New York City-based theater makers 600 Highwaymen led UB Theatre and Dance students through strategies, philosophies, and practices of how to make new, live performance work. In a compressed, generative environment, participants gained new creative skills to apply to their own work.
Participants were asked to bring a piece of memorized text, 30-60 seconds in length.
The workshop included a short presentation on several key projects of the company as a means of highlighting the discovery process within each work, and to illustrate the company's practice of converging theater, choreographed event, and public assembly.
600 HIGHWAYMEN is the moniker for theater artists Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone.
Since 2009, the company has created original productions that re-awaken the live theatrical experience for an audience. The common thread of all 600 HWM productions is a rigorously-tuned investigation of presence and humanity, not only in moments of performance, but in process and aftermath.
The duo’s 8 original works have been seen at The Public Theater, Abrons Arts Center, The Invisible Dog, American Repertory Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, On The Boards, Walker Arts Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Torn Space Theater; and Internationally, at Centre Pompidou and Parc de la Villette (France), Festival Theaterformen (Germany), Noorderzon Festival (The Netherlands), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Switzerland), Onassis Cultural Centre (Greece), In BetweenTime International Festival (UK), OzAsia Festival (Australia), Salzburg Festival (Austria), and The Arts Center at Abu Dhabi (UAE). In addition to an Obie Award in 2014 and Zurich’s ZKB Patronage Prize in 2015, Browde and Silverstone were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2016.
Abby and Michael live in Brooklyn, NY with a dog named Pablo.