Shea founded and led Playing with Reality, a New York-based interactive performance company that gave ordinary audience members the power to be the stars of their own fictional play. Each story was created on the spot, and a world was developed around the star to play how they want and to fight for what, and who, they cared about. He has led workshops in naturalistic improvisation, storytelling, and interactive techniques for actors and non-actors alike. Shea’s unique style of interactive performance derived from the works of Jeff Wirth, whose aim is to remind adults of the power of play.
Interactive Workshops for Non-actors
Interactive Techniques for Actors
"Just Be" Acting & Naturalistic Improvisation for Actors
Elyzabeth is a theater director trained in Viewpoints and Boal techniques and a focus on classical theater. In addition to dozens of New York productions and script development workshops based on Viewpoints and Boal, she ran workshops with improv actors to help strengthen group dynamic and improve ensemble storytelling. Her love of Shakespeare brought her to research at the Folger Library, guest lecture at New York University, and earned the Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Directors. Elyzabeth’s favorite workshop, however, was with the congregants of St. Paul Community Baptist Church in East New York, as they prepared for the MAAFA, a performance to mark the experience of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Viewpoints for Non-actors
Viewpoints for Improvisers
Viewpoints in Rehearsals
Viewpoints for Actors
Whether it’s a presentation for colleagues or a toast in a crowded hall, there are a few simple things you can do to communicate more clearly. This workshop goes through physical grounding, vocal support, and idea projection to help participants communicate clearly to a crowd. This workshop is designed for business professionals and non-actors.