Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Monday Pop Up Performance Workshop Series

April 15@6:00 PM - May 6@8:30 PM


{elbow room} presents POP-UP PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

This workshop series offers fresh new ways in to performance creation. Interested in devised theatre process? Site-specific work? Storytelling? Playwriting? Physical comedy? Solo performance? Each week, in a supportive environment, participants will engage in fun, low-stakes exercises, focusing on specific elements of performance. This is more than a writing group; although we work on the page, we think on our feet and with our eyes and ears. Workshops are organized to offer new techniques and ways in to performance creation, but also may be used as a process to build a longer performance work. Come build your own capacities as a creator of performance!

Sign up for one or all of the workshops. Each individual workshop is $45 or $125 for all three. Pre-registration is required. Registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.



With Lisa Leaverton of {elbow room}
Monday APRIL 15 6-8:30 pm

This workshop, taught by playwright and director Lisa Leaverton offers fresh ways of developing characters and scenes. Through fun, low-stakes exercises, we’ll explore character creation and scenic imagination, following prompts that offer fresh ways in to performance writing.  Come prepared to break your own rules and explore human and non-human characters alike. All at any level of experience welcome! The resulting material might become a work unto itself or serve as a springboard for a longer performance.



With Andrew Simon of Barn-Arts
Monday APRIL 29 6-8:00 pm

In this workshop taught by Barn-Arts Collective Director Andrew Simon, participants will practice working with tools of staging and composition, in low-stakes fun and interactive exercises. Participants will improvise on their feet, observing tempo, duration, gesture, and spatial relationship as they create scenes. Wear comfortable clothing, soft-soled sneakers or shoes and bring a water bottle. The workshop is  appropriate for all levels of experience.



With Lisa Leaverton of {elbow room}
Monday MAY 6  6-8:30pm

This workshop, taught by playwright and director Lisa Leaverton offers non-traditional methods for scripting performances and plays. We’ll explore the poetics of scripts, seeking fun and inspiration in unexpected places, beginning with Fluxus scores and happenings before scripting our own works to perform on our feet. What results might become a short work unto itself or serve as a springboard for a longer performance. Come prepared to play and to break your own rules! All at any level of experience welcome!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Leaverton co-produces {elbow room} along with Waterfall Arts in order to incubate performance in the community. Lisa’s interest is in orchestrating subtle experiences and social interactions through ensemble theatre works with special consideration to the aural environment.  A recipient of the Maibaum Award for social justice in playwriting, her plays have been performed at14k Cabaret, in Baltimore, Portland Center Stage (OR), Fury Factory (SF), Univ of Puget Sound (WA), at The Living Theatre in NY and right here on Mt Desert Island where, in collaboration with Dru Colbert, Lisa directed fifty community participants in a site specific performance installation/tour exploring the flora, fauna and lore of Otter Creek. Lisa assisted in developing “OK OK”, a play by Katie Pearl about growing up in Oklahoma. Since completing her MFA in playwriting at the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Music at Peabody Conservatory, Lisa has taught communication studies, theatre, and storytelling within the Dept of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine and College of the Atlantic and University of Iowa.

Andrew Simon is a theater-maker and co-founder of Barn Arts.  He creates and produces work at the Barn in Bass Harbor, Maine where he hosts residencies for artists from all over the country to develop new work.  Previously, he worked as a theater teacher at the Bronx Prep Charter School in the South Bronx and is a co-founder of the Bronx Prep Performing Arts Academy.  He has coached high school champions in forensics competitions across the country and worked with speech teams in New York, Maine and Georgia. Andrew has credits as a writer, director, or performer in all of the Barn’s productions and teaching programs.  He holds a BA from Emory University.


A co-production with Waterfall Arts, {elbow room} is a space for presenting and incubating original performance, storytelling & theatre experiments for mature audiences.


Register by filling out the form below or calling the office at (207) 338-2222. Enroll early to ensure a spot! Partial scholarships are available. Find out more about our scholarship program here.

NOTE: You will receive confirmation when you have successfully submitted the registration form. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Please try to register no later than one week prior to the first meeting of the class. All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of a class running and of your slot in it! Minimum enrollment for first class must be met by April 1  in order for it to run. Registration cancellations must be made at least a week in advance to receive a full refund.


    Waterfall Arts send out an email newsletter every couple of weeks highlighting upcoming classes and happenings.

    I give Waterfall Arts permission to use any photographs and/or videos taken of me/my child for use in publications on our website, social media sites, brochures, posters, newspapers or other printed media.

  • Please list the name of someone Waterfall Arts can contact in case of a Medical or other Emergency

  • By submitting this form, you agree to authorize Waterfall Arts faculty or staff to provide routine first-aid treatment (band-aids, ice, etc), to seek emergency treatment if needed, and to arrange any necessary emergency transportation. The student or parent/guardian of a minor student understands that Waterfall Arts faculty and staff do their best to create a safe environment in which to participate in activities and further agrees that they will not hold Waterfall Arts responsible for injuries or accidents.

  • You can choose a single workshop date or register for all 3! Individual workshops are $45, series is $125.

  • You have the option of of adding an annual membership to your purchase. Visit waterfallarts.org/membership to read more.

  • Online payments via secure Paypal. No Paypal account is required.

    Make check payable to Waterfall Arts and mail to 256 High Street in Belfast, ME 04915.

    If you are dropping a check or paying in person, office hours are 10-5 Tuesday - Friday.

  • $0.00

  • If your form is successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation note. If you do not receive confirmation or have questions about your registration, feel free to call the office at (207) 338-2222 or email info@waterfallarts.org.



April 15@6:00 PM
May 6@8:30 PM
Event Category:


Waterfall Arts Belfast
256 High Street
Belfast, 04915 United States
(207) 338-2222