Berkeley Rep: Playmaking Project
The Playmaking Project drew on students’ imagination and creativity to develop two or three non-human characters to form the basis of a play. Daily warm-up exercises, both physical and mental, help set the stage for this creativity. Each day began with yoga, breathing, martial arts, stretches and theatre games. Then through various exercises, students were asked to build a character profile. Students then wrote a prose story of the meeting of two characters. On the final day, students performed their plays in front of an audience.
The Playmaking Project was based on the 52nd Street Project’s Playmaking Program in New York, developed by Daniel Sklar. Daniel came to Berkeley Rep to train “coaches” to work with students in schools and juvenile facilities.