Video from the workshop with Michael Tortorello.
I loved learning from him last year and I have tried to incorporate all of his techniques throughout last year and this year but it is certainly nice to have a refresher and hear new and cool stories!!!
I think these techniques and ideas will greatly improve my writing. I enjoyed the way he would ask the students to do something and they would know where he was coming from without any explanation. It made a lot of sense to me. I will defiantly look back on my notes of this video before our next show.
Still one of my favorite workshops! I love this workshop because it is such a great reminder of how to write without being boring and predictable. I have been trying to use more descriptive writing in my reviews, but I always tend to slide back into qualitative writing. This workshop really helped me get back into the "descriptive mindset" and I hope it shows in my upcoming reviews!
watched (I guess my original comment never uploaded because it still says missing on Class Dojo so I just rewrote my original comment)
I like the connection Michael brought with everyone in the workshops. This hands on engagement creates a much more helpful experience. I am also glad that the techniques discussed can help me improve my reviews by all the elements I want to include and keep the detail flowing.
(Makeup for missing the workshop, sorry this is so ridiculously overdue.) I really like how hands-on he was with everyone instead of just talking and explaining himself. It makes it a lot easier to understand what he was saying and relate it to our own writing. His techniques made a lot of sense and they are really helpful for creating interesting and engaging writing.
I think that Michael had a really nice way of interlacing my peers with his workshop. He really expressed a new and exciting way to write the reviews and suggested new tactics. He seemed to really capture the students attention which is important, especially when teaching about writing because in the end the techniques he used where to benefit us. I enjoyed watching this and now wished I had sooner! I will for sure still use these new methods in my future review writing!
This workshop really made me think about the importance of specificity in my reviews and I realized that I often take an easier route when describing things I liked about the show and generalizing the entire production. Often, it is more interesting to pick apart small things that will help me determine the amount of effort and budget put into the show (like analyzing the amount of people in the pit orchestra). An audience spending a good amount on tickets would probably appreciate knowing if their money was being seen on the stage.
I really liked how hands on Michael made the workshop and the specific writing exercises he had them do. I feel like he helped explain how to cut away unnecessary words and how to make your writing more crisp and effective. Michael was super engaging and he was a speaker that I found very easy to listen too. I will totally be using is tips in the future!
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