My Nonprofit Reviews
Laura A. Nelson
Review for Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio, Seattle, WA, USA
On a five-star scale, I want to give Freehold a 10!
It is impossible to overstate the transformative power of the intimacy people - including me! - experience in Freehold classes. Steps I through III are called the “Emerging Series” for a reason; so many actor-butterflies emerging out of so many acting-class-cocoons. It’s not about transforming oneself into a completely different creature. It’s about creating, cultivating and nurturing creative spaces essential to natural change and growth - and participating in the process of change.
In class, participating means you start where you are, with no experience, (like me), or with a lot, like many of my classmates. You commit to being open and curious, to being present, to doing the work, to supporting other students, to accepting the instructor’s dynamic involvement in whatever form it takes throughout the process, and voilà! You’re an actor-butterfly! Ok, maybe not. But the cocoon-class environments created by Freehold’s faculty & staff are real ones - even on Zoom! - they are safe, intimate, judgment-free, exciting, challenging, encouraging, and, I repeat, transformative.