Training has been the heart of Double Edge’s creative process since its founding by Stacy Klein in 1982. Klein’s deep research into the role of actors’ training in performance creation began with her long term mentorship by Rena Mirecka, founding actor of Grotowski’s Teatr Laboratorium. Since its beginnings, Klein and the Ensemble have rooted Training in physical metaphor creation including partner dialogue, large objects/aerial flight, energy sources, image, actors’ dramaturgy, alongside vocal and music training and attention to necessary skills. The Double Edge Ensemble members, individually and as a whole, have continually developed and evolved training practices over the theatre’s thirty-seven year history. The unique, holistic methodology engages the artist’s full potential – physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative – to drive individual exploration, ensemble collaboration, and performance creation.
Upcoming Training Programs
Double Edge Theatre offers Training Immersion and Intensive programs on-site at the Farm, directed by ensemble member Jeremy Louise Eaton, as well as single workshops and longer residencies and off-site. These trainings are held at universities, and in conjunction with performances, at high schools, theaters, and community venues.
Training programs and workshops contain the following elements:
Physical training involving a total body experience including running, partner work, and work with large objects. Although vigorous, the process allows any participant to fully engage.
Improvisation, which is a combination of individual creation and group work. Improvisation allows participants to build a world of the imagination, and includes work with large objects, music, art, video, and other elements.
Etudes and Presentations, created from the improvisation and individual work; scenes are created and built using music, art, video, dance, and character to create a unified piece. The goal is to translate training a into devised work process.
Scholarships are available for all training programs through the Uriona-Klein International and Latinx Training Fund, the Vidya Ramanan and Visalakshi Naranan Fund, and the Supporting Black & Native Lives Scholarship Fund. More Info >>
Questions? Contact us: Email or Phone: 413 628 0277