- Powerful Posture: Regaining Your Place In Gravity | Nathan Briner
- Art of Acting | Cecil O’Neal
- TV Comedy: Creating Hit Sitcoms | Shelley Aronson
- How to Write the Story of Your Life | Erica Jong
- Understanding Your Moods: From Happy to Depression | Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
- Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain | Linda Sirow
Powerful Posture: Regaining Your Place In Gravity | Nathan Briner
Most of us know that the human body functions better and longer when balanced and aligned with good posture. Powerful Posture is based on PostureRx, a movement therapy that returns the body to its natural design -- upright, graceful, and confident -- using concepts from massage, pilates, yoga, and posture therapy. This evolution from strain to graceful strength creates lasting change through intelligent release and movement, inspiring the body to change the way it looks, feels and moves. Three Powerful Posture tracks will be offered this week:
Powerful Posture: Release and Mobilize
Gain lasting flexibility, recover from strenuous workouts and relieve tension using tennis balls, foam rollers and evolved forms of stretching. For all levels of fitness, flexibility and ability.
Powerful Posture: Therapy (Progressive)
Uncover the root of your nagging musculoskeletal aches and pains through a progressive three-step program. You will learn simple and effective techniques that will create long-lasting relief and new freedom of movement. This program will give you immediate change, simple take-home exercises, insight to apply to other activities, and a perspective that aches and poor posture are not a natural symptom of ageing! All Levels.
Powerful Posture: Conditioning (Progressive)
Want a conditioning workout that includes core work, total-body strength, and flexibility, without creating strain or pain? This class is designed to offer intelligent challenging movement based on concepts from Posture Therapy. The class builds in intensity and information as the week progresses, starting with a foundation of core and stabilization, and ending with total-body integration into gravity. Intermediate.
Nathan Briner is a regular all-round instructor at Rancho la Puerta with a strong background in personal training, yoga and various physical therapy modalities. He is the creator of True Balance – a pain relief and sports performance program. He has taught at SDSU, Fitness Quest 10, and Free Form Fitness in San Diego, his home town. Classes taught at the Ranch include Yoga at all levels, Posture Therapy, Cardio/Core Challenge, Hikes, Stretch, Release & Mobilize, and Healthy Backs. His specialty is incorporating body awareness and powerful movement into every class to help people discover and enjoy the art of yoga.
Art of Acting | Cecil O'Neal
Art of Acting / Art of Life
Many of the skills that are required for exceptional acting are also great tools for an exceptional life. Actors are at their best when they are living and responding “In the Moment,” when they are fully present experiencing and responding to what is happening now, not what they anticipated would happen, not what happened yesterday, not what they feared would happen. We are most alive and healthy when we are fully present, when we are able to set aside fears and habits and experience the moment. We are also much more effective at problem solving, decision making and relationship building when we are fully present.
We often confuse habitual behavior with natural behavior. Habitual behavior is one of our greatest impediments to living in the moment. Through a series of interactive acting exercises we will learn how to identify and begin to suspend those habits, which impede our living in the present. We will begin to develop the ability to discern the difference between habitual use and natural use of voice, body and emotional vocabulary.
History of Broadway
Mr. O’Neal will give an overview of the history of Broadway and the development of American commercial theatre. This will, of course, touch on the evolution of the American musical and the development of America’s regional theatre movement.
Cecil O’Neal is a Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Southern Methodist University. Before joining the Division of Theatre at SMU Professor O'Neal spent 20 years as a professional actor, director, and producer in the United States and Canada.
As a teacher and academic administrator, Professor O'Neal has lead one of the top university theatre programs in the country. Many of his former students are working steadily in film, episodic television, on the New York stage, in major regional theatres from coast to coast and are teaching in highly respected university theatre departments. His international teaching experience includes guest teaching at The National Theatre School of Canada and The Royal National Theatre Studio in London.
As a producer and director, he has worked in every sector of not-for-profit theatre, from small, highly respected "fringe" companies to the largest not-for-profit theatre in North America. He was a founding member of Chicago's Organic Theatre and founding producer of the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theatre, also in Chicago. He served as associate director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and as producer of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.
In all three cities where he has been most active as a director, Chicago, Toronto, and Dallas, he has either won or been nominated for major professional awards for outstanding direction.
Professor O’Neal served two terms as a member of the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission
TV Comedy: Creating Hit Sitcoms | Shelley Aronson
How does a sitcom develop from idea to production to a hit on the air? This talk reveals the behind the scenes stories of how your favorite TV comedies were created. Learn from a former TV executive who has worked at three different studios on many hit shows who now manages comedy writers for television. Scripts from the latest hits will be presented and clips will be shown.
Comedy Writing for Television
Shelly Aronson will cover the process of writing network sitcoms from idea to final draft. It will include the pitch, breaking a story, creating an outline, writing a first draft, dealing with network and studio notes, rewriting, doing punch up, culminating in how a table read is performed with the cast. Ideas and scripts from hit sitcoms, which she worked on, will be studied.
Taught by Shelly Aronson
Former Director of Comedy Development at Warner Bros. Television, HBO Independent Productions, and VP of 20th TV who worked on sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond and Murphy Brown. She now manages comedy writers for television representing writers who work on The Big Bang Theory, Outsourced and Rules of Engagement to name a few.
How to Write the Story of Your Life | Erica Jong
Join bestselling author Erica Jong for an inspiring examination of memoir writing—from a look at how fiction and memoir have merged, to techniques for turning your personal history into a captivating story.
Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist best known for her eight best-selling novels: "Fear of Flying," which has sold 20 million copies in thirty-seven languages, "How to Save Your Own Life," "Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones, Parachutes & Kisses," "Shylock's Daughter" (formerly Serenissima), "Any Woman's Blues," "Inventing Memory" and "Sappho’s Leap." Her mid-life memoir "Fear of Fifty" also became a major international bestseller. Ms. Jong is also the author of six award-winning collections of poetry. Her seventh collection, and first in eighteen years with all new poems, entitled "Love Comes First," was released from Tarcher-Penguin in January 2009. She is also the author of five non-fiction books and regularly blogs for The Huffington Post.
Known for her commitment to women's rights, authors' rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and editing. In 1998, Erica was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. In addition, she has received Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize for her poetry and the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France. In Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature in 1975. In June 2009, Erica won the first Fernanda Pivano Prize for Literature in Italy. Ms. Jong’s newest book is “Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex” (June 2011).
Understanding Your Moods: From Happy to Depression | Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
Our moods change every day depending on our experiences and interactions with the world. How we manage our moods can help us be more productive at work, in relationships and with our hobbies and non-work activities. In addition, a small but significant percentage of the population suffers from mood disorders. We will discuss how physical activity, talk therapy and medication can address these disorders.
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER: DOES EVERYONE HAVE IT?
ADD is a common disorder of childhood, but it is also a life-long disorder. The production of Ritalin is at an all-time high. However, only 5% of the population has this disorder. What do the rest of us have? How should we address our inattentiveness?
Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D. is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and president of the Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Dr. Koplewicz founded the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and was director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research from 2006-2011. An awarding-winning master clinician and advocate for children and teens with psychiatric disorders, Dr. Koplewicz has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, and NPR, and his writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and other national publications. Since 1997, he has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Dr. Koplewicz is the author of several acclaimed books, including “It's Nobody's Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and Their Parents” and “More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.”
On the Web: www.childmind.org
Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain | Linda Sirow
Linda Sirow is a New York-based artist who focuses on creating abstract images in a variety of materials. Ms. Sirow’s work reflects her love of color, form, and movement. Using simple and recognizable shapes enables her to transform her pieces into compositions that express infinite emotions and relationships. Reflecting the creative process is an important aspect of her artwork. Ms. Sirow is represented by the Liman Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.
Ms. Sirow trained at the Boston Museum School and received a Master’s in Creative Arts and Art Therapy from the Pratt Institute. In addition to painting, she teaches at the Dalton School in New York City.
On the Web: www.lindasirow.com