First Monday Masters

Two River Theater hosts a series of master classes called First Monday Masters, led by some of the marvelous artists who are involved in our season. Some master classes are for high-school students, some for adults and some are for mixed ages. Classes are taught by actors, directors, playwrights and designers—great artists who are excited to share their visions and work with students and lifelong learners.

Teachers can use our two-hour First Monday Masters classes for professional development, and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the evening. We do accept Purchase Orders for these classes; please contact the box office to make arrangements if using a school Purchase Order for payment.


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Stage Combat with UnkleDave’s Fight-House

Monday, April 1 (New Date)

For adults and high school students  |   6:00 PM–8:00 PM   |   $40 per person 

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Violence on stage has to look realistic while remaining completely safe for all involved. Founded by David Anzuelo, Unkle-Dave’s Fight-House is the stage combat team behind TRT’s productions of El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom, Be More Chill, Seven Guitars, A Raisin in the Sun and this season’s upcoming production of King Hedley II. Combining his training as an actor, director, and martial artist, Anzuelo brings a unique approach to both fight-choreography and stage violence. His core team consists of Jesse Geguzis, Sean Griffin and Gerry Rodriguez. These amazing fight-directors/stage-combat teachers will discuss—and demonstrate—how violence fits into storytelling on stage.

The World According to Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Monday, May 6

For adults and college students   |   6:00 PM–8:00 PM   |   $40 per person 

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In this special master class, Ruben Santiago-Hudson will share insights and behind-the-scenes stories about his life and career as one of the American theater’s finest directors, playwrights and actors. A preeminent interpreter of the works of August Wilson, his Broadway credits include directing Jitney and acting in Seven Guitars (for which he won a Tony Award). At Two River—where he is directing this season’s production of Regina Taylor’s Oo-Bla-Dee—he has thrilled audiences with Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney, and Two Trains Running, as well as his own world-premiere play Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine. He won an Obie Award and critical acclaim for his solo show Lackawanna Blues, and his screenplay for the HBO adaptation received the Humanitas Prize, Christopher Award, National Board of Review Honors, and NAACP Image Award.

Creating Personal Narrative with Martin Moran

Martin Moran

Monday, June 3

For adults and high school students   |   6:00 PM–8:00 PM   |   $40 per person   

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Martin Moran will guide participants in how to transform life into art in this master class about using your own stories to create original work. He was awarded a 2004 Obie Award and two Drama Desk nominations for his play The Tricky Part, based upon his memoir of the same title, and a 2013Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Solo Show for his play All the Rage. He performed The Tricky Part and All the Rage at Two River Theater in 2013/14, after which we commissioned him to write Theo, which is having its world premiere this season. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in many productions including Wicked, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Titanic.