Lonely Power: Creating Your Own Solo Performance.

Led by: Tom Dugdale



Tom Dugdale is an artist working primarily in theatrical space and situation, employing approaches that balance experimental and community-engaged practices. Tom directs, writes, designs, composes, and performs work that encompasses new play development, adaptation and deconstruction of classical text, collisions of theater with other art, and solo performance. He is increasingly drawn to work at the crossroads of theater, science, and health. 


Tom has directed in major cities throughout the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego. A champion of new work, Tom has developed plays for some of the country's top new play festivals including the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville, and La Jolla Playhouse's DNA New Works Series. 


Internationally, Tom maintains a close relationship with Romanian theater, having staged eight productions now in the country, including a solo performance about the actor’s complex relationship to truth and fiction, Fifteen Attempts at Acting. In San Diego, Tom was a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of THE TRIP, a company that made site-specific adaptations of classical plays in spaces ranging from a parking garage to a former military barracks to a tattoo parlor. 


Tom is a passionate teacher who has held positions at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Texas State University, and The Ohio State University, where he is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre and teaches both the history and practice of solo performance creation. 


About this Event: 

This class explores the process of creating your own solo performance material. We will consider solo work not just in a theatrical space, but in broader multidisciplinary contexts as well, making room for gestures of dance, music, and the visual arts. In this time of heightened political awareness, we will investigate the restless, rebellious nature of solo performance; the challenge of vulnerability it poses to the creator; and its unparalleled ability to speak directly to an audience about the “here and now." Over the course of four sessions, participants will write, develop, and present their work. The class culminates in a work-in-progress showing over Zoom for invited guests.

Cost: $120


Workshop Breakdown: 4 sessions of 3 hours


Dates & Times:

Wed 12/9, Sat 12/12, Mon 12/14, Wed 12/16- 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Recommended for: Young artists between 19-25 years old with an interest in solo performance—including dancers, musicians, and visual artists—are encouraged to apply.


Platform: Zoom