Neo-Futurist Bootcamp Workshop
with Rob Neill
This unique workshop based in storytelling, is designed to strengthen confidence and communication, while bringing creativity to center stage in personal, artistic, and professional life. Based on the Neo-Futurist approach to writing and performance, it focuses on developing a heightened awareness, and staging personal experiences in order to find a greater meaning in everyday life. The aim is to empower and affirm the lives of the participants and get them to a point of bringing that personal creativity to their work and performance. By drawing from personal experiences and cultivating extraordinary ideas from the seemingly ordinary, participants learn how to weave observation with imagination to create a powerful storytelling experience.
Sunday, January 28 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm | $50
About Rob: Rob Neill is a New York-based writer, performer, theater maker, and educator whose body of work includes avant-garde theatre, storytelling, traditional Broadway roles, and creativity classes. He is a founding member of the internationally renowned performance collective, the New York Neo-Futurists. His original plays have been performed at several experimental theaters, including The Ontological Theatre, P.S.122, The Public Theater, and HERE. As an actor, Neill has performed in Broadway shows (“London Assurance,” “Peter and the Starcatcher”), in London (“The Cherry Orchard”), regionally (“You Never Can Tell,” “Tartuffe”) and at the Edinburgh Festival (“Too Much Light...”). He is also a member of the Alternative Speakers’ Bureau, where he offers workshops in creative expression and workplace innovation. Neill has taught a variety of master classes on many campuses including Brooklyn College, Fordham, NYU, Hofstra, University of Rhode Island, Texas State, and several corporations around the country. He has a BA in Philosophy and Russian Studies from Grinnell College and an MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has also studied performance at the National Theater Institute and the Peoples Improv Theater and has worked on a variety of independent films and commercials.
Founded in 2004 in NYC, the New York Neo-Futurists create and perform an ever-changing show titled The Infinite Wrench every Friday and Saturday in the East Village of NYC at The Kraine Theater.The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays while racing against a clock set for 1 hour. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrenchis the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater. The NY Neo-Futurists have toured all around the country, most notably to the Alden Theater, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Austin College, Grinnell College, Sarah Lawrence, Ripon College, Lafayette College, University of Texas, Hamilton College, University of Delaware, NYU, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, the Providence Improv Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. They also have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Pinque Magazine, and Comedy Magazine and to date have written over 4500 plays!
“The hardest working theater group in the city right now.”- Time Out
“The NY Neo-Futurists prove again that their brand of theatre is resonant, powerful and must-must-must see.” -New York Theater Review
“An entertaining forum for discussing the issues.” -The New Yorker
“Lively entertainment.” -NY Times
“Smart and daffy.” -Broadway World
“Brilliant Minimalists.” -New York Magazine
“Like the glory days of Saturday Night Live" ?"not just funny but faintly surreal.” -Backstage