The West Kortright Centre is offering its eleventh annual East Meets West theater

workshop for teens and adults

Taught by actress and performance artist Lanny Harrison, the workshop will be held via Zoom on two consecutive Thursdays—

September 17 and 24, from 5:30-7 p.m.; by donation. Participants can attend one or both

evenings but must register separately for each.

In these playful “Sheltering Characters”-themed sessions, participants will explore some

of the myriad characters archetypes that dwell within. Through meditation and

movement exercises that emphasize imagination, improvisation, and transformation,

Lanny will lead the group on a voyage of theatrical discovery and contemplative

practice. No prior experience in theater or dance is required—just an open mind & a

body wearing comfortable clothes.

Registration information can be found at

Contact with any questions.

Lanny Harrison is a performance & visual artist, teacher & poet. She began her stage

career in Salomon Yakim’s NY Pantomime Theater in 1966. She then danced & sang in

various character roles on Off-Broadway & went on to create many one-woman shows,

touring America & Europe. She has collaborated with actors, musicians & artists –

among them: Steve Clorfeine, the late Collin Walcott, Jay Clayton, Jerry Granelli, Robin

Daniels, Terre Roche, Lily Pink, Barbara Bash, Arawana Hayashi, Deborah Gladstein,

Christine Alicino, and Marcia Pelletiere.

She has been a member of The House, Meredith Monk’s company since 1969, starring

in Monk’s brilliant productions through 2002. She still teaches in annual House


In her course Performing Stories: East Meets West at NYU’s Gallatin School, Harrison

integrates contemplative disciplines & movement/theatrical improvisations. At NY

Shambhala Center and at Integral Yoga Institute, her ongoing workshop, Characters in

Motion, has been a lab for many creative endeavors including meditation-in-action

exercises. Harrison is a founding teacher at West Kortright Centre in upstate NY. She

taught at Naropa University for many years & teaches a master class at Yale University

annually. Harrison has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s since 1972, is a

practitioner of Tibetan/Shambhala Buddhism and a certified Meditation Instructor.

Later this year, the West Kortright Centre had planned to present THRESHOLD, a

mixed-media show by Lanny Harrison, Christine Alicino, and Robin Daniels (now

rescheduled for 2021).

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