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Susan Blackwell to offer “Die Vampire, Die!” Workshop at SpeakEasy


On Saturday, February 6th, from 10am – 2pm, SpeakEasy Stage Company will proudly host a dynamic creative workshop led by actress Susan Blackwell, star of the hit Broadway musical [title of show].

The workshop is inspired by the popular song “Die, Vampire, Die” from [title of show], which SpeakEasy is currently presenting thru February 13th at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, in Boston’s South End.

The song, also co-written by Susan Blackwell, defines a Vampire as “any person, thought or feeling that stands between you and your creative self-expression.” The workshop is designed to assist participants in identifying and nurturing the seedlings of ideas through the writing process and into performance. While some performance experience is helpful, it is not a pre-requisite for participation in the workshop.

According to Ms. Blackwell, who designed the workshop, “Every person has a well of creativity within them, whether they are actors, accountants or aerospace engineers. My hope is to help others connect with their inspired ideas, whether they hope to pursue them recreationally or professionally,” she said.

Themes of the workshop include Establishing a Safe Creative Space, Contributing to a Collaborative Process, Identifying and Taking Creative Risks, Tapping into Creative Freedom and Developing Clear Self-Expression. In addition to writers and performers, ideal participants will be creative challenge-seekers looking for a fun, safe environment to try something new and individuals seeking satisfaction through self-expression and confidence in communication.

“We are thrilled to host Susan and bring her exciting and energizing workshop to Boston,” said SpeakEasy Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault in announcing the workshop. “Susan brings an incredible energy and positivity to the workshop and really knows how to bring out your creative ideas.”

The workshop will be held in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

The fee for the four-hour workshop is $100.

To register, for more information, interested parties should go to www.SpeakEasyStage.com, or call Jim Torres at 617-482-3279.

Susan Blackwell played herself in the Broadway musical [title of show]. Susan has written and performed original material for many projects, including [title of show], “the [title of show] show,” The 2008 NYC Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Spectacular at Carnegie Hall (guest artist), The 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, 2008 Gypsy of the Year, The Actors Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, The Pink Campaign on Broadway, the Avant Garde-A-Rama series at PS122 and Broadway.com’s online chat show Side by Side by Susan Blackwell, which she also created and hosts. Off-Broadway credits include [title of show] at the Vineyard Theatre, NYMF and Ars Nova, Speech and Debate at The Roundabout Theatre, Anon at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Working Title and Vilna’s Got a Golem at the American Jewish Theatre, as well as playing Peter Patrone in The Heidi Chronicles. Television appearances include The Sopranos, Third Watch, All My Children and various Law & Orders. Films include P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding, Bun Bun, Changing Lanes, and Night Int. Trailer for the feature film Ten Minutes Older. With collaborator Hunter Bell, Susan is currently developing a new project entitled And Now This Is Happening. Susan is an avid teacher specializing in creative writing, performance and vampire slaying. www.susanblackwell.com.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the SpeakEasy Stage Company (website | profile | tag archive).

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