ESP Biography



ABIGAIL WALZER, Librarian who loves literacy and performance




Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Morse Institute Library

Year of Graduation: N/A

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Past Classes

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Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


Introduction to Positive Disintegration - Part 1 in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) provides a lot of explanations for why some of us feel as if we fit into this world so poorly. In this session, we will explore the basics of TPD, including OverExcitabilities, Dynamisms, and Levels of Development of personality. So, if you are looking for alternate explanations for why some things bother you far more than they bother most folks, join us!


Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Positive Disintegration - Taking the Theory Further in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
This is a course for students who have taken the Introduction to Positive Disintegration course whether this year or a previous one,, or those with familiarity with Kazimierz Dabrowski's work from other sources. It is *not* for beginners!


Performers' Practice Circle in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Sing. Dance. Act. Recite poetry. Tell a story. The sky's the limit, really, as long as it's a performing art. We're all going to get together and practice by taking turns performing for the group, in a friendly setting. There is no audience-- everyone is required to take a turn doing something. Critiques, however, are optional. This is a good chance to try performing in a low-key environment, or perfect that thing you're working really hard on before you perform it for real!


Performers' Practice Circle in Splash 2015 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2015)
Performers' Practice Circle returns! The rules are simple: After a brief warm-up, you get five minutes to perform something. We go around the circle and take turns. You can choose whether or not to get feedback, but everyone must perform something. Your voice is your instrument. (Or your body, if what you want to perform is something like mime.) Time to practice using it.


Performers' Practice Circle in Splash 2014 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2014)
Tell a story. Sing a song. Give a soliloquy. Recite a poem. Perform for practice, in front of other performers. Your voice is your instrument, so take this opportunity to use it. There are two rules: 1. You get six minutes. 2. Everyone must perform at least once. Other than that, the sky's the limit. We'll offer up critiques if we have time and if you ask for it, and there's no shame in just wanting to show us what you can do without any critique at all. If you've never performed before, come anyway and try it for your first time in a low-pressure setting!


The Art of Improv in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Improvisation is a fun, integral, and sometimes neglected part of acting. It's not nearly as scary as it sounds, either! We'll start with Sun Salutations to warm up, and then jump right into some improv games and scenarios, and think about what goes into a successful improv scenario and a good acting scenario along the way, along with some basics like the idea of "yes-and".