Javon will be back at the Naperville Art League Fine Art Center Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm. RSVPs are required for attendance. RSVP by Jan. 30th.
FEE: $35/$40 CALL 630-355-2530 for info.
Last night I was lucky enough to have been able to sit in on Javon Johnson's writing and improv workshop. Javon was clear, honest, friendly and funny. Contrasting his towering six foot physique was his humble and grounded personality that instantly made everyone feel welcomed and at ease. I was glad he gave a brief description of his life up to this point because it always fascinates me how someone chooses acting and writing as a career and what that path looks like. His began in a town of about 20,000 people in South Carolina. He said he didn't really even consider himself a writer until after winning multiple prestigious writing awards. He received his BA from SC State and MFA from University of Pittsburgh and is a founding ensemble member of the Congo Square Theater Company.
The writing and improv exercises forced me out of my ego and into a stream of consciousness. Sometimes he used key words, other times he used images. Then we were required to read or act out the written words either of our own or of a partner's. Getting over the fear of sharing my writing seemed impossible, but the experience of it and the feedback helped bring me to a new, higher plane of writing and communicating.
One of the participants and I talked about how this type of acting and improv workshop is not only good for people interested in the arts, but how it can be used in business and in life. Good communication skills, a little humility and having a solid sense of self never goes out of style.
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