Weekend Retreat: Moving the Mind

with Jean-Claude van Itallie, Parlan McGaw and Rae C Wright


The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle Buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917-675-7151


Fri, 2/3/2012, 7:00pm - Sun, 2/5/2012, 6:00pm




Friday - Sunday Feb. 3 - 5

Join us for a special weekend arts and meditation retreat. -- In the belief that acting training is also training in being a human being, we'll examine how meditation helps us connect with our creativity and cultivate the mental focus, physical freedom, emotional range, and spontaneity that make for vibrant acting and vibrant living. This retreat a potentially transformational investigation of the process of "acting" meditation as we move through the world.

The IDP has invited renowned playwright and acting teacher Jean-Claude van Itallie to co-lead this workshop with Parlan McGaw, actor and meditation teacher, and Rae C Wright, actor, writer, and teacher. The workshop will include meditation instruction and practice, sensation & awareness exercises, contemplation exercises and improvisation -- all designed to help us open the heart and deepen emotional authenticity, develop stronger presence and confidence, and strengthen our intuitive connections.

Open to all, from professional performer and avid meditator to those just beginning to explore new horizons.

Workshop Schedule

Friday Feb 3rd: 7-9pm
Saturday Feb. 4th: 10am-6pm
Sunday Feb. 5th: 10am-6pm

Participants will be encouraged to bring a light lunch and a few snacks for the day. Our "lunch break" will be brief, and the teachers have advised light stomachs for the workshop to help support somatic awareness.


Price: $180 for the weekend
Friday Night Preview Only - $20

IDP Member Discounts
$150 - Full Members
$90 - Sustaining or Visionary Members

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Can't afford it? It is our full intention to accommodate the financial needs of anyone who has a genuine commitment to practice and study. Reduced Payment Options and Work-Study are always available. Please contact  marisa@theidproject.org to make alternative arrangements or fill out our work-study application. 


Teacher Bios

Jean-Claude van Itallie was a seminal force in the New York Off-Broadway theater of the sixties. His "America Hurrah" is considered the watershed anti-Viet Nam war play. His translations of Chekhov’s major plays are produced around the country. In 2000 van Itallie performed his one-man show, "War Sex and Dreams." A student of Trungpa Rinpoche since 1968, van Itallie wrote the play, "Tibetan Book of the Dead," and is currently co-writing the opera libretto of "MILA, Great Sorcerer," about the life of Milarepa. An inspired teacher of play writing and performance, van Itallie has transformed the old farm in Western Massachusetts where he lives into Shantigar Foundation for theater, meditation, and healing. Shantigar was given its name by Trungpa Rinpoche who did a year's retreat there while writing Shambhala teachings.

Parlan McGaw has been helping others to explore the creative interplay between acting and meditation since 2005, when he codirected the first of two weeklong retreats for actors with master teacher Michael Howard at Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont. He has since taught meditation programs for actors at Villanova University, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio, and the Michael Howard Studios in New York, as well as at Shantigar with Jean-Claude van Itallie and Rae C Wright. A meditation instructor in the Shambhala tradition, Parlan has acted with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, and other theatres in New York and regionally, and he made his film debut in Todd Haynes’s Poison. www.MeditationforActors.com

Most recently Rae C Wright was understudy for the Hannah Pitt line of characters in the Signature Theatre production of “Angels in America”. She’s the recipient of an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence in the Theatre for her work with the NYStreet Theatre Caravan, was a 2010 Fulbright Teaching Fellow, and is a Professor in NYU’s Film&TV Department where she teaches acting to film directors. She has both directed and performed at The Public Theatre and worked regionally at ATLouisville, Triad State, Portland Stage Co., etc. She recently played Bernie Madoff at PS122 in a Circus Amok extravaganza, and is featured in Madeline Olnek’s short “Countertransference” which won honors at Sundance 2009. She’s author of Vicki Weaver & I…a comedy about hate; The Moon in Vain, (a ‘fifth act’ to The Seagull), She’s Just Away!-“a comedy about grieving”; and Animal Instincts! Tales of Flesh and Tales of Blood which is slated to be published in an anthology in May of 2012.

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