THE UNTEACHABLE SCHOOL

The Unteachable School is Theater Unspeakable's education initiative dedicated to the playful exploration of different styles of physical theater. The school offers a full-time program over two years of study. The First Year is comprised of two terms: Fall and Winter. The Second Year will be announced later this year. 

To make the school accessible to working artists, the First Year program can be taken as a full-year or "a la carte" as individual courses.

The First Year courses are:

FALL 2020

- Creating Physical Characters

- Quick Change

- Platform 

WINTER 2020

- Bouffon

- Grotesque

- Modern Clown 

 

Each course is a three-week intensive where participants will go on a deep exploration of Theater Unspeakable’s Lecoq-based devised, physical theater approach. Each term (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) contains three courses to curate a specific trajectory, or each course can be taken individually.

All courses will build towards the creation of original pieces of contemporary devised, physical theater, which will be presented at a public Zoom showing. Courses are steered by Director Marc Frost and taught by our Teaching Ensemble, with an appearance by a Guest Teacher each term. Our Teaching Ensemble offers a wide range of experiences and perspectives, giving participants a wealth of artistic practices to engage with. 

A NOTE ABOUT THE SCHOOL...

When I was a student, I was drawn to theater because it emphasized practice over theory. I wanted to write, direct, act, produce and get the audience’s feedback, which I felt was more genuine than the teacher’s! After graduating and working in the profession for a few years, I had to admit there were skills missing from my tool kit. Luckily, I found my way to a devised, physical theater school in London. And it was there I experienced something profound:

 

A school where the teachers acted more like guides.

Provokers who helped us re-discover something we had lost...

Mainly, a capacity for play and a deep interest in the world around us.

A decade later, in my hometown of Chicago, I have decided to start a program with the same mission. The teaching ensemble and I are dedicated to guiding students towards unearthing their theatrical language. We encourage playfulness, presence and vulnerability. Most of all, we are driven by the belief that people are drawn to the work at different moments in their artistic journeys. We try to meet students where they are. And then inspire them to go a little further! 

-Marc Frost, Director and Lead Teacher of The Unteachable School