ADAM R. BURNETT is a playwright and theatre-maker. Adam’s surreal theatre work is grounded in the presence of the performer/spectator and the fleeting nature of shared space. He often writes toward the intersection of environment, nature, gender and genre.

Adam’s plays have been performed throughout the United States and in Lithuania – in festivals and main stage presentations. In New York his work has been presented at Ars Nova, ART/NY’s Gural Theatre, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, The Duplex, Incubator Arts Project/Ontological-Hysteric Theater, The New Ohio, Performance Project @ University Settlement, The Tank, and Vital Joint. Nationally his work has been presented at The Unicorn in Kansas City, the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, Las Vegas Little Theater in Las Vegas, and Tricklock Company in Albuquerque, among others.

Most recently, Adam finished writing a new play entitled Tornado Drill in the Monkey House, a dire & absurd comedy on climate change and resilience. He is currently developing a dance-theater work with choreographer lisa nevada, Untitled:Migrations, on their yearly migration pattern. In February, his play Mammoth will be produced at University of Texas-Austin.

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Through immersion in various environments – both natural and constructed – this multi-session workshop will bring participants into a meditative space toward the creation of new text for performance. Delighting in the murky waters of the unknown, the workshop will be infused with creative explorations and collective musings as participants develop a new work using formal constraints to ignite the creative process.

Eschewing the traditionally ego-centric propulsion of writing, the workshop will gently nudge toward a communal recognition of performance-making – constructed as a gift for others + the earth, not for the writer/generator. The workshop will invite participants to imagine/dream/collectively organize principles toward removing hierarchy from the creative process and binaries from storytelling, discover a more healing and performative space for narratives, and cultivate performance as a gift. The question posed throughout the workshop will be: what are the stories that haven’t been told, that you haven’t seen, that must be told?

Alternating between the architecture of nature and constructed spaces, participants will be provided the opportunity to reorient their relationship to habits, rituals and processes. Each week, for three weeks, the workshop will traverse the perimeters of the city – from the Jamaica Bay Wild Life Preserve, to Inwood Hill Park, to Van Cortlandt Park – allowing for a physical and mental retreat; each week these excursions will be followed by a reflective workshop period in three different working art spaces. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of their practice or experience.

Facilitated by Adam R. Burnett
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$50-$150 (pay what you can/want) – payment plan available
Open to 8 participants maximum

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day): Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Queens); 1:30-4:30pm
Monday, April 23: Work space, TBD; 7-9:30pm
Sunday, April 29: Inwood Hill Park (Manhattan); 3-6pm
Monday, April 30: Work space, TBD: 7-9:30pm
Sunday, May 6: Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx); 3-6pm
Monday. May 7: Work space, TBD; 7-9:30pm

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