Crafting a Moment

A Brief Introduction to an Actor’s Toolbox
for Actors & Non-Actors

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2.30–5pm at RLV Oracle Arts Wilson Barn
( See Directions)


Acting, like other performing art forms, demands a unique, dichotomous pairing of skills. This includes an energized readiness combined with physical relaxation. Becoming the character you play while at the same time having an actor’s awareness of the performance environment is a blended state of being that is the basis for most acting methods in use today. It requires a strong will, a childlike curiosity and a willingness to trust yourself and others.

This free workshop will introduce some of these fundamental skills and give you an experience of creating a theatrical moment.

Sam Rush is a director and actor who is the co-founder of New Century Theatre. He holds an MFA in Directing and has taught acting and directing at the University of Massachusetts, Smith College, Western New England University, Asnuntuck Community College, and in the Northampton, MA community.

Those with questions are welcome to call or text Sam Rush’s cell at 413-626-3238.


Past Programs

Three-Plate Monotype & Stitch Shibori

Two Printmaking Workshops with Maine Mixed-Media Artist & Printmaker Kris Sader

We're delighted to announce that the accomplished printmaker, mixed media and installation artist Kris Sader will offer two workshops this February, during her RLV guest artist residency.

  • 3-Plate Monotype: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10am–4pm at RLV studios.
    This technique of monotype printing offers the opportunity of color mixing/interactions, and mark making that allows for luminosity of the paper to add excitement to the print. Download PDF to learn more.

  • Stitch Saburi (Japanese Tie-Dye): Saturday, Feb. 23, 10am–2.30pm at the Wilson Barn.
    Shibori (to wring, squeeze, press/shaped resist dyeing) is the name for Japanese Tie-dye. By restricting cloth 3 dimensionally with folds, crinkling or stitching, beautiful flat designs can be achieved. The results will show the technique used but will always be unique to that work session. Download PDF to learn more



The Rancho Linda Vista artists community is a pioneer in the emergence of Arizona’s vibrant arts scene.
Over the years many poets of note have spent time here—writing, giving public readings, exploring the desert, sharing ideas and collaborating with resident artists.


TELLING LIVES

Writing Intensive with William Pitt Root & Pamela Uschuk

Last May, RLV was was honored to have award-winning writers and editors, William Pitt Root and Pamela Uschuk lead its inaugural week-long poetry intensive.

Attended by poets from around the country, "Telling Lives" was an inspirational mixed genre, hands-on, generative writing intensive that focused on weaving poetry and lyric prose to create memoir.

At the conclusion, participating poets launched RLV’s 50th Anniversary Memorial Weekend Celebration with a reading of their works.

In addition to Bill and Pam, attendees included Whitney Judd, Mark Lee, Elizabeth Hellstern, Dave Ryan, Teri Hairston, Susan Foster, Mary Jane White, Jane Hipkins Sobie and Larry Griffin (pictured below).

Given the wonderful success of this year’s poetry intensive, we look forward to hosting another in 2019. Check back in the coming weeks for details.