you ready to play?
Do you want to feel more comfortable thinking
and speaking on your feet?
Get into the moment with confidence and
Workshops & Coaching Help Develop Your Ability To Speak and
Act with Dynamic Presence:
- Strengthen your reflexes
for responding spontaneously with ease and authenticity .
- Discover the freedom
of trusting your creative impulses in a safe and supportive atmosphere
that encourages risk-taking, experimentation, and honesty.
- Learn the art of making
"elegant transitions" as you deal with unexpected circumstances
on and off stage with finesse and flexibility.
- Practice the skills
of acting improvisation as you learn how to craft spontaneous
scenes, believable characters, dialogue, and monologues -- learn
how to build on improvisational invitations instead of blocking
- Experiment with effective
tools for dealing with the "inner critic" with coaching
to overcome inhibitions & self-consciousness.
- Explore both humorous
and dramatic material.
- Learn how to develop
personal/original material and turn them into theatre or writing.
- Use your improvisation
skills in everyday life.
- Give yourself an opportunity
to have fun and play!
Classes include participants from all levels of experience. Beginners
Daena has pioneered
a popular, innovative, and movement based approach for teaching
improvisational acting to people from all walks of life. Her
insightful coaching, mastered over 25 years of practice, helps
students become versatile improvisers and actors.
is an art that requires and develops in us the same qualities and
skills that are most needed for personal freedom in everyday life.
It is a continuous search for truth which can create in us an attitude
of trust for each moment. Choices. Improvisation is about making
choices and daring to give them your full commitment even before you
know why or where it will lead you. The challenge is to embrace
and believe in the present moment as if it were the first, the
last, the only -- to find the "yes" instead of the "no"
when faced with the unexpected -- to act, to choose, to listen
with passionate openness, while risking being seen in the act of becoming...
Most of us lose touch with our spontaneous selves. The expression
of our creative impulses, our free body movement, our true feelings,
and our wildest imaginings often involves a deep process of recovery.
Daena's classes and workshops provide a safe and supportive setting
for you to learn to trust your own impulses and to expand the range
of your authentic expression. Since the secret of spontaneity
is the release of tension, shame, and fear, some of the work deals
with these issues directly through theatre exercises that free our
innate artistry. Focus is given to transforming the "inner
critic" into a source of positive energy and creativity.
Acting and movement techniques will be offered to help you learn
how to create believable spontaneous characters as well as
learn what it means to play clear actions and make specific
choices in improvisation scenes.
You will also be encouraged to trust your natural writing and
directing instincts as you practice the art of shaping and developing
improvisational scenes from the inside. Skills for transforming
verbal scenes into movement pieces, finding words through body impulses,
and developing images as a source for scenes will be given emphasis.
Many exercises are designed to help people find fuller access to
their passion, to take risks, and to listen and receive others with
generosity. The training is designed for people from all levels
of experience, including beginners. You are assured of a non-judgmental
environment with plenty of humor!
Giardella has pioneered a unique style of improvisational theatre
performance that incorporates a kaleidoscopic cast of dramatic
characters, movement, music, and humor. She has gathered wide critical
acclaim for her original solo thatre pieces in the US and abroad.
For over twenty years she has been developing new techniques for teaching
improvisation. She also directs actors, dancers and writers in
original performance pieces, helping them transform their personal
stories and images into theatre, fiction, and film. In addition,
Daena's voice can be heard in numerous TV and radio commercials and
corporate media. She was formerly on the faculties of Emerson College
and Boston Conservatory.
Your Creative Process
evening classes with Daena Giardella
Process is a laboratory workshop for each participant to
identify his/her particular cycles/stages of creativity while working
on specific projects or goals from week-to-week in class. This workshop
series will help you develop a dynamic relationship with your creative
process. Using spontaneous writing, improvisational acting, storytelling,
movement, vocal exercises, and music, you'll explore your unique
creative process and energize your self-expression.
Our focus will be on
each person's process of creation. Overcoming blocks, getting out
of ruts and stuck places, inviting new inspiration, learning how
to deal with the inner critic, and recognizing familiar, counterproductive
habits will be part of our work together as we support each person
to find creative freedom and satisfaction.
By understanding the
psychological stages of the creative process, learning to define
your unique work cycles, and making peace with your "inner
committee," you'll learn to identify and change the patterns
that inhibit your sense of fulfillment, so you can finally allow
creativity to take center stage in your life. You'll also discover
how your creative process can teach you a lot about yourself.
Daena offers many techniques
for grappling with some of the universal issues that arise during
the act of creation. She invites you to explore your relationship
to some common themes including: Trouble with Beginnings or Endings;
Maintaining focus in the middle; Feeling overwhelmed or distracted;
Making mistakes; Comparisons with others; Resistance; Dealing with
obstacles; Procrastination; Finding the time to be creative in the
midst of busy schedules; Setting realistic goals.
This workshop format
is aimed at people who are looking to jump-start, re-discover, support,
or simply explore their creative passion as well as those who are
currently working on a specific project (it might be a monologue,
non-fiction writing, screenplay, presentation, painting, story,
dance, stand-up comedy, poem, novel, etc.). Our format invites participants
to explore from whatever stage they happen to be moving through
in the cycles of creation. Open exploration as well as focus on
particular goals are encouraged. Each person has the opportunity
to create the kind of experience that suits his/her current creative
needs. Be assured of a safe, supportive atmosphere that encourages
trust, risk-taking, and plenty of humor!
workshop is an outgrowth of Daena's new book about the creative
process (co-authored with Wren Ross) called Changing Patterns: Discovering
the Fabric of Your Creativity, available now! For more info go to
work is not only powerful, entertaining and provocative, it's filled
with wisdom and insight. Through your laughter and tears, you'll walk
away with a deeper understanding of yourself and the world we all
share together. Give yourself the gift of Daena Giardella!"
-Cheryl Richardson, Author of “Stand Up for Your Life”, “Life
Makeovers”, “Take Time for Your Life”
“Daena Giardella is brilliant. I found her work to be extremely resonant,
relevant, moving and funny. She gets to the essence of what is important.
I wholeheartedly recommend her performances and classes to everyone.”
-Natalie Goldberg, Author of “Writing Down the Bones” and “Wild
For more information call 617.924.9596 or by email:
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