Grace Cormack and Aishé Keita, two of Freehold's WCCW Teaching Artists.
SUMMER 2020 Newsletter
July - August | Summer 2020
Strange days continue for Freehold and the rest of the world, as recommendations continue to evolve with social distancing and reopening practices, not to mention the essential, and long overdue grappling with the social crisis of systemic racism.

We continue to work mostly remotely, though we are well underway with Black Box renovation, and can't wait to unveil our beautiful, functional theatre space at whatever point we're able to open up for class and production. If you're aiming for a production in late 2021 or 2022, keep Freehold in mind for your reservations. We also completed a workshop for next summer's tour production of  Auntie Val , inspired by Brecht's  Mother Courage  and written by Freehold Artistic Partner, Daemond Arrindell. The creative work continues, and it is so thrilling to have spaces and projects to look forward to in the future.

In the meantime, we've got some wonderful online classes this summer to keep your instrument and imagination finely tuned! Finish and develop your partially-written play in Elizabeth Heffron's New Play Lab. Begin writing your one-person performance project with Matt Smith's help in Solo Performance. Cultivate your physical presence in Mik Kuhlman's Movement Lab. Modify your skills for the screen with John Jacobsen in Acting for the Camera, or express your authentic voice and viewpoint in Daemond's Spoken Word and Performance Poetry. And we've got one spot left in Kira Dorrian's Voice Over 2.0 if you're ready to take your skills to the next level! 

So many positive opportunities to take advantage of while we are still in this uncertain time. Continue onward with us in Freehold's enduring spirit of curiosity, care, and authenticity.

As some of our students may be struggling financially at the moment and continue facing into an uncertain future, and others are in more stable situations, this program is still in effect, and a really great way to help both Freehold AND one (or MORE!) of your friends and fellow students!

Check out the video below, which explains it all. Sign up  HERE  if you're interested in either sponsoring or being sponsored.
Freehold's Open Mic is BACK
(and now on ZOOM)

Bookmark the evening of Friday, July 24 around 7pm to safely gather online with the Freehold community 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! Perform, or come experience the performances, or both - sign-up & guidelines forthcoming shortly - stay tuned!

New Online Course Offerings Available!
Check out our website for more information about the rest of our
classes, scheduled to start after the stay-at-home order is lifted.
New Play Lab: From Page to Performance (SEMI-ONLINE)
with Elizabeth Heffron, starts Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:30 PM

Stage Combat: Smallsword Intensive (IN PERSON)
with Geoffrey Alm, starts Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:00 AM

Voice Over 2.0 (ONLINE)
with Kira Dorrian, starts Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:00 AM - ONE SPOT LEFT!!!
Solo Performance (ONLINE)
with Matt Smith, starts Monday, July 13, 2020 6:00 PM

The Online Movement Lab (ONLINE)
with Mik Kuhlman, starts Sunday, July 19, 2020 9:30 AM

Acting for the Camera (ONLINE)
with John Jacobsen, starts Monday, August 3, 2020 6:00 PM

Spoken Word & Poetry Performance (ONLINE)
with Daemond Arrindell, starts Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:00 PM

Developing a Podcast Workshop (ONLINE)
with Kira Dorrian, starts Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:00 AM
Spoken Word & Performance Poetry with Daemond Arrindell
On Spoken Word
by Daemond Arrindell

Before there was the written word, there was the word that was spoken. This class is both modern and ancient. It is a return to the roots of poetry - the path of the griot, whose responsibility was to memorize the stories of the village and share them, but to also venture out and return with news of the world...

Solo Performance, with Matt Smith
Mel, bonum est unique satis
by Matt Smith
Edward Sampson and I had a theatre company called Stark/Raving Theatre . Our working motto: 
Ululatus magna elit. Sinit experiri .
That sounds like a terrible idea. Lets try it .

OK. We never really said it in Latin...

Movement Lab, with Mik Kuhlman
On The Online Movement Lab
by Mik Kuhlman
An actor’s inquiry from in studio learning to online learning. Dive into the deep world of physicality and translate it into the tiny screen of Zoom. Sharpen your actor’s instrument – your body! Develop awareness of the impact of emotion, gesture, alignment, intention and body language on the stories we tell...

Quarantine Radio Theatre, Meisner Progression and What Are You Up To?
Quarantine Radio Theater: Timeline & Genesis
by Kirsten McCory

March 11: Producers cancel remainder of the play A Series of Small Cataclysms
March 23: Stay at home order in effect for Washington
March 26: I participate in a Zoom play reading of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage...

Meisner Class During Pandemic
by Mohd Fahadullah

Meisner class had been a great revelation to me. The first two quarters helped me immensely in discovering the process and tools for exploring a character, imagining the circumstances and preparing for a scene that I would struggle with before...

My Meisner Experience
by Azadeh Zanjani

This  past Sunday was the final day of the nine-month Meisner program I took at Freehold Theatre. This work changed me in ways I never imagined or anticipated. There is a lot of self-exploration involved that can sometimes be hard as you dig into places in your memory or psyche you may have avoided all your life...

What Have You Been Doing During Quarantine?

 In an ongoing series, we asked a few of our faculty and students what they've been up to in the past few months. Read on to hear how Freeholders have been staying creative.

Gin Hammond:  Hi! Aside from homeschooling my son (exhausting!),..

Summer is a great time for reading!
Anti-Racism Resources

We at Freehold know that we are not the experts in the work of dismantling racism in ourselves and our organization and so, as eternal students, we turn to those that continue to lead us to a better way. Read on for the resources that we've been turning to recently...

Diversify your reading list with these plays from the past decade, curated by the NY Times

An Octoroon  by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2014)  In an invigorating act of theatrical demolition, Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins resurrected — and exploded — Dion Boucicault’s dusty 19th-century melodrama about a doomed romance on a slaveholding plantation. This artfully layered play uses meta-theatrical monologues, strategic colorblind...