Thoughts of My Body: Devised Theatre Masterclass (*SOLD OUT)

8-session devised theatre workshop by Giovanni Ortega with Public Showcase

Upcoming Class Schedule

23 July, 2018 — 5 August, 2018

Monday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Tuesday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Wednesday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Thursday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Sunday, 12.00pm — 9.00pm

Programme Details

Thoughts of My Body (TOMB) is a 2-week creative intensive workshop where performers will delve into the psyche of the human identity and the influences that will include unconscious biases that society continuously fills our minds.  Through the use of language, music and movement, this a thought provoking and uplifting workshop that is geared for artists from all spectrums, who are willing to utilize their imagination as a template for engaging with others.

Thoughts of My Body will allow the students to unravel what’s been inside their heads all along, to create embodied experiences through their own works using techniques such as: Imagination Meditation, Linklater technique, dramatic and comedic Improvisation, song, dance and ultimately the strength of transformational theatre.

The culmination of the production will explore all the elements utilized in the Body Series (COMB, WOMB and TOMB), and how the power of visionary collaboration can affect, as well as inform us on how to continue our work as artists who have become the mirror to society. What is my Legacy?


Mon to Thu – 23 to 26 July: 7.00pm to 11.00pm
Sun 29 July: 12.00pm to 9.00pm
Mon to Wed – 30 July to 1 Aug: 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Technical Rehearsal
Thu, 2 Aug,  7.00pm to 11.00pm

Show Dates
Fri, 3 Aug 2018, 8.00pm
Sat, 4 Aug 2018, 8.00pm
Sun, 5 Aug 2018, 2.00pm



Some snippets of ‘Words of My Body’ shows.


THOUGHTS OF MY BODY (TOMB) – Public Performance Ticketing, please click here.

The workshop culminates in a paid performance for the public.

Participant-Actors will be paid a percentage of the box office.
The public performance dates are listed above.

This workshop is open to everyone from all backgrounds.


  • Imagination Meditation
  • Personal Narrative
  • Movement | Biomechanics
  • Play Development | Characters and Plots | From Mirrors to the Forest
  • Blocking and Staging
  • The Rehearsal Process
  • Performances

About the Instructor

Giovanni Ortega

Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) is a theatre-maker based in Southern California. In the past year, he directed Mama Bares at East West Players, The House of the Spirits, Urinetown: the Musical in Pomona College and A Sunday Kind of Love (Orange County Playwrights Alliance). His international credits include directing Immigrant’s Diasporic Imagination (Styria, Austria) ALLOS (Kampala International Theatre Festival) Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (Upstage Bern Theatre Company) in Switzerland and adapting The Kingdom of Banaras for the Nirman Organization. Giovanni staged the Asian premiere of ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, a self-written, self-directed and self-produced one-man show commissioned by East West Players Theater (March 2011). Criers for Hire, his other commissioned work for East West Players Theatre, became the highest grossing world premiere play in its 50-year history. He was also the resident scholar for Australia’s 2016 National Play Festival.

As a filmmaker, Giovanni directed and produced Upon the Fragile Shore, which was screened at the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He also produced six short films entitled Green shorts: films (re)imagining our troubled environment. The films were screened at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California (VisionLA Fest) and Arts House Theatre in Melbourne, Australia (COPOUT) as part of ARTCOP21, a global initiative for cultural activity in Climate Change.

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Areas of Focus

  • The class will learn how to adapt to the rehearsal that will culminate in a studio performance of a devised play.
  • Find one’s voice by using their artistic imagination and then bringing it to life.
  • Students will explore acting techniques such as Autodrama and Movement.

Learning Outcomes

  • Artists will write their own theatrical pieces to life with other artists through ensemble collaboration.
  • Learn about the rehearsal process as an actor’s practice that will engage the student’s mind, body and rhetoric.
  • The class will present studio performance of a devised play that will allow full self-expression for the performer.

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Thoughts of My Body: Devised Theatre Masterclass (*SOLD OUT) / 8-session devised theatre workshop by Giovanni Ortega with Public Showcase

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