Arlene Malinowski - Class Descriptions

Are you ready to write? Start that story that won’t leave you alone? Finish those pieces that are sitting in a drawer? Or are you new to the process and want the support of a gifted group around you? Does the thought of writing excite/scare/intimidate/exhilarate you? Maybe you’re you ready to start submitting? Do you want to develop work to read at spoken word events? Are you tired of the words “Someday"?


I love working in collaboration.
You talk. I talk.
We both listen.
We explain. We laugh.
We try something else.
We get confused, maybe frustrated.
We try again.
We challenge. We question.
We hold our heads in our hands so they don’t explode.
We chew gum & Drink coffee
(decaffeinated of course).
We get up on our feet. We rewrite.
We reread. We listen some more.
And then it happens,
we get to the place where we say,
“Yes, that’s it! That works!”


All classes are supportive, fun, life-affirming, learning and sharing environments. They employ writing exercises as well as allocated times for each student to work and get feedback. These sessions are focused on finding your voice and the voice of your story in addition to coaching and developing goals and opportunities for to getting your work into the world.

 

Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend: Fundamentals- August 2017

This "weekend warrior" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. we will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one on one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will focus on solo and storytelling fundamentals: (1) Finding your voice and the voice of the story; (2) Designing the structure; (3) Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship; (4) Character development and writing multiple character scenes; (5) The 14 styles of solo/story pieces; and (6) Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories.

Participants may choose to bring to the first session: 5-7 minutes of a solo show/story, or even just an idea for a one-person show. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!


 

”Write On” Saturday Series Mixed Genre Class

For those working on fiction, nonfiction, solo shows, plays, novels and essays. These are very small classes designed-with a special focus on your project, finding your voice and the voice of the story. Classes are a safe, creative community to grow your work. 5 sessions over 12 week period to allow time develop your material as we go along. The classes are Saturdays 2:00pm until 5:00 pm. Investment: $250.00. All levels but by interview to see if we are a good fit and determine if this is the right class for you.

 

Coaching & One on Ones -

I coach writers from across the country through privates sessions held in my studio or remotely via Skype, I Chat or by phone. This is one of my favorite ways to collaborate with artists at every level from those starting their writing process to those finishing a piece. It is designed to help you clarify your vision and empower you to move to the next level with your work. Students are encouraged to email work ahead of time to give me the opportunity to read and process it before we meet. These sessions are designed around your goals, timelines and intentions. Private coaching is $75.00 per “sloppy hour.” If there is a pre-read on a full script before our session the cost is $50.00. Open to all levels but I like to chat about your project to see if we are a good fit.

 

I encourage you to be in the creative process as you go thru your day; while you wash the dishes or sort laundry or day dream. I encourage you to honor your gifts by writing on a consistent basis. I encourage you to write through your fear, your confusion, your uncertainty and your busy schedule. And to always, always listen for the story.



Solo Show and Storytelling Curriculum at Chicago Dramatists

We here at Chicago Dramatist are committed to helping you progress your work from an idea, to the page and to the stage. We have developed a series of classes to help you launch your writing/performing into the world. They are here to serve you so many of these classes can be taken in any order and multiple times each.

•  Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals class
•  Solo & Story weekend Warrior Class
•  Solo & Story Development Intensive
•  Advanced Page to Stage
•  Solo & Story Producing & Marketing
•  Solo & Story performance skills

Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals Class: January 24 2017

This "weekend warrior" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. we will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one on one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will focus on solo and storytelling fundamentals: (1) Finding your voice and the voice of the story; (2) Designing the structure; (3) Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship; (4) Character development and writing multiple character scenes; (5) The 14 styles of solo/story pieces; and (6) Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories. Participants may choose to bring to the first session: 5-7 minutes of a solo show/story, or even just an idea for a one-person show. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!

 

Telling Our Stories

Everyone has a story and this workshop is designed to develop and explore tools that make your stories accessible and exciting. For new or seasoned storytellers, who want to tell your stories at family dinners, in bars, spoken word events or for public speakers, or performers.

Please bring material to be shared in class. This material is a work in progress- so reading it or just talking through an idea is fine. This class is designed for you- so let me know how I might best serve you and your process.

 

Solo Show & Storytelling Warrior Weekend: Fundamentals

This "weekend warrior" class is designed for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one. we will focus on developing your unique style with class exercises and one on one coaching.

This hands-on workshop will focus on solo and storytelling fundamentals: (1) Finding your voice and the voice of the story; (2) Designing the structure; (3) Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship; (4) Character development and writing multiple character scenes; (5) The 14 styles of solo/story pieces; and (6) Creative and nontraditional use of timelines, plot lines, and stories. Participants may choose to bring to the first session: 5-7 minutes of a solo show/story, or even just an idea for a one-person show. This class is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will work hard and have big fun!

 

Solo Show & Storytelling Development Class April 3 2017- 4 Classes

Workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your piece with the goal being to advance to production readiness. The 6-week class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals. We will write hard and have big fun - I promise. Prerequisite: Fundamental class or permission of instructor

 

Solo show & Storytelling Advanced Page to Stage Class: May 2017

Workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. Each week offers an opportunity to work and develop your piece with the goal being to advance to production readiness. The class offers supportive feedback, structure, and cheerleading. It is designed to serve you and your personal creative goals.
This class consists of:
3 Writing workshops.
1 Performance Skills class.
2 Rehearsal sessions.
Performance and feedback session on stage at Chicago Dramatists Saturday Series.
Prerequisite: Fundamental class or permission of instructor

 

Marketing & Producing your Solo Show or Story Event: December 2017

This class is designed for those who want to self produce a solo show, play or story event.

Marketing and Producing your Show
Guest lecturers and Info from those who have done it and done it well.

•  How to develop strategies for Advertising & Marketing
•   Getting your work from the page to the stage
•  Creating a presence here in Chicago
•  Website, Blog, Twitter, video blogging, FB
•   Best locations, theaters and alternative spaces in Chicago
•  Writing a Press Release & How to get your work Reviewed
•  Putting together a Press- Kit
•  Festivals and Fringe
•  Hiring/using a director
•  Music, Lighting, creating installations, projections
•  Working with a producer, lighting, tech crew etc
•  Getting feedback from friends/family/enemies/audiences
•  How to protect your writing

"The Story Is In The Telling"
Performance Skills for Storytellers. Weekend Intensive. TBA

This hands on workshop will focus on strengthening your unique personal style and developing a presence on stage. (1) Techniques to manipulate the storyteller/audience relationship. (2) Tools for voice mechanics, gestures, and character development. (3) Four point checklist improve your delivery. (4) Strategies for making a story come alive. Through One on One coaching, exercises and “playing around” will you find the style that best serves you and the material to help you deliver an engaging story with confidence whether you want to perform on a stage or tell a good story at Thanksgiving Dinner. We will also discuss the Live Lit scene in Chicago. Everyone is welcome. No experience required – this class is appropriate for new storytellers as well as seasoned writers, performers, stand-ups and solo-artists looking to develop the tools in their backpack. We will have Big Fun!

 

Check list of things to bring:
•  Please bring material to be shared in class. This material is a work in progress- so reading it or just talking through an idea is fine. This class is designed for you- so let me know how I might best serve you and your process. And if you don’t have material to share come anyway, your feedback and support is important. It will also serve to motivate and excite you to get back to the page. Also- If you need to miss a date, let me know head of time and we can arrange a privates session
•  Two copies of your materials- double spaced
•  Stuff you need to write with, your good luck charms if you are so inclined (writers like ball players are a superstitious bunch), Your sense of adventure, an open mind and your spirit of generosity and fun.

 

The Nuts & Bolts of Story & Solo Show

It’s the art of taking your audience through a journey. The sequence of information, emotions and events are the tools that will allow you to manipulate the journey of your story. Each one has a specific function and result. The more tools you have in your backpack the greater your opportunity to tell your story.

 

The Story
•  Finding & developing your unique voice
•  Easy 5 point story structure.
•  Simple ways to develop the arc of the story
•  Specificity & Universality
•  Objectives & Obstacles
•  Don’t tell me- show me!
•  Creating multi sensory Scenes & Using Dialog
•  Stitching a stories together using narrative
•  Exercises to generate & develop ideas/stories
•  Planting seeds. Ways to give the story a filter.
•  Storyteller/audience relationship. Making the audience care.
•  Interweaving stories & plotlines & themes
•  Learn simple process for Construction. Deconstruction & Rewrites.

Characterization
•  Creating & establishing characters
•  Psychology of the characters - their function within the story
•  Types of Narrators & their function
•  Character fingerprints
•  Putting the characters onstage

Interesting Tricks to Dazzle and Delight
•  Story within a story
•  Repeating lines/themes/word plays
•  Historical/cultural/period facts- references
•  Setting up a joke
•  Using Film techniques (Montage, FF, Slo-mo, jumping POV)

The Nuts & Bolts

It’s the art of taking your audience through a journey. The sequence of information, emotions and events are the tools that will allow you to manipulate the journey of your story. Each one has a specific function and result. The more tools you have in your backpack the greater your opportunity to tell your story.

 

•  Building a show piece by piece
•  Working from the page to the stage
•  Specificity and Universality
•  Show me- don’t tell me
•  How to setting up a joke
•  Truth vs Accuracy
•  Utilizing special skills
•  Length of solo shows
•  Working with a director, lighting & sound
•  Developing strategies for Marketing
•  Protecting your writing

About Arlene

As an educator, Arlene has taught acting and solo writing/ performing at Chicago Dramatist, Victory Gardens, the College of the Canyons and in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco as well as in theaters and colleges nationwide. She developed the Solo show & Storytelling curriculum at Chicago Dramatist theater which includes Fundamentals Classes, Work in Progress Development classes, Page to Stage, Producing and Advertising Solo show & Live-Lit event and Performing Skills for Solo and Storytellers. She currently teaches several private classes in “Writing in Mixed Genres” and coaches writers across the country.

Her solo students have performed on small stages & large performance venues both here and abroad. They have been honored with Garland Awards, special recognitions at Edinburgh Fringe, NY Fringe, Atlanta, & Chicago Fringe, LA Weekly Nominations, Jeff Awards, FEM Finalists, Windy City’s Best Solo Works and numerous Jeff recommended and “Critics picks.” Her writers have been published in magazines, anthologies, online zines and featured at Live-Lit events.

As actor and playwright Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last twenty-five years. She has been performing her five critically acclaimed solo shows across the country: including “What Does the Sun Sound Like”. Aiming for Sainthood” and “Kicking the Habit” at Millennium Park, Pritizker Pavilion, St Louis Center of Contemporary Art, National Center on Deafness, Minneapolis Arts Center, Chicago Solo Theater, Palmdale Arts Centre, Ojai Solo Series, HBO Workspace, Victory Gardens, Las Vegas Performing Arts Center and colleges nationwide. These works are an exploration of disability in our culture through the lens of her family’s and her own disability. She believes that these experiences have allowed her a view of a culture and ethnocentrism from a unique perspective.

She is the recipient of the 2016 3 Arts/UIC Fellowship and her solo work has been honored with an LA Theater Ovations Award, LA Garland Award and LA Weekly Award. She has been a Ragdale Resident and her play “Anonymous Donor” was chosen as part of Chicago’s Fine Print Theater Festival. Interrobang was a finalist in the Heartland Competition and Semi finalist at American Blues Theater, Silenced was produced by Collaboration 2016.

As an actor she has appeared in “Love Person” at Victory Gardens, “The Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theatre, and Pancake Breakfast with the New Colony and Erasing the Distance in Chicago. Favorite roles in LA include “The Crucible”, “Lovers and Other Strangers”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” with Deaf West, and the critically acclaimed “Solos in Harmony” and “In A Different Voice”. Her work was named among the 5 best solo shows in Chicago by Windy City, she has been Artist in Residence at Quad City’s Arts Program, is an Associate Artist at 16th Street Theater.

As a spoken word artist she has performed at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2nd Story, This Much is True, Story Sessions, Guts and Glory, Here’s the Story, Here Chicago, 2nd Hand Stories, That’s All She Wrote, and the Green Mill in Chicago and at Tasty Words in Los Angeles. She also produces a groovy spoken word salon called Speak Easy-Speak Hard. Television credits include guest starring on: CSI, ER, The Practice, The X Files, Any Day Now, The Division, Diagnosis Murder and the CBS movie, Sweet Nothing in My Ear.

She is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, More Magazine, The Week Behind, Paramanu Pentaquark, and En Posse Review. Her short story “Moment the Lights Came On published in as part of the anthology “Women of Letters” by Penguin. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her newest solo show “A Little Bit Not Normal” chronicling her journey through depression and naming it, claiming it and standing to be counted, has been performed at 16th Street Theater, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Chicago Street Theater and will be produced as part the 2017 season at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. This solo piece is the cornerstone of her 5 year initiative to become part of the national conversation around the stigma of mental illness.

 

 
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