By All About Solo News Desk
United Solo will present a Master Class with Zishan Ugurlu, resident actress and director at La MaMa and professor at The New School. This is an exciting opportunity to work with an admired actress whose work has been seen throughout New York and abroad. This master class will help you hone the necessary skills to stand alone and perform. Paradoxically, the most personal experiences are also the most universal. Embracing vulnerability and working with our profound truths is precisely what inspires others and allows for genuine relationships that connect us all. In this class, students will be coached on their prepared monologues in front of their peers and engage in various exercises that will improve their understanding of solo performance fundamentals. Participants must come prepared with a monologue of their choosing.
“As an actor, director, and educator, I hope to inspire theater makers to flirt with fear in their attempts to make the invisible visible, and I use Andrey Tarkovsky’s description of an artistic discovery as a mantra: ‘An artistic discovery occurs each time as a new and unique image of the world, a hieroglyphic of absolute truth. It appears as a revelation, as a momentary, passionate wish to grasp intuitively and at a stroke all the laws of this world-its beauty and ugliness, its compassion and cruelty, its infinity and its limitations’” —Zishan Ugurlu
Zishan Ugurlu is a resident actress and director at La MaMa Theater and has worked extensively both in New York and abroad. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama, directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama is presented in Rimini, Bolognia, Milan, Italy, Ghent, Belgium, Barcelona, and Spain. Acting solo performances include the world premiere of Dario Fo’s Peasant’s Bible, Dante in Dante, and Antigone. As a director, she is currently working on two projects: Music Room by John Runowicz about the prison system in America and working with formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin and featuring Judith Butler. Solo performances previously directed by Ugurlu include The Mom, The Dad, & The Holy Spirit featuring solo performers Yu Ling Wu, Joshua Laclé, and Aliyah Hakim, Harlem Blooms In Spring by Jersten Seraile at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), Race Free by Maria Mukuka, at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival), In the Storm of Pleasure by Daniel Benhamu at Off–Broadway, Theater Row (United Solo Festival Best Debut Award), The Surrender by Toni Bentley at Off-Broadway, The Clurman Theater, Oysters, Orgasms, Obituaries by Raina von Waldenburg (Nominated for New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance) and Request Program by F. X. Kroetz. Additional credits include Agamemnon by Aeschylus, π-ROJECT based on The Persians by Aeschylus, Purge by Sofi Oksanen, Baghdadi Bath by Jawad Al Assadi, The Father by August Strindberg, The Last Supper by Lars Norén, Until the Next Whirl by Rumi, and Operetta by Witold Gombrowicz. Ugurlu was recently invited to direct Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare at Istanbul Municipality Theater for its 100-year anniversary and for the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Ugurlu is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. in theater. She is currently teaching at The New School University as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY with Zishan Ugurlu will take place on Monday, October 15, 2018 from 6PM-8PM at Theatre Row, New York City. All ages and levels of theatrical experience encouraged. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required at www.unitedsolo.org/us/uedu.