How to be Creative [4 hr workshop]

How to be creative
Angie Farrow [Massey University -NZ]

‘When I carve, I look for the Buddha in the wood. And when I am carving, I need to bring the Buddha out of the wood. I have to be very careful not to cut the Buddha’                                 (Carver of Buddha figures from Kyotion)

Many artists believe that creativity is a gift from the divine. This may be because their work seems to have a life of its own: writing sometimes writes itself; a painting can appear on the canvas without any apparent consciousness from the maker. It is as if the creation were already there and need only be coaxed into life. But this workshop assumes that although creativity has divine properties, it can also be learned.

We will ask: ‘What are the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and psychological dynamics that make creativity possible?’ Various techniques will be used that will help us to tap into our creative genius. The workshop assumes that, regardless of experience or talent, everyone can generate a creative voice, discover the realm of the imagination, make innovative connections. Using a multidisciplinary approach. the workshop will take people through a range of processes that will lead to a creative product. Activities will include creative writing, theatrical performance, movement and song. It is designed to be fun, challenging, and surprising.

Angie Farrow:

Angie is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Creativity at Massey University. She is a playwright having won numerous awards for her writing including first prize in ‘The Pen is a Mighty Sword International Playwriting Competition (USA)’ for her full-length play, ‘Despatch’ (2007) and ‘The Bruce Wrenn Award for Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Writing’ for her community theatre play ‘Before the Birds’ (2009). Angie specializes in plays that explore large contemporary and existential themes. She has published two anthologies of plays: ‘Plays for Physical Theatre’ (2005) and ‘Plays for Physical Theatre 11 (2010)’. Her short plays have had particular success on the international, stage winning numerous prizes and performing in India, Canada, Australia, USA, UK, and Australia. Her most recent full-length play ‘The River’ is about The Manawatu. It expresses her interest in using theatre to connect communities through the expression of common issues.