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The Hess Collective

MISSION STATEMENT

The Hess Collective generates new work based on a hybrid approach to embodied performance. A fusion of physical theater modalities culled from Western and Eastern practices, diverse ensemble members unlock impulses, experience and imagination to generate transformative, empathetic and expansive artistic expression. The work addresses issues of social and global urgency through heightened realism, cross-cultural collaboration and inter-disciplinary creation.

WORKSHOP INTENSIVES

Workshops provide an opportunity for theater artists to become versed in Hess’ unique approach to embodied performance. This hybrid technique engages ‘States of Being’ that explore who we are at any given moment and how that changes according to the activation of specific behavioral, physiological and psychological conditions of existence. By accessing these interconnected states of being, artists learn to experiment, enliven and enlarge their artistic palette.

PRIVATE COACHING

Arrangement with Elizabeth Hess: thehesscollective@gmail.com

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ACTING & BEING: Explorations in Embodied Performance

Elizabeth Hess is currently working on a book called 'ACTING & BEING: Explorations in Embodied Performance' which is the crystallization of her explorations as an actor and teacher. The book is slated for publication with Palgrave Macmillan in the new year.

"This aliveness is the expression of an embodied experience - the interplay of being, moment by moment."

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Advanced Acting Training

Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Positions

THE O'NEILL CENTER: NTI: National Theater Institute
Instructor, Heightened Realism, 2010 -
SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
Adjunct Professor; Graduate & Undergraduate Acting Program, 2015 -
NEW YORK THEATER INTENSIVES
Physical Theater, 2013 -
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY,
PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS THEATER SCHOOL
Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Acting Program, 1998 - 2013
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, 
LINCOLN CENTER CAMPUS
Adjunt Professor, Undergraduate Acting Program, 1999 - 2009
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY,
COLLABORATIVE ARTS PROJECT 21 (CAP21)
Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Acting Program, 2000 - 2010
MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE
Adjunct Professor, Undergraduate Acting Program, 2002-2004
PRIVATE ACTING COACH
New York, 1990-1998
 

Arts Education

KURT REIS, New York, 1986-88
Stanislavski Technique
HAROLD GUSKIN, New York, 1983-86
Private Acting Coach
HB STUDIOS, STEPHEN STRIMPELL, New York, 1982
Uta Hagen Approach
THE LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART, London 1979-81
Foundation Degree
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART, London, 1978
Shakespeare Intensive
THE SECOND CITY COMPANY, Toronto, 1976-77
Improvisational Technique
YORK UNIVERSITY, Toronto, 1972-76
Combined Honors BA: English/Philosophy/Psychology