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      Jessie Thompson began her theatre studies at Syracuse University and went on to study and work as an actor around the country for many years. Highlights include spending time studying and performing at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and being a long time member of the critically acclaimed Sacred Fools Theater Company in Los Angeles, CA. Jessie has been involved in the Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project since 2017.

      Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project presents

      Woodpecker Lips

      HG Women’s Project 2021 Performance and Workshop Series

      We are excited to announce plans for the 2021 Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project!

       The goal of the 2021 HG Women’s Project, Woodpecker Lips, is to provide opportunities for women (including those who don’t identify as male) to write, perform, direct, and to tell local stories that will be meaningful to our audiences. The performances will include a collection of original monologues of varying lengths. Each monologue will be about a living or historical local/Pennsylvania woman. Our project’s title, Woodpecker Lips, is inspired by the phrase “She’s tougher than Woodpecker Lips!” 

       All levels of experience are welcome to participate. Guidance and mentorship will be provided for writers and directors throughout the process via workshops. The project will culminate in a weekend of storytelling and entertainment at The Warehouse Theater in Wellsboro.

      Friday, November 5th: Performance, 7:30PM
      Saturday, November 6th: Performance, 7:30PM
      Sunday, November 7th: Performance, 2:30PM

      In-Person Auditions: To be held at the Warehouse Theater. No registration necessary. 

      Aug 28 – 10am
      Aug 30 – 6:30pm
      Sept 1  - 6:30pm

      OR send in 1 - 2 minute video monologue to: woodpeckerlips2021@gmail.com

      WORKSHOPS: The 2021 HG Women’s Project will include a series of three writing workshops to collaboratively develop original monologues, and one directing workshop focused on working one-on-one with actors. These workshops are designed to give both aspiring and experienced writers and directors some tools, guidance and support. 

      Writer’s Workshop Series: This series is for women who have registered as a writer for the 2021 HG Women’s Project, Woodpecker Lips. Writers will develop an original monologue about a living or historical local or Pennsylvania woman and participate in workshops (online/zoom until we can be in person) that will provide guidance in getting their projects off the ground, developed and completed. These workshops will include mentoring, feedback and discussion. 

      Session 1: Intro to Monologue Writing Saturday, Feb. 27 

      1:00 – 3:00pm pm via Zoom (to be recorded)

      In Session 1 of our writer’s workshop series, Lilace Guignard will guide writers in the elements of a stand-alone monologue and how to create one. Through discussion and group activities, we will choose our topics and begin the process of character development. (You may come with your own idea of whom you’d like to research or choose from our list.) DEADLINE FOR WRITER’S REGISTRATION: FRIDAY, FEBURARY 19, 2021

      Sessions 2&3: Two additional feedback workshops will occur with time and place to be set by the group.

      Those who have questions about the writing workshops or the Zoom format can email Lilace at lilacemellin@gmail.com.

      Lilace Guignard has taught creative writing since 1992 and written for Hamilton-Gibson performances. Her memoir, When Everything Beyond the Walls Is Wild: Being a Woman Outdoors in America, was published by Texas A&M Press. 

      Director’s Workshop:  This workshop, lead by Woodpecker Lips producer Jessie Thompson, is for adult women who are interested in directing a monologue for the 2021 HG Women’s Project.  In this session we will discuss tools for both actors and directors that foster trust and exploration, and help to bring out the creativity in every actor and performance.  

      Director’s Workshop 
      Saturday, June 26, 

      10:00am – 1:00pm
      Location TBA

      To register for the Director’s Workshop email Jessie at woodpeckerlips2021@gmail.com, or call the Hamilton Gibson office at 570-724-2079.

      Jessie Thompson has directed and led acting workshops for the HG Women’s Project. Prior to getting involved with Hamilton-Gibson she worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles and around the country. 

      The Women's Project is sponsored by

      Keith & Hilma Cooper

      Dunkin Donuts of Wellsboro

      Matthews Motor Company

      PCA keystone centered bw

      Sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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