NEWSPAPER THEATRE WORKSHOP
This interactive workshop will engage participants in Epic's model of making theatre from news articles about current social issues, using a combination of writing exercises, physical engagement, and improvisation.
Melissa Friedman (Newspaper Theatre Workshop, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Ensemble, 2015 Panelist) As an actor, Melissa has performed in numerous Epic Off-Broadway productions including Hannah and Martin with David Strathairn, Einstein’s Gift with Aasif Mandvi, and A Hard Heart with Kathleen Chalfant as well as all of Epic’s “NEA Shakespeare for a New Generation” productions. As a director, her credits include 13 Shakespeare Remix productions for which, on behalf of Epic, she received the 2009 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. As a teaching artist, she co-developed Epic’s Citizen Artist curriculum and currently acts as a Lead Teaching Artist in Epic’s partner schools and outreach programs. As a professional developer, she has led workshops for teachers and artists throughout the Northeast at colleges and conferences.
Epic Theatre Ensemble
Epic Theatre Ensemble's mission is to create bold work with and for diverse communities that promotes vital discourse and social change. We accomplish this mission by inspiring students to be creative and engaged citizens, presenting compelling topics that transform the way people think and collaborating with artists, students and thought leaders to produce plays about key issues.