Half Straddle Workshop
The Depth of Surfaces:
Generative Writing/Directing

Led by Tina Satter and Jess Barbagallo

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand Street, NY NY
Cost: $175 for the weekend

Half Straddle Artistic Director Tina Satter and Half Straddle performer/director/writer Jess Barbagallo lead writing, performance, and directorial exercises and techniques that will be used to generate new performance writing and scene approaches —and can be applied to infuse projects already in process.

A collaborative and open environment allows participants to find unexpected ways to generate writing and directing techniques—and be in conversation with Jess and Tina on their work with Half Straddle and their individual practices. 

It is strongly encouraged that participants attend both days of the workshop.

To apply, please fill out the form below.

All applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Upon acceptance, you will be directed to pay by credit card online.  

We can answer any questions at halfstraddle@gmail.com!



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Tina Satter is a Brooklyn-based writer and director who makes plays, performances, and videos. She is Artistic Director of the Obie Award-winning theater company Half Straddle founded in 2008, recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award recipient. Her most recent show, Ancient Lives, premiered at The Kitchen in New York City in January 2015. Her show House of Dance opened in 2013 commissioned by Richard Maxwell’s New York City Players. Seagull (Thinking of you) premiered at PS122’s 2013 COIL Festival. In addition to upcoming theater commissions (with Soho Rep and New York Live Arts), Tina is co-writing and directing a web series, loosely based on her theater company. Tina as recently visiting playwright and teacher at University of Michigan, and has been a guest artist at Princeton University, Reed College, and Fordham University. She attended Mac Wellman’s graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Her first collection of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), was published by 53rd State Press in 2014.

Jess Barbagallo is a performer and writer. Recent collaborative partners: Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf/Dyke Division of 2HC, the Builders Association, The Drunkard’s Wife, Andrea Geyer, Casey Llewellyn and Katherine Brook. Jess has written the plays Joe Ranono’s Yuletide Log and Other Fruitcakes, Grey-Eyed Dogs, I'll Meet You in Tijuana, Saturn Nights, Men's Creative Writing Group, Good Year for Hunters and Great Romance, and is responsible for the ongoing comedy Without Me I’m Something. Jess was a 2009-10 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Member, 2011-12 Queer Arts Mentorship Fellow, 2012-13 BAX Artist-in-Residence, and a 2013 MacDowell Colony Fellow, and is a 2014-15 New York Live Arts Context Notes Writer-in-Residence.  His words have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Blog, The Poety Project Newsletter, by 53rd State Press and at homoflix.wordpress.com, a review site for gay and lesbian Netflix. Jess has taught courses at New York University and Brooklyn College, and curates for Little Theater at Dixon Place. Additionally, Jess organized the evening WHY I MAKE LIVE ART (WHEN I’M NOT MAKING THE OTHERS) at the Invisible Dog Art Center in 2012. MFA: Brooklyn College.