photo: Monika Sobczak

photo: Monika Sobczak


May-June 2018 @ Pieter, Los Angeles
Part of The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018: MOVING THE MAP

Are you developing a new movement-based performance work? Rhizomatic Arts invites applications to participate in Rhizomatic Studio: Performance Lab, a forum for developing short works through the exchange of peer (artist-to-artist) feedback on new material over 8 weeks. The workshop culminates in a live streaming public showing at Pieter, as part of The Dancer-Citizen Live 2018: MOVING THE MAP, a single day, multiple site, live-streamed event demonstrating the range of power and possibility in the work of dancer-citizens, internationally.

As an interdisciplinary community of peers, artists working in different performance disciplines support one another to make the best work possible. Rhizomatic Studio encourages the cultivation of new artistic relationships, while engaging dialogue across discipline and aesthetic. At each session, participants will each present up to 10-minutes of performance material for feedback from the group. Sessions will be facilitated by Allison Wyper, using Liz Lerman's "Critical Response Process" -- meaning participants will provide valuable perspective on presented work, without "directing." The structure of the lab provides biweekly deadlines to motivate progress, while helping participants hone feedback skills and make strong professional connections. Rhizomatic Studio: Performance Lab was previously presented by the Hammer Museum as part of In Real Life: Studio.

We welcome theatre, dance, and performance artists making movement-based work. The Lab is especially good for solo artists or collaborative duos. Work should be “mid-development” (meaning you will have put work into the piece prior to the start of the Lab; you have an idea where you want to go with it; and you are still open to feedback), and presentable “studio style” with no tech and few-to-no additional performers. (See studio photos and floorplan at

Rhizomatic Studio: Performance Lab will take place every other Sunday afternoon at Pieter, in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of northeast Los Angeles. Participants should plan to substantially rehearse on their own between labs. Applications will be reviewed for feasibility, and prospective participants will be notified by April 15th of their inclusion. 

Meets Sundays from 12-3pm, May 6 and 20, and June 3 and 17, 2018, followed by the live-streamed public showing June 24 from 12-2pm [note showtime updated 3/30/18]. Full participation is required. A $180 workshop fee will help cover studio rental and facilitation, and is due April 29. (Installment payments may be arranged, for those in need.)

Space is limited to 4 artists or collaborative teams. Apply by 12pm (noon) on April 1, 2018. Please direct questions to


An invaluable experience to receive precise feedback on my work from other artists from various performance backgrounds.
— Shaina Lynn Simmons, Performance Artist
This process really pushed me to evaluate and consider my work in a different way—actually, in a number of ways I never would have anticipated. It was definitely a challenge for me, but I feel like the feedback process revealed a lot about myself as an artist and about my’s rare to have such thoughtful attention and feedback paid to a work in progress.
— Sarah Reid, CalArts Faculty, Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence & Design
I’m very glad to have taken part in Performance Lab. This highly safe, community-driven setting really allowed me to freely experiment and explore my relationship to performance out loud and figure things out in the presence of friendly peers in a respectful, fun, and rigorous environment. I really did feel independent, yet never lonely in my artistic pursuits. Thanks Allison! :)
— Tim Tsang, Artist

how to talk (and write) about your work

Contact me about booking this workshop. Available as a full 4-hour intensive, or 90-minute segments.


Do you get tongue tied in networking situations? Get writers block writing about yourself for grants? 
Think these tasks would go down easier with a partner and a glass of something bubbly? 

In this fun (and practical) workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, and personal statements that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication. We'll make meaningful connections with peers from across diverse artistic communities over 4-hours of deep-dive into what motivates us to make our work.

One of most effective and beneficial workshops I’ve ever been to. The activities helped to really hone in on the weak spots in my ‘pitches’. It also left me feeling encouraged and inspired.
— Yasmine Diaz, artist


Collective Creation Lab is a practice based, studio workshop for performers of all disciplines to try out new ideas and ways of working. Participants take turns leading structures for generating new material, and playing with old, new, or undeveloped ideas, in a safe, supportive, interdisciplinary cohort of peers. 

The goal is not to create "a piece,” or even show anything we make to the public. The Lab is a place to play around, try out ideas, experiment with ways of working that are totally outside your wheel house, make BAD WORK in a fun, safe, private space, etc. YOU tell us what you want to experiment with, make a lesson plan, and we'll dive in together.

 All images courtesy of the artists.

All images courtesy of the artists.



Presented in November 2016 by the Hammer Museum as part of In Real Life: Studio

Rhizomatic Studio convened an interdisciplinary group of leading Los Angeles performance makers, who engaged collectively in two days of "Shared Practice" at the Hammer Museum. Invited participants (including dancers, performance artists, actors, and spoken word artists) led mini-workshops and engaged in live performance experiments on (and spilling over) the stage. Each day ended with an inclusive performance "encounter."

November 11th, 2016:

11:00-12:00  Elisabeth Nails self-care workshop/improv
12:00-1:00  Phillip T. Nails poetry rehearsal/feedback
1:30-2:30  Antonia Price & Julia Eckels experiment/workshop
2:30-3:30  Christy Roberts Berkowitz experiment
3:45-4:45  Mariel Carranza & Paul Outlaw experiment/feedback
4:45-6:00  group encounter/improv

November 18th, 2016:

11:00-12:30  Alexx Shilling rehearsal/feedback
12:30-1:30  Justin Morrison instant composition workshop
2:00-3:00  Josh Berkowitz "Pure Potential Performance Playground" workshop
3:00-4:00  Marcos Najera experiment
4:15-5:00  Carol McDowell improvisational structure
5:00-6:00  group encounter/improv