Specialty Workshops

The Fall Workshop Series at Luna Stage

You're rocking the spoken word scene, but could your words be a play?

Your plays are ready for workshop or production, but how do you get your script in front of the right people?

You love acting, but if only it was easier to memorize all those lines...

Never fear - Luna has the workshop for you! Back by popular demand, the Fall Workshop Series at Luna Stage brings in experts to help you advance your career and further your artistic knowledge! This fall, we feature workshops designed for spoken word artists, playwrights, and actors.

The fee for each workshop is just $25. (Yes, you read that right.) Through the support of our donors, Luna is committed to providing first-rate instruction at affordable prices so all members of our community can nurture the artist within.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

Spoken Word Drama
Led by reg e gaines

Saturday, September 23rd from 2-5pm
Cost: $25

reg e gaines

What's the difference between spoken word and a play? How can you use your skills as a spoken word artist to create a piece of drama for the stage? How can you give your play more texture and power by incorporating elements of spoken word artistry? Join critically acclaimed playwright, poet, and lyricist reg e gaines to explore the places where spoken word and traditional drama meet. Learn the similarities between dramatic poetry, hip-hop inflected spoken word pieces, and classic monologues. Create new text and learn to excite the imagination when revisiting unpolished pieces. Analyze dramatic soliloquies and sharpen your performance skills. Participants are encouraged to bring work in progress, ideas being considered for development, and "signature poems" which have been performed before audiences. No experience necessary, but passion required.

reg e gaines is a two time Tony Award-nominated playwright, Grammy Award-nominated lyricist, has published four books of poetry, is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology A Year In Ink and scored the PBS documentary, Senior Year. Recent projects include director of Connect The Lots, a musical theatre summer camp in Camden, New Jersey in 2014; director/creative writing workshop facilitator of Through The Looking Glass, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles California, 2014-2016; and director of Lyricist Fellowship Lab, Teaching Firm of America Charter School, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn in winter/spring 2017. reg e will present an excerpt from his new musical The 88, written with his brother Calvin Gaines, at Luna Stage in October 2017.

Submitting Your Script
Led by Lia Romeo

Saturday, October 14th from 2-5pm
Cost: $25

Lia Romeo

So you've written a play... now what do you do with it? Lia Romeo is a nationally-produced playwright and has also worked as a literary manager for companies in New York City and New Jersey, so she's seen the submissions process from both sides and knows what works and what doesn't. In this workshop, Lia will cover topics like where to look for submission opportunities, how to network and form relationships with theatre companies, how to write a synopsis and a personal statement, and more.

Lia Romeo’s plays have been seen at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, and elsewhere. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She is the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the new play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith and Kraus. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers/MGSA, and she teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

"Line?": A Memory-training Seminar for Actors
Led by Jared Kelner

Saturday, October 21st from 2-5pm
Cost: $25

Jared Kelner

Attention actors! If you've ever struggled to remember your lines, the creative memorization techniques taught in LINE? will help you break through your mental blocks and accelerate the line memorization process. Author Jared Kelner has applied his experience as an actor and acting teacher and combined that with his expertise as a memory improvement trainer and created an imagination and sensory based process for actors to use when memorizing lines. It’s an innovative approach to line memorization that taps into the actor’s imagination and acting training rather than relying on monotonous rote memorization methods. Seminar includes the eBook LINE?, The Infinite Memory System (a 10-hour memory improvement audio program), and 3 months of email support from the author.

Jared Kelner is a New Jersey-based actor, acting teacher, playwright, producer, director and has appeared professionally on stage, film, tv and radio. Jared is the creator of the emotion-induction technique "REACT" (Rapid Emotion Activation Craft Training) that teaches actors how to use Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to instantly call forth any emotion, and he is also the author of the book LINE? The Creative Way for Actors to Quickly Memorize Monologues and Dialogues which hit #1 on Amazon.com in Acting/Auditioning.

Jared has taught teen and adult acting craft classes in California, New York and New Jersey; was the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Actor's Playhouse, a Meisner Technique acting school in Northern California; held the position of Artistic Director of the Rahway, NJ based theatre company 'Fearless Productions'; helped establish and taught adult acting classes at the Union County Performing Arts Center Acting Conservatory in Rahway; and runs "The Actor's Approach Acting Academy" where he coaches actors privately. Jared's students have gone on to be cast in film, tv, equity theatre productions and community theatre.