Shantigar Open gate

Ongoing Weekly Workshop Series

Home Theatre: Acting and Communicating with Basic Confidence

with Jean-Claude van Itallie and Michael Schreiber

every Thursday at noon (us eastern time) 

As  Open Theater Playwright-of the-Ensemble in the tumultuous 1960s, and ever since, Jean-Claude has developed and taught theatre exercises as techniques for spiritual growth and for inspiring confident communication. His Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche taught acting exercises to empower meditative performance in everyday life.

In Home Theatre, Jean-Claude and Michael will adapt these exercises for Zoom with the intention of empowering confidence, deepening and clarifying communication, and finding peace and presence both in our homes and throughout our daily lives.  


Adventurous dear friends, please join our gentle and empowering workshop. All are welcome.

Suggested Tuition: $36 per session,
or $306 for 10 sessions. 

These teachings are offered in the spirit of giving.

Offering payment for the class is also in the spirit of giving.

Please offer what feels generous within your means.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please register here:

Class Resources

In the videos below, Jean-Claude teaches techniques that we use in Home Theatre.  You can see these and other Meditation Games on our YouTube channel. We also have a growing playlist of games of transformation from Jean-Claude's book, Tea With Demons.

Please like the videos, comment, and subscribe!

About the Teachers

Jean-Claude van Itallie, Shantigar’s founder, artistic director, seminal in the explosive 1960's American theater, wrote, among many plays, acclaimed anti-Viet Nam war trilogy America Hurrah; The Serpent, a ceremony (with the Open Theater); Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again; The Traveler; Struck Dumb (with Joe Chaikin); Light; The Fat Lady Sings. Co-librettist of the opera MILA, Great Sorcerer. Jean-Claude's books: Playwright’s Workbook; Chekhov the Major Plays (english versions); Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud; Tea with Demons, Games of Transformation; Tomboy Duchess and Sir Baylor, Coming Out in Regency England.

Acting and directing teacher, Michael Schreiber has worked extensively with Jean-Claude, participated in many of his workshops, and started co-teaching with him in 2018. Michael initiated and directs Shantigar's Young Artist Residency Program and in 2020 became Shantigar's Program Director.

He also coaches artists, speakers, and entrepreneurs helping them blend craft and business. Currently, Michael is an uchideshi (live-in student) studying Japanese martial art of Aikido in Fredericksburg, VA.

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