Two Steps Forward

When does Work begin? When the hammer hits the nail’s head? When the first bead of sweat drips from your face? Does it begin before the work begins? Since training with Double Edge this summer, questions like these have left me pondering for hours. Therefore, when asked to write an essay expressing the importance of […]

Episode 52: A ‘Double Edge’ Sword

Host Benjamin Rexroad interviews Kyle (formerly TJ) Jozsa, artistic director of Heads Up Productions, about his month training with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Massachusetts. “I wasn’t necessarily sure what we were doing, but I think that’s the best part– is not knowing… the unknown.” A Message from Zen (Buddhism, that is…) RANT: Name Changes […]

A Thought for the Summer Serians

July’s Summer Series was met with disdain by some of our company members.  They felt we were talking down to the crowd.  They felt we were badgering the audience for donations.  They felt we were plugging our own stuff too often.  They felt the actors worked on characters they didn’t like.  They felt it didn’t […]

Beyond “The Pillowman”

I approached The Pillowman rehearsal process hesitantly. I am an actor but was asked to be stage manager–a title with which I have no previous experience and, as Heads Up does not operate like a normal theatre company, I would not have the same responsibilities as a normal stage manager. I was left trying to […]

Episode 10: The Makings of a One-Man Show

Hosts TJ Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad interview playwright/actor Terence Cranendonk “There are no recipes.” Terry did work sessions with Grotowski in 1984 He was not one of the Chosen Ones, so he chose himself: persistence Studying theater at Yale And just missing studying under some of the bigger names of theatrical history After leaving the […]

A Moment of Crisis

Life is not scripted. Each moment is new, unique, different. Many people cling to routinely determined patterns, subconsciously believing repetition will keep them safe. But the only true constant is change, so why not embrace it? Change is not our enemy or our friend. Change simply is. Accepting the idea that change is a part […]

Episode 3: Poor Theatre for a Poor Company

Hosts TJ Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad discuss the influential article “Towards a Poor Theatre” by Jerzy Grotowski. “It really is all about your body.” “Towards a Poor Theatre” is one of the most influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century. Grotowski worked with Heads Up mentor Jim Slowiak.  (See his work at http://www.nwpl.wordpress.com.) Benjamin thought […]

Training Video

Video taken from a Heads Up training session in April 2011

Heads Up Training

Here are some shots of us training with workshop participants.  For more information regarding Heads Up’s actor training, please visit here. Suzuki Squats Basic 1 Stomping and Shakuhachi Viewpoints Repetition Spatial Relationship Architecture Shape Photos by Fenna Blue

A Note from the Artistic Director

For those of you who don’t know, I was away this last month training with the SITI Company and Anne Bogart.  While I was there, my daily practice went something like this: 6:15 Wake up. Write down dreams. 7:00 Gym 8:15 Breakfast 9:00 Stretch for Suzuki 9:30 Class 12:45 Lunch 2:15 Class 5:45 Dinner 7:00 […]