How do we become the artists we want to be?
We want to be present and passionate on stage consistently. We want to play with natural, heightened emotions without the burden of showing off. We want to create scripts that explore new structures of storytelling. We want to experiment and explore. We want to be Awake and Alive, onstage and off.
We believe anyone can learn these skills.
Our process works physically to allow the actor to become more intimate, immediate, and spontaneous.
• Intimate: Open to give and receive emotion
• Immediate: Right here, right now.
• Spontaneous: Your own unique reaction.
If you are intimate and immediate, spontaneity occurs naturally.
Our process shows people how to find stillness in their mind so their heart opens. When the chatter of judgement, ego and doubt quiets, there is space for inspiration and growth.
This also helps us become the people we want to be.
The same skills necessary to be virtuoso artists also allow us to be confident, creative, compassionate human beings.
NeuroKitchen students learn emotional flow acting technique, yoga, meditation, contact improvisation, creative writing and music skills. The unique creative process practiced at NeuroKitchen developed by director Ron Bieganski has been the subject of books, research papers, and even a documentary. We have shared our training methods at local, national, and international universities and theaters.
While students gain valuable knowledge, confidence, and freedom of expression they also are eligible to earn a stipend through our partnership with After School Matters.
Northeastern Illinois University - El Centro
3390 N. Avondale Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
NEIU is a near the Blue Line stop at Belmont. Walk under the highway underpass on Kimball Ave.
"I would not have gotten this far, this quickly, without the careful consideration that was offered me as a young artist. I know that life is incredibly rich and raw. Life will be unbearable at times, yet I was taught to, “still”, and want it NOW.
“Ron Bieganski changed my life the day I arrived, the first day of collaborating with the youth he worked with. He threw a notebook down and told me to write and I’m like, “Write, what?” Up to that point I had only written essays for school and such and here he was asking me to write something out of thin air. I later learned that this thin air was actually writing from the heart and the soul in a completely uninhibited way.
First Rate Soup: Black Leather Jacket (pyramid level: safety)
First Rate Soup: Don't Wanna Go Home (pyramid: love & belonging)
First Rate Soup: My Life, the Battle (pyramid level: esteem)
First Rate Soup: Step Forward (pyramid level: self-actualization)