The mission of Visionbox Studio Theatre is to help raise the overall level of the performing arts in Colorado by providing student and professional actors with training rooted in graduate-level curriculum, taught by theatre professionals. Visionbox also collaborates with writers, directors and designers in the development of new, multi-media performance work.
Message from Artistic Director - Jennifer McCray Rincon
Dear friends, colleagues, teachers, and students,
During these challenging times we have found that our training and development of new works has been very successful virtually. We have not cancelled one class or performance this year; In fact I have seen actors actually growing on ZOOM as they find new authenticity, and vulnerability in the close up of the screen. Our particular approach to technique is rooted in table work and text analysis, which becomes even more specific as behavior and blocking are removed. Actors must make stronger vocal choices (almost like in radio work) to communicate the objectives and actions of each scene they work on. Please write us at regarding our online programming. We look forward to an extraordinary season 10 for Visionbox Studio Theatre .
Scene Study Classes - Mondays-Wednesdays, 6-9pm MT
(everyone attends Monday and then chooses either Tuesday or Wednesday to attend with your scene study partner)
PlayClub and New Play Readings - Thursdays, 6-9pm MT
Online Audition Class - Saturdays, 9am-noon
Online Directing Class - Saturdays, 1-4pm MT
Online Private Coaching - Ongoing
Any actors, writers, or directors interested in any of our class offerings should send their headshot and resume to email@example.com. All actors new to the company will schedule an interview with Jennifer McCray Rincon. Any actors signed on for a particular online class must email us for the link and password. Tuition for online classes will be discussed on an individual basis with the Artistic Director.
As we all navigate these uncertain times, please contact us if we can be of service in any way.
WHAT WE DO
We offer 5 week scene study classes for actors of all ages, levels and backgrounds that culminate in a performance. While the focus of the class is on acting technique, each sequence can also be taken as a playwright or director with assignments and work tailored to these disciplines. We also offer ongoing audition classes on Saturday mornings and a Directors Lab on Saturday afternoons.
As an extension of the training program, Visionbox Studio Theatre has produced workshops of new performance work by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers, directors, designers and actors. These public performances of new work featuring multi-media design have included The Othello Project by Visionbox, Commedia, a new play by British Actor Daniel Gerroll, The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with Broadway Actor Bill Youmans and most recently a world premiere of Seeking Charlie Russell written and performed by Bill Pullman. Visionbox is a Tier III project of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and part of the McNichols Civic Center Cultural Partnership Program.
Visionbox PlayClub (for non-actors)
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT
The Visionbox Studio Theatre PLAYCLUB!
(a creative discussion for non-actors - hosted on Zoom)
Date: Thursday, September 24th, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per person.
PLAYCLUB is Visionbox’s version of book club. We distribute the script in advance and then convene by zoom to study and discuss it. Founding Artistic Director Jennifer McCray Rincon opens with remarks about both the play and the playwright. We then invite group discussion, after which Visionbox actors perform a scene from the play. We discuss that scene, after which Ms. Rincon re-directs the scene to demonstrate an alternative approach to the same text. We have been told over and over that watching actors rework scenes like this is the most intriguing part of our work. It is also an excellent way to gain appreciation for the literature and language of theatre.
Our play for September 24th is “True West”, the 1980 play by American playwright Sam Shepard.
TRUE WEST is the story of two brothers locked in a rivalry not over the land of the "True West" but over a kind of mythic land that defines their identities. Sam Shepard was one of our most prolific American playwrights, who explored the opposition between Pop American Culture and the Old West. This play has been performed by countless extraordinary actors, perhaps most notably by Gary Sinese and John Malkovich in 1984.
What the public is saying
"As a non-actor myself, I have always been intrigued as to the process of acting/actors. The ability to change and adapt to a variety of roles and become a believable representation of someone else entirely. This “PlayClub” was a wonderful eye-opener for me! I have a new passion and fascination for the true art of the Theatre, the work that is involved, and the passions of actors, producers, and all story-tellers; in the production of these very necessary stories for out times. I would recommend this evening to anybody who wants a glimpse of the inside processes!! Thank you, Jennifer, and the Visionbox crew for a most enjoyable evening! See you next time!"
Three Sisters by playwright Anton Chekhov
Date: Thursday, October 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer McCray Rincon
Founding Artistic Director
Jennifer McCray Rincón received her BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. She was recipient of an NEA Directing Fellowship at Playwright’s Horizons in NYC and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia. After many years in New York, Ms. Rincón came to Denver as the Head of Acting at the National Theatre Conservatory, where she remained from 1991 through 2008. At the DCPA Ms. Rincón taught acting in the 3-year MFA Acting program and directed over 100 productions including Equus, Othello, The Laramie Project, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The 365 Project, Monte Carlo, and Expedition 6 by Bill Pullman. Locally, Ms. Rincon has directed for El Centro Su Teatro, Shadow Theatre, The Historic Old Elitches Theatre, and was Founding Artistic Director of the Lizard Head Theatre Company in Telluride.
Since founding Visionbox Studio Theatre in 2010 Jennifer McCray Rincon has taught acting to Denver student and professional actors in five week sequences culminating in performance. She has also developed and directed a number of workshops and productions for Visionbox including: The Wild Hunt by Bill Pullman, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, Lydie Breeze by John Guare, After the Fall by Arthur Miller, 2xTENN by Tennessee Williams, A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas with William Youmans, The Othello Project, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and My Two Sisters, an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
The SCFD allows arts,cultural and scientific organizations to follow their missions. It provides funding to hundreds of organizations every year. Visionbox Studio Theatre is a Tier 3 organization funded in part by SCFD grants.
Visionbox is a proud member of the McNichols Civic Center Building Cultural Partner Program. We perform our Visionbox360 Festival of New Works in this extraordinary venue. We will also be developing new classes and projects thanks to this partnership.
Colorado Creative Industries believes in the power of creativity to inspire human connections, create social change and support economic vibrancy throughout Colorado. We believe in the practice of creation, the artists and entrepreneurs who contribute to our rich culture and the benefits of our creative economy.
We support and encourage the innovators, creators, change-makers and dreamers who improve our quality of life and make Colorado creative. We focus on strengthening the vitality of visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, resources and funding opportunities. We believe in bold innovation and the invaluable contributions the arts bring to this beautiful state.
Visionbox Studio Theatre is 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.