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Segal Theatre

Book Talk: Richard Schechner's Rasaboxes - Inside The Performance Workshop

Celebrate the recent publication of Inside the Performance Workshop with Rachel Bowditch, Paula Murray Cole, Michele Minnick, Nisha Sajnani, and Richard Schechner

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Book Talk: Richard Schechner's Rasaboxes - Inside The Performance Workshop
Book Talk: Richard Schechner's Rasaboxes - Inside The Performance Workshop

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Apr 29, 2024, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Segal Theatre, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA


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Book Talk: Inside The Performance Workshop: A Sourcebook for Rasaboxes and Other Exercises

April 29, 2024

The Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34 Street

6:30 pm panel with Richard Schechner, book editors Rachel Bowditch, Paula Murray Cole, Michele Minnick, and Nisha  Sajnani.

(Preceded by a 2:00 - 5:00 pm Workshop, Check here.)

Richard Schechner and book editors Rachel Bowditch, Paula Murray Cole, and Michele Minnick of Inside The Performance Workshop: A Sourcebook for Rasaboxes and Other Exercises (Routledge 2023) will discuss the first full-length volume dedicated to the history, theory, practice, and application of a suite of performer training exercises devised by Richard Schechner and further developed by the editors and contributors of this book. This work began in the 1960s with The Performance Group and has continued to evolve. The book combines both practical “how-to” guidance and applications from diverse contexts including undergraduate and graduate actor training, television acting, K-12 education, devising, and drama therapy serving as an introduction to the work as well as an essential resource for experienced practitioners. Nisha  Sajnani from NYU's Program in Drama Therapy and Theatre & Health Lab will join the conversation. The panel and dialogue will be moderated by Frank Hentschker.

A short reception will follow, with copies of Inside the Performance Workshop available for purchase. 


Richard Schechner is Editor of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies and University Professor Emeritus at NYU. He is the author of many books including Environmental Theater, Performance Theory, Between Theater and Anthropology, Performed Imaginaries, Performance Studies: An Introduction, and Schechner Plays (in press). His books and essays have been translated into more than 20 languages. Schechner has directed performances, led workshops, taught, and lectured on every continent except Antarctica. Among his many theatre productions are Dionysus in 69 (based on Euripides' The Bacchae), Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime, Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children, Jean Genet's The Balcony, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the immersive-devised Imagining O. He has been awarded numerous fellowships, awards, and honors, including a Guggenheim and three honorary doctorates.

Rachel Bowditch is a theatre director and Professor of Theatre in the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.  She hold a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at NYU. Bowditch attended Ecole de Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 1998 and is a core teacher of TPW and Rasaboxes. Bowditch acted in Schechner’s productions of YokastaS (2005 and 2007) with East Coast Artists. She has taught and developed Rasaboxes and The Performance Workshop (TPW) since 2003. Her books include On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man (2010), Performing Utopia co-edited with Pegge Vissicaro (Seagull Books, 2018), and Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field co-edited with Jeff Casazza and Annette Thornton (Routledge, 2018). She has presented her performance research nationally and internationally in London, Barcelona, Singapore, Mexico City, Bogota, Columbia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Santiago, Chile, Berlin, and most recently, Haikou, China. For more about her artistic and scholarly work: and

Paula Murray Cole is Associate Professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Ithaca College, a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and a licensed massage therapist. Cole acted in Schechner’s Three Sisters and Hamlet with East Coast Artists. Her professional work centers on the development and dissemination of Rasaboxes and The Performance Workshop (TPW). She has taught and/or presented this work at colleges, universities, conferences, and independent arts organizations nationally and internationally since 1999. In 2009, Cole produced the only documentary video recording of Schechner teaching the whole of TPW, Crossing the Line: Inside Richard Schechner’s Performance Workshop.

Michele Minnick, PhD, CMA, SMT/E is a performance maker and producer, somatic movement educator, independent scholar, and teaching artist. She has taught, presented, and developed TPW and Rasaboxes internationally since 1998 in professional and educational settings in the US and Brazil. Minnick was a member of East Coast Artists from 1994 to 2005, translating and performing in Schechner’s production of Three Sisters (1995–1997) and performing in Hamlet (1999). In Baltimore she has been a member of Iron Crow Theatre Company and a core creator with Submersive Productions. In 2021, she launched Vital Matters, an interdisciplinary, arts-based laboratory for change that integrates somatics with experimental performance approaches to address environmental and social injustice and climate change in partnership with artists, scholars, activists and organizations in Baltimore. Minnick has adapted Rasaboxes for her work as a teaching artist with Arts for Learning Maryland since 2018.

Nisha Sajnani, PhD., RDT-BCT is the Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and Theatre & Health Lab; founder of the Arts & Health @NYU and Chair of the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium. In her capacity as founding co-director of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab, established in collaboration with the WHO, Dr. Sajnani leads a Lancet global series on the health benefits of the arts. An award winning author, educator, and advocate, her body of work explores the unique ways in which aesthetic experience can inspire equity, care, and collective human flourishing across the lifespan.  Dr. Sajnani is also on faculty with NYU Abu Dhabi where she developed a trans-disciplinary course entitled Can Art Save Lives? which unites current evidence for the health benefits of the arts with practice and policy. She is a faculty advisor in the Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D., Educational Theatre Ed.D and Ph.D. program and co-teaches Improvisation and Leadership in the Management Communication Program and the Executive Education program in NYU Stern. She is also on faculty with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she lectures on the role of the arts with people who are forcibly displaced.

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