The Authentic Voice Workshop, Zurich

The Authentic Voice focuses on two areas, firstly, the distinctive qualities and talents of the individual participants. The workshop helps unlock and reveal the particular ideas, concerns, feelings, images and narratives that are the bedrock of their creativity and potential. The second part of the workshop looks at how we engage these creative fragments with the world around us. How do we affect other people with who we are and what we want? Through a system of games, exercises and reflection, participants will gain greater confidence and awareness of their authentic voice and how to make this voice heard.


Who? Anyone who is open to creative learning, no previous experience needed. The workshop will be conducted in English.

When? 10:00 – 18:00, 19th – 23rd October 2020

Where? Theatrehaus Gessnerallee 8, Zurich, Switzerland

Course fee: CHF 400

Application: Elisabeth Gunawan /
or Lidija Burčak / +41 76 211 13 83 /

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Alchemy Extraordinary: In The Time Of Pandemic

David Glass Ensemble and Theatre Nation are delighted to be partnering on an ongoing ‘Beckett Pandemic’ project, beginning with David Glass himself leading his Creative Practice workshop ‘Alchemy Extraordinary’ to the Stables Theatre in Hastings from 21st to 25th September (with an optional final day on 26th September). 

Accomplished theatre maker, visionary and provocateur with an international reputation, David Glass has developed a tried and tested methodology to best access and express the authentic making of art. David will introduce his five-stage Creative Practice used by many artistic practitioners worldwide; his work has influenced noted individuals and companies including Emma Thompson, Anne Marie Duff, Simon McBurney (Complicite), Stephen Daldry, and Gecko; and dance artists Shobana Jeyasingh and Lloyd Newson. The creative practice applies to artists working in all disciplines; not theatre alone. 

The workshop will take the participants through the Five Stages of the Creative Process that is used in all forms of creative activity, from project development to arts projects and teaching: 1) Preparation 2) Origination 3) Organisation 4) Manifestation 5) Reflection. David’s approach is fun, practical and rooted in real world skills. All of his training uses Games, Exercises and Forum Integrative learning to give a wide range of participants a direct experience and intellectual underpinning of this training. 

The Creative Practice workshop will give participants time to interrogate, explore and reflect upon their own creative methodology here in Hastings – home to one of the most diverse and exciting creative communities in the country. A retreat in this eclectic seaside town offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with a community of artists, at a time when artistic practice and live performance is sadly limited.

Theatre Nation are thrilled that the workshop will be held in The Stables Theatre, situated in Hastings’ bohemian Old Town. The Stables has been at the heart of the local theatre community for over 60 years. 

The Alchemy Extraordinary workshop will be conducted strictly in line with government guidelines, to implement appropriate social distancing measures – to ensure safety for participants. This will include hand sanitisers, the use of masks where appropriate and will be conducted in line with The Stables’ own policy. 


DATES: 21st-26th September 2020

VENUE: Stables Theatre, Hastings, UK

COST: £300 (payments in instalments can be arranged)

We are conscious that in these difficult times, people may require further support to participate. We would like to ensure that anybody who is interested in working with David has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, we will be able to offer some bursaries. If this applies to you, please contact, stating how this experience would be of benefit.


For more information and to register your place, please contact Jane Freund at


Photo by Robert Golden

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5 Stages of Creative Practice, Denmark


A masterclass in Physical & Devised Theatre by David Glass


This 4-day workshop will give participants unique access to the five stages of creative practice method developed by renowned director and teacher David Glass. The five stages gives the participant a practical approach to physical and devised theatre, and gives the artist concrete tools to achieve a stronger presence on stage.

The workshop trains through five modes: Tools, Skills, Attitudes, Behaviour and Quality of Person. David uses ‘integrative learning’ circles to help students include what they already know into new ways of seeing, experiencing and reflecting. He see’s learning not as an ‘outcome’ but part of a holistic process that grows throughout a creative life.

The participants will come away with real tools, skills and insights that they can use immediately in any creative setting. The workshop will strengthen the participants self awareness as an artist. You will as participant gain clear insight in a practical approach to physical theatre and devising.

You will walk away from this workshop clearer, lighter and sharper.


Cost: 1.950,- DKK

Dates: 7-10 October 2020

Venue: National School of Performing Arts Denmark

For more information and booking click HERE

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Creative Practice @ Balkan Retreat (RESCHEDULED)

Dates: 21st – 23rd May 2020 (RESCHEDULED, NEW DATES TBC)

Cost: €350, including accommodation and meals

Location: Balkan Retreat, Serbia

Workshop Audience: all ages and all levels of experience

Workshop Size: Max 10 students + camping places for up to 4 more


David Glass’ teaching in fundamental ‘creative modes’ and his Creative practice are now recognised as powerful learning frameworks and tools, and used around the world in Social Development, Education and Business. David believes that all humans want is to have relationships with each other, the world around them and themselves. And through this fundamental desire, creativity naturally flows. These workshops teach practical creative and innovative practices and how we can adapt these to personal, project and organisational development. These workshops are rigorous, playful and powerfully transformative.

The Creative Learning is rooted in The Creative Practice Handbook, written by David Glass—a practical guide on using Creativity to enhance the impact of social, developmental, arts and educational communities worldwide through learning, training and practice.

Creative Practice and Modes

Creativity sits at the heart of how organisations work, how communities achieve wellbeing and how people and communities reach their full potential. The workshop will take the participants through the Five Stages of the Creative Process that is used in all forms of creative activity, from project development to arts projects and teaching:

  1. Preparation

  2. Origination

  3. Organisation

  4. Manifestation

  5. Reflection


David’s approach is fun, practical and rooted in real world skills. All of his training uses Games, Exercises and Forum Integrative learning to give a wide range of participants a direct experience and intellectual underpinning of this training. Students will come away with tools and skills and a framework that they can apply immediately to their work.

The Ensemble’s approach teaches the four fundamental engagement modes of directive, coached, facilitated and delegated behaviour. Soft, firm and strong engagement are developed with direct, indirect and ‘from behind’ approaches. In this training the participant will learn the power of open, closed and half open questioning along with the powerful relationship between proposal and provocation. The Ensemble has successfully trained facilitators in 40 countries across arts, social development and educational organisations.


The workshop takes place at the Balkan Retreat, the residence of the Balkan Producing House.

The Balkan Retreat is a permaculture small-holding, located in a tiny village, Bešenovački Prnjavor, immersed in the beautiful natural surroundings of the forested Fruška Gora National Park, in Serbia, a very accessible Central European location. It is 5 minutes walk from the National Park and 15 minutes walk from a gorgeous lake, ideal for swimming.

The area is famous for its monasteries (the 17th in our village), magical woodland, protected flora and fauna, a wide variety of wild, edible mushrooms, magnetic fields, fresh water springs, wine, and hiking and biking routes. The area is also famous for being the birthplace of the most Roman Caesars!

Eco Site

The Balkan Retreat is a permaculture site with free-ranging chickens and Mangulica pigs. Our mission is to recycle, reuse, or repurpose as much waste/old material as we can. We try to learn from nature, rather than fight against it. We try to eat less meat, and when we do, ensure it is ethically sourced. We provide for vegetarian and vegan diets on request.

During the workshops, you will be provided with homemade, local and seasonal food and quirky but comfortable, shared accommodation. You can find photos and more information about facilities and the location on the Balkan Retreat website.

How to Book

Please email: and we will send you a registration form.  We will ask for a 25% deposit to secure your place on the course. The rest of the amount is due before (or on) the first day of the course.

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5 day Devised Theatre & Story Intensive

Are you a performer, director or theatre maker looking to create work? Do you want to work with one of the leading names in devised and physical theatre, an artist who has been making groundbreaking work for decades and continues to be at the forefront of devised theatre here and internationally?

Devised theatre now sits at the heart of modern theatre practice. Here the actor as collaborative maker is central. The participants will explore the tools of eliciting, image-making, emergence, story structure and theme, to develop skills in the creation of original and authentic theatre. This is a must for any performer wishing to develop their own work. Over the five days, the participants will learn the fundamentals of Devised Theatre and will come away with tools and skills they can use immediately in creating work.

David is an international teacher and multi award winning theatre maker and his ex students include some of the top names in theatre and performance including Simon McBurney, Emma Thompson, Amit Lahav, Tom Morris and many more.

“David is one of the great teachers and artists of our time who has never been afraid to examine truth in all its manifestations; both beautiful and ugly, and has touched thousands of souls in a life-long quest to connect and build meaningful relationships.” –  Amit Lahav, Artistic Director of Gecko

Cost: £230 (concs/ early bird) £250 full price
Early bird deadline is January 10th

Dates: 10th -14th February 2020

Venue TBC but will be in or close to Central Manchester
To book your place please email:

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Devised Theatre Creative Retreat

Devised physical theatre now sits at the heart of modern theatre practice.

London International Mime Festival and The Point are hosting this five day intensive workshop. Central to this week will be the performers as collaborative makers of total theatre. The participants will explore the tools of eliciting, image creation, emergence, story structure and theme, to develop skills in the making of original and authentic theatre.

David will introduce his five-stage Creative Practice used by many theatre companies worldwide including Gecko (UK) and Theatre Ash (Hong Kong). It sets out a clear framework for allowing self-led companies to develop visceral and robust work.

David’s approach to teaching is provocative, playful, challenging and rigorous. There will be the additional opportunity of an artist’s dinner and to share work informally in the evenings.

This intensive is for people with some previous performance experience, either as theatre students or professionals.

Dates: Monday 27th January 12 – 6pm Tuesday 28th January – Friday 31st January 10am -5pm

Location: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9DE

£185 / £150 concessions (including shared accommodation & artists’ dinner OR
£130 / £100 concessions (own accommodation and artists’ dinner)

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