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Our Mission

At Wake-Up Theater our mission is to illuminate the world’s most pressing environmental, social and political issues through the captivating and transformative power of live performance. By raising the curtain on stories that matter, we strive to empower individuals to become informed, engaged citizens, who recognize their capacity to shape a more just, sustainable and compassionate world.  Guided by a deep sense of responsibility, we are dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space where diverse perspectives can flourish.  For only together can we amplify the voices of change and build the path toward a better future for all.

“Studying acting is not about learning to pretend better. It’s about learning to tell the truth.” To tell the truth about the character living within you, often in the dark shadows of your ego, so that they can be seen by the light of their presence.
– Ellen Burstyn, winner of more than fifty awards as Best Actress

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Upcoming events

27 April 2024

Exploring Vulnerability On Stage

In this workshop we will gain a better awareness of the social face (or “mask” as Carl Jung termed it) that we have unconsciously chosen to present to the outside world. We will use Sanford Meisner’s teachings on text and improvised scenes to allow you to begin setting aside your mask so that you can step into the shoes of vulnerable characters on stage.

As Meisner famously said, living truthfully under imaginary circumstances frees us up to fully be with our characters. As we develop this skill, it also means we will be living truthfully in our real lives as well.

You can read a bit more about Sanford Meisner and learning to live truthfully through acting here.

Bogdan Tabacaru, an experienced and talented actor and director, will lead the workshop.

Bogdan will share his insights and exercises at our next workshop that will be held at EineWeltHaus on Saturday, 27 April from 10:00 – 17:00. Participants will be limited to 12, so register with us right away using the form on the right. We’ll provide further details by e-mail.

14 September 2024

Being Prepared For The Unexpected

You may have noticed that life frequently does not go as planned. If you are unprepared to adapt to the changes in the moment, there will be stress and poorly reasoned responses. If you expect the unexpected, you can learn flexibility and responsiveness and discover new and interesting possibilities!

Theater offers the perfect place to learn and practice this skill because the consequences of failure end when the curtain closes. In this workshop we will explore the tools of improvisation in performance that will help you reduce your fear of mistakes and “just go for it”. The resulting skills and self-confidence  will  pay many dividends in your real life!

Ina Wittkowski, with 15 years acting and improvisation experience, will lead the workshop.

Ina will share her insights and exercises at our first Fall workshop that will be held at EineWeltHaus on Saturday, 14 September from 10:00 – 17:00. Participants will be limited to 12, so register with us right away using the form to the right. We’ll provide further details by e-mail.

Earlier Workshops

February, 2024

Acting is Us – E-motion: Energy In Motion

In this workshop we tuned into and activated the vivid life, potential depth and expressivity of our emotions. We explored our emotional bodies through movement, breath, physiological fine-tuning, and sensory conjuring. We played with varying levels of intensity, emotional shape-shifting, veiling or  releasing emotions. We explored imbuing objects, people, and words with an emotional significance that lives and breathes. But most importantly, we simply came together to surprise and delight ourselves and each other.

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Performances

November, 2023

The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter. Written in 1958, this is one of Pinter’s earliest plays.  Even then, Pinter was an expert at mixing the realistic with the absurd, the personal with the political.  When the play opens, two men, Ben and Gus, are waiting in a windowless basement room.  They are awaiting instructions for their next assignment.  While they wait, their conversation is riddled with conflict and miscommunication.  Differences between the two men’s attitudes emerge, yet questions remain.  Pinter said of his dramas, “between my lack of biographical data about (the characters) and the ambiguity of what they say lies a territory which is not only worthy of exploration but which it is compulsory to explore.”

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Podcasts

7 November 2023

Today we will chat with Susan Voight, one of the founding members of WUT. Susan is acknowledged as a gifted actor and has taken on the challenge as director to bring Nobel Prize winning Harold Pinter’s play, The Dumb Waiter, to the stage at Pepper Theatre this November.

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16 October 2023

In our podcast today we chat with Jai Mallett, one of the founding members of Wake Up Theater and who provided the inspiration to bring Nobel Prize winning Harold Pinter’s play The Dumb Waiter to the stage at Pepper Theatre November 15-18.

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Blogs

Emotions: My Connection To Stage and Life

Learning to become a more authentic actor requires opening up more fully to the full range of my emotional being. It’s perhaps safer when playing a character on the stage, but it’s still not easy. The reward is that I am at the same time learning to connect more fully with everyone around me in my real life. I’ll never be finished with this exploration as long as I’m alive, but it is an extraordinary and exciting journey for sure.

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Pinter and Protest

Harold Pinter was considered to be one of the most influential of modern British dramatists with a career spanning more than 50 years as a playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. He wrote plays that emphasized that unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. Coming to understand what this means for me personally has been a long journey.

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Bringing Imaginary Circumstances to Life

This was a wonderful workshop in which we explored how careful attention and deep listening can result in more authenticity in our stage performances. In this post I write about some of my insights and discoveries from that magical day.

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