A LABORATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING Experimental Theater Company (ALATetc) is a Brooklyn-based organization committed to creating and curating bold works for the stage, socially conscious performance projects and community-building events. ALATetc engages a fluid collective of artists and activists dedicated to developing young theater artists and new audiences by making theater that provokes dialogue and heightens our awareness of personal ethics.

Friday, January 15, 2010

ACTION for HAITI: Monday Jan 18th, 2010, Cafe Petisco, NYC

January 18th, 2010

  Cafe Petisco
189 East Broadway and Jefferson
(212) 389-0366
New York City  

Our Dear Friends,

Please come together in support of Haiti at Cafe Petisco, 189 East Broadway on Monday January 18th 6-9pm.

The assessments are just beginning; already we know that the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince Tuesday is a catastrophe of major proportions.

While it's heartening to see the swift response from our President and the international community overall, we should not take the relief effort for granted nor leave it up to others to fix it.

The earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 is simply the latest in a long line of devastations that has been visited on the Haitian people.  Many survivors require immediate assistance with shelter, food, water, and medical attention. To this end we are committing our efforts to an ongoing campaign to raise funds for the Haitian crisis.

© Stefano Zannini /MSF

The most immediate, pressing need is medical aid, therefore we are coming together this Monday to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. 

MSF has been setting up emergency medical aid missions around the world since 1971. On Tuesday MSF staff immediately started treating hundreds of people injured and have been setting up clinics in tents to replace their own damaged medical facilities.

Daily we are seeing the heartbreaking images of the devastation.  Let us not feel helpless; let us act now by coming together to send desperately needed funds to the Haitian people.

Monday's event at Cafe Petisco will be hosted by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and will include cocktails, appetizers, music by DJ Sunshine and a silent auction of donated art works by various New York City artists plus special guest appearances including comedienne Hazelle Goodman.  We ask that you dig deeply into your hearts for a suggested donation of at least $25.00 per person100% of all donations will go to Doctors Without Borders.

RSVP:     (347) 526-8782  

We look forward to your support.

Kobi Skolnick and Vernice P. Miller  

About ALATetc ●

A LABORATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING EXPERIMENTAL THEATER COMPANY is an ensemble of artists engaged in the creation and production of socially conscious performance projects and community building events. As pedagogues we are committed to cultivation dynamic, sophisticated, and virtuosic artists through training that supports both creative development and personal growth. 

Please visit our website www.ALATetc.org, our blog alatetc.blogspot.com, and our Facebook page for up-to-date information on all of our happenings. 
Phone (347) 526-8782
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Monday, January 4, 2010

PRESENTING TRACES IN THE SNOW with Roberta Carreri on Jan 9th!


In Her Acclaimed
For one performance only!

A unique encounter with one of the world's greatest theatre artists.

January 9th, 2010


La MaMa E.T.C.
1st Floor Theatre
74A East 4th Street
2nd Avenue & The Bowery

Tickets $25

photo by Tony D'Urso

Please join us for the
official ribbon cutting for ALATetc.

The Board and Members of ALATetc
Are pleased to invite you to join in
Support and celebration of our official launch

At a 2-part event on January 9th, 2010.

Part 1: Traces in The Snow
The presentation of Maestra Roberta Carreri's performance demonstration 3pm at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City. $25

Traces in The Snow is Roberta Carreri's dialogue about the secrets which precede and follow the building of a character and the creation of a performance.

Part 2: Champagne Launch
Drinks & hors d'oeuvres at the Tribeca home of
Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels. $25 (fully tax deductable)

A champagne reception following the performance of Traces in The Snow. A special evening in one of the premiere lofts in New York City. In the company of Maestra Carreri and the ALATetc ensemble.

This reception will also serve as the official ribbon cutting for ALATetc.

Tickets to both events $45 individual / $85 per pair

To RSVP and secure your space,
Please contact Vernice Miller at 347-526-8782 or 

ALATetc Company & Board
Seth Baumrin ٠ Soraya Broukhim ٠ Winsome Brown ٠ Sarah Simmons ٠Aneesah Dambreville ٠ Fataah Dihaan ٠ Darci Fulcher ٠ Kimberly Guzowski ٠ Omotayo Jolaosho ٠ Brigitte B. Loftis ٠ Berette Macaulay ٠Ralph Denzer ٠ Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer ٠ Audrey Pernell ٠ Anna Podolak ٠ Katya Schapiro ٠ Neil David Seibel ٠ Joann Maria Yarrow ٠ Füsun Ateşer ٠ Gustave Johnson ٠ Cheryl Smith ٠ Gayle Quarles John ٠ Vernice P. Miller

Sunday, January 3, 2010

HAPPENING TONIGHT!! - Red Tent Fabrik & Nightly Labs

Happy New Year!
Please join us tonight
start the New Year with Presence!

Sunday, January 3rd 7pm-8:30pm

We are throwing open the doors to our rehearsal/training session. You are specially invited into this very early stage as we work on creating a new performance piece and an ALATetc aesthetic.

Red Tent Fabrik marks the first phase of development for a full production entitled Children of Abraham, ALATetc's dramatic response to Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, which tells the biblical story of the wives and only daughter of Jacob.

We aim to explore the common roots and rituals of the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity) by weaving together different artistic and musical elements from these traditions. The project will be developed largely through ensemble-based physical and vocal improvisation, guided playwrighting, and will feature dynamic movement, polyphonic vocal music, and nonlinear storytelling.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange

421 5th Ave
at Eighth Street
Park Slope B'klyn
NY 11215-3315

Suggested Donation $15

Photo Vernice Miller as Antigone © Metropole Theater, Denmark

And don't forget the Nightly Labs are only here for this week!



Seminars from ALATetc company
Monday 4th through Friday 8th
January 2010 7:30-10pm

Monday January 4th
Vernice P. Miller and Seth Baumrin

In the 1980s, Five Moon Theater founders and artistic directors Seth Baumrin and Vernice P. Miller facilitated three colloquia with Jerzy Grotowski and one colloquium with Eugenio Barba in New York City. For ten years Ms. Miller was the principal actor with Five Moon Theater under Mr. Baumrin's direction. In this nightly lab, the pair is reunited to present Five Moon's history and discuss the director-solo performer relationship.

Tuesday January 5th
Joann Maria Yarrow

While training with Roberta Carreri at Odin Teatret, Joann Maria Yarrow met Vernice P. Miller, and the seeds for ALATetc were planted in the winter of 1995 at the Greenwich Street Theatre in New York City. We searched to make the training our own, incorporating the different disciplines, cultures, and performance styles of the artists with whom we collaborated. During this journey a connection was made with Neil David Seibel in California, and ALATetc continued to grow and tour to other countries with a diverse group of theater performers. Now the Director of Prometeo Theatre, a Spanish-language theatre conservatory, Joann will discuss and demonstrate exercises that are part of ALATetc's core training. She will work with actors from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, and reveal how we use these techniques to create performance material.

Wednesday January 6th
Neil David Seibel

Neil David Seibel has lived among a wide variety of performance disciplines: theatre, dance, cabaret and musical theatre, film and television, movement theatre and solo performance. In 1997 he met a girl named Joann and became intimately involved with the fledgling ALATetc, finding a home for his self-described "everything goes approach to the art of storytelling". Moving from the premise that an actor has three resources to train - the mind, the body, and the voice - this evening's lab will reflect ND's current work of connecting the life of the storyteller to the spirit of the character, thus Integrating The Actor.

Thursday January 7th
Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer

Professor Neuerburg-Denzer studied movement and acting in Köln and Berlin, Germany. In Berlin she co-founded and ran Theater Zerbrochene Fenster for a number of years before moving to New York City in 1990. It was here that she met Vernice P. Miller in a Roberta Carreri workshop. Professor Neuerburg-Denzer is interested in the effects of war and other situations of extreme pressure on the human being, and how these states have been and can be expressed on stage. She is also promoting the study of emotions in theater and brings to us her emotion research from her ongoing Emo Lab at Concordia University in Montreal.

Friday January 8th
Audrey Pernell

Ms. Pernell studied theatre at Swarthmore College with Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer and Vernice P. Miller. Presently, she is a graduate student designing her own curriculum in voice with contemporary international masters of voice and theatre through Antioch University McGregor. In this vocal performance laboratory, Ms. Pernell will draw on approaches derived from Roy Hart, Jean-Rene Toussaint, and Jerzy Grotowski, and explore these through the lens of the Chakra System and other Yogic teachings. "No matter our genre, as performers we must access the totality of our instruments - body, mind, and presence in our developmental and creative work. The voice is the bridge through which we can connect these seemingly disparate aspects of our beings, and the lens through which we may begin truly to see ourselves and reveal ourselves to an audience". ~AP

Plus rare film presentations from Odin's archive and The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater Company

Photo ALATetc Sacred Actor Workshop © Teatro Prometeo 2009

All labs held at
A.R.T./NY South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street Fort Greene B'klyn,
NY 11217
(Between Atlantic Ave and Fulton Street)

$25 per evening
$100 all five labs

RSVP & to purchase tickets