EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: FOR ADULTS

Shakespeare Aloud!

The reading group for all Shakespeare lovers—not just actors! At Shakespeare Aloud! we read an entire play aloud (approximately one act each week), stopping to talk about images, characters, story line, ideas and experiences related to the play, or anything we find interesting. Open to all ages. $5 per session, 5-7 p.m. every Sunday, no reservations required. First United Methodist Church Family Annex at 13th Street and Lavaca Street. For more information, contact Jill Swanson at swan@austinshakespeare.org.

Summer Playwriting Class

Inspired by the continuing need to foster creativity during challenging times, Austin Shakespeare is offering a summer playwriting class. The four-week online class begins Thursday, August 20, and is available by contacting info@AustinShakespeare.org

The class is taught by Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella and culminates in an online showcase featuring professional actors performing dialogue from the scenes created during the class. “Each time we’ve offered this class the participants have been able to focus their creativity and deepen their playwriting skills,” Ciccolella said. “It’s a great opportunity for those looking take their writing to the next level.”

With the suspension of live performances continuing  Ciccolella has found this to be a time to focus on creativity. “This is an ideal time to create, expand our skills and get to meet other like-minded folks,” she said.   

Austin-based actress Nancy Eyermann took the class in late spring and was inspired by the boost it gave her confidence. “In an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere, I found myself surrounded by knowledgeable peers who supported my journey,” she said. “I would recommend this class to anyone curious about writing or working on enhancing their writing skills.”

For more details and the Zoom login for the program, contact info@AustinShakespeare.org

ABOUT ANN CICCOLELLA: As a playwright, Ann Ciccolella had full productions of her scripts, Madame X, and Fruits and Vegetables from Austin’s Different Stages, and recently her adaptation of The Odyssey at the Long Center’s Rollins Theater.  A graduate of NYU’s program in Dramatic Literature, and History of Theater, Ann has taught at the Department of Theater and Dance, UT Austin and St Edwards University.

ARTIST'S WAY creative Sessions 12 noon-1 pm Thursdays WITH NEW WEDNESDAY GROUP FORMING!

Want to refresh your creative spirit?  Inspired by the books of Julia Cameron, the group has varied widely from lawyers who write mysteries to musicians.  Each session is distinct so you can drop in for one session or connect for a month at a time.

Now conveniently located in West Lake., join a delightful group of folks facilitated by Ann Ciccolella (Artistic Director).

20 per session or 4 sessions for $60. Contact info@austinshakespeare.org

 

"The most engaging people are attracted to this Artist's Way group, with the aim of connecting to their creativity and to meet like-minded individuals. We know that every person can unlock their creative spirit! So many people long to express it, but procrastinate for a myriad of reasons,” explains facilitator, Ann Ciccolella.

This series will help break down those barriers. Even if you have never done the "Artist’s Way," you will learn to fuel your creativity and do what you have always wanted to do – release the power of your unique voice. If you have done the Artist‘s Way before, this class will serve a renewal of your Morning Pages, Artist's Dates and walking to discover inner passions and fears. Each session will continue activities that help to free yourself from jealousy, guilt and self-sabotage. 

“Being in an actual Artist’s Way group has helped me to move forward at a much faster pace. We meet once a week, just for an hour, and yet it has such a large and positive impact on my life. It is a safe and supportive atmosphere where we share our dreams, our goals, our projects and our process as creatives, and we receive support, inspiration, and affirmation from the rest of the group. It is a nice mix of adults of all ages who are involved in a variety of artistic pursuits at every possible level. From beginners to virtuosos, we all share the same artistic struggles, yet together, we acquire tools for moving through the sludge when we feel stuck. Thank you, Ann, for providing us with this incredible opportunity. I highly recommend it to people in all stages of the creative journey." #austin #austintxc #creative #creativity #creativewriting #artisic #art #artists

 

From one member: “I went on an ‘Artist’s Date’ to see master violinists play Texas Swing, and decided to try it again, having loved it in college and given it up for more “serious” pursuits. Artist’s Way convinced me to dare to be bad at it, and the group support helped me persevere.  You’ll be amazed by what you discover on the Artist’s Way.” 

From another participant now working on writing her third mystery novel: "I have always loved to write and even dreamed of being a writer as a kid, but hadn't written much the past ten years.  Attending the Artist Way classes motivated me to start again and I even joined a writing group.  Through the Artist Way class, the readings and Ann Ciccolella's positive, engaging style, I am shedding the negative self-talk and taking lots of risks in my writing.  A whole new world has opened up for me and I finding that joy again of writing and experimenting with other creative outlets. My life is vastly richer."  

Another newer member: "I have read through The Artist’s Way numerous times, and each time it has enriched me and propelled me forward on my path.  However, being in an actual Artist’s Way group has helped me to move forward at a much faster pace. We meet once a week, just for an hour, and yet it has such a large and positive impact on my life.  It is a safe and supportive atmosphere where we share our dreams, our goals, our projects and our process as creatives, and we receive support, inspiration, and affirmation from the rest of the group.  It is a nice mix of adults of all ages who are involved in a variety of artistic pursuits at every possible level.  From beginners to virtuosos, we all share the same artistic struggles, yet together, we acquire tools for moving through the sludge when we feel stuck.  Thank you, Ann, for providing us with this incredible opportunity.  I feel blessed to be a part of the group, and I highly recommend it to people in all stages of the creative journey. 

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