ASA Performance Lab


with Andy Arden Resse and Jenn Pina        ADULTS
Sunday, April 2         FREE

Cotuit Center for the Arts hosts ÁSA Performance Lab as they lead a free, one-day theatre workshop for actors, movers, performers.
Founded in 2015 by Andy Arden Reese and Jenn Pina, ÁSA Performance Lab was born out of the desire to bring a collaborative group of theatre artists together on Cape Cod who are committed to train rigorously, to innovate performance, to escape theatrical convention. The mission of ÁSA Performance Lab is two-fold: first, to create a space for theatre artists to deeply investigate, experiment, and push the medium of theatre; second, to build a core ensemble of theatre artists within the Cape Cod community to create provocative choreographic theatre through a collaborative process.

Get a taste of ÁSA’s training and aesthetic as co-artistic directors Andy Arden Reese and Jenn Pina lead an open workshop through the lens of ASA’s three main tenets – Authenticity, Specificity, Abandon.

SundayApril 2 
10 am - noon in the Art Studio 

Andy Arden Reese (co-Artistic Director and Ensemble member) is a long standing Artist-in-Residence with the Cape Cod Theatre Company. Her critically acclaimed The Lear Project was a chosen pick of “Best Cape Theater of 2007” by the Cape Cod Times. Originally growing up on Cape Cod, Andy has been an actor, director and teacher living and working in the New York City area since 1987. She received international accolades for a traveling duet piece titled Eggs in a Briar Patch and her one-woman show The Cry of the Children. She was co-Founder of the theater company, THEATRE LILA, producing work throughout the country and in New York City, now in residence in Madison, WI. She was also co-Founder and Artistic Director of the theater company Pendulum, where she directed and performed work that toured throughout the New York area and to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning the coveted Fringe First Award. She has worked with such companies as the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Stage Company, and the National Playwrights’ Conference. Andy was an Artist-In-Residence at the Somerset County Performing Arts Conservatory for over 14 years, conceiving and directing over 15 original productions. She was a featured teaching artist in the Annenberg Foundation/CPB channel The Art of Teaching the Arts video series. Andy has served on Adjunct Faculties at Columbia University and Drew University, and is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at New York University.

Jenn Pina (co-Artistic Director and Ensemble member) has been an actor, dancer, director, teacher or student in theaters (and parks, street corners, studios…) from California to New York, Massachusetts to Louisiana for 40 years. Always hungry to grow and push the bounds of performance, Jenn has been fortunate to have such playgrounds as the CCTC, the Experimental Theatre Wing in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Tinbox Theatre, Happensdance Improvisational Wing, Sledgehammer Theatre, and Pilgrim Theatre. Besides momming, creating ensemble is Jenn’s favorite type of work. She is particularly drawn to working with very old scripts (Shakespeare, anyone?) and creating new work, and has premiered scripts by Eric Ehn, David Rosenthal, Kevin Rice, Laura Harrington and others. Jenn played the lead role in Everybody Does It, a feature-length film, dir. Marcella Hoekstra, which premiered in the Woods Hole Film Festival (1999). Jenn graduated from Boston College with a BA in Economics. Since 2003, she has worked as an executive coach, using theatre-based techniques to help leaders around the globe hone their ability to connect with their audiences. Her client list is extensive, and includes such institutions as Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Wellington Management, Bain Capital, TED, and UP Education Network. Jenn is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.