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-Film-Riderless

Dec 20 2010

“Riderless” is a Film Darin Coelho Spring of Cinema Caldera and Myself have been talking about doing for over a year. The story is by Darin and I wrote the screenplay and Directed it. Both Darin and I have a love for old silent film so we decided this film would work well in that style. We tried our best to honor that form. We ended up getting some great help and many people dedicating time to helping this project come to life. What came out of all this hard work was a poetic western melodrama that we are very proud of.

For three weeks this fall/winter we used most of our free time to make this happen.

Here are some pictures of the process.


Going to Norway!

Dec 13 2010

Hey everybody,

Ida and I will be directing a production of “A Dream Play” By August Strindberg for the month of January and it goes up in the first week of February. We are very excited. We will work with 22 students to create a challenging production. I will be posting pictures and updates once I get there.

Here is what the author says about the production:

The author has in this dream play sought to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly
logical shape of a dream. Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable.
Time and space do not exist; the imagination spins, weaving new patterns on a flimsy
basis of reality: a mixture of memories, experiences, free associations, absurdities and
improvisations.

The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve and merge. But
one consciousness rules them all: the dreamer’s; for him there are no secrets, no
inconsistencies, no scruples and no laws. He does not judge or acquit, he merely
relates; and, because a dream is usually painful rather than pleasant, a tone of
melancholy and compassion for all living creatures permeates the rambling narrative.
Sleep, the liberator, often feels like torture, but when the torment is at its worst, the
moment of awakening comes and reconciles the sufferer with reality, which,
regardless of how painful it might be, is at this very moment a joy compared to the
agonies of dreaming.

August Strindberg, Author

We are excited.

Leaving on the 23rd!


Welcome

Dec 12 2010

Hello and welcome to my new blog page!

Thanks to Eric Howard from Howard Webservice I can now post updates of projects I am currently working on. From here I will post pictures, videos, and news of all my artistic endeavors. I will also post news and info about any workshops I will be holding when they come up.

So please come check this out as often as you want. I will be updating it as much as I can.

Thanks

-Jamie


-Falcon’s Eye Theatre- Around The World In 80 Days

Oct 13 2010

The talented director David Harris hired me to do movement/choreography/training with his cast in a production of Around The World In 80 Days. In this production the entire cast did everything with their bodies. Playing both the vehicles for transportation and the people in every city. It turned out to be a fun and exciting experience for us all.


The Heidelberg Project

Jul 14 2010

On the Way back from Toronto Richard, Liza, Jason, and I were able to Visit the wonderful and stunning Heidelberg Project in Detroit.

http://www.heidelberg.org/

I was blown away with everything I saw. It was chilling to walk through these abandoned neighborhoods and see these sculptures giving life and new meaning to a devistated place. A life changing thing to see.

We had the fortune of meeting the man who started the project Tyree Guyton. A very generous and caring man. Obviously wanting to make a difference in that city with so many troubles. We were able to Paint a circle on the road. I wish I could remember the words he used to describe what it represented. Check out his website and donate if you can.

Its amazing to see art that makes an impact like this.

You can Follow Liza and Richard of The Hinterlands (who are now in Detroit) on this blogsite

http://thehinterlandsensemble.tumblr.com/


-The Hinterlands- DEAD ROAD

Jul 13 2010

During the summer I had the chance to work with Liza and Richard of The Hinterlands. I flew over to Milwaukee to help them put together a 20 minute western to take to the Toronto Cooking Fire Theatre festival held in Dufferin Grove Park. We worked hard for 5 weeks putting this piece together and had some interesting adventures throughout the entire process.

Here is a trailer for the show.

Here are some pictures of the performance.

The Hinterlands is now based in Detroit and the plan is to develop the show into an hour long performance. You can follow their very interesting work on this blog site.

http://thehinterlandsensemble.tumblr.com/


-Studio 81-PENNARUM

Feb 13 2010

Pennarum was a devised play based on the story of Cupid and Psyche. I worked closely with El Dorado High School Teacher Paul Tomei and a group of his students to create this production and perform it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

These are the photos of the Dress rehearsal right before they left for Scotland. There was no lighting and set for this run.


-Agder University- KING UBU

Oct 13 2009

In the Fall of 2009 I had the chance to direct a production of King UBU with Ida Fugli who was a teacher at Agder University. We had 3 weeks to put the production together and it came out extremely well! Full Houses every night and the audience went crazy for the production.


-Dell ‘Arte Thesis- Bathed In Sunlight

Jun 23 2009

Written and Directed by Barney Baggett


-Dell ‘Arte Thesis- Its Only Temporary

Jun 14 2009

Writer and Director of “Its Only Temporary”

For our Final projects at Dell ‘Arte we were able to spend two months developing a project of our own exploration. We were each individually responsible for putting on a 20-minute play. I wrote and directed  a surrealist clown play about the economic times with a humanist twist. It was a collaborative process using game and play to develop material. The play became a highlight of the thesis festival and Dell ‘Arte invited me to bring a condensed version of it to open for the Network of Ensemble Theatre Festival in San Francisco.


-The Hello Show- Promo and performances

Mar 13 2009

These are excerpts from The Hello Show performed at the Coffee Garden. Filmed by a high school film class. Evan Johnson, Sarah Peters, and myself toured california with a free comedy show that we performed in Coffee Houses, Bars, Gazebos, and any other non traditional theatre venues. Our goal was to provide surprise performances in places people dont normally get theatre. The show was a touring “amateur open mic night” where my theatre partner Evan Johnson and myself played multiple characters from the town of Strawberry performing their “best talents”. Characters who truly believed in their “skills” and desire to share it no matter how “uninteresting” it may be to the public. Sarah Peters was our local librarian MC. The challenge was how we could play nervous “first time” performers and keep the show engaging to communities.

Here is the promo for the show we did in Placerville. Always our best audience and favorite place to play!

 

This is California TIger and buddy…This is a workout class…


-Bali- Teaching Acrobatics

Feb 05 2009

While in Bali Ida Fugli and I had the chance to teach Acrobatics to 7-12 year old students at the Pelangi School in South Lontundu, Ubud


-Bali- Topeng Dance and Shaow Puppetry

Feb 04 2009

For our third year at Dell ‘Arte School director Joan Schirle led our class and an outside group to study and train with master teachers of Topeng dance, Shadow Pupetry, and mask carving while immersing ourselves in the Balinese culture. These are some of the pictures I took of the whole experience.

Here is a video I put together giving a small glimpse of my time there.


-Horror Experiment-

Oct 01 2008

2007-2008

Produced by Tyler Olsen

2007 performed as Zombie in a performance of Thriller choreographed by Nathaniel Justiano

2008 performed as Bolo in “The Bath” Written by Toby Mulford

in 2007-2008, Inspired by the gruesome style of Grand Guignol, Tyler Olsen helped organize and put together three horrific tales of blood and guts for Halloween. In 2007 it was performed at the Dell’Arte Carlo Theatre where I played a Zombie. The Second in 2008 was performed at The Playhouse in Arcata California. I was cast in “The Bath” an Original Script written by Toby Mulford, an MFA graduate of Dell’Arte International. I played Bolo a russian mobster hired to kill the daughter of the crime boss by pouring acid on her if she doesnt pay ransom. It was a challening role to play because of all the techniques it takes to make the effects look real.


-Glasnost- Promo Video

Jun 15 2008

Here is a promotional video for our Glasnost Marching Band! Enjoy!


-Glasnost the Famiglia Marching Band- street performances/Holiday Show

Jun 14 2008

Here is a link to our music played live on KHSU:

Glasnost on KHSU

Co-Creator with ensemble, performed as character “poosh”

Played trumpet and accordion.

During my second year of study at Dell ‘Arte my fellow classmates and I created Glasnost the famiglia marching band. We were a character band who played on the streets during events and festivals. This was a side project non-related to the school. We were invited to many cabarets, fundraisers, and events where we would perform a full set of music for the crowds. This became something we did in our past time as we started to gain some fame in the Humboldt area since we were appearing regularly throughout 2007-2008. We were featured on KHSU twice and played on the streets in San Francisco during the christmas season. The band continued on throughout the year of 2008 performing everywhere they were invited. For the fall of 2008 it was decided that Glasnost would be the Dell ‘Arte companies holiday show prodution. We toured a family friendly version of “The Glasnost Familglia Holida Show” under the Direction of Joan Schirle.


-Dell ‘Arte- Tragedy Article

Jun 13 2008

This is an article about our Tragedy production at Dell ‘Arte. As an ensemble of nine we put blood sweat and tears into discovering what it is to devise a contemporary tragedy.

http://www.northcoastjournal.com/arts/2008/06/12/aspects-tragedy/


-Dell ‘Arte- Tragedy

Jun 06 2008

Co-creator of ensemble written “Between two Winters”

This show had two versions:

First version rehearsals were facilitated by both Brian Moore and myself and directed by Ronlin Foreman

Second version was directed by Ronlin Foreman and performed in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre.

I performed as Earl the New Producer

The final project of the second year was an 8-week intensive study in the style of tragedy. We explored elements of the chorus, tragic gesture (with Donlin Foreman and Ronlin Foreman), the protagonist, and playwriting. As an ensemble we created the play “Between Two Winters”. The performance ended up having two versions. The first version was performed at the Dell ‘Arte theatre then we continued to re-structure and explore further into our story for another 4-weeks with Ronlin Foreman as the director. We took the 2nd version to San Francisco performing it in the Magic Theatre for three nights and a Sunday Matinee.

Photos by: Jorin Bossen


-Dell ‘Arte- Adaptations

Feb 04 2008

Co-Creator of Ensemble devised “Georgy Porgy”

Played “real” Georgy

Our next project in the 2nd year was for 3 groups of 3 to adapt any text or story into a 20-minute play. My group worked with the story “Georgy Porgy” by Roald Dahl. We created huge cardboard masks (designed by me) and a huge surreal world based in the head of Georgy Porgy, who has a hard time dealing with women.


-Dell ‘Arte- Aneis De Saturno

Oct 04 2007

Student, Co-creator, and performer in demonstration

In the beginning of our second year of study at Dell ‘Arte we were given the opportunity to train with Carlos Simioni, a performer and member of the company LUME in Brazil. We spent 2 months with Carlos developing a demonstration performance of his training. With him we developed a method of training that was quite successful in training the actor body to be fully present and engaged within an ensemble.

Photos by Jorin Bossen


-Dell ‘Arte- Orleans Rural Residency

May 22 2007

Co-Created, Ensemble devised, and Stagemanaged

Performed in mask and played accordion as “Grandpa the story-teller”

Taught workshops at Orleans Elementary, Junction School, and a school near the Forks of Salmon.

For the last two weeks of our first year of Dell ‘Arte, the class was split into two groups and sent into small rural communities to provide workshops and put together a together a theatrical piece based on issues and topics pulled from interaction with the community. Our group went to the Yurok reservation in Orleans, California, where we camped next to the school grounds and taught workshops.


Photos by Danica Curcic


-Dell ‘Arte- Carlo Finals

May 01 2007

Co-created in ensemble devised “The Unknown Sea”

Played Tedev the Blind Messenger

For the final project at Dell ‘Arte the students are asked to get in groups and create a 10-minute play pulling from any of the style blocks that they are inspired by. Our project pulled from both Clown and Melodrama. It turned into a surrealistic piece based on a story about a woman who has had a stillborn child and what happens to that child in the world between life and death.

Photos by Carol Eckstein


-Dell ‘Arte- Clown Finals

Apr 04 2007

Performed as Self-created clown character Richard Duffington

The final “style block” of the 1st year program deals with Comedy. The students are guided through five weeks of making an attempt to “be funny” with master teacher Ronlin Foreman. The final performance consisted of Clown Duos, Trios, and groupings in a fast paced night filled with gags and jokes.

Photos by Katie O’Neill


-Dell ‘Arte-Melodrama

Apr 04 2007

Co-Created ensemble written “Break From Life”

I played the Doctor

The second “style block” of training in the first year was a five-week course in Melodrama. We explored how to devise through playwriting a 10-minute story that ended with a triumph of virtue. Working with characters that could potentially contain an emotional depth. The final performances were student-devised melodramas.

Photos by Ilan Ben-Yahuda


-Dell Arte- Commedia “Gotta Go”

Feb 04 2007

Performed in Caravaggio written by Joan Schirle adapted by students to become “Love Bites”

I played the Arlequino Archetype

The first “style block” of Dell ‘Arte. We trained for five weeks in mask and character in the style of Commedia. For the performance our class was divided into 4 groups where we created our own version of the Caravaggio or improvisational structure written by Joan Schirle. The characters were based on the Commedia archetypes.

Photos by Carol Eckstein


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