Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pig Iron Theatre Company Workshop: The Grotesque

My friend Aram, who is co-teaching this workshop, sent me a message letting me know that there are still places left. Contact Pig Iron using the email address below to indicate your interest.


"From Gothic statuary to South Park, grotesque characters have performed the essential, painful, and hilarious task of breaking down the pretensions and hypocrisies through their corrosive, scorched-earth parodies of social order. The Grotesque is a carnivalesque world of exaggerated absurdities - a parade in which society's ridiculous underbelly is displayed for appalled and amused passers-by.

In this workshop, acclaimed teachers Quinn Bauriedel (director of Pig Iron's Live Arts smash WELCOME TO YUBA CITY) and Aram Aghazarian (graduate of the famed London International School of Performing Arts) will teach students to create their own hyper-satirical characters, using their own experiences and frustrations as a channel for their mocking voices. The workshop will culminate in a soiree of short grotesque pieces developed during the workshop in collaboration with other students."

COST: $400
($375 if registered before Sept. 19)

Location: Philadelphia, TBA

DATES: Sat. Sept. 26 3-6pm,
Sun. Sept. 27 3-6pm,
Wed. Sept. 30 6:30-9:30pm,
Sat. Oct. 3 3-6pm,
Sun. Oct. 4 3-6pm,
Wed. Oct. 7 6:30-9:30,
Friday Oct. 9 6:30-9:30,
Sat. Oct. 10 3-6pm,
Sun. Oct. 11 3-7pm (with a final showing)

Email with an introductory message
explaining what draws you to the workshop and your performance
background. Upon being accepted into the workshop, we require a $100
non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the fee can be paid on the
first day of the workshop.

QUINN BAURIEDEL, a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron
Theatre Company. Quinn is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Ecole
Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and has performed in nearly all of Pig Iron's
original works; in his capacity as the head of Pig Iron's education
programs, he has taught workshops at Harvard, Princeton, the
University of Virginia, Stanford, Brown, Wesleyan, Georgetown, and
many others. In addition to his teaching work with the company, Quinn
also is a faculty member at Swarthmore and at the Headlong Performance

ARAM ALAN AGHAZARIAN, a graduate of the London International School of
Performing Arts, is currently at work on Please Make Us Happy or
Protagonismo! with Rhode Island-based ensemble, Burvil Hoist. His work
as a performer-creator includes Pay Up (Pig Iron Theatre Company),
Speak, Mascot! (Workshop for Potential Movement), Dilated (Fresh Meat)
and Lowbrow (Parsley). This November, Aram travels to Alaska to join
Perseverance Theater for their production of Eurydice.


  1. Is he - is he THUMBING HIS NOSE AT ME? The gall!

    This looks like an awesome project. I love Philly. It really is one of the Northeast's nicest cities, and I love that there's such a rich art community. There's a surprising lack of art culture in Teh Bündox. I'm actually building another blog around that premise, that's how severe the shit is. SIGH.

  2. I love Philly too. The last few years I lived there I hated it because the scene there is so incestuous. But after living in New York as an artist for years I miss the sure comfort of being part of a "scene". It's a Faustian bargain: a smaller city with a vibrant, if sometimes parochial performance scene or New York City, in which anything can happen but no one cares if you live or die.

    Lemme know about the new blog.