So There You Are Again

Well. Here we are. The 2010 season is over. We’ve had time to rest and recharge.(Although you never really rest.)

Now we’re gearing up for 2011. This year we’ll build on last year and also throw some new things into the mix. We’ll be talking about that later.

But for now, here’s a quick announcement: Janus Theatre will be offering a workshop on April 16 at the Elgin Art Showcase. This will be led by Terry Domschke, one of the co-founders of the company. There’s more information on Facebook.

One of the goals for Janus years ago was learning. We’ve never strictly been about putting on a show. In fact, that is the least interesting thing about what we do. We like to explore. This can be the text of the play, the ideas behind it, and what makes good acting and directing. Years ago, I was pretty dogmatic about all of this. Then I noticed people would politely avoid me. Now, I’ve become much more subtle. It’s about the little things we do that make the biggest changes. Forget the grand gesture for the moment.

Terry has been an inspiration since the first day I met him in 1995. Open and warm, critical but highly supportive, he’s always been a student of the game of theater. 

What’s more, he’s been around. He’s worked with some fascinating people and has learned much in his travels throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. We’ve held workshops before, and this year we want to get back into that habit. This could only benefit actors that work throughout the suburbs. The truth is, there really isn’t much adult training going on unless you want to go to Second City.

What we’re providing is an opportunity for local actors to go beyond themselves and possibly learn something new that frees them of their own clichés and tricks. It’s about furthering the understanding of what an actor does and how they can grow. Too many times, we find ourselves settling for what we already know and refuse to develop beyond that point. The workshops coming in 2011 will provide everyone who attends them a chance to grow deeper in their art.

Okay, enough of the heavytones. Other reasons to attend a workshop is the building community and having fun. How many times do you find yourself rehearsing a show and there is no time to really dig into the work. There’s always the pressure to produce the show. Now there will be sometime to explore the possibilities and get to know the people you are working with.

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