Free Workshop Info!
Open to all! No experience necessary!
Join Pendragon Theatre visiting artists Lisa Jill Anderson and Ahsan Ali for a workshop on collaborative theater making. Whether you’re an aspiring creative or a seasoned actor, director, or writer, this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to play, collaborate, and generate exciting new material within an ensemble.
Every second counts! In this collaborative workshop we will explore a unique challenge for actors, directors and writers: the one minute play! Yup…you read that right: One. Minute. Play. How do we create a whole world with rich characters, a theme, and a potent narrative all in 60 seconds? Join us at the workshop to find out!
“The tiny play is a rich, accessible format that offers great energy and variety to everyone involved in its creation and performance” - (A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre).
So often the hardest part of embarking on a creative journey is bringing an idea to fruition. Maybe you’ve had a thought, a curiosity, or a notion about making a play, but are not sure where to begin. The tiny play format is a fun, practical, and gratifying practice in generating new material and overriding any personal hurdles you might experience while creating on your own.
Through ensemble building games and collaborative exercises from One Minute Plays: A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre by Steve Ansell and Rose Burnett Bonczek, we will generate a handful of one-minute plays surrounding a few different themes and put the work up on its feet all over the course of three hours! You will leave this workshop feeling inspired by a collage of plays that you helped generate, and you will gain some practical tools to help get your creative juices flowing on your own.
Co-Writer & Ali
Ahsan (he/him) is a writer, actor, and filmmaker who grew up in Pakistan and immigrated to NYC where he currently resides. He is the co-founder of the indie production company, Zeal Films. He is the co-writer for the award winning pilot Legit Married, which won Best Web Pilot at DWF: LA, Best Episodic Pilot at Katra Film Series, and was an ATX TV Festival Pitch Competition Finalist in 2022. Select theater credits: Disgraced (American Stage), Mushroom by Eisa Davis (People’s Light). Select tv credits: “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Nora from Queens” (Comedy Central). Awards: Best Short Film, Best Actor, & Best Director in the Golden Short Film Festival for his film Fahim (2020); Best Performance for his film Coffee in the Astoria Film Festival (2021); Best Actor in the New Wave Short Film Festival for his film Fahim (2020); Best Performance at Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta and Chicago for Legit Married (2022); The Hilton Worldwide Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2014). BFA, CUNY Brooklyn College. @ahsanali.32
Lisa Jill Anderson
Co-Writer & Natalie
Lisa (she/her) is an actor, writer, and producer based in NYC, originally from CA. She loves nothing more than working on a new play and has appeared in over a dozen world premieres and workshop productions downtown, uptown, on NYC rooftops, regionally, and everywhere in between. Select theater credits include: everything is super great by Stephen Brown (NLTP @ 59E59), The Woods. by Jahna Ferrón-Smith (Pendragon), Hal & Bee by Max Baker (NLTP @ 59e59), In the Event of My Death by Lindsay Joy (IRT Theater), and Live From the Surface of the Moon by Max Baker (Wild Project). TV: “Inventing Anna” (Netflix) & “Growing Up” (Disney+). Lisa co-created, produced and starred in the award-winning web pilot Legit Married. In 2022, Legit Married was an ATX TV Festival Pitch Competition Finalist and screened at 32 film festivals, with several wins and nominations for Best Pilot. Proud member of New Light Theater Project. BFA in acting, Brooklyn College. @lisajillanderson