Creative Leadership Lab

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Creative Leadership Lab

The new Fresh Ground Pepper Creative Leadership Lab is a free quarterly workshop for people who currently hold or aspire to hold leadership roles within creative or collaborative processes. It is a place for those who identify as Creative Leaders to converse about creative industries, ask more of them, and expand our abilities to inspire change within them. Over shared snacks, coffee, and tea, attendees will engage with prompts that are part of Fresh Ground Pepper’s methodology of delighted process. Together, we will examine our responsibility to artists and the arts, learn more about our approach to new work and new collaborations, and gain new artistic networks and new metrics for creative process.

The theme for FGP’s Second Creative Leadership Lab is

Intimacy Direction and the Creative Process
June 1st, 2019
Ars Nova Loft at 511 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Leading this lab will be Judi Lewis Ockler, Intimacy Director, Fight director, stunt performer, variety performer and teaching artist. With FGP’s Creative Directors, Judi will facilitate hands-on activities, conversation and generative exercises that utilize the pillars of intimacy direction as a blueprint for more equitable collaborations in the rehearsal room. This lab is intended for those who hold leadership roles specifically in new work creation and devised theater.

If you are interested in joining this CLL Workshop, please RSVP below by Wednesday May 29th at 11:59pm. Space is limited. Once event is full, we will begin a waitlist.


Lewis-Ockler,Judi Judi Lewis Ockler has over 20 years experience as a performer and designer, creating intimacy and fight scenes for WP theater, Classic Stage Company, West End Theater, Here Artspace, Dixon Place, NYC and DC Fringe Festivals, Emerging Artists Theater, Chocolate Factory Theater, and Count Basie Theater. She is fight director for The Queen’s Company, NYC’s all female classical theater company.

She is a SAG/AFTRA stunt performer with dozens of TV/film credits, including Gotham, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Across the Universe, and Enchanted.

Judi is a founding member of Kendall Cornell’s Clowns Ex Machina, an all female clown troupe based in NYC. She is creator and performer of Rock n’ Roll Mother Goose!,a show for family audiences, which continues to tour the US on a sporadic basis.

She takes special pride in teaching the next generation of theater artists how to be safe with dangerous work, and is so grateful to hold space for the work of intimacy, combat, and clown in the classroom for emerging professionals. She teaches stage combat, introduction to clown and intimacy for the stage at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC and the National Theater Institute. Recently, she has developed programs offering Intimacy for the Stage classes at HB studios and NYU Tisch.