Schechner Documentary

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Thanks for the generous donations contributed in 2008/2009 in support of the Richard Schechner Documentary: Crossing the Line: Inside Richard Schechner’s Performance Workshop. We were able to fund the first phase of the project, video taping and sound recording Richard teaching his Summer 2009 Performance Workshop at New York University. Director Matt Bockelman headed up the project, with Silver Sound providing the sound recording services.

Richard Schechner taught his Performance Workshop this summer at New York University, July 20 through August 7, 2009. This was the first time in ten years he had been available to do so! In conjunction with East Coast Artists, we took this rare opportunity to videotape the entire process. The documentary-in-progress, Crossing the Line: Inside Richard Schechner’s Performance Workshop, will be a crucial addition to the collection of archives of Richard’s innovative works.

We were privileged to work with filmmaker Matt Bockelman, who has been collaborating with ECA since 2004. Matt generously organized a crew to shoot all 75 hours of the workshop for $15,000.  We are currently developing and implementing the budget and schedule for the editorial process so that we may share this important work.

Documenting this workshop has been extremely important because, although Richard’s scholarly and directorial work is well documented and his book, Environmental Theater, describes the work of The Performance Group, his teaching of exercises, rasaboxes and performance workshop processes had never been recorded on film or video. Those who participated in Richard’s workshops in the past know that his style of leading a workshop is very special and distinct from his style of working in rehearsal, performance, or in the classroom. His approach serves as a model for directors, performers, choreographers, performance artists, theater teachers and others. This recording will serve as an example of this particular aspect of Richard’s work for future scholars, practitioners and instructors.

It is important that we do what we can to ensure that an example of this work can be shared well into the future.

If you feel you’d like to make a donation to the next phase of its development, please use the button on this page to contribute by credit or check card to East Coast Artists through the secure donation page. You can send your contribution by check or money order payable to: East Coast Artists, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York University, New York, New York 10003. You can also contact us for further information.