has advised on shows, presented panels with groups around the Pacific Northwest, created accommodations for productions, and continues to grow the materials available to Sound in the quest towards disability justice. Annie is a multiply disabled theatre artist, and loves having the opportunity to work towards a more just world for artists like herself.

Check out this great resource list on (Re)Imagining Accessible Theater from Seattle Public Library! 

with Annika Pritchard

Summer Improv

AGES: 13-19
DATE: Tuesdays, July 6th – 27th from 4:30pm – 6pm

Get back in the swing of in-person interactions ​with some comedy and collaboration!​ ​ Practice your “Yes, and…” skills while developing ​stories​ and creating characters that have never existed before. Improv help​s​ train your brain to think outside the box, go with the flow, and trust your instincts both on stage and in life. ​Shake off the virtual world with some real-time fun and teamwork! No experience necessary, all experience welcome.

With Mickey Rowe and Annie Jankovic

Acting With Disabilities

AGES: 11+

DATES: Thursday, July 15 (4-5:30pm)

LOCATION: Outside at Green Lake park (exact location to follow)

Join Actors Mickey Rowe and Annie Jankovic for an interactive discussion of the challenges and joys of acting with disabilities, what access looks like in the theater, and tangible steps all theater-makers can take to create more inclusive, diverse, and vibrant theater.

Mickey (he/him) was the first autistic actor to play Christopher Boone, the lead role in the Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has also appeared as the title role in the Tony Award-winning play Amadeus and more. Mickey has been featured in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, PBS, Vogue, Playbill, NPR, CNN, Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, Forbes, and has keynoted at organizations including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Kennedy Center, Yale, Disability Rights Washington, The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, the DAC of the South Korean government, and more. Mickey was the founding Artistic Director of National Disability Theatre, which works in partnership with Tony Award-winning companies such as La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He is the Author of Fearlessly Different – In bookstores everywhere March 2022.

Annie (she/her) is the Accessibility Coordinator for Sound Theater Company, a Seattle-based theater leading the way in Radical Accessibility. She got her BFA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, and has been working for Sound since 2019. In that time, she has advised on shows, presented panels with groups around the Pacific Northwest, created accommodations for productions, and continues to grow the materials available to Sound in the quest towards disability justice. Annie is a multiply disabled theatre artist, and loves having the opportunity to work towards a more just world for artists like herself.

Check out this great resource list on (Re)Imagining Accessible Theater from Seattle Public Library! 

Play and Director Submissions

Application questions:

  • Where are you in this process? Are you wanting to work with the production to continue to revise and shape the script?
  • How involved in the rehearsal process do you want to be? What is your ideal time frame for production?

Application Questions:

  • Why do you want to direct?
  • What directing experience have you had?
  • What do your favorite directors do that you aspire to emulate?
  • What have you seen directors do that you aspire never to do yourself?

Script – or script sample (if interested in writing a commission)

Application questions:

  • Where are you in this process? Are you wanting to work with the production to continue to revise and shape the script?
  • How involved in the rehearsal process do you want to be? What is your ideal time frame for production?
  • What opportunities are you hungry for in your career? How could Penguin help you get there?
  • Why is Penguin a good fit for you as an artist?
  • What kind of production do you envision for this proposal? Staged reading, virtual zoom theater, outdoor, indoor, black box, fully produced, etc?

Application Questions:

  • ​A few titles you are passionate about OR, your idea for a devised/co-created piece
  • How does this piece develop Penguin’s community?
  • What are the production requirements? What’s your ideal schedule? Could it work in a virtual or outdoor space? Why or why not?
  • Resume. And – what’s missing from your resume? What is valuable experience you’ve had that doesn’t translate?  

Play and Director Submissions

Application questions:

  • Where are you in this process? Are you wanting to work with the production to continue to revise and shape the script?
  • How involved in the rehearsal process do you want to be? What is your ideal time frame for production?

Application Questions:

  • Why do you want to direct?
  • What directing experience have you had?
  • What do your favorite directors do that you aspire to emulate?
  • What have you seen directors do that you aspire never to do yourself?

Script – or script sample (if interested in writing a commission)

Application questions:

  • Where are you in this process? Are you wanting to work with the production to continue to revise and shape the script?
  • How involved in the rehearsal process do you want to be? What is your ideal time frame for production?
  • What opportunities are you hungry for in your career? How could Penguin help you get there?
  • Why is Penguin a good fit for you as an artist?
  • What kind of production do you envision for this proposal? Staged reading, virtual zoom theater, outdoor, indoor, black box, fully produced, etc?

Application Questions:

  • ​A few titles you are passionate about OR, your idea for a devised/co-created piece
  • How does this piece develop Penguin’s community?
  • What are the production requirements? What’s your ideal schedule? Could it work in a virtual or outdoor space? Why or why not?
  • Resume. And – what’s missing from your resume? What is valuable experience you’ve had that doesn’t translate?  

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