Composing Self through Free Play

'The foul of the air' by The Living Room Theatre Photo: Nathaniel Fay
Friday 22 March 2019
9.30 - 2.00PM

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East Sydney Arts and Community Centre ,
Corner of Burton and Palmer Street



The Living Room Theatre

This event is run as part of the Developing the Field of Multispecies Justice FASS Research Project.

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. – Stephen Nachmanovitch

Michelle St Anne, Artistic Director of The Living Room Theatre and Honorary Associate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, has designed this masterclass in a way that brings together her favourite actor-training exercises to access the imagination. Participants will learn to use research as a portal to that imagination. Michelle’s practice is inspired by many – Cicely Berry, Stanislavski, Butch Morris, John Zorn and (way too obsessively) Steve Reich.

This workshop will allow you space to taste language, feel an idea and surrender to a broader conversation.

The programme:

9.30 – 10.30am:    Warm up voice and body to access sense memory
10.30 – 10.45am:  Break
10.45 – 11.15am:  Finding your research in your body
11.15 – 12.30pm:  Improvisation in life, research and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity.
12.30 – 1.00pm:    Conduction Improvisation
1.00 – 2.00pm:      Lunch – Debrief, awakenings.


Michelle is the Artistic Director and founder of The Living Room Theatre. As a theatre-maker she has created 23 ambitious productions and has received the 2013 national IDEA (Interior Design Excellence Awards) Award in the Event Category. Her work has been performed in various venues in Sydney and Melbourne.

As a freelance actor she has worked for independent theatre companies, performing at Performance Space, The Stables Theatre, Belvoir St, Museum of Contemporary Art and a regional tour of Queensland.  Michelle has also enjoyed stints on film, television, commercials, corporate videos, short films and radio. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts 2003.


NOTE: please wear loose clothing and no jeans

This is a closed workshop. For more information contact: Michelle St Anne, michelle.stanne@sydney.edu.au