On select Mondays at 5 p.m. PT, artists from previous Seattle Rep productions will offer masterclasses on a variety of topics. Learn about the artistic process and get an interactive, behind-the-scenes experience led by professional theater artists from across the nation.
Masterclass Mondays are open to artists and non-artists—all levels of experience are welcome. Ages 15+ recommended, but younger participants can join with parental supervision.
Registration is required. Tickets are free (with a suggested donation of $10).
Questions? Contact Nabra Nelson, Director of Arts Engagement
Defining & Redefining Classics
Date: Monday, December 7 from 5-6:30 p.m. PT
Teaching Artist: Porscha Shaw
Platform: Zoom (link to be sent shortly after registration)
When you think of "the classics" what do you picture? The idea of a "classic play" generally includes an overwhelming majority of white male writers. These works can be isolating, especially for BIPOC writers, performers, and audience members, whose stories rarely receive that revered distinction. To address this, and to understand and change perceptions of what it means to be a "classic" piece of theatrical storytelling, participants will identify, define, and redefine "the classics" alongside actor Porscha Shaw. During this time of tremendous change, this interactive, discussion-based masterclass is a step towards shaking up the status quo and re-defining the classics through the lens of a seasoned performer.
Meet the Teaching Artists
Teaching Artist: Defining & Redefining Classics
Porscha Shaw is a recent graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington. She is a native of Richmond, Texas and a graduate of Santa Fe University of Art and Design where she majored in Drama under the training of Jon Jory. Her recent Seattle credits include: Seattle Rep’s Shout Sister Shout! and Nina Simone: Four Women; Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Richard III; ArtsWest's The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion; Lamplighter; Sound Theatre's Hoodoo Love; Wooden O's Love's Labour's Lost; UW School of Drama's 12 Ophelias, By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, As You Like It, The Octavia, and Force Continuum.
Pictured: Christin Byrdsong and Carrie Compere in Shout Sister Shout! (2019). Photo by Bronwen Houck.