Vincent Mraz

Dallas Solo Fest: Workshops

The Dallas Solo Fest offers several workshops on solo performance, writing, publicity and more. Here are the details.

published Friday, May 27, 2016

Vincent Mraz
Eileen Tull
David Mogolov


Dallas — Audacity Theatre Lab presents the third annual Dallas Solo Fest, June 2-12, 2016 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. Eight performers will present unique one-person shows with the aim of celebrating extraordinary solo theatre as well as to increase awareness and appreciation for the form in the north Texas area.

Featuring an eclectic mix of solo artists, the Dallas Solo Fest’s 8-day schedule over two weekends offers a wide range of shows—from raw and hard-hitting to hilariously outrageous—in a variety of genres and styles. See some of the best local/regional solo artists as well as outstanding performers from around the country.

In addition to the performances, several workshops will be offered by the past and present artists involved with the Dallas Solo Fest.

The workshops are a chance to get to know the performers a little better and learn what they have to share about the solo theatre experience. Students can walk away with a fresh perspective and a few new tools in your creative tool belt.

Workshops include:


Saturday, June 4
11 am - 1 pm... Elaine Liner's Master the Media Matrix SOLO
1 pm - 2 pm... Grant Knutson's Fringe Fest Touring 101
2 pm - 3 pm... Brad McEntire's Theatre Artist as Entreprenuer
3 pm - 5 pm... Eileen Tull's Interdisciplinary Interpretation: Staging Your Story

Saturday, June 11
11 am - 1 pm... Diana Shortes' The Art of Yoga for the Performer
1 pm - 2:30 pm... David Mogolov's Blending the Personal and the Political
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm... Vincent Mraz's Portraits: Autobiography on Stage


Below are blurbs about each workshop as well as cost and duration.


Master the Media Matrix SOLO with Elaine Liner

Are you a solo performer, author, painter, poet, painter, playwright or otherwise go-it-alone creative entrepreneur? Spend 90 minutes with me, 11am-1pm (allowing 30 mins for Q&A), Sat/June 4, Margo Jones Theater, Fair Park, Dallas. I'll be sharing new publicity-grabbing tips and tricks geared to freelance actors-writers-whatevers who need new ideas for getting bigger, better coverage from story-starved media.

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Workshop duration: 2 hours
Cost of workshop: $20


Fringe Fest Touring 101 with Grant Knutson

Have a great (portable) fringe show? Want to tour it around to fringes and festivals like the Dallas Solo Fest in the U. S. and Canada? Join us for an intro to the logistics side of touring; the different ways fests pick & pay their artists, how to choose which fests will work best for you, how to schedule, budget & market on the road. The class will be a discussion, with the chance to check out marketing materials from different festivals and touring shows. Additionally, we'll schedule a personal follow-up with artists who want to discuss their individual shows doen the line. Through his company, Minion Productions, Grant Knutson helps independent artists develop their shows, fund raise and tour.

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 4 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Workshop duration:  1 hour
Cost of workshop: $15


Theatre Artist as Entrepreneur with Brad McEntire

A career as a theatre artist is not the same as it once was. The contemporary artist, particularly the solo performer, has oodles of opportunity to apply fresh professional thinking to a traditional field. This new breed of theatre artist is lean and flexible in his or her approach to carving out a career and creating meaningful work, as well as way more entrepreneurial in spirit. The contemporary theatre artist is not merely an interpretive, passive artist but an active instigator in the industry and art form.

In this brief fun workshop Brad McEntire (Artistic Director of Audacity Theatre Lab and producer of the Dallas Solo Fest as well as playwright and performer in his own rite) offers a short and sweet overview of the side of performing that is NOT performing : marketing, networking, organizing, email lists, web presence, promo videos, playing to one's strengths, etc. The focus will be on what will help you get both attention as an actor and help you begin to carve out your own purposeful career as an instigating theatre artist.

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 4 @ 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop duration:  1 hour
Cost of workshop: $15


Interdisciplinary Interpretation: Staging Your Story with Eileen Tull

This workshop explores different ways to communicate a personal story on stage. We will work with spoken word, traditional storytelling, solo character work, performance art, and movement to create different versions of the same narrative.

Eileen Tull is a storyteller, performance artist, poet, comedian, and creator of one­-woman­-shows. Her work investigates feminism, body image, addiction (to technology, to substances, and to ourselves), and, above all, seeking joy.

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 4 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
Time duration: 2 hours
Cost per person: $20


The Art of Yoga for the Performer with Diana Shortes

Experience a physical yoga practice - linking the body, mind and breath - followed by a guided meditation designed to restore, rejuvenate and inspire. All levels. Particularly useful for performers looking to calm the overwhelm. (NOTE: come in or bring clothes to move in)

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Time duration: 2 hrs
Cost per person: $20 


Blending the Personal and the Political with David Mogolov

We often want to use performance and comedy as a vehicle for political and cultural comment, but frequently our first attempts are clumsy and pedantic. In his writing, David Mogolov unites personal history with larger cultural and political trends and ideas, blending comedy and commentary into theatrical essay. In this workshop, we'll take a recursive approach to personal stories, digging into them again and again to find all the points of connection to larger themes and movements, producing comedy that says something larger while entertaining an audience.

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 11 @ 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Workshop duration: 1.5 hours
Cost of workshop: $20


Portraits: Autobiography on Stage with Vinny Mraz

This workshop uses visual arts (painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, etc) as a launching pad for creative writing. Using external stimulus as a means to engage with your own subconscious we will explore our personal narratives through the lens of the poetic, the expressionistic and the surreal. 

Dates/Times: Saturday, June 11 @ 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Time duration: 2 hours 
Cost per person: $20


Signing up for a workshop is easy. Just visit the Dallas Solo Fest website [] or email a reservation request to:  to reserve a spot.

The Dallas Solo Fest is produced by Audacity Theatre Lab and will play at the Margo Jones Theatre. Located at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park at 1121 First Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210, the Margo Jones Theatre features ample free, well-lit parking, access to the DART Rail, and a handy BYOB policy! 

Single tickets and Festival Passes for are now on sale.  Festival Passes include one admission to each festival show and are $60.  Individual ticket prices for each show are $12. Reservations can be made via the Dallas Solo Fest website or by calling (214) 888-6650. Details about the shows, artists’ bios, the full schedule and ticket information at: Thanks For Reading

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