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is a training system in physical theater improvisation that builds vocal, verbal, and physical performance skills, hones awareness and increases expressive range. Action Theater uses sensation and embodied presence as a doorway into the agility of a vast imagination. The exercises are simple, playful and challenging: they work on a deep level to expand moment-to-moment awareness and our relationship to both action and being. How do we fully experience a moment of life? How full is full? The distracting power of judgement and fear gets calmed as one's curiosity and compassion for the smallest moment is roused, however lovely or terrifying. Central elements to the practice include listening, composition, musicality, alignment between form and feeling, beauty of lost detail, and inhabiting mercurial energies. We relax into the active nature of time and change with eloquence, precision, and passion. We examine how to dance with speech, how to listen visually, how to hear sound as sound, and how to speak with all the molecules of the flesh. We improvise our way forward supported by a rigorous and intelligent curiosity in an encouraging atmosphere. We invite pleasure and delight in finding new territories of body, sound, and language. This class is open to all, those with theater/movement training and those without.


 is a performer, writer, and teacher. Originally trained in ballet, judo, gymnastics and modern dance, she began intensive practice in Action Theater with Ruth Zaporah in 1991 which led to improvising and creating original physical theater work on stages around the world. She has an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, a small Buddhist college. She was a founding member of the Butoh dance-theater company inkBoat, has collaborated with Company SoGoNo, composer Keren Rosenbaum's REFLEX ENSEMBLE, Shinichi Iova-Koga, the Action Theater Ensemble, and is featured in films with and by experimental video artist David Finkelstein. She performs in the company she founded: Second Nature (with musician Danny Tunick and Heather Harpham) and recently created Totally Other with Abby Bender, a dance-theater work examining the fluidity of identity and imagination. She works with Rosenbaum on Composing Community/Active Listening Playground, which brings playfulness and music to at-risk refugee communities. Cass is a Senior Teacher of Ruth Zaporah's Action Theater, devoted to the practice and development of improvisation for the last 30 years.  She currently teaches Movement and Action Theater at Emerson College in Boston. She makes constant research into the mysterious nature of being and its human display. 

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