This performance came out of a class that I co-taught with Amy Rider where students from different backgrounds got to know each other over time through written and spoken words. The resulting performance was created by students speaking each others' words and responding to live prompts. Actors also met for the first time on opening night. In the video, you might not notice that Claire is struggling to capture all of Jack’s rapid speech as she relays his story that she is hearing for the first time. Jack doesn’t have to speak as quickly as he “channels” Claire, but notice how they each take on the other’s rhythms and physicalities. This is happening without them having time to “think about” creating a character. One of the reasons I enjoy exploring this kind of work is that characterization happens quite organically. Claire and Jack are both strong actors, but I often find that "channeling" often brings out impressive, un-selfconscious work.