Are there any Mboards performance artists, spoken-word divas, singer/ songwriters, playwrights etc.-- that feel they would benefit from a weekly get-together?
When I was in school not so very long ago - I had a class that was for emerging work: new poetry, performances and ideas. each person was assigned a "scribe": a student who would watch the development of a piece and provide a practice "audience" outside of the class. The scribe was responsible for meeting with the 'artist', watching the work and offering practical insight. This worked incredibly well, especially as relationships between the artist/scribe deepened.
What Im thinking about is a variation on that theme. A small group of like-minded souls could get together for a couple hours every week (in a fabulous studio, in Manhattan) and share upcoming work: Meet at the studio (30$ split 4 or 5 ways!), do some fun warm-ups then share works-in-progess and provide feedback.
In essence, each performer would have a chance to practice, fine-tune, and brainstorm ideas before a live audience each week. The artist would then step into the "scribe" role - writing down/or otherwise expressing ideas, criticisms and thoughts about the work they just saw. Eventually this work would be taken to the streets, the club, the stage after getting a workout with 'ny scribes'!!
The goal is to create an open, sharing environment encouraging growth, practice and risk-taking -- taking the art of practicing to a higher level!
A different person could be responsible for the location each week, and could facilitate the class. I know there are a ton of facilitators in artmaker!