AD: Stickwork Physical Ensemble & Mindfulness Training: Monthly Practice

AD: Stickwork Physical Ensemble & Mindfulness Training: Monthly Practice


Rude Grooms
Astoria, NY 11103

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We’ve all had an acting teacher or director tell us that we need to “get out of our own way” – but what does that mean, and how do you do it? The practices of stick work not only get you out of your own way, they quickly ignite a responsive, full-body listening and joyful sense of play that will transform your work on stage, on camera, and in the audition room.

Every Second Sunday from 1-4pm
(upcoming sessions 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12)

at GK Arts Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn
29 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(F train to York Street)

Single Session: $35
3-Session Package: $75 (good for 6 months)
3-Month Subscription: $65

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Inspired by the work of Jacques Lecoq, Compicité, and Passion in Practice, these simple but infinitely unique exercises use bamboo sticks and dowels to free you from expectations to “get it right” and root you in the quiet chaos of the present moment. Stick work is a visceral, active, ensemble-based training technique that builds the same muscles as Meisner-based repetition or Viewpoints’ kinesthetic response — but without the traps that kick you back into your head, and in a fraction of the time.

This is an open-level class, equally suitable for those new to the work or those who have been exploring it for years. Though this training is developed for actors, it also pays huge dividends as a personal or meditative training: You do not need to be a performer to participate.

Come play with us!


Rude Grooms is a Startup Theatre Experiment rooted in the Elizabethan Tradition: we build cutting-edge theatrical experiences to provoke, inspire, & entertain, and we train Actor-Creators to tell their stories more clearly, bravely, & impulsively. In 2018, we launched our free public Commons Series with Much Ado About Nothing in Queens and the Upper West Side, our Groundling Series with an original devised work The Ingenue Project and a sold-out Halloween production of the rarely seen Jacobean tragicomedy The Witch of Edmonton, and an invitation-only Patron Series with the devised Secret Shakespeare Hunt across the Upper East Side and Central Park and readings of the rarely seen Early Modern plays The Tragedy of Miriam by Elizabeth Cary and The Roaring Girl by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton. Coming January 4, 5, and 6 we will perform Twelfth Night as part of a Twelfth Night festival where a traditional Twelfth Night cake determines which role each actor will play that evening -- learn more at


Our Stickwork facilitators have performed or taught around the world, from Shakespeare’s Globe and the World Shakespeare Conference in London to the Old Globe in San Diego. Learn more about us at


“The purest form of ensemble … I’m just hungry for more. There was no better way to spend an afternoon, truly. There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s applicable to all professions and facets of life.”  –Andrew Kallimani

“Stick work provides a great physical metaphor for some of the challenges that face a performer: focus, objective, obstacle, spontaneity. It’s also a great practice for decentralization, getting one out of their own self-consciousness and putting all of one’s attention on a task outside of one’s self.” -Brian Gillespie

“This ensemble based movement workshop brings together the best parts of your training experience: play, partners, can’t do it wrong.” -Aleisha Force

“Stickwork is a fun and freeing movement exploration.” -Samia Omari

“It’s a lovely and safe space to explore physical work and get out of your own way. It takes the ego out of the process and provides a clean and charged slate from which to approach text work.” -Sara Hymes

“Rediscover simplicity and focus…Deep flow state. The multitasking insanity of NYC melts away into a single pleasing task.” -Mary Candler

“A great workshop to have fun & open up, you feel strong and focused afterwards.” -Sassy Smit


December 9, 2018 -



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