Cabaret Workshop by Giovanni Ortega & Guest Artist

Cabaret Workshop by Giovanni Ortega & Guest Artist

Upcoming Class Schedule

13 January, 2019 — 19 January, 2019

Sunday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Tuesday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Wednesday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Thursday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Friday, 6.00pm — 11.00pm

Saturday, 6.00pm — 11.00pm

Programme Details

About This Workshop
This workshop will cover the creation of a cabaret performance from solo, duet to ensemble performance borrowing elements drawn from drama, music, dance, as well as interpretation of song. Utilizing the Cabaret format at the turn of the century, this workshop will also incorporate Jazz & Original Music where identity, social commentary, debate, questioning and provocation prevailed, as a model. Participants are challenged to infuse their performances with an in-depth specificity to build a repertoire of material suited to their individual strengths. Elements of the workshop will be developed into a culmination of a studio cabaret performance at the end of the workshop.

Workshop Dates
Sun, 13 Jan 2019, 7-11pm
Tue, 15 Jan 2019, 7-11pm
Wed, 16 Jan 2019, 7-11pm
Thu, 17 Jan 2019, 7-11pm (Technical Run)


Cabaret Performances
Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 8pm (Actors to report by 6.00pm)
Sat, 19 Jan 2019, 8pm (Actors to report by 6.00pm)

Cabaret Workshop – Public Performance
Ticketing will be ready in early Jan 2019, 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
  • Cabaret Repertory
  • 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

  • Develop cabaret repertory performance
  • The class will learn how to adapt to the rehearsal that will culminate in a public studio performance
  • Students will develop self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses

Learning Outcomes

  • Reinforce the connection between text/musical analysis and performance
  • Propose solutions for improvement in relation to performance, strengths and weaknesses
  • Strengthen vocal ability, movement techniques

Sign up for:

Cabaret Workshop by Giovanni Ortega & Guest Artist / Cabaret Workshop by Giovanni Ortega & Guest Artist

Registration closes:
9 January 2019