Shantigar Online

Ongoing Weekly Workshop Series
Starting November 2020

Home Theatre: How to Act with Basic Confidence

with Jean-Claude van Itallie and Michael Schreiber

Thursdays 12pm EST 

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.

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

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.

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About the Teachers

Jean-Claude van Itallie, Shantigar’s founder, artistic director, seminal in the explosive 1960's American theater, wrote, among many works, acclaimed anti-Viet Nam war play America Hurrah; The Serpent (with the Open Theater); Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again; translations of Chekhov’s major plays; Light; and his 2012 one-man show, Confessions and Conversation. Author of Playwright’s Workbook, Jean-Claude is a longtime teacher. His latest book: Tea with Demons, games of transformation; his latest play: The Fat Lady Sings.

Michael Schreiber has taught acting and directing in NYC, LA, Las Vegas, at 40+ conventions across the US, and abroad in Qingdao, China. He has worked extensively with Jean-Claude, participated in many of his workshops, and started co-teaching with him in 2018. In 2019, Michael started Shantigar's Young Artist Residency Program, and in early March 2020 he became Shantigar's Program Director.


In addition to his work with Shantigar, Michael coaches artists, speakers and entrepreneurs helping them blend their craft and their business. Currently, Michael is in residence as an uchideshi (live-in student) studying the Japanese martial art of Aikido in Fredericksburg, VA.

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