Ready to act  creative skills in a social context

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  • Do you wish to create for yourself meaningful work with a positive impact?
  • Are you ready to expand your professional and artistic life beyond the stage?
  • Can you imagine sharing your gifts as an artist with a new community?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then please join us for:

  • An Introduction to READY TO ACT with Marjolein Baars
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 10 am – 5 pm
  • The Michael Chekhov acting studio New York, 138 West 15th St, New York NY, 10011

Registration Forms and any inquiries may be addressed to Maia DeSanti at

Ready to act is a training for performing artists and theatre makers interested in using their creative skills within other fields of work, particularly within a social context. At the core of the training are principles and tools drawn from the work of Michael Chekhov, clowning, and improvisation techniques. These are translated into social acting skills and applied to the development of an individual project within a social arena of choice. These skills can be adapted for action in any community where there is a need to develop new ways of being, living, and working together. All that is required to participate is an interest in how one can utilize the imagination to promote social change.

The full Ready to act training will be presented in four modules over the course of one year. This day long workshop is designed as a “sampler” to introduce participants, in a practical and experiential way, to the foundational principals of the training. One of the principals of the work is to create and relate without pressure, so you are welcome to bring your curiosity and questions no strings attached! Even if you do not continue on with the full training, you will take home new tools and ideas which can be incorporated into your own work and life.

Along with the day-long Ready to act training for artists on Sunday, Marjolein will also be teaching a workshop on Saturday, called Mind The Gap, for healthcare workers, caretakers, and family of people with dementia/Alzheimer’s. Artists participating in the Ready to act workshop who might also be interested in the Mind The Gap training would be welcome to take both workshops at a discount. In addition, all Ready To Act participants are also invited to attend two performances created by Marjolein which are happening that weekend. All events take place at the Michael Chekhov acting studio in New York. Please see the weekend schedule below for details.

Workshop Fee: $150 ($250 for Ready to act with Mind The Gap), non-refundable after 6/22/13

  • Friday, July 19, 2013
    • 7 – 8pm   Performance of Black Holes & Loose ends, 2946 poster A3 Black holesMarjolein’s new solo performance piece created out of her work with people with dementia. * $10 tickets for workshop participants
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013
    • 11 am – 5pm: Mind The Gap Intro Workshop (with a one-hour lunch break)
    • 10 – 11am   Dementia Travels Interactive Performance, a component of the dementia travels 1Mind The Gap training open to Ready to act participants; it offers one example of how the training can be applied to the creation of social projects – in Marjolein’s particular case, working in the field of healthcare and dementia.
  •  Sunday, July 21, 2013
    • 10 am – 5 pm: Ready to act Intro Workshop (with a one-hour lunch break)

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Training in which acting and clowning skills are put in a social context and transformed to social acting skills to create new ways of being, living and working together

  • For professional actors and clowns
  • For caretakers, family members, volunteers and managers who are working and living with people with dementia
  • For teachers, anyone working in education

clown truskuni lithuania10Projects in which art and society meet through applying the principles of the creative process in order to create new ways of being, living and working together

  • For professionals who are ready to act