Putting the Nation on Stage

Canvas of My Body workshop

May 7, 2019



Participating artists will deepen their understanding and use of acting techniques in representational and devised theater to instill depth and breadth in the portrayal of believable characters whether they are based on reality or imagination.

Workshop participants will create their own theatrical pieces, utilizing personal and artistic narratives as a thematic backdrop through movement and learning to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.


Sunday, June 2 Workshop Part 1– 1-5pm
Sunday, June 9 Workshop Part 2 – 1-5pm
Presentation 5.30-6.30pm (open to invited guests only)

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• Imagination Meditation
• Using Autodrama
• Movement | From Mirrors to the Forest
• The Imaginative Process
• Presentation to colleagues and collaborators

• Participating artists will compose their own theatrical pieces to life with other artists through ensemble collaboration.
• The class will culminate in a studio presentation of self-devised and self-written work that allows full self-expression for the performer.


Emerging performer and writers, or more experienced artists keen to further their research and development of new or existing ideas.

Some basic storytelling and performance experience are welcome but creatives from other artistic disciplines (music, dance and writing for film) encouraged to take part.

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Giovanni creates beautiful, safe space in which to trust our own voices. He guides people gently through the bumpy bits and reminds us we are our own champions. I had an old love that I hadbeen trying to write about for decades but could never find the way in. Every time I tried the words came out wooden, false, small. During the workshop I found the kernel of the story and it gave me a gentle, true way in. That kernel has since grown into a first draft of my second play, Bi Empat, which recently had a development as part of La Boite’s Highway Festival (QLD)

– Katrina Irawati-Graham. Creator of Siti Rubiyah (Sydney Festival and Rough Draft STC 2019)

GIOVANNI ORTEGA- playwright, performer and director

(AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) Giovanni is a core member of Theatre Without Borders, working with communities and artists from across the globe to investigate and create stories that usually go untold but important to share with everyone in the goal of tackling discrimination and enhance acceptance.

Since 2016, he has been traveling to Australia to work with theatre and community organizations. Initially a visiting scholar at Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival, working closely with the Lotus Playwriting project, he has also been an artist-in-residence with Philippine-Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation (PAACI), helping to gatherings for elders to share stories and oral histories to pass on to the next generation.

In Singapore Giovanni started The Body Series, a project with women of Singapore investigate and explore further misconceptions of race, gender and bi-racial identity hosted and presented by Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity (HCAC) is entitled. The devised theatrical plays include Creation of My Body, Words of My Body and Thoughts of My Body, all interrogates misogynistic perceptions, racial and the class division within the country, as well as the unspoken taboo of mental illness.

Last year, Singapore’s National Poetry Festival commissioned a collaboration between Giovanni and Singaporean artist, Ranice Tay create ‘Benches’ is a coming-of-age, two-person poetic play on love, loss, and what it means for some stories to stay with us forever. He is also commissioned to write this year’s play entitled ‘Palindromes,’ set to premier in July.

For East West Players,America’s premiere Asian-American theatre company (LA)

Gio wrote:

Criers for Hire (2016), about Filipino funeral criers hired by grieving Chinese families , which became the highest grossing world premiere play for

ALLOS (2011), the story of Filipino-American writer and activist Carlos Bulosan, performed at East West’s Theater for Youth Program nad has been performed globally since 2012.

Additional works as a director include:

Scrimmage (East West Players), The Hotel Play (Associate Director, Center Theatre Group/ Playwrights’ Arena), La Madre de Todos los Exilios (La Casa Tercer Acto, Bogotá), Convergence Zone (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Cabaret, Spring Awakening, The Musical, Urinetown, Inspector General, Mama Bares: Once Upon a Play Date (East West Players),

Lost in the Margins, East West Players’ New Works Festival, Lazy John, Kwentong Pinoy (Pacific Asia Museum), Freedom (Kularts SF), People Like Me, Vida y Muerto (Fowler Museum) and People Power.

Other credits

Upon the Fragile Shore, (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2016. As an actor he originated the role of President Marcos in Imelda, The Musical (East West Players), Romance of Magno Rubio (Inside the Ford – LA Weekly award nomination), Dogeaters, The Refugee Hotel (Center Theatre Group); Romeo and Juliet (Will and CO), Conjunto (Playwright’s Arena) & Tumao in ASWANG, an operetta composed by Florante Aguilar. For more information: www.giovanniortega.com

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