Feeding Your Inner Spirit with Your Inner Artist – FREE Classes in Theatre, Dance, & Song (NYC)

Prepare to engage the Bible through acting, dance, and/or song through the class of your choice while also relaxing the body and nurturing the spirit. Using scripture for inspiration, classes will develop a short piece of performance art live in the room. Under my instruction, get ready to not only meditate on scripture but activate it with your body and retain it through stimulation of your imagination through art forms integral to theatre.

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2018
LOCATION: Columbia University Schapiro Studio
605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
REGISTRATION STARTS: January 5, 2018
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Register for FREE by clicking the classes below!

Class Descriptions

DEVISED THEATRE

  • Skill Level: Any
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People of any skill level who want to engage the Bible through acting
  • Focus: Scripture study, meditation, relaxation, nurturing the spirit, activating the body, stimulating the imagination

DEVISED DANCE

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: people desiring to explore the Bible though dance. You do not have to be a trained dancer to enjoy this class. However, dance experience is a plus.
  • Focus: Using dance to aid in understanding and retaining scriptural messages; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; activating the body; stimulating the imagination

DEVISED SONG

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Age Level: 18+
  • This Class is For: People excited to use singing to explore and delve deeper into the Bible. You do not have to be a trained singer to enjoy this class. However, your singing ability should range from good to exceptional. If you do not profess to be a singer or feel comfortable singing around others or in public, you probably will not be comfortable in this course.
  • Focus: As a group, improvising song from scripture to aid in understanding and retaining Biblical passages; scripture study; relaxation; nurturing the spirit; and activating the body

What Does “Devised” Mean?

In terms of performing arts, “devised” is used to refer to works that are developed collaboratively. Such works can be inspired by anything. Using scripture for inspiration, “Inner Spirit Inner Artist” classes focus on building a short piece of performance art developed live in the room from the contributions of participants. ~

NOTE: “INNER SPIRIT INNER ARTIST” IS A PART OF RESEARCH I’M CONDUCTING IN THE THESIS YEAR OF MY MASTER OF FINE ARTS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST: COMPLETE A COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS – THEATRE “HOLD HARMLESS” FORM PRIOR TO CLASS PARTICIPATION; FILL OUT A SURVEY AT THE END OF EACH CLASS THEY PARTICIPATE IN; AND AGREE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND FILMED FOR AYVAUNN PENN’S ARCHIVAL AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES. 

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See you there!

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Upcoming Event: My latest play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far From the Wing, A Play with Music opens May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre. Enter your email address in the “Follow” section to receive updates on auditions and show times.

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My Song for the #MeToo Movement – “We Will Not Be Silenced”

I wonder how many women there are who can’t identify with the #MeToo movement. It seems like there are WAY too many who can, and this is reflected in some of the characters I have written as a playwright. Characters inspired by women in scripture…women I have witnessed in my own life…women I want to give a voice through my work, because they cannot speak for themselves publicly without suffering backlash.

I wrote the song — “We Will Not Be Silenced,” featured in the music video above — last year for my play King David: The Original Musicless Musical. In this story adapted from the Bible story of King David, the characters Tamar and Bathsheba are both violated by men of power who were also men they thought they could trust — men they were forced to continue living with due to the social structure of that time. I originally wrote this ending for Tamar and Bathsheba, because I wanted them to at least have each other – to have a sisterhood – someone else they could identify with. Even if they couldn’t speak openly, they could confide in each other.

With the burst of the #MeToo movement, I found hope. Not only for myself, but for Tamar, Bathsheba, and all the women they represent past and present. I was inspired to record this updated remix of the song to reflect the new hope women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed now find in this current time.

May this song of hope bless your spirit and set women free to be fearless. Ladies, may it remind you that if you are violated by a man, you do not have to remain silent. Share this with someone who needs to hear it.

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Upcoming Event: My latest play The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far From the Wing, A Play with Music opens May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre. Enter your email address in the “Follow” section to receive updates on auditions and show times.