Storytelling exercises are used to spark the imagination of the writer. Writers will focus on how to structure and plot a creative thought or idea for a play so that it comes to life in 10 minutes. Writers will work with several images to shape their stories for a fully realized 10 minute production.
Gena Bardwell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Communication at Touro College in New York City. Over the years she has taught communication courses at New York University and Rutgers University. At Touro she serves on the Faculty Development and Orientation committees, the Graduation Committee, the Woman Leadership Council and academically supports numerous undergraduates as part of Touro’s Mentorship initiative. Previously, she held positions at the New York Historical Society as Director of Special Events and at Scholastic Inc. as Senior Operations Manager in Corporate Communications and Production. Bardwell is a member of Present Tense Productions a prestigious playwright development group in New York. Her play “Lipstick Chronicles” recently garnered recognition from River Crossing River at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater. Another play Inside Outside is currently being circulated for full production consideration. As an actress, she won rave reviews for her performance in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and “Our Place in Time” at The Women’s Project in New York, City. In her current film project, “Gimme Shelter” directed by Ron Krauss she plays a House Mother opposite James Earl Jones and Rosario Dawson. She was seen on NYC Soap Operas and was featured in BET’s “Harlem Height.” She recently performed in “The Most Dangerous Animal” a project produced by Al Sutton which addresses the plight of the Sudanese people was performed at the United Nations. She received her MFA from Rutgers University.
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