Fall UX Course Schedule

Week of October 2nd – October 8th

Fall 2017 Pizza and a Play: Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco, directed by Moshe Yassur

People are turning, one by one, grunting and snorting, into rhinoceroses.  By the end of the play only the “hero,” Berenger, a gentle but unimpressive man who drinks a bit too much, remains human. Will he be able to hold out against the ugly wave of conformity? This classic of the “Theatre of Absurd” will be performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.  A production of the New Yiddish Repertory Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.

Friday, October 6
Pizza at 6:30pm, performance at 7:30pm

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Improv for Everyone
Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, a founder of the Castillo Theatre and a long-time improviser, actress and comedian. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21
4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Week of October 9th – October 15th

You’ve Got Something to Say (or How to Write an Essay)
Instructor: Caroline Donnola

Everybody’s got something to say, but we often have trouble finding the right words. Would you like to write a letter to the editor to sound off about an issue of the day, but you’re not sure how to do it? Do you want to apply to college, but you don’t feel comfortable writing the essay? In this class you will learn, with Caroline Donnola, the basics of how to express yourself in writing for real life situations. This class will include: how to write effectively and persuasively; how to be clear and concise; and how to edit and proofread your work. Bring in your questions, concerns, and ideas about how you want to further develop your writing skills. Three sessions.

Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Improv for Everyone

Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, a founder of the Castillo Theatre and a long-time improviser, actress and comedian. Two sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, October 14, 21
4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Week of October 16th – October 22nd

You’ve Got Something to Say (or How to Write an Essay)

Instructor: Caroline Donnola

Everybody’s got something to say, but we often have trouble finding the right words. Would you like to write a letter to the editor to sound off about an issue of the day, but you’re not sure how to do it? Do you want to apply to college, but you don’t feel comfortable writing the essay? In this class you will learn, with Caroline Donnola, the basics of how to express yourself in writing for real life situations. This class will include: how to write effectively and persuasively; how to be clear and concise; and how to edit and proofread your work. Bring in your questions, concerns, and ideas about how you want to further develop your writing skills. Two sessions.

Tuesdays, October 17, 24
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Electromagnets and Motors
Instructor: Mark Davidson

Using wires, batteries and a magnet, Mark Davidson, an amateur scientist and Chair of the All Stars New York Board of Directors, will lead students in building a small motor.  This is a hands-on experience in learning how basic machines work.  One session.

Tuesday, October 17
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Improv for Everyone
Instructor: Marian Rich

Improvisation, the ability to accept offers from fellow performers and create something new together, is the key to all good performance — and a vital life skill. Learn the basics of improv from Marian Rich, a founder of the Castillo Theatre and a long-time improviser, actress and comedian. One session.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturday, October 21
4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Fall 2017 Pizza & A Play: The Store: One Block East of Jerome by Fred Newman, directed by Imani

Two women from very different woods—sociologist professor Paula Brownell and veteran stripper Carmela Petrelli—meet in a strip club.  They find a way to connect and explore the experiences of everyday sexism and exploitation, and of the impact and limitations of the women’s movement.  Learning Carmella’s history leads Professor Brownell to surprise even herself.  The Store contains explicit sexual language and full nudity. Parental discretion is advised.

Saturday, October 21
Pizza at 6:30pm, performance at 7:30pm

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Week of October 23rd – October 29th

You’ve Got Something to Say (or How to Write an Essay)
Instructor: Caroline Donnola

Everybody’s got something to say, but we often have trouble finding the right words. Would you like to write a letter to the editor to sound off about an issue of the day, but you’re not sure how to do it? Do you want to apply to college, but you don’t feel comfortable writing the essay? In this class you will learn, with Caroline Donnola, the basics of how to express yourself in writing for real life situations. This class will include: how to write effectively and persuasively; how to be clear and concise; and how to edit and proofread your work. Bring in your questions, concerns, and ideas about how you want to further develop your writing skills. One session.

Tuesday, October 24
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Week of October 30th – November 5th

New Timers Improv Workshop
Instructor: Susan Massad

Play! Perform! Develop! Older adults learn theatre improvisation and create new developmental performances together. No performance or improvisation experience necessary, just a willingness to play and try new things with new people. Led by Dr. Susan Massad. Three sessions.

Age 55+

Tuesdays, October 31, November 7, 14
3:00pm – 5:30pm

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Development 101
Instructor: Dr. Lenora Fulani

How do we develop with crisis all around us?  How can our children become learners in a dysfunctional school system? How can we grow in a society that’s falling apart? These, and related questions, are the basis of this once-a-semester conversation Dean Lenora Fulani has with UX students. One session.

Saturday, November 4
12:00pm – 1:30pm

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Playing with Identity and Diagnosis
Instructors: Hugh Polk and Rachel Mickenberg

We all have our labels: smart, stupid, crazy, sensitive, aggressive, sexy, unattractive, ADHD, depressed and many more.  Psychiatric diagnoses can be especially painful labels.  We carry these labels with us for most of our lives and they can be very limiting and debilitating. Social therapy, a non-diagnostic therapy for adults and children, can provide us with new ways of thinking and creating who we are and who we are becoming.  In this session, Hugh Polk and Rachel Mickenberg, leaders of the social therapy community, will help us look at how we have come to our sense of identity. Through improvisation exercises and therapeutic dialogue, we will play with the joy and pain of how we have come to see who we are in the world. Join for this playful community conversation about identity, diagnoses, and the potential of creating new possibilities for ourselves and our communities. One session.

Saturday, November 4
1:30pm – 3:00pm

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Public Speaking
Instructor: David Nackman

Public speaking is an important social and performance skill. Learn how to talk effectively in front of groups of people with David Nackman, creative director of Performance of a Lifetime and longtime Castillo Theatre actor and director. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, November 4, 11, 18
2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Pizza & A Play: Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Green by Howard L. Craft, directed by Joseph Megel

Over the course of a hundred years, Abel Green lives five different lives — as a minstrel performer; a religious cult leader; an FBI informant; a struggling actor; an out-of-work mortgage broker — each one shedding new light on the challenges and humiliations of being a Black man in America, caught between the hopes of the American Dream and the realities of the American Nightmare. A production of the New Federal Theatre in association with the Castillo Theatre.

Saturday, November 4
Pizza at 7:00pm, performance at 8:00pm

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Week of November 6th – November 12th

New Timers Improv Workshop
Instructor: Susan Massad

Play! Perform! Develop! Older adults learn theatre improvisation and create new developmental performances together. No performance or improvisation experience necessary, just a willingness to play and try new things with new people. Led by Dr. Susan Massad. Two sessions.

Age 55+

Tuesdays, November 7, 14
3:00pm – 5:30pm

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How to Make Facebook Work for You and Your Community
Instructor: Stephanie Jarrett

Facebook is playing an ever-expanding role in social networking, communication and political organizing around the world.  In this practical “how-to course” taught by Stephanie Jarrett, an airport communication analyst for JetBlue, students will learn how to set up Facebook, set privacy settings, create a profile, share a post, deal with a newsfeed, and much more that will help you to use Facebook to benefit you, organizations you’re involved in, and your community. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it to class because UX has a limited number of them.  No computer experience needed. Four sessions.

Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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The Art of Collage: Putting It All Together
Instructor: Lisa Dombrow

Collage, like life, is the art of bringing together different kinds of things to create something new. Join Lisa Dombrow—artist, educator, play advocate, and museum professional—to explore and play with different materials, including papers, fabrics, images, and text, in a relaxed and fun environment. Open to all ages. No previous artistic experience necessary. One session.

Saturday, November 11
12:00pm – 2:00pm

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UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green

Read classic short stories and novels and go on incredible journeys you have never imagined. Be introduced to brilliant authors, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, and learn about different periods of world and American history. Selections will be read in class, followed by lively discussions led by Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green. Three sessions.

Saturdays, November 11, 18, December 2
12:30pm – 2:30pm

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Public Speaking
Instructor: David Nackman

Public speaking is an important social and performance skill. Learn how to talk effectively in front of groups of people with David Nackman, creative director of Performance of a Lifetime and longtime Castillo Theatre actor and director. Two sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, November 11, 18
2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Acting for Everyone
Instructor: Madelyn Chapman

This course focuses on developing students’ powers of observation and imagination, two key elements of the art of acting. Students will work on scenes with professionally trained actors, led by Madelyn Chapman, Castillo Theatre actress, director, and producer. Three sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, November 11, 18, December 2
4:00pm – 6:30pm

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Week of November 13th – November 19th

New Timers Improv Workshop
Instructor: Susan Massad

Play! Perform! Develop! Older adults learn theatre improvisation and create new developmental performances together. No performance or improvisation experience necessary, just a willingness to play and try new things with new people. Led by Dr. Susan Massad. One sessions.

Age 55+

Tuesdays, November 14
3:00pm – 5:30pm

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How to Make Facebook Work for You and Your Community
Instructor: Stephanie Jarrett

Facebook is playing an ever-expanding role in social networking, communication and political organizing around the world.  In this practical “how-to course” taught by Stephanie Jarrett, an airport communication analyst for JetBlue, students will learn how to set up Facebook, set privacy settings, create a profile, share a post, deal with a newsfeed, and much more that will help you to use Facebook to benefit you, organizations you’re involved in, and your community. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it to class because UX has a limited number of them.  No computer experience needed. Three sessions.

Tuesdays, November 14, 21, 28
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green

Read classic short stories and novels and go on incredible journeys you have never imagined. Be introduced to brilliant authors, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, and learn about different periods of world and American history. Selections will be read in class, followed by lively discussions led by Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green. Two sessions.

Saturdays, November 18, December 2
12:30pm – 2:30pm

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Public Speaking
Instructor: David Nackman

Public speaking is an important social and performance skill. Learn how to talk effectively in front of groups of people with David Nackman, creative director of Performance of a Lifetime and longtime Castillo Theatre actor and director. One session.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, November 18
2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Acting for Everyone
Instructor: Madelyn Chapman

This course focuses on developing students’ powers of observation and imagination, two key elements of the art of acting. Students will work on scenes with professionally trained actors, led by Madelyn Chapman, Castillo Theatre actress, director, and producer. Two sessions.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturdays, November 18, December 2
4:00pm – 6:30pm

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Week of November 20th – November 26th

How to Make Facebook Work for You and Your Community
Instructor: Stephanie Jarrett

Facebook is playing an ever-expanding role in social networking, communication and political organizing around the world.  In this practical “how-to course” taught by Stephanie Jarrett, an airport communication analyst for JetBlue, students will learn how to set up Facebook, set privacy settings, create a profile, share a post, deal with a newsfeed, and much more that will help you to use Facebook to benefit you, organizations you’re involved in, and your community. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it to class because UX has a limited number of them.  No computer experience needed. Two sessions.

Tuesdays, November 21, 28
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Week of November 27th – December 3rd

How to Make Facebook Work for You and Your Community
Instructor: Stephanie Jarrett

Facebook is playing an ever-expanding role in social networking, communication and political organizing around the world.  In this practical “how-to course” taught by Stephanie Jarrett, an airport communication analyst for JetBlue, students will learn how to set up Facebook, set privacy settings, create a profile, share a post, deal with a newsfeed, and much more that will help you to use Facebook to benefit you, organizations you’re involved in, and your community. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it to class because UX has a limited number of them.  No computer experience needed. One session.

Tuesdays, November 28
7:00pm – 8:30pm

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UX Book Club: Reading the Classics Together
Instructors: Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green

Read classic short stories and novels and go on incredible journeys you have never imagined. Be introduced to brilliant authors, meet extraordinary characters, discover different cultures, and learn about different periods of world and American history. Selections will be read in class, followed by lively discussions led by Dr. Jessie Fields and Nancy Green. One session.

Saturdays, December 2
12:30pm – 2:30pm

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Collective Poetry Creation
Instructor: Rakeen Dow

Rakeen Dow, co-founder of the Living Poets Society/NYC, will lead this workshop in the collective creation of poetry.  Focusing on prompts addressing social and political concerns, students will create poetry fragments and together shape them into a complete poem, which will be featured at the UX Poetry Snap on December 16. One session.

Saturday, December 2
12:30pm – 2:00pm

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Improv for Families
Instructor: Maureen Kelly

Improvisation is a theatrical technique for performing without a script. It’s also an important life skill that teaches us to accept offers from others and build together. Much of our lives is scripted by tradition and custom that can prevent us from creating new and more helpful ways of building our families. Join social therapist and Performance of a Lifetime Managing Director Maureen Kelly in this unique hands-on workshop. We’ll use improv to help free ourselves from the engrained habits that can keep families trapped in un-growthful and destructive behavior. This is a workshop for parents, grandparents and children. Come with your family and play with new and creative ways of supporting each other!  (Also open to individuals.) One session.

Saturday, December 2
3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Acting for Everyone
Instructor: Madelyn Chapman

This course focuses on developing students’ powers of observation and imagination, two key elements of the art of acting. Students will work on scenes with professionally trained actors, led by Madelyn Chapman, Castillo Theatre actress, director, and producer. One session.

Age 14+. You must attend the first class to attend the others.

Saturday, December 2
4:00pm – 6:30pm

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Week of December 4th – December 10th

Volcanos!
Instructor: Jennifer Novotney

Under the leadership of Jennifer Novotney from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you will spend the first session learning about the geology, chemistry and causes of volcanos—and making model volcanos.  Then invite your family and friends to the second session to watch the volcanos you built erupt!  Two sessions.

Tuesdays, December 5, 12
6:30pm – 8:30pm

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UX Yes/And Café
Instructors: Dan Friedman and Dr. Lois Holzman

Join Dr. Dan Friedman, associate dean of UX, and Dr. Lois Holzman, director of the East Side Institute for this unique intellectual/cultural/fun experience.  Combining philosophy, performance, conversation and good coffee (and tea), the café will explore some of the important ideas that motivate and activate UX and the development community of which it is a part.  (Note: the Yes/And Café follows the All Stars Holiday Party, so come to both and make a day of it.)  One session.

Saturday, December 9
3:00pm – 4:30pm

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Week of December 11th – December 17th

Volcanos!
Instructor: Jennifer Novotney

Under the leadership of Jennifer Novotney from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you will spend the first session learning about the geology, chemistry and causes of volcanos—and making model volcanos.  Then invite your family and friends to the second session to watch the volcanos you built erupt!  One session.

Tuesday, December 12
6:30pm – 8:30pm

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UX Poetry Snap
Instructors: Rakeen Dow and Jessica Matei

UX and its community are full of creative people who have something to say. Join other UX students and community members in sharing your poetry—or just come to listen and enjoy—at this non-competitive, celebratory Poetry Snap. The snap will be hosted by Rakeen Dow and Jessica Matei of the Living Poets Society/NYC. Each reader is limited to two minutes and must enroll in advance to participate.  If you do want to read, you need to arrive by 3:00 p.m. One session.

Saturday, December 16
3:30pm – 5:30pm

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