The San Francisco Mime Troupe offers a nine week workshop to 20 talented people from around the world. Typically workshops run from the end of June to mid/end of August. The Summer Workshop's main focus is on developing an original ensemble-created political play. The curriculum will also include Commedia dell'Arte, American Melodrama traditions, use trust-building and improvisation exercises to form ensembles, and finish by presenting a play(s) in our style.
Applicants must pay a $25 application fee and upon acceptance into the Summer Workshop participants will be required to immediately pay a non-refundable $50 materials fee to cover workshop expenses AND a deposit of $50 which will be returned upon completion of the workshop. No additional money changes hands. Instead we have set up a work exchange program.
We want committed radical theater makers to spend the summer with us, not only learning our acting and writing style, but working with us in the trenches, setting up and striking our stage on the show days and postering and flyering in advance of shows. For every hour of class, there's an hour in the trenches. This is a sixteen-hour-per-week commitment and some of that time is bound to occur on weekends. It's important that this arrangement is clearly understood because the labor that you provide as a workshopper is very crucial to the success of our summer park tour. If anyone fails to keep up their end of the bargain they will loose their deposit and be asked to leave the workshop.
NEW: Participants may now opt out of the full work exchange and pay $950 for the workshop classes! This is a great option for people who have full time jobs and demanding work schedules. Paying participants will still be required to work at least one full park day approximately 8 hours long. A non refundable down payment of $100 will be due upon acceptance into the program and the remaining, non refundable, $850 will be due one week prior to the start of the workshop.
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