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Oral Fixation - Best of Season 3
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WATERTOWER THEATRE PRESENTS
ORAL FIXATION:  AN OBSESSION WITH TRUE LIFE TALES,
The Best of Season 3

 Dallas’ hottest live storytelling series makes a one-night appearance on September 16 at 8 pm

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin today announced a special one-night only performance of the hit storytelling series, Oral Fixation:  An Obsession with True Life Tales, the Best of Season 3, at the Addison Theatre Centre Main Stage on Tuesday, September 16 at 8 pm.  Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale now by calling the WaterTower Theatre box office at 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org

Dallas’ hit storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) will present seven stories from the “Best of Season 3.”  The “Best of Season 3” are the favorite stories that were selected by hundreds of Oral Fixation fans.  The stories include a moving piece on childbirth told from the father’s point of view, a revealing evening at a naked sketch party, a nightlong chase involving hunting dogs on a cold Ohio night, and a “There’s Something About Mary” style first date.  The storytellers will be Bryon Sanders (“Bun in the Oven”), Allison Hatfield (“When in Rome”), Drew Weininger (“Silver Lining”), Jamie Laughlin (“No Strings Attached”), Melissa Smrekar (“Elephant in the Room”), Blake Friis (“Ducks in a Row”), and Amanda Rodenborg  (“The Whole Enchilada”).

Performance Schedule:
Show Run Dates: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8 pm
Ticket Prices: $25 per person.  $15 limited view seats.  (No subscriber or other discounts apply on this event).

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
www.watertowertheatre.org or 972.450.6232
or in person at WaterTower Theatre Box Office (Tuesday – Friday, 12pm to 6pm) 

Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001

About Oral Fixation
Oral Fixation, presented by Nicole Stewart, is a series of hour-long evenings of true, personal stories, each with a new theme performed by a cross-section of seven Dallasites.  Oral Fixation’s mission is to bring together the Dallas community through sharing true, personal stories.  The seed that grew into Oral Fixation was first planted in Los Angeles when then-actress Nicole Stewart’s agent dumped her.  Shortly thereafter, Nicole met several producers of Spark Off Rose, who encouraged her to attend one of their monthly storytelling events in Santa Monica.  It was then that she fell in love with the medium of real people sharing their true life stories onstage.  The next step was for Nicole to share one of her own stories at Spark…and Oral Fixation was born.  Nicole moved back to her hometown Dallas in 2009 after 12 years away.  She yearned for the magic of storytelling to bring her close again to the Dallas community.  Over the next year, she explored different pockets of Dallas society:  theatre and film communities, the art scene, society, and more.  Everyone around her seemed excited by all the changes happening in Dallas and so what better time than to reintroduce Dallas to the ancient art of storytelling.  Luck would have it that agent Lacy Lynch, a young literary agent, came into Nicole’s life.  The two produced The Most: A Night of Stories at the historic Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park in 2011.  The beta test was a success! What Oral Fixation brings to the table that makes it stand out is twofold:  first, every theme is an idiom in the English language, a phrase we use often that has both a literal and a figurative meaning.  Secondly, the evening of stories is curated and edited by Nicole.  She solicits submissions from the general public by publishing her season of themes in advance along with suggestions as to potential takes on the theme.  Then, from the submissions, she selects a variety of points of view (different ages, genders, races, etc.) to create an hour-long evening of stories that will take the audience on a ride from laughing in recognition of shared experiences to poignant moments of courageous exposure of flaws to laugh-out loud moments that would seem too good to be true. 

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Posted on August 11, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WaterTower Theatre is proud to offer Beginning Acting: Meisner Technique and Intermediate Acting: Meisner Technique II to the Dallas acting community. Previous students have been awarded accolades from The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice, the Column Awards, the Dallas TheatreLeague, and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Theatre Critic's Forum. The Meisner Technique provides a step-by-step technical approach to the problems the actor faces in presenting the subtleties and delicate complexities of human emotional relationships and situations inherent in a playwright's text.

WHAT: Beginning Acting: Meisner Technique

WHERE: WaterTower Theatre Studio Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001

WHEN: September 6 - November 22, 2014 (12 weeks); Class meets every Saturday from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm

WHO: Instructor – John Pszyk

A short interview is required before admission into class.

PAYMENT: $350 per person

ABOUT JOHN PSZYK: John Pyzk discovered his gift for teaching at age of 22 when one of his professors asked him to develop and teach an acting workshop for local high schools. Since then, he has gone on to become a respected acting teacher and coach. John holds a MFA in Theatre from the University of Iowa, and a BA in Theatre from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. He also has studied at Southern Methodist University and Regents University in London, England. Among the notable acting instructors John has studied with include Bob Levin, Eric Forsythe, and in the Meisner Technique with Trish Hawkins and most recently as lead assistant to Terry Martin. John has acted professionally in the regional theatre stage, New York City, locally in DFW and has numerous commercial credits and is active as a Voice-Over artist with IFL and works as a freelance Voice-Over artist. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Collin College, and has taught Acting I&II, at the University of Iowa, Hofstra University and Kirkland College. He has also taught numerous seminars, and works as a mentor/coach.

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WHAT: Intermediate Acting: Meisner Technique II

WHERE: WaterTower Theatre Studio Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001

WHEN: September 3 - November 19, 2014 (12 weeks); Class meets every Wednesday from 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm

WHO: Instructor – Terry Martin

Beginning Meisner is a prerequisite for admission into the Intermediate class.

PAYMENT: $415

ABOUT TERRY MARTIN: Multi-award winning Director Terry Martin is in his 14th season as Producing Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre where he has overseen over 85 productions. Some of his 43 directing credits at WTT include The Grapes of Wrath, Spring Awakening, Our Town, The Full Monty, Almost, Maine, The Crucible, Take Me Out, A Country Life (which he adapted from Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and which won the 2005 Rabin Award – Best New Play), Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, The Laramie Project, You Can't Take It With You, Book of Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2002 Rabin Award – Director of a Play), Sweeney Todd (2002 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Desire Under the Elms, Ravenscroft, Rockin’ Christmas Party (2000, 2001), Enter the Guardsman (2001 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Little Shop of Horrors (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Director of a Musical), among others. Terry was named "Best Theater Director" in the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas 2002." He has appeared on stage at WTT in Blackbird, Woman in Black, Dinner with Friends, The Guys, Bash: Latterday Plays (2002 Rabin Award Nomination - Actor in a Play) and at PRT in The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me… (1998 Rabin Award – Actor in a Play, 1998 Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award), The Woman in Black (2000 Rabin Award Nomination – Actor in a Play), and Lonely Planet. After growing up in south Alabama, Terry spent 12 years in New York City working in theatre, television and film. While there, he directed and acted at The Village Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall Studios and Theatre at St. Marks as well as television appearances on ABC’s One Life to Live and NBC’s To Serve and Protect. He holds a BFA from the University of Alabama and has trained professionally with Sanford Meisner, Fred Kareman, Wynn Handman, Sally Johnson and Lehmann Byck. Terry presently teaches on-going acting classes in the Sanford Meisner Technique at WTT, as well as having served as Adjunct Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Click here for an Enrollment Form. For more info, contact Janeth Farnsworth or call 972.450.6228.

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Posted on July 9, 2014 by Kelsey Ervi

WaterTower Theatre is proud to offer Body, Breath and Bounty: A Linklater Workshop by Ben Corbett to the Dallas acting community. This workshop will explore the relationship between physical relaxation, breath release, and vibrations. The goal of the workshop will be to discover how physical relaxation makes room for the actor’s breath to drop in and release freely, thus freeing the spoken and sung word without throat tension and strain. Actors find that they speak and sing with ease when they let go of the physical tension blocks that inhibit their voices.

WHAT:    Linklater Voice Workshop

WHERE:  WaterTower Theatre Studio Theatre
               15650 Addison Road
               Addison, TX 75001

WHEN:    August 9, 2014
               10 am to 3pm with a break from 12pm to 1pm - 4hrs

WHO:      Ben Corbett is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher currently teaching at Oklahoma City University. At OCU, he teaches Kristin Linklater’s vocal progression, Sound and Movement, and an Advanced Shakespeare class based upon Kristin’s work in “Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice.” He has also taught Accents and Dialects using the Louis Colaianni’s Phonetic Pillows. His professional vocal coaching credits include Shakespeare Dallas, CityRep, William Inge Theatre Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Barter Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre Co., Bare Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Ben's professional acting credits include two and a half years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre, with additional roles at the William Inge Theatre Festival, City Rep, Blowing Rock Stage Co., Burning Coal Theatre Co., Light Opera Oklahoma, Shakespeare & Co., North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He is also a proud member of Actor's Equity, and an Associate Editor for Oklahoma for the International Dialects of English Archive.

TO APPLY:   Complete and return application form.

PAYMENT:   $150 (Scholarships available)

For more information on the workshop, contact Janeth Farnsworth at 972.450.6228.

For more information on the Linklater technique, visit The Linklater Voice Center or The Linklater Center for Voice and Language.  

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