Motion Theater: Improvisational Theater from the Stories of Your Life

Presented by: Nina Wise

To be held online over Zoom:

An original form of autobiographical improvisation, Motion Theater® is simultaneously performance art and a refreshingly uplifting practice in developing presence. Created by award-winning Bay Area performer Nina Wise, Motion is a playful, mindful form of self-expression which transforms your craft as an artist.

In a Motion Theater class, you’ll learn to tell your stories on your feet, utilizing language, sound and movement as your tools of expression.

In each workshop you’ll:

• Warm up and free up your body and voice
• Move in response to your inner impulses
• Play theater games that open you up and generate creativity and well-being
• Hone your writing and storytelling skills
• Embody your personal narrative
• Leave with skills that will impact your acting, auditions, writing, and general well being

Motion Theater practices are designed to raise your spirits, inspire personal insight, enhance self-confidence and develop presence and craft as a leader or performer.

Online Teaching Statement from Nina Wise:
“Due to the pandemic and restrictions on gathering in person together, I have converted my workshops to an online format. I am continuing to discover ways to use Zoom to support all of the aspects of teaching Motion Theater. I am able to lead a physical and vocal warm up and give precise feedback to each student. We engage in movement practices together while in the comfort of our own homes. We move into break out rooms in groups of 2 or 3 to practice the fundamental building block exercises of Motion Theater (this has been surprisingly fun). And then we do solo performances. The performances my students have been doing in their living rooms or studio apartments, kitchens and balconies have been very funny, deeply moving, surprisingly intimate and wildly entertaining. Because the work is autobiographical and based on one’s immediate experience, we’ve found a way to process and express the current narratives of our lives in a way that is both therapeutic and artful. While I look forward to being together again, in person, I am delighted to have this way of working while staying safe.”

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.