Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process

ISBN-10: 0325003114

ISBN-13: 9780325003115

Edition: 2001

Authors: Sheila Kerrigan

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Visit Sheila Kerrigan's website at ! The performing arts are collaborative by nature, and more and more groups of performers want to create together, as an ensemble. This book demystifies the collaborative creative process and gives performers and directors practical tools and information to work happily and efficiently in the creation of original work. Starting with how to come up with an idea for a piece, The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process walks readers through various ways to research, generate, shape, and organize material as well as a simple process to keep moving forward with the work. The second half of the book is about working in groups: how to create safety, build trust, share power, make decisions openly, and communicate - including skillful communication, constructive critique, and peaceful conflict resolution.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Sheila Kerrigan is a performer, director, author, and teacher who works in schools, with at-risk youth, and in community settings. As co-director of TOUCH Mime Theater for 17 years, she toured the eastern US, performing and conducting residencies and workshops. With TOUCH she collaboratively created twenty original performances. She has conducted residencies for arts councils and universities, performed and taught in prisons, juvenile detention centers, hospitals, in corporate settings, street festivals, and on television. She has directed original plays for Jelly Educational Theater, a professional, adult company that performs issue-oriented plays for children. She has developed curricula that use mime and theater games to teach fundamental life skills like cooperation (leading and following) communication (focusing, seeing, listening, self-awareness and responding) creative thinking and collaboration. While researching for The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process, she interviewed over seventy creative collaborators and studied group facilitation, mediation, and conflict resolution. She has developed a theater-based curriculum around these skills. She holds a certificate in conflict management from the Center for Peace Education. She is a member of Alternate ROOTS, and serves on the ROOTS Resources for Social Change Training Team.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Creative Processes
Getting Started: How to Get an Idea for a Performance Piece
The Next Step: How to Generate Material About Your Idea and How to Begin to Shape It
Deepening the Work: The One-Element-at-a-Time Creative Process
Organizing Your Material, Getting Stuck, and Cutting
Collaborative Processes
Structuring Safety, Time, Power, and Decision Making
Group Dynamics: What We Need in Groups, Ways We Get Power, Roles We Play, How Groups Behave
Communicating Well in Groups: Peaceful Communication, Constructive Critiques, Conflict Resolution
Games and Exercises
People I Interviewed
Bibliography
Index
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