OVERCOMING CREATIVE BLOCK
a 6-week series
Photo credit: Caro Ibrahim, 2017
Date: Sundays | April 30, May 7, 21, 28, June 4, 11
(Please note there is no class on May 14)
Location: Six Degrees Movement Studio
Cost: $300+HST for the 6-week series (i.e. $20/hour)
The two spots for a lower rate are already taken.
Please note we need 6 people to pay $300+HST and 2 people to pay the lower rate in order to run the group.
In this group, Audrey will be addressing our relationship to our work ethic, our creative work histories and how they inform our practice. She will also be addressing our relationship with criticism, work versus play, our definition of success and the habits that hold us back. She will offer exercises based on what you need, how you work and your personal goals. She will be addressing what prevents us from starting or continuing projects and how to move through those walls. We will come up with work plans and methods to generate work. She will offer different ways to approach creativity that will help inspire you.This series is for those who wouldn’t describe themselves as creative. It’s for those who want to create some space to begin projects. This series is also for writers, poets, choreographers, painters, visual artists, photographers – anyone who is feeling stuck.
Creative Block is when one can’t access one’s internal creativity. It can show up in our lives in many forms. Perfectionism, procrastination and self-doubt are a few examples of how Creative Block appears in our lives.
In this six-week series, we will be identifying what has got you stuck, why it happens, when it happens, and how to recognize it in it’s earliest stages. Audrey will give you specific tools (based on your learning style and the creative work that you’re doing) to overcome it. This series will help you stay committed to your practice and complete your goals. We will also spend time understanding where Creative Block comes from, how it helps us and guides us to precision and sharpness within our work. Each session will begin with a physical and mental warm up.
Audrey Dwyer has been working in theatre and film for nearly twenty years as an actor, writer, director and dramaturge.Recent theatre work includes Young People’s Theatre’s One Thing Leads to Another (Dora Awards – Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble), The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Good People, thirsty at Canada’s National Theatre in Ottawa, Mirvish/Studio 180’s Clybourne Park and The Overwhelming, Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park – The Tempest, Obsidian Theatre’s Black Medea, Mirvish/RMTC’s Medea, Patty’s Cake (Dora Award – Outstanding Children’s Production) and Second City’s Touring Company.Her first short film, The Cupcake, won Best Story at Ottawa’s Digi60 Festival. Her first full-length play called Calpurnia was read at Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal in May 2016. She was a member of the Obsidian Theatre Writer’s Unit (2012), then their Development Unit (2013) and then became their Playwright in Residence (2014). Calpurnia was well received at Nightwood Theatre’s New Groundswell Festival in 2014. Calpurnia was selected to be on a list of 49 Groundbreaking Plays written by Women of Color, called “The 49”. This list was presented by fu-GEN Theatre at the Walk the Walk: National Festival of Asian Canadian Women in June 2016. Calpurnia will be produced in 2018. She is working on a libretto about Charlie Christian, one of America’s most famous electric guitarists. In 2015, she won the Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre.Audrey has always had a deep appreciation and respect for the world of dance. She studied African and Caribbean dance during her childhood and teen years and applies this sensitivity when working with members of the dance community. From 2004 to 2013, she was the Resident Dramaturge and Process Director for Anandam Dance Theatre.Audrey is a highly sought after dramaturge. Her acting, dance and improvisation skills allow her to bring a thorough eye to new creation development. She is continually asked to work with aerial artists and dancers across Toronto due to her skill of bringing character development and story creation to movement pieces in order to give dancers an edge in their work.Audrey has been working dramaturgically with companies such as Canadian Stage, Factory Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Roseneath Theatre, Second City, Studio 180 and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.In 2008, she was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. She is the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Theatre. She graduated from The National Theatre School in 2001.