Dream Up Festival 2013

One Breath, Then Another: An interactive yoga show title
An interactive yoga show subtitle

– World Premiere

 


Written by: Amanda Erin Miller.

Directed by: Colleen Toole.

Sound Design by: Colleen Toole.

Theatrical Consultant: Chantal Pavageaux.


One Breath, Then Another: An Interactive Yoga Show chronicles Amanda Miller’s month long experience studying yoga on an ashram in India. The show depicts her quest for healing and empowerment to avoid destroying herself like her father. Practices in her training conjure memories of her father’s lung cancer and death, in addition to her own struggles with mental health. As she trains to become a yoga teacher, she reflects deeply on mortality and the workings of her mind, learning to let go and surrender to the present moment, inviting the audience to do the same. Amanda plays herself, her father, a friend, and the elderly ashram leader, Purnima. Interactive elements include breathingexercises, chanting, yoga poses, and meditation.

 

Cabaret Theater

Showtimes:


Sunday - August 18 - 8pm
Wednesday - August 21 - 6:30pm
Friday - August 23 - 9pm
Sunday - August 25 - 2pm
Wednesday - August 28 - 6:30pm
Sunday - September 1 - 2pm





Running time: One Breath, Then Another: An interactive yoga show is 50 Minutes $12.

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Amanda Erin Miller (Writer, Performer) is an actor, writer, yoga instructor and nationally certified massage therapist. She has performed her own work and improvisational theater for the past thirteen years in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City venues and festivals. Her theater piece, One Breath, Then Another: An Interactive Yoga Show was presented as a staged reading at Third Root Community Health Center in November 2012 and as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place in March 2013. The piece began as a memoir, excerpts from which have been featured in Underwired Magazine, Runaway Parade’s online journal and print anthology, Om Times, Love Your Rebellion, So Long: Short Memoirs of Loss and Remembrance (a memoir anthology), and Freerange Nonfiction. The memoir was released January 28, 2013 on Amanda’s own Lucid River Press.

In addition to her solo show One Breath, Then Another, she has been working for the past four years with her collaborator Shawn Shafner on their two person comedy about romantic love, Please Don’t Let Me Die Alone, which they have performed at The Tank, Magnet Theater and The People’s Improv Theater. Amanda is a company member of the Jewish ritual theater laboratory, Storahtelling, the volunteer organization, Cherub Improv, and she performed for over two years with Playing With Reality, an interactive performance ensemble.

Amanda Miller hosts and curates two monthly shows at The Parkside Lounge on New York’s Lower East Side: Comickaze Comedy Hour (a comedy variety show) and Lyrics, Lit & Liquor (a reading/ music series). She earned her BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She studied improvisation at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and LA. She also completed her teaching artist training with NYC-based Community Word Project.

Amanda earned her yoga teacher certification at Yoga Vidya Gurukul, an ashram outside of Nasik, India in October 2009. Since then, she has taught yoga in Brooklyn at Third Root Community Health Center, Namaste Kensington, Yoga Spot and The Flatbush YMCA, and in Manhattan at the 14th Street Y. She is intrigued by the ways her varied practices inform each other and eager to create experiences that bring them together. Find her online at http://www.onebreaththenanother.com

Amazon page: http://amzn.to/U8k1oH

Colleen Toole (Sound Design, Direction) is a director and sound designer who has been working on Nuclear Love Affair for over a year. She has worked with such companies as the Hangar Theatre, the Attic, Built4Collapse, Center for Contemporary Opera, Te Ilum, Theater Mitu, Theater in Asylum, The Other Mirror, and Fresh Ground Pepper. Projects in development include a clown-opera about St. Francis and St. Clare and a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in her Bushwick apartment. She is a member of the Hymn Society of the US and Canada. Colleen earned a BFA in Theater from NYU’s Tisch, where she studied in Playwrights Horizons, specializing in Directing and Sound Design.

Chantal Pavageaux (Theatrical Consultant) recently staged her original pieces The Dinner Party at Dixon Place and Game Night at Ars Nova. Her other credits include The Breezy Pines (Mabou Mines), The Hunt (Chopin Theatre/Chicago), Goodnight Moon (Hangar Theatre), Girlz: The Reckoning (Bedlam Theatre), and Masha 3000 (Minnesota Fringe Festival). She has frequently assisted director Dominique Serrand at Minneapolis' Theatre de la Jeune Lune, as well as David Herskovits (People Are Wrong!, Vineyard Theatre) and Dan Safer (Kazelmacher/Germany, Witness Relocation). She is a 2011 alumna of The Drama League Directors Project.



 

 

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