Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Adventures Into the Unknown

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Adventures Into the Unknown

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Adventures Into the Unknown are a series of open experiential explorations touching on aspects of the Michael Chekhov technique. Memorize a minute of text that you enjoy in case the Adventure we find ourselves on leads us there. Attend as many Adventures as you like (or all of them)! March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5 — 10:30am-12pm

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TELL ME ABOUT THESE ADVENTURES!
Adventures Into the Unknown are a series of open experiential explorations touching on aspects of the Michael Chekhov technique. Memorize a minute of text that you enjoy in case the Adventure we find ourselves on leads us there. Attend as many Adventures as you like (or all of them)!

WHEN ARE THEY?
March 24, April 7, April 21, and May 5, 2019
10:30am-12pm

WHO ARE THEY FOR?
Each Adventure is open to a maximum of eight performing artists (ages 18 and up) both new to or with experience in the Michael Chekhov Technique.

THAT'S ME! WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Please wear clothing and shoes you are comfortable moving in since we discover experientially through full-bodied movement over academically. Have two to three minutes of character text that you enjoy memorized. Bring a water bottle, a notebook, and a writing instrument. Cross the threshold into the space with a spirit of openness, play, and curiosity to discover for yourself how you can apply the Michael Chekhov technique to your own artistry.

WHERE DO WE MEET?
Art On Madison
14203 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
Plenty of free parking is available on Madison and nearby side streets. Please avoid metered parking so you can remain in the stream of our exploration. Meters do not run on weekends.

ANY OTHER DETAILS ABOUT MY INVESTMENT?
Non-refundable required registration closes 48 hours prior to each session.

HOW IS THE MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE APPROACHED?
The Michael Chekhov Technique is a holistic, psycho-physical approach to performance that synthesizes the actor's body and psychology. You discover how the magic of your movement, in tandem with your imagination and feeling life, has the ability to enliven the spaces within yourself and the spaces around you. Solo and ensemble explorations in movement, concentration, atmosphere, and gesture increase your flexibility, honesty, joy, and ease as a performing artist. You learn to free your body as a conduit for the soul of your character. Your Creative Individuality is supported and nourished, and your artistic work becomes more inspired.


WHO LEADS THE WORKSHOPS?
Ray Caspio creates beautifully grotesque characters whose comedic allure invites you into their queer realities, where they unpack American culture and scrutinize the multifaceted manners in which we relate to each other. His work recognizes the immediacy and impermanence of performance by embracing theatre as a living event. Who is in the room matters. The work becomes as alive as we are: conscious, truthful, and existing in that moment when we all gather to play. Ray is a performance artist, teaching artist, actor, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Michael Chekhov Center Cleveland. He has created pieces spanning theatre, cabaret, installation, web, and personal storytelling; served as performer-creator in numerous devised pieces; and originated over 30 roles. His live work has been performed at Playhouse Square, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, convergence-continuum, Playwrights Local, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Theater Ninjas (Associate Artistic Director 2012-2015), and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Caspio appeared on Best of Theatre lists for Cleveland Scene Magazine (2014 & 2017) and WCPN/NPR’s The Sound of Applause (2014, for the conception and performance of the immersive cabaret exploration of gender, sexuality, and marriage equality, TingleTangle). In 2014, he was profiled as Scene’s “Thespian”. Ray’s training consists of the Michael Chekhov technique (Michael Chekhov School, Hudson, NY; MICHA: the International Michael Chekhov organization), Bouffon (Giovanni Fusetti), Eccentric Performance (Avner Eisenberg & Julie Goell), the Alba Method, and Improvisation and Comedy Writing (Second City Chicago). Caspio has taught for Playhouse Square, Disney Musicals-in-Schools, Cleveland Play House Theatre Academy, MetroHealth Arts in Medicine, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ray received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.


I’M AN LGBTQ ARTIST AND WANT TO JOIN YOU, BUT FIND MYSELF NEEDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. CAN YOU HELP?
Absolutely. MC3 is a safe space for you to explore and work. If you’re interested in any of our class offerings and find yourself in extreme need of financial assistance, please open a discussion by e-mailing Ray (me!) at michaelchekhovcenter (at) gmail (dot) com detailing your situation and proposed need, and we’ll find a solution together! I’ve been there. I get it. And I want to make sure this technique is accessible to you. This offer is for LGBTQ-identifying artists only.

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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.