A UNIQUE PAGE-TO-STAGE CREATIVE EXPERIENCE
"Your LIFE STORY is the greatest gift you can leave behind in the hearts of loved ones, to cherish for generations to come."
Imagine if your grandmother had left the stories of her life on video for you and your family to see for many years. Now, imagine if those stories had been brought to life in an unforgettable, creative and memorable way for you, your kids, and their kids to enjoy time and again for generations!
Please don't let your wonderful stories remain untold. Discover a fabulous, totally creative and fulfilling way to share them with your family - and with appreciative audiences - so they can live on forever!
Join award-winning playwright and performer Eli Hans and improv actor extraordinaire and author Joseph Bennett on a transformative writing and performance adventure.
This unique page-to-stage creative workshop approaches the writing and telling of your personal story as a way to not only inspire and entertain, but in the process, ignite your creative spirit in unimaginable ways.
Please watch the video below to get a sense of what this is all about!
WRITERS! Bring your brilliant words and characters to life - from your manuscripts to the stage - with YOU performing it all! (Yes, even if you've never done it before!)
ACTORS! Imagine writing and performing your own material, showcasing your strengths and stretching your acting chops, exploring what SOLO theatre is all about!
CREATIVES! If you get turned on by creativity pouring out of your pores, S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G your creative boundaries to create magic... THIS is it!
NOT ANY OF THOSE? Well, as a HUMAN, you have experienced life-changing events, hilarious moments, great successes and even challenges that, in hindsight, helped you become stronger, more alive and perhaps even more resilient.
Sharing your life story with an appreciative audience can be life-changing!
WHY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
It's empowering to transform your life experiences into the art of sharing your story from the stage in a compelling, theatrical way. Even if you've never acted in your life, this process can be incredibly cathartic, liberating and, ultimately, fulfilling beyond measure.
Whether you’ve begun writing your memoir or solo show, may just thinking about it, or simply want to be part of a bold, new creative adventure, this life-changing workshop will get your momentum going in the write direction (yes, pun intended!)
All of us have an amazing story that deserve to be told. Yes, even YOU!
A beautiful well-lived life, filled with precious memories, joys and losses.
An insurmountable challenge (or several) you managed to overcome.
A series of unique events that might be inspiring to others.
A hilariously funny moment that gave you a new life perspective.
A unique ancestry or how you and your family came to be here today.
A few words from Eli, your guide through this adventure:
"Writing and performing award-winning Out of The Blue – about my miraculous cancer healing journey - has been the highlight of my creative life.
The process of developing and finally sharing it with audiences internationally, has been beyond my wildest imaginings. (Being nominated in 6 categories by Broadway World L.A. and winning the Encore Producers' Award at The Hollywood Fringe festival wasn't too bad either!)
The experience has been so fulfilling and all-encompassing that I’m feeling called to facilitate this unique storytelling experience, using theatre as a vehicle of personal transformation.
I hope you'll join me, and my fabulous partner Joseph, in this bold and exciting new adventure!"
This creative workshop takes place both live - in our studio theatre in San Miguel - or on Zoom, if you can't be there in person. It will help you get your momentum going and motivate you to
consistently sit down to write - and then perform your story - as you explore your creativity, learn to trust your instincts, tame your inner critic, and express yourself authentically.
Starting a creative project of this nature may seem daunting at first, but I promise you... with the support you'll receive from me, my incredible consort Joseph Bennett - and the wonderfully safe space that is created by our amazing participants - you will soar!
There are two 9-session workshops coming up:
October 2 - Nov 16, 2023
(early-bird deadline: Aug 14, 2023)
January 15 - Feb 29, 2024 (A leap year!)
(early-bird deadline: Dec 4, 2023)
We meet once per week on Mondays. The final showcase and tech rehearsal is on a Thursday.
Time: 11 AM SMA/Mountain time (10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern.)
Be aware of daylight savings time changes .
Writing sessions are 2 hours; performance sessions are 3 hours.
You'll receive a detailed schedule 30 days before classes begin.
The 9-session workshops are divided into two sections: WRITING and PERFORMANCE
WRITING YOUR STORY
You'll develop a story you will perform as a 7-minute theatrical scene.
You'll invite your creative muse to come and play through writing prompts and improv games.
You'll identify which moments are most appropriate to be told on stage effectively, and how.
We'll explore story structure and develop an outline to give your story a strong foundation.
You'll write your compelling short piece and refine it by the time you start rehearsals.
Whether or not you've ever performed on stage, you'll do a great job!
You'll explore how to best deliver your material and gain confidence through rehearsal.
You can be as creative as you want - using simple costumes and props - or keep it simple, too.
You can read it, memorize it, or a combination of both.
We'll explore character work to make your performance seamless and compelling to watch.
In the end, you'll perform your story in front of a small, loving and appreciative audience.
Nothing is more thrilling than that!
Your performance will be video recorded so you can share it with loved ones.
AND... you'll be eligible to enter the Student Showcase segment of
San Miguel's first Solo Theatre Festival in March, 2024!
EXTRA: Workshop sessions are recorded on Zoom and available within 24 hours.
21 hours of instruction and final performance/show; 1.5 hours of One-on-One coaching!
4 2-hour sessions of writing/development
3 3-hour sessions acting/performance (and polishing writing)
1.5 hours of One-on-One coaching with Eli (1 hour direction - 30 minutes script editing.)
2 hours of tech rehearsal
2 hours Final session - Showcase Performance
Video of your final performance
Class limited to 8 fabulous adventurers (minimum of 4.)
NOTE: This process requires some time outside of class to refine your story and rehearse.
Additional One-on-One coaching with Eli is available if you want to take advantage of it.
WHAT'RE YOU WAITING FOR?
If you've been looking for a meaningful and creatively fulfilling experience... this could be the most exhilarating thing you'll ever do!
And... if you LOVE this process and want to expand your story into a full solo-show, I'm happy to work together afterwards to take your stories to the next level.
* BONUS * - The first FOUR people who register will receive an additional 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with Eli during the workshop.
About Eli Hans
"You'll be in excellent hands.
I am PASSIONATE about this stuff!"
(And my talented, creative husband Joseph Bennett, will join us as well!)
A true Renaissance Man, Eli is uniquely qualified to guide you through this fabulous creative process.
Here's a bit of background:
Award-winning playwright and actor, producer, composer, singer, improviser, and motivational personal growth workshop leader.
Creator and performer of award-winning Out of The Blue. Nominated in 6 categories by Broadway World, LA!
Winner of the Encore Producer's Award and nominated Best Two-Person show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Trained at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting.
Producer/director of numerous theatrical productions and TV commercials.
Director of Educational programs at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA Artistic Director - Institute for Arts Education, SDCA Assistant to Director "Blood Wedding" La Jolla Playhouse Assistant to Director - "Blue/Orange" Old Globe Theatre Co-founder of The Improv People troupe in San Miguel. Acting coach, leader of dozens of acting and improv classes. Passionate life & creativity coach. Co-leader of "Wondrous Writer's Writing Retreat" with Joseph Bennett And, most recently - TEDx Speaker.
Enjoy the TRAILER!
Awards & Nominations
Save up to $100 now!
$50 off - early bird discount
$50 off - returning student
ONLY $499 USD
(for returning students who register early :-)
SAVE YOUR SPOT with a $100 DEPOSIT!
(Sign-up before the early bird deadline for each workshop series
to get a discount! Balance due 30 days before first class.)
Or PAY IN FULL, your choice.
First four students who register receive an additional 30-minute One-on-One coaching session with Eli.
THE OCTOBER and JANUARY PROGRAMS ARE SOLD OUT.
Get on the WAIT LIST below to form a second group.
(We'll keep you posted)
Oct 2- Nov 16 WAIT LIST.
Jan 15 - Feb 29 WAIT LIST
EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT DEADLINES
August 14, 2023
December 4, 2023
PLEASE READ OUR CANCELLATION POLICY
If you need to cancel for any reason you'll receive a FULL REFUND when you let us know in writing up to 60 days BEFORE the start of the program. If you cancel after that, no refund will be given. However, you can apply your tuition towards another of our programs or one-on-one sessions, within 90 days. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE: If our minimum attendance of 4 (four) isn't met, we reserve the right to postpone or cancel the workshop. In that case you can choose to apply tuition as above, OR receive a full refund. You have absolutely nothing to lose. And everything to gain!
GOT ANY QUESTIONS? LET US KNOW HERE.
Can't wait to witness your creation!