The lineage of teaching of TPW and Rasaboxes traces back to first wave teachers (or facilitators) and members of ECA: Ursula Neuerburg (Montreal, CA), Paula Murray Cole (Ithaca, NY), and Michele Minnick (Baltimore, MD), and follows on with second wave teachers Rachel Bowditch (Phoenix, AZ), Fernando Calzadilla (Valencia, Spain), Marcia Moraes (Berlin and Rio de Janeiro), and Scott Wallin (Berkeley, CA). These seven core facilitators represent a lineage that includes values, exercises, and applications we have developed together and independently of each other. No TPW teacher completes their teacher training without first experiencing TPW as a participant, then as a participant-observer, then as an assistant teacher, before co-teaching with experienced workshop leaders and then teaching the work independently. The larger national and international TPW network includes teachers who have trained extensively with us and developed their own practice in Rasaboxes but have not yet experienced TPW. It includes apprentices or teachers in training, and practitioners who have stayed in touch with us over the years.
Paula Murray Cole is Associate Professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Ithaca College, a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and a licensed massage therapist. Cole acted in Schechner’s Three Sisters and Hamlet with East Coast Artists. Her professional work centers on the development and dissemination of Rasaboxes and The Performance Workshop (TPW). She has taught and/or presented this work at colleges, universities, conferences, and independent arts organizations nationally and internationally since 1999. In 2009, Cole produced the only documentary video recording of Schechner teaching the whole of TPW, Crossing the Line: Inside Richard Schechner’s Performance Workshop.
Michele Minnick, PhD, CMA, is a performance maker and producer, somatic movement educator, independent scholar, and teaching artist. She has taught, presented, and applied TPW and Rasaboxes internationally since 1998 and applied the work to the creation of performance in professional and educational settings in the US and Brazil. Minnick was a member of East Coast Artists from 1994 to 2005, translating and performing in Schechner’s production of Three Sisters (1995–1997) and performing in Hamlet (1999). In 2023, she launched Vital Matters, an interdisciplinary, arts-based laboratory for change motivated by the climate crisis and social injustice. Minnick is a Core Creator with Submersive Productions in Baltimore, where she uses Rasaboxes as a core pedagogy with K-12 students through Arts for Learning Maryland.
Rachel Bowditch, PhD (NYU Performance Studies), is a theatre director and Professor of Theatre in the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She attended Ecole de Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 1998 and is a core teacher of TPW and Rasaboxes. Bowditch acted in Schechner’s productions of YokastaS (2005 and 2007) with East Coast Artists. She has taught and developed Rasaboxes and The Performance Workshop (TPW) since 2003. Her books include On the Edge of Utopia: Performance and Ritual at Burning Man (2010), Performing Utopia (University of Chicago Press/Seagull Books, 2018), and Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field (Routledge, 2018). For more about her artistic work: https://vesselproject.org/ and https://rachelbowditch.com/
Ursula Neuerburg, PhD, educated in Berlin and New York, is Associate Professor of Theater at Concordia University, Montreal. She connects her commitment to ecology, de-colonization, history, and feminism with her work in somatic engagement, a CATR working group, as member of the Seedings Collective (Rwanda, Israel, Germany), and through the performance of space and place, particularly in the meeting of indigenous and non-indigenous world views. As a performer/director she was a founding member of two companies, TZF in Berlin and East Coast Artists, NY. She is a core teacher of Rasaboxes and volunteers regularly at Bread & Puppet Theater. She has published widely in English and German.
Fernando Calzadilla, PhD (NYU Performance Studies), is a visual artist, theater designer, dramaturg, performance scholar, and a core teacher of TPW and Rasaboxes. He has been awarded 14 times for best set, costumes, and lighting designer. He has performed and exhibited in Caracas, São Paulo, New York, and Miami art galleries. His work has received support from the Knight Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Calzadilla was a Fulbright Specialist 2017–2020 in theater and was Guest Artist at the Directors Lab West 2017. Between 2007 and 2017, he was Resident Artist for Miami Theater Center, where he co-authored three original plays and four adaptations. He designed sets, lights, and costumes for all of them.
Scott Wallin, PhD, MSW, is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught a variety of courses in writing and research, theater, and acting, and directed a number of theater productions. He previously taught in the interdisciplinary arts at Stanford University. As a clinical case manager and therapist, he has worked extensively with people who are homeless and within the criminal justice system in San Francisco and New York. He has had the privilege to live and study in Europe, travel extensively throughout Central America, and serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Caribbean. He is a core TPW and Rasaboxes facilitator.