This exciting workshop for drama teachers and practitioners, led by international artist Becky Baumwoll on 21 February 2023 at Lanternhouse, will focus on mime and physical theatre skills, sharing a different approach to exploring personal narratives, storytelling and analysing body language for performance and nonverbal communication.
She will share the practice and theory behind mime as an entry point for ‘presentness’ and introduce her Unplugged Cinema using staging and cinematic techniques as a collective ensemble through the body. It will be a fun, focused and enlightening dive into building your classroom/rehearsal room culture for movement for all body and neural types. It will also be an invigorating refresher or introduction for those who have never practised the skills.
Joining Becky will be Simon Sharkey, one of the founding directors of the National Theatre of Scotland. Time permitting, they will make space for conversation around the “Teaching Artistry” movement sweeping across the globe.
Becky Baumwoll is an NYC-based artist, educator, and consultant originally from Massachusetts. Becky founded the theatre and education non-profit Broken Box Mime (BKBX) and currently serves as BKBX’s Artistic and Executive Director and BKBX Education co-lead and performing company member. Becky is a multi-talented artist appearing as an actor off-Broadway, a teacher in schools and communities in New York, and a consultant with Arts Action. She supports arts leaders, teachers and teaching artists to strengthen their practice and organisations.
As an educator, Becky develops curriculum with the International Rescue Committee, Arts Ignite, Opera on Tap, and Clowns Without Borders. Becky developed and taught three courses at the College of Performing Arts at The New School: Physical Storytelling, Languages of the Body, and The Whole Human Artist, which explored defining one’s own success in the performing arts field.
Becky is a 2020 BRIClab artist and 2021 NYC Women’s Fund grantee. Her company’s medium of contemporary mime guides her practice, and their vision as a values-led organisation guides her leadership. Becky won a coveted ITAC Innovator Award in 2021.