CPT Accepting Applications for Raymond Bobgan's Theatre Creation Class

Theatre Creation Class, FALL 2013
Taught by Raymond Bobgan

Deadline for application is August 20th 2013

Theatre Creation Class (10 weeks) is for directors, writers, designers and actors, who wish to explore the rigors of leading the creation of original performances. In this class everyone will direct and everyone will write. Participants will also be paired to collaborate on some assignments. The class will not follow a conventional curriculum and will evolve throughout the process. The class will culminate with the presentation of short (6-12 minute) scenes that may potentially be included in CPT's full production: Air Waves: Part 3 of the Elements Cycle.

Director/Creator Raymond Bobgan's work centers on collaborating with performers to create performance. Deep work with actors on the creation of physical, mental and emotional scores, montage of these scores with original text, layering of various elements, song creation, storytelling, and the moving of objects to transform space are all hallmarks of his unique approach to theatre. Raymond will also share techniques for engaging people in making and writing story.

The class will meet on Saturdays from September 28, 2013 - December 14, 2013 (no class on Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving holiday). The class will be held 10am to 1pm. Students may only miss one class and must make up work for that class. This is a working classroom environment and students will be expected to cast, create, and rehearse 4 scenes for in-class presentation. CPT space may be available to students for class work on a limited basis.

We are seeking a class with diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Class is limited and enrollment will be based on an application process.

The fee for the class is $750. CPT will accept up to 1/2 of this fee to be paid in "sweat-equity" volunteer work.

Raymond is now in his eighth year as CPT's Executive Artistic Director. He was the founding Artistic Director of Wishhounds (aka Theatre Labyrinth) and has directed and collaboratively conceived and created more than thirty new theatrical works. Raymond's theatrical work seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada and featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford's book Grotowski's Objective Drama Research. He was an inaugural Creative Workforce Fellow of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, funded by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and an alumnus of Theatre Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trust's National Theatre Artist Residency Program and the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors. Recent creations include: Rusted Heart Broadcast, Year 25 Vigil with Karin Randoja for Humber College at Theatre Passe Murraille (Toronto), Insomnia with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert, Cut to Pieces with Chris Seibert and Open Mind Firmament: An Evening of William Butler Yeats. Raymond is also known for his reinterpretations of classics including Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Skin of Our Teeth, and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. In 1994, Bobgan initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program, a job training program that engages at-risk youth in writing, producing and performing new plays. Raymond was the premiere director of CPT's Y-Haven Theatre Project.

Click here for the Theatre Creation Class Application