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Dorothy Max Prior

About Dorothy Max Prior

Dorothy Max Prior is the editor of Total Theatre Magazine, and is also a performer, writer, dramaturg and choreographer/director working in theatre, dance, installation and outdoor arts. Much of her work is sited in public spaces or in venues other than regular theatres. She also writes essays and stories, some of which are published and some of which languish in bottom drawers – and she teaches drama, dance and creative non-fiction writing. www.dorothymaxprior.com

Total Theatre Artists as Writers

Total Theatre Artists as Writers – developing new critical writing

Call-out to artists working in theatre/performance & outdoor arts/circus!

Total Theatre Artists as Writers is a free mentoring and training programme in writing skills, led by Total Theatre Magazine’s editors, working with guest mentors and workshop leaders

Applications open 16 September 9am| close 18 October 2021 at 6pm

Programme runs November 2021 to March 2022 

Are you an artist/theatre maker keen to develop your writing skills? Are you interested in exploring writing about art and theatre making, past and present? Do you want to think more systematically about how we write about alternative theatre and performance practice?

Total Theatre Artists as Writers offers a four-month programme of free workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions for contemporary theatre/performance artists interested in exploring writing about their own and other people’s alternative artistic practices.

Total Theatre Magazine champions artist-led critical writing, putting the practitioner at the heart of the discourse about their own work and the work of their peers. For the past thirty years the magazine, first in print and now online, has played a crucial role in promoting and championing alternative theatre practice in the UK, celebrating and supporting physical and visual theatre, circus, street arts, puppetry, performance & live art, queer arts, interactive work, and more. The TTM site can be viewed at www.totaltheatre.org.uk The archive is at totaltheatre.org.uk/archive 

The mentorship will include workshops in writing skills on Zoom plus a one-to-one writing development plan to include mentoring sessions to support the artists involved, via whatever medium works best for each individual, plus editorial guidance and feedback delivered by email. The project will result in the writing of an extended essay/article, to be published by Total Theatre Magazine. 

There will be three main strands that we will pursue throughout the programme:

Reflecting on and writing about the artist’s own journey and current practice

Research into the work of other artists, companies, organisations, or artforms/strands of practice (contemporary or historic) that the artist has a particular interest in – with reference to the Total Theatre Archive and/or other archives or resources

Reflection on the diversification of the theatre/performance/outdoor arts sectors, with sessions delivered by guest workshop leaders, and an encouragement to research and create articles written by or about artists of colour, LGBTQ+ artists, artists from working class & migrant communities, and on community responsive theatre- and art-making 

Please note this is a voluntary participatory project, offering free training and mentoring. No prior writing experience is necessary, simply a committed interest in exploring your own practice.

Our partners in this project are: Out There Arts, Without Walls, London International Mime Festival, Polari LGBTQ+ Literary Salon, and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. We thank all of these organisations for their support. We also thank Arts Council England, and National Lottery players, who have made this project possible.   

How to Apply:

Please send a short letter (300w-400w) telling us about your artistic background, where you’re based, and why you’d like to take part. Include an image of you and one of your work (or a weblink). 

We would like to ensure that we mentor a true cross-section of artists of all identities and backgrounds in the project, so would appreciate knowing if you feel that you are a member of an under-represented group that needs more visibility. 

We also have a few small bursaries for applicants who might need support (e.g. with carer or childcare costs). Please let us know if you would like to be considered for one of these bursaries.

Send applications to editor Dorothy Max Prior:  max@totaltheatre.org.uk 

Deadline Monday 18 October 2021, 6pm

Successful applicants will be contacted by 25 October 2021.

Contact the Total Theatre Editorial Team for further information:

Dorothy Max Prior, editor max@totaltheatre.org.uk  Tel/WhatsApp + 44 7752 142526

Beccy Smith, associate editor, reviews@totaltheatre.org.uk  Tel/WhatsApp +44 7977 511556

www.totaltheatre.org.uk    |   @TotalTheatreMag  | https://www.facebook.com/TotalTheatreMag 

The Writing’s on the Streets

Most training in critical writing focuses on ways to interrogate a scripted play, and presumes the existence of a written play-text. So how do you go about reviewing and writing about outdoor arts, circus, site-specific theatre and other performing arts work that is highly visual and physical, and often doesn’t have a written text to refer to? How do we approach work that is cross-artform? And if work is presented outdoors in public space, can we separate content and context, and do we need to?

The Writing’s on the Streets workshops investigate different ways that we can document and celebrate alternative forms of performance-making. Workshops are presented in collaboration with festivals, venues, educational establishments, or arts organisations, and can be delivered live in venues or online via Zoom.

Previous The Writing’s on the Streets workshops have been produced in collaboration with Bristol Circus City, XTRAX, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Jacksons Lane, and Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts. We have also presented writing workshops at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Italy, at LUME Teatro and UNICAMP in Brazil, and at the Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Italy.

Total Theatre Talks

Total Theatre Talks offer an opportunity for artists, producers, festival bookers, and audience members to come together in a fun, non-academic ‘salon’ setting, investigating a strand of physical/visual theatre or combined arts practice. We aim to create genuine exchange and learning, building on Total Theatre’s 30 years of experience in running similar projects. We aim to raise awareness of the combined arts and theatre sectors’ work, and to offer much-needed opportunities for fruitful exchange. Can be delivered live in venues or online via Zoom.

Previous Total Theatre Talks have taken place in collaboration with Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth, London International Mime Festival, Universities of Brighton/Winchester/Northampton, Streets Ahead Festival in Manchester, XTRAX, Camden People’s Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama, Edinburgh Fringe, Live Art Development Agency, The Puppet Centre Trust, The Theatre Museum, and in Gerry Cottle’s Big Top, in collaboration with Circus Arts Forum.

We have also presented Total Theatre Talks in Sao Paulo and Campinas, Brazil.; and in Guadalajara, Mexico as part of FICHO festival.

Total Theatre Training

Total Theatre Training offers training and continuing professional development opportunities for theatre and performance artists, students, producers, and other professionals working in the field. In 2021 and beyond we will be offering courses, workshops and one-to-one sessions. These will include subjects such as: Writing for Performance, Writing about Performance, Co-creating Theatre, and How to Script Devised Work. We will also be investigating the creation of week-long workshops and peer-exchange residencies for makers of ‘total theatre’.

To express an interest, please email max@totaltheatre.org.uk

Total Theatre Artists as Writers – Applications now closed!

TOTAL THEATRE MAGAZINE

Call-out – Artist as Writers

A free mentoring and training programme in writing skills for artists and theatre makers, led by Total Theatre Magazine’s editors

Are you an artist/theatre maker keen to develop your writing skills? Are you interested in exploring writing about art and theatre making, past and present? Do you want to think more systematically about how we write about alternative theatre and performance practice?

As a follow-on to our National Lottery Heritage Fund project Total Theatre Archive: Preserving 30 Years of UK Performance History, the Total Theatre Magazine editorial team are offering a series of free workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions for a new cohort of contemporary theatre/performance artists interested in exploring writing about their own and other people’s alternative artistic practices. The project will commence 1 September and run for 12 weeks.

Total Theatre Magazine champions artist-led critical writing, putting the practitioner at the heart of the discourse about their own work and the work of their peers. For the past thirty years the magazine, first in print and now online, has played a crucial role in promoting and championing alternative theatre practice in the UK, celebrating and supporting physical and visual theatre, circus, street arts, puppetry, performance & live art, queer arts, interactive work, and more. The TTM site can be viewed at www.totaltheatre.org.uk The archive is at totaltheatre.org.uk/archive

 The mentorship will include workshops in writing skills (on Zoom) plus a one-to-one writing development plan to include mentoring sessions to support the artists involved via whatever medium works best for each individual, and editorial guidance and feedback delivered by email. The project will result in the writing of an extended essay/article, to be published by Total Theatre Magazine.

There will be three potential strands to the research:

Reflecting on and writing about the artist’s own journey and current practice

Research into the work of other artists, companies, organisations, or artforms/strands of practice (contemporary or historic) that the artist has a particular interest in – with reference to the Total Theatre Archive and/or other archives or resources

Reflection on the response by artists to the Covid-19 epidemic

Please note this is a voluntary participatory project, offering free training and mentoring. No prior writing experience is necessary, simply a committed interest in exploring your own practice.    

How to Apply:

Please send a short letter (200-300w) telling us about your artistic background, where you’re based, and why you’d like to take part. Include an image of you or your work.

We would like to ensure that we mentor a good cross-section of artists of all sorts in the project, so would appreciate knowing if you identify as BAME, or D/deaf or disabled, or LGBTQ+, or if you feel that you are a member of an under-represented group that needs more visibility!

Send applications to editor Dorothy Max Prior:  max@totaltheatre.org.uk

Applications now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted by 14 August 2020.