FALL 2020 Newsletter
September - December | Fall 2020
This is from writer, Rebecca West:

“Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup into which life can be poured and lifted to the lips and be tasted. “

Why art now? Why artistic practice now ? - in this time 
of profound uncertainty; this time of known overt injustice, oppression and brutality; this time that urgently demands action?

We know that artistic practice can ground us, can teach us to listen:
 listen more deeply to what needs to change in OURSELVES; 
 listen more deeply to life experiences unlike our own and hear what is needed.
It can be an opportunity to do an accounting of what needs to go, and to build our ability to empathize and imagine new ways forward.  
Visionary James Baldwin said,
“ …everybody’s hurt. What is important….is that you must find some way of using this to connect you with everyone else alive.”

At Freehold we are committed to the deepening the transformational power of theatre.
It is crucial to seek to be better than we are.
We aspire to organic artistic practice : work that demands the practitioner reveals the truth in themselves rather than putting on something to hide behind. 

We invite people in to this practice in which we attempt and fail, and attempt again, and fail again - fail better; and in which giving up is the only real trespass, the fatal offense.

This practice takes the most and best we have to give every time, wherever we are on our path. And we are never done: there is always further to go to be clearer, truer, deeper, more specific, more present. 
Does this sound dismal?
It isn’t – what could be better? 

Toni Morrison (Rest In Power) said,
…”…My faith in the world of art is intense but not irrational or naïve. Art invites us to take the journey beyond price, beyond costs into bearing witness to the world as it is and as it should be. 
…Art reminds us that we belong here. And if we serve, we last. Its conversation….is critical to the understanding of what it means to care deeply and to be human completely.”

-Thank you,
Robin Lynn Smith
New Online Course Offerings Available!
Freehold is offering both online classes and a few, small (per phase II guidelines)
in-person classes as well - please click here for more info.
Don't Miss These Classes Starting Soon!

9/26 – 12/5 Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9/29 – 11/17 Tuesdays, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
9/30-12/9 Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
9/30 – 12/2 Saturdays, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
10/8 – 12/17 Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

*As this is an in-person classes, please reach out to us with any
questions regarding our safety protocols at info@freeholdtheatre.org

Integrative Solo Performance with Alyssa Franks
Journey to a Solo Performance
by Alyssa Franks

My particular love of solo performance began with performance poetry when I was in high school. I was captivated by the rhythm and the fire of the poets I went to see. I was so impressed by their command over the room. Eventually I started to write and perform as well, beginning in quirky coffee shops, onto some larger stages, and was nominated to compete in the Women of the World International Poetry Slam...

Basic Scene Study with Elena Flory-Barnes
Scene Study: In Depth
by Elena Flory-Barnes
Fall quarter 2020 is going to be a little different here at Freehold. In light of COVID-19 we are implementing as many precautions and practices as possible to ensure the health and safety of our students to the best of our ability. This is including but not limited to, daily and routine cleaning, new air ventilation, physical distancing and occasional hybrid learning over Zoom... 

Acting Through Song with Kira Dorrian
A Short Interview with Kira Dorrian re: Acting Through Song

"Acting Through Song is a class designed for students to hone their skills in musical theatre, even if they are just starting out. Learning to treat a song like a monologue and use musical cues to help most effectively tell the story is the key to musical theatre acting. For audition purposes, it is also useful to know how to treat a song like a scene, even if you are the only person singing...
The Actor's Body with Mik Kuhlman
The Actor's Body: Student Perspectives
Mik’s class “The Actor’s Body” is one of the best acting classes I’ve taken and I’ve taken a lot of great classes. I’ve done just about every class at Freehold including the Meisner Progression and I spent last year in New York City doing full time acting study at HB Studio, T Schreiber, and the Barrow Group. Many of my classes have taught me how to tell a story by connecting to circumstances and letting those internal processes emerge to behaviors the audience can see...

Update on Auntie Val by Daemond Arrindell
Auntie Val by Daemond Arrindell: an Update

Our Tour may have been postponed this summer but Auntie Val will be coming your way — in some form or another — Summer 2021. We can't wait to bring this new play by Associate Artistic Partner Daemond Arrindell, with a score by DJ Freequeensee (Jennifer Moore) to the full spectrum of the communities for which it was created. Stay tuned for more updates! 
Open Mic Night ONLINE!

Join the Freehold community Friday, October 2 at 7pm to safely gather online and share your best few minutes of performance; whether song, movement, short scene, poem, whatever floats your boat, as long as you can do it online! This event is hosted by Matt Smith and is not curated or juried. Click the link today to sign up as a performer or audience member.

*PLEASE NOTE: Freehold Theatre Lab Studio is committed to social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and material presented in our space should reflect those values. Racist, misogynistic and transphobic content will not be tolerated.*

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Freehold’s staff and faculty remain committed to your safety. We also know the importance of an art practice and the limitations that working online can bring. So, under careful consideration with health experts on our Board and guidance from the state, we are rolling out a few small group classes...

A Great Reads for Mindful (Whole-Self-Full!) Artists by Alyssa Franks

The night before everything shut down due to COVID I had just opened Women of Lockerbie - our run was cancelled. I was in rehearsal for the one-women show I had written, scheduled as the final and culminating event of my graduate school career - cancelled. I had a plane ticket to LA booked for our professional showcase, an opportunity to meet a room full of casting directors - cancelled. My graduation from my MFA program - cancelled....


A year ago we were celebrating the incredible generosity of the Freehold community to lift us up out of crisis. Six months later we found ourselves frantically transitioning our programs to meet a very different crisis as the whole world faced into the pandemic. And through it all, you, our generous supporters, have been with us. Thank you for your commitment to Freehold and for carrying us into a brave new future. We will continue to face each new challenge with creativity and sure footing thanks to the solid foundation you have ensured for us and greatness you inspire. From all of us at Freehold — thank you!

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