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Up next: Tension · Sunday, September 24 · 2–5 pm

Co-facilitators: Isabella Batts and Sarah Plotkin
Location: A.R.T. / New York at 520 8th Ave.
You walk onto the subway. Someone’s staring at you. You smell something weird and wonder where and what it is. The lights flicker for a moment and you start to imagine the worst case scenario…Tension is all around us! Sometimes it’s created by what’s really happening in front of us and sometimes it’s just in our minds. For this Artist Gym, we will begin with exercises that explore tension in our lives, and will move on to a discussion of the relationship between theatrical and emotional tension. Using movement, sound, lights, and props we will then craft and explore methods of creating tension onstage.  


Artist Gym is Electric Eye Ensemble’s once-a-month creation and creativity workshop for those looking to bring artistic practice into their daily lives. Spend an afternoon playing, exploring and making theater with us! Each Gym is themed, and exercises center around the investigation of that theme. Part playground, part devising workshop, part networking event, Artist Gym is dedicated to creating a community of diverse individuals who value collaboration and art-making in New York City.

In the works:

Theme to be announced · October 20 · 7:00-9:30 pm

Theme to be announced · November 19 · 2:00–5:00 pm

“Thank you for bringing together a community of artists. I think art is about more than just the performance, it’s about thinking about the world and the context we make our art in. Artist Gym gives room for questioning our values and perception, which creates art that’s more current and more vital.”

“I had a great time meeting and playing with all the artists and artistically inclined.”

“Artist Gym is a fantastic resource that I haven’t seen or experienced elsewhere — the opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to come together in a low pressure environment and partake in the joy of creation.”

“Thank you for the gift of space and intention … it is rare to find a time and place to play with a willing community of people.”

Artist Gym is produced by the Artist Gym Committee, a group of volunteer leaders who act as ambassadors for Artist Gym, grow the sense of community, steer improvements, and produce the workshops each month.  The 2017–2018 Artist Gym Committee is comprised of Julia Corrigan, Olivia Luna, and Andrew Murdock.