JMTC Theatre offers a variety of theater and writing Workshops as well as Directing, Dramaturgical, Developmental and Coaching Services led by Suzanne Bachner & Bob Brader.
Work with Suzanne & Bob One-on-One or Two-on-One
We offer help and guidance with any stage of development of your solo show or multiple actor play — from blank page to full production on stage.
Dramaturgy | Development
Coaching | Getting Unstuck
Production & Touring Advice
All of our workshops can be offered in various formats including 90-minute, 3 hour, 2-3 day weekend intensive and 5 day immersion. We can also scale these workshops to different age groups. Our workshops are designed for a group with a range of different experience; no previous acting or writing experience is required, just a willingness to jump in.
Tell Your True Story: a Theater and Writing Workshop
Everyone has a story to tell. We want to help make that possible with this dynamic, hands-on, interactive workshop that facilitates the exploration and artistic expression of your experience through theater and writing. The workshop is designed as a shared, connected group experience, balanced with an opportunity to turn inward and creatively express and share true stories. We practice the lost art of listening – both to the self and to others.
The Character Workshop: a Creative Theater Workshop
In this ensemble-based workshop, participants will explore the creation of character through multiple ways of approaching it, without text. In this fun and challenging process, we will use personal experience, observation, voice, movement, internal and external focus, and interaction to create various original characters. The workshop culminates in a fully improvised play where each participant plays an alpha and beta character that they have created during the course of the workshop.
The Solo Show Workshop: a Theater and Writing Workshop
Write and develop your own unique solo show, true or imagined. Participants will work together in a theatrical ensemble as we explore individual stories and engage in a rigorous creating and writing process. We then take pieces of the writing generated in the workshop and get them up on their feet through a supportive rehearsal process. During the course of the workshop, participants create new material for their shows, are directed on their feet with the material and have the opportunity to hone a small segment of their solo work for performance. The workshop culminates in a presentation of all the solo writer | performers' pieces in front of an invited audience.
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Suzanne Bachner received her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School University as part of the first graduating class and a BA in Creative Writing from Oberlin College. She studied with Romulus Linney and Adrienne Kennedy. She was the Resident Playwright of The Actors Institute’s Two Year Acting Program for seven years where she taught and created original showcase productions for each graduation class. Suzanne is the director | developer | dramaturg of many solo shows including Bob Brader’s internationally acclaimed award winning solo shows, Gloria Rosen’s award-winning Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?, Sarah Elizabeth Greer’s Bio-Hazard: A Relative Comedy (United Solo Europe 2016), Canadian Burlesque star Rosie Bitts’ Stories of Love and Passion (US and Canadian tour) and her own play, The Good Adoptee (Best Autobiographical Script and Best Actress, United Solo: extensive and ongoing U.S. tour). She is a member of the United Solo Academy and the Dramatists Guild. TheGoodAdoptee.com
Bob Brader trained with the Stella Adler Conservatory at the Tisch School of the Arts. He is member of SAG-AFTRA, the United Solo Academy and the Dramatists Guild. He is the multi-award-winning writer & performer of Spitting In The Face Of The Devil, Preparation Hex and Smoker which have toured throughout the U.S. and Canada to great critical acclaim. Bob has worked with storytellers one-on-one developing their solo shows and is the dramaturg for Suzanne Bachner’s The Good Adoptee. Bob’s story on the RISK! Podcast was called by RISK! creator and host Kevin Allison: "An absolute stunner. Bob Brader's story ‘Spitting in the Face Of The Devil’ is one of our best episodes ever.” BobBrader.com
Together, Suzanne and Bob have led workshops at the OMEGA Institute and AFFCNY.
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