SUMMER OF WORDZ is a 12 class series of writing and performance workshops leading up to a culminating theatrical event, anthology, & film. It is led by award winning poet “Advocate of Wordz” and will feature two guest lecturers to be announced shortly. Our goal is to increase the value of our participants writing, performance, and commodity as an artist in a production. We will work with various levels of talent but will not tolerate anything less than a 100% commitment. Moving from emerging writer/performer to professional requires the actions of a professional, and that begins with commitment.
The first 4 classes will concentrate on writing (prompts, healthy routines/practices, etc), editing, inspiration, and more.
The following 4 classes will focus on performance. Including memorization techniques, blocking & improv, stage presence, vocalization exercises, the control and release of emotions, & muscle memory.
The final 4 classes will be rehearsals. Preparing for the show and a revisiting of previous class lessons, participants will experience a professional atmosphere which includes the support of a full cast and production crew, as well as the pressure of expectations and the courage to succeed. Intertwined into these classes will also be on camera work as well as discussions about the business.
Prior to the show there will be an additional rehearsal at the venue. This final rehearsal is optional. Below is the schedule of the workshops:
Sunday July 12th – 2 to 5 pm
Sunday July 19th – 2 to 5 pm
Sunday July 26th – 2 to 5 pm
Sunday August 2nd – 2 to 5 pm
Wednesday August 6th – 6-9 pm
Sunday August 9th – 2 to 5 pm
Wednesday August 13th – 6-9 pm
Sunday August 16th – 2 to 5 pm
Wednesday August 20th – 6-9 pm
Sunday August 23rd – 2 to 5 pm
Wednesday August 27th – 6 to 9 pm
Sunday August 30th – 2 to 5 pm
Wednesday September 2nd – Rehearsal (optional) – daytime (TBA, around 2-5pm)
Saturday September 6th (TBA, evening)
Sunday September 7th (TBA, midday)
Each participant will also have scheduled an one hour one on one phone call between the 8th and 9th class with Advocate of Wordz.
Workshops will be held at an undisclosed location in midtown Manhattan, not far from the 1, 2, 3, A, B, C, D, 7, R, N, & Q trains.
This location will be disclosed to all accepted participants. Yes, there is air conditioning and windows!
The workshop will be independently publishing a limited edition anthology of the work completed this summer.
Each participant will also get an individual slot in the 2nd season of “The Director of Wordz Series” this coming Fall/Winter.
Participants will also be PAID after the run of the 2 shows.
Applications are currently being accepted and will continue to be up until July 1st (final day to apply).
We have 10 spots open, applications sent in prior to June 5th will receive a more favorable consideration. These will be considered “Early Applicants”.
To apply, send 5 different poems/pieces of writing (no more than 1,000 words) and 2 links to a video or audio track of you performing/reading.
Every applicant will receive an email upon receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email within 24-48 hours, please resend.
All applications are to be sent to ADVOCATEOFWORDZ@gmail.com with the words “ Summer of Wordz Application” in the subject line.
For 12 workshops, an one hour one on one phone call, an (optional) additional rehearsal, and solo performance film to be produced this coming Fall/Winter is $400.
Early Applicants – upon acceptance into the program, half the fee ($200) must be paid inorder to hold your seat (non-refundable). Before July 1st a full payment must be made. If we do not receive a full payment by July 1st, we reserve the right to give your seat to another applicant with no refund.
Accepted applicants who apply on June 1st or later must pay in full in order for us to hold your seat.
Please NOTE: As stated before, applicants will be PAID to perform (after completion of both culminating events). Proceeds from the event will be divided up among them. Proceeds from the anthology will also be divided up among our participants. If both shows sell out as does the anthology, approximately half the workshops fee can be recouped. Possibly more (to be discussed in class).
Any inquiries concerning the workshop, please email ADVOCATEOFWORDZ@gmail.com, with the words “SOW Qestions” in the subject line.
“Summer Of Wordz“ is produced by Advocate Of Wordz in association with Wendy Angulo Productions.