Voicebox is a quarterly workshop series for ensemble performing artists led by innovators and elders from the local and national performance community.

Winter 2014

Voicebox: Lisa D’Amour

Voicebox: Lisa D'AmourNEW NOISE is thrilled to announce Voicebox: Lisa D’Amour, the latest in our quarterly workshop series for ensemble performing artists!

This writing workshop will be led by Lisa D’Amour, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and co-artistic director of Obie Award-winning PearlD’Amour.

We hope you’ll join us for a great, challenging weekend exploring the bridges and boundaries between the inner and outer worlds of characters on the edge!


Friday 6-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm
January 31-February 1, 2014

Sign up

The cost for the workshop is $100.
[A limited number of scholarships are available. If you are interested, please contact bear@newnoise.org for more information.]

General questions? Email phil@newnoise.org or call 504 252 5116.

Workshop Description

Landscape and Desire: A Writing Workshop

This workshop will focus on character, self-expression and the often-permeable boundary between a character’s internal and external landscape. When does the inside reflect the outside and vice versa? When a character’s desire is big enough, every kind of boundary seems to break down / go haywire – between self and other, between one country and another country, between public and private space (think Stanley and his famous, seemingly eternal cry). Over the course of two sessions, we will read and write and think together and explore how we can manipulate (yes manipulate) both landscape and desire to great theatrical effect. Lisa will assign a chapter from Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space before the class – feel free to read the whole thing if you prefer.

About Lisa

A native of New Orleans, Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the country, including The Women’s Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, ArtSpot Productions, Children’s Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theater Company, and the Royal National Theater. Her recent play Detroit, a dark comedy that follows two suburban couples facing economic uncertainty, was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has received the Steinberg Playwright Award (2011) and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2008). For 15 years, she has been one half of the performance duo PearlDamour known both for large-scale performances that mix theatre and installation such as How to Build a Forest (2011), in which a simulated forest is assembled and disassembled on stage over 8 hours; and more intimate performances such as Bird Eye Blue Print (2007), created for a set of vacant offices in New York’s World Financial Center. PearlDamour is a four-time MAP Fund recipient and a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Upcoming PearlDamour projects for 2013-2014 include Lost in the Meadow, a site-specific work in a meadow which the audience experiences via headphones; and Milton, an immersive piece investigating the sky over five U.S. cities and towns named “Milton.”


Voicebox is supported in part by the Foundation for Entertainment, Development, and Education, Inc. Thank you FEDE!


Summer 2013

Voicebox: tEEth

Voicebox: tEEthAngelle Hebert—choreographer, movement artist, and Co-Artistic Director of tEEth—taught Whole Body Screaming, an intensive that moved through a series of guided improvisational exercises exploring expression and connectivity of the body and voice. As in tEEth’s choreographic practice, participants utilized video documentation as a compositional tool throughout the weekend.

Founded in Portland, OR, tEEth is an award-winning, nationally-touring contemporary dance/performance art company that merges technical virtuosity with raw visceral impact.

Spring 2013

Voicebox: NACL

Voicebox: NACLBrad Krumholz, co-founder of North American Cultural Laboratory came to New Orleans in April 2013 for a deep, immersive workshop built around the early letters of William Faulkner. Participants memorized a letter from the collection Thinking of Home and brought a song that reminded them of family. These elements were combined with a physical score over the course of the weekend to delve into layers of meaning and association.

Located in Highland Lake, NY, NACL has been creating innovative, original ensemble theater for more than 15 years.

Spring 2012

Voicebox: Carpetbag Brigade

Voicebox: Carpetbag BrigadeJay Ruby, artistic director of San Francisco’s Carpetbag Brigade, joined us for a two-day, 16-hour intensive, called The Voice in Action, focusing on the use of voice and song for theatrical composition.

Carpetbag Brigade has collaborated and toured nationally and internationally, with their unique brand of visually-stunning, acrobatic stilt performance.

Presented in collaboration with Mondo Bizarro

Winter 2012

Voicebox: Hand2Mouth

Voicebox: Hand2MouthIn late winter 2012, Jonathon Walters, artistic director of Portland’s Hand2Mouth Theatre, returned after their smash success in the Fringe Festival to lead a weekend-long intensive in their company process.

Summer 2011

Voicebox: Pig Iron

In the summer of 2011, we presented Voicebox: Pig Iron with Quinn Bauriedel of Philadelphia’s esteemed Pig Iron Ensemble.

The workshop was part of Voicebox / Sound Off!, a weekend-long celebration of original performance.