The acting technique developed by legendary theatre artist Jerzy Grotowski aims for complete integration of the actor’s mental and physical senses to reveal the core substance of a character. This specialized course presents a bold and experimental approach to text that integrates the actor’s entire body as an instrument of performance, using Stephen Wangh’s book on Grotowski, An Acrobat of the Heart, as a guide. The class is physically demanding and requires a commitment to perfect attendance, purchase of the book, and a yoga mat.
José Carrasquillo is a stage director and theater educator. Recent credits include Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Sotto Voce, The Body of an American, El Paso Blue, Don Juan Tenorio, La Senorita de Tacna, Anna in the Tropics, After the Fall and Happy Days. Locally he has directed at The Kennedy Center, Theater J, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre, GALA Hispanic, WSC-Avant Bard, Round House, Studio, Signature, Woolly Mammoth, Freedom Stage, Le Neon, Teatro de la Luna and the In-Series. He has taught/lectured or directed at The Theatre Lab, Juilliard, UMD College Park, Catholic University, UW (Seattle), Cornish College for the Arts, and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. He's the recipient of a Mary Goldwater Lobby Award for best director for The Maids and has been nominated for the TCG Alan Schneider Director Award.