Words of My Body: Devised Theatre Masterclass

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

Upcoming Class Schedule

26 May, 2017 — 11 June, 2017

Friday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Saturday, 1.00pm — 9.00pm

Sunday, 1.00pm — 9.00pm

Programme Details

Workshop Dates
26, 27, 28 MAY 2017
2, 3, 4 JUN 2017

Technical Rehearsal
Fri 9 JUN 2017, 7.00pm – 11.00pm

Show Dates
Sat 10 JUN 2017, 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Sun 11 JUN 2017, 2.00pm & 8.00pm



WORDS engage, evoke and entertain.
Words of My Body (WOMB) is a 2-week creative intensive workshop where performers will deepen their understanding of the written word through the use of poetry, prose and playwriting with a focus on storytelling through various acting and movement techniques. This workshop is geared for newcomers and experienced artists of like minds who are willing to utilize their imagination as a template for transforming and inspiring others.

Exploring the theme of Language, students will create their own works using the performing arts and techniques such as Biomechanics, imagination activities, Improvisation, movement, character analysis, writing poetry, prose and dialogue as well as Theatrical Staging.

The production will explore how the power of words and language from different identities and varying beliefs in our communities can affect us. It will also provide a continuous conversation of what our society tells us to say; and what we viscerally feel we need to say through different styles of rhetoric.

The workshop culminates in a paid performance for the public.
Participant-Actors will be paid a percentage of the box office.
The public performance will be held on: Sat and Sun 10 & 11 JUN 2017, 2pm and 8pm.

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.

For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com

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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Words of My Body: Devised Theatre Masterclass / 6-session devised theatre workshop by Giovanni Ortega with Public Showcase

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