Stages of Reckoning performer training series

Workshops are FREE and you can take as many as you would like! Open to all UCSC students (COVID badge verification will be in effect) Please come dressed prepared to move and to possibly be outside, weather permitting.

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9-10:30 am: (Un)Known Beginnings, Gregory King

10:45-12:15: Representation Matters: Decolonizing Stanislavski actor training, Alison Vasquez

12:30 - 2 pm: Encountering Text in Nepantla, Sayda Trujillo


Workshop descriptions and teaching artist bios:

Who Are You? What do You Care About?- An Exploration of Self & New Work Through Hip-Hop Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed with Dr. Daphne Sicre has been canceled.

(Un)Known Beginnings, 9-10:30 am, B100

In this workshop, we will reignite memories, histories, and familiarities in an attempt to identify what part of ourselves gets excluded in how we show ourselves. We will embark on a journey towards unearthing alternate ways of penning commentaries, archiving recollections without always having to do it “right.” The workshop will, I hope, be a call to action for the continued commitment to the ongoing labor of (re) imagining a more equitable way of commenting, remembering, and reflecting on our personal narratives. Students are invited to explore their ancestral roots as a tool for discovering familial connections. They will be asked to think about interactions with older family members, after which they will create a five-minute artistic reaction to that memory. 

Gregory King, Kent, OH (he/him/his) is a culturally responsive educator, performance artist, activist and movement maker who received his MFA in choreographic practice and theory from Southern Methodist University. He has served as dance faculty for Texas Ballet Theatre and Boston Ballet, as well as visiting assistant professor of dance at Temple University, Dean College, and Swarthmore College. King is a dance writer for Dance Magazine, Jacob’s Pillow, and thINKing DANCE. Mr. King’s response to the Dancing for Justice Philadelphia event was cited in the U. S. Department of Arts and Culture’s resource guide, “Art Became the Oxygen,” and was the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Creative Contribution award from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University, where he currently serves as associate professor of dance, and artistic director of the Kent Dance Ensemble. For the academic year 2019 – 2020, Mr. King was appointed Provost Faculty Associate Fellow, and is an active member of the Anti-Racism Task Force.


Representation Matters: Decolonizing Stanislavski actor training, 10:45-12:15, B100

In this workshop, we will explore non-Western psychology and Conocimiento theory to mitigate points of disconnection for the actor with Stanislavski actor technique. This will be an interactive session of learning how a decolonial space can profoundly invite us to connect to our inner self, our consciousness, our voice and end the cycle of singularly focused, Eurocentric narrative. 

Alison Vasquez (She/Ella) from San Antonio, Texas is a Latinx director/ instructor. She completed her MFA (acting) at The Ohio State University, and Bachelor’s (acting) at the University of Northern Colorado. Research: decolonizing Eurocentric models of acting, and voice in US theatre. Forever inspired by husband Rene, and daughter Paloma.


Encountering Text in Nepantla, 12:30 - 2 pm, B100

The workshop is an introduction to approaching text from a physical and playful state. Students go through the process of slowing down, suspend assumptions about a piece of dramatic text, and explore an in-between state.  It will be a physical inquiry and playful journey to discovering the text’s offerings. Text will be provided.

Sayda Trujillo (she/her) is daughter of Guatemalan immigrants, theatre-maker/educator specializing in voice and movement, as well as devising solo and ensemble physical theatre performances. Identity and storytelling inspire her personal and collective work with communities around the world. For more information visit