Physical Theater: Presence and Performance with Bronwyn Sims

A physical performance artist must develop material in their own way and in their own style,
discovering their body and the breath that animates it. This workshop will examine the art of
physical performance with the help of exercises in character and improvisation. This workshop will benefit those who wish to stretch the boundaries of their expression, creating a language of theatrical choreography, linking movement and emotion. Students will explore the fundamental building blocks of finding presence, space, and rhythm. What is presence? How do we cultivate presence? Not only on stage as a mover and performer but in our daily lives, in our relationships, our communities? We will work on rhythm and space two fundamental aspects of the journey. We will play games and find the jeu! (play) in all aspects of what we create. There will be time spent exploring the work of animals, colors, elements, and nature. This work trains students to develop a heightened presence, a deep awareness of the self and its connection to the body, breath, and gaze. We will help you explore the basics of creating character and presence through exercises and games. We will also explore status, timing, and props, For those uncomfortable improvising, this workshop will help you find ways to diffuse emotional discomfort with your own natural style, and what makes you unique, interesting, and funny. We will focus on exercises and games in jeu/ play, presence, vulnerability, imagination, improvisation, character, status, and establishing a relationship with the audience. Students will come away with expanded possibilities about how to build a character and have the power to courageously initiate a dialogue with any audience. Please come prepared to move in movement clothing. Participants should be comfortable allowing themselves to be open, generous, vulnerable and playful.

For: anyone. but most likely ages anywhere from 17-65. Open to anyone. Any demographic.


Bronwyn Sims is a creator, performer, choreographer, and educator. As an Acrobat, Aerialist and Dancer, she has appeared in film and on television as well as the stage. Bronwyn is Co-Founder and Producing Director of Strong Coffee Stage, a Physical Theatre Company based in Vermont.
If you need special accommodations, please note VDA will need at least two weeks notice before the class start date. We will do our best to accommodate all needs.

How to Register: Click on “Get More Info” to register for this class, or any class in our fall Resilient Dancing Series! If you need assistance filling out the form, please call 410-458-3672.

Payment: VDA member and Non-VDA member pricing is listed in the registration form. To make your payment please visit, or use our paypal address as listed on the form.

If you are planning to call in as a group, with two or more people sharing one screen, email us to set up a scaled payment to fit your specific needs.

If money is a barrier for you, please email a scholarship request letter detailing your interest, class dates, and amount of support needed.

Thanks to our Scholarship Fund sponsors: Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. (lead sponsor) Northfield Savings Bank, Vermont Federal Credit Union, and City Market Onion River Co-op (participating sponsors) for helping us to provide access to all.

We are pleased to announce that this project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of VAC or NEA.

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Published August 2, 2020