SOULO in NYC April 2015


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Festival Schedule:

Thursday, April 9th

WORKSHOP 2pm-5pm

“WRITING LIFE: Put Yourself Into Your Writing”

Deep exploration combined with the swift creation of a lot of new work, Writing Life is the brainchild of Chris Wells, Obie Award winning performer, writer, teacher and community leader. Through dialog, exercises, timed writings and assignments, Wells leads people on an exploration into who they are as artists while inspiring real breakthroughs on their projects. Writing Life has been called life-changing and pure magic.

Instructor: Chris Wells

Chris Wells is an Obie-Award winning actor, writer, teacher and community leader. Working at the edges of the cabaret form, Wells makes performances that defy categorization. In addition to NY, LA and regional theater credits, original work includes Liberty!, A Fairy Tale, Nowhere to Run, Olsen Terror, Swallow Me and, most recently, with Rachel Grimes, RC RADIO HOUR. In 2007, Wells created The Secret City, an artistic tent-revival in NYC, LA, and soon, the world. Wells lives in Woodstock, NY where he is finishing his book, The Bermuda Triangle Inn, a Memoir in 29 Stories.


Friday, April 10th

WORKSHOP 11am-1pm

“TELL YOUR STORY: The Art Of The Autobiographical Solo Show”

A 2-hour workshop by Matt Hoverman of

A fun, interactive workshop on how to turn the raw details of your life into compelling, funny, and theatrical stories for the stage – the GO-SOLO way! Participants will create, rehearse and perform a 90-second autobiographical solo show. For actors, writers and regular folk who suspect they have a story to tell.

Instructor: Matt Hoverman

Since 2001, Emmy Award-winning writer and teacher Matt Hoverman has midwived hundreds of solo shows in his GO-SOLO Workshops, including winners of the 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 FringeNYC Best Solo Show Awards. His unique and empowering process is the subject of the documentary SOLO by Shannon Romines and his eBook TELL YOUR STORY: The Art of the Autobiographical Solo Show. Matt’s plays include THE GLINT (optioned by Nelle Nugent for Broadway, with Michael Wilson directing), IN TRANSIT (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award) and CHRISTMAS SHORTS (published by Samuel French, produced nationwide) and his TV writing credits include PBS’ Arthur (2014 Emmy for Outstanding Writing on an Animated Series) and Curious George. For more info:


WORKSHOP 2pm-4pm

“FINDING THE FUNNY: Adding Humour To Your Tale”

Struggling to lighten things up? This 2-hour workshop will explore the tools of comedy and how to use them add humor, merriment and fun to your story.

Instructor: Peter Michael Marino

Peter Michael Marino has been directing, developing, writing & performing solo comedies for over 15 years. He is the recipient of two Backstage Readers Choice Awards for Favorite Comedy Teacher for his Flying Solo classes at The PIT. Pete is the creator and co-producer of SOLOCOM, which launched 140 original solo comedies at The PIT. He performed his internationally acclaimed solo comedy “Desperately Seeking the Exit” in the US, UK and Australia for over two years. Pete’s directorial work has been seen at The PIT, Ars Nova, EST, TADA, IO West, Chashama, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, American Globe Theatre, Village Theater, The Writers Theater, and Youtube.


Saturday, April 11th

WORKSHOP 10am-2pm


Creating and performing a solo show can be a transformational experience for you and for your audience. Solo performers are entertainers, guides, shamans, healers, educators and shape shifters. This work can be your spiritual practice and an act of service. Uncover the lessons you’ve learned to and can now teach. Mine your soul and personality to discover what your unique brand of ‘Shaman’ is, while keeping and using your sense of humour.

Instructor: Tracey Erin Smith

Tracey Erin Smith trained at The Foundation For Shamanic Studies and is the founder of the award-winning SOULO Theatre and Artistic Director of Toronto’s SOULO Theatre Festival. Smith is also the creator/performer of five award winning solo shows (Broadway World Award, Critic’s Pick Backstage Magazine, Audience Choice Frigid Festival x 2) and an international instructor of solo show creation.


Sunday, April 12th

WORKSHOP 10am-1pm (With Public Reading at 1pm)  Limited Enrolment.  *SOLD OUT*

“SOLO CLINIC & READING: Bring in 5 Mins of Material, Get Feedback, Rehearse and Share It in a Public Reading at THEATERLAB”

Instructors: Tracey Erin Smith, Scott Wesley Slavin, Valerie Hager and Carol Lempert. 

Tracey Erin Smith is the founder of the award-winning SOULO Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Toronto’s SOULO Theatre Festival. Smith is also the creator/performer of five award winning solo shows (Broadway World Award, Critic’s Pick Backstage Magazine, Audience Choice Frigid Festival x 2) and an international instructor of solo show creation.

Scott Wesley Slavin is a director and story coach who has directed numerous solo shows, including the award-winning Naked In Alaska. With Valerie Hager, he co-created SOLOfire, a workshop for developing solo work. He is a writer and curator for online theater magazine Howlround and his approach to creativity has been profiled by Unstuck, an online coaching site. From 2013-2015 he worked for the OB solo theater production company All For One.

Valerie Hager is an award-winning actor, solo show writer, improviser and movement artist. Her third solo show, Naked In Alaska, has been accepted into nine international festivals, winner of Best Solo Show (New York City International Fringe), Audience Favorite (Chicago Fringe), and Pick of the Fringe (Edinburgh International Fringe) Awards; recipient of TONY’s four-star review, Critic’s Pick, Best of OOB, and Top NSFW Weekend Pick, among many other four- and five-star reviews, profiles, and interviews internationally; European premiere in Rome, Italy, in May 2015. Valerie is also the co-creator and facilitator for SOLOfire: Free Your Life with Solo Performance workshops for generating story ideas, discovering theatricality in performance, and developing innovative new works. She trained in performance and movement with luminaries from around the country.

Carol Lempert is passionate about the solo form. She has created 3 one-woman shows: The Camino, After Anne Frank and That Dorothy Parker. The New York Times has called her: “…a lovely performer. Charming and resonant.” Awards for solo work include: Outstanding Actor – Talkin’ Broadway, Canadian Comedy Award, Best Solo Drama – San Francisco Fringe, Encore, Encore – New York International Fringe Festival. She is also a performance coach and dramaturg having worked with Tracey Erin Smith on The Burning Bush! and snug harbor. Joanne O’Sullivan on The Sexy Dance and Anne Marie Scheffler on Dating Myself. Carol has been known to eat Häagen-Dazs ice cream for breakfast and is happily married to the comedian Scotty Watson. @CarolLempert



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The Traveling Canadian Soulo Stars (Six Awesome Ten-Minute Solo Shows)

Featured Canadian Solo Performers & Their Shows:

UNDERCOVER FAIRY by Terrence Bryant — Recounts his experiences growing up gay in a small town, blue-collar family in the ‘60’s before pride was a part of the gay lifestyle.

PERCHED by Kristina Agosti — What to do when your rhythm is interrupted? How do you fly? How do you let go of the past? What from your past needs to be uncovered? What nearly kills you gives you life.

LIFE ON THE ROAD OUT OF TOWN by Sara Armstrong — Held straight jobs forever, finally started taking acting classes later in life (fun, fun, fun). A little about how she got to where she is now (wherever that is!).

FRACTURED by Nicola Elbro — A girl who spends the first 13 years of her life in and out of casts due to a strong sense of immortality and a questionable IQ, encounters death for the first time at the age of 14, and it overwhelms her. Later, she decides to combat her fear of death and loss by volunteering at a camp for children with cancer…naturally.

THESE AREN’T MY REAL BOOBS (AND THIS ISN’T MY REAL STOMACH) by Franny McCabe-Bennett — A one woman show about eating, bodies, baking and being the perfect hostess.
THE VALUE OF TRYING by Katie Ford — A one-person show that brings us into the world of…well, the value of trying. In a society driven by success, where the attainment of goals becomes our number one priority. Can there be virtue in simply trying, even if the outcome is “failure”? Courage is a virtue and there is honour in the attempt!


8:30pm – After Party!  


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