Wilma HotHouse Intensive with Blanka Zizka and Justin Jain


The Wilma is celebrating the opening of our new HotHouse Studio with a deep dive into Hothouse methodology led by Artistic Director Blanka Zizka and HotHouse Company member Justin Jain. The Wilma HotHouse Company meets weekly to explore texts and acting methods to further hone the Wilma’s unique aesthetic. With the opening of our HotHouse Studio, this methodology will be shared with our thriving community of Philadelphia theater artists.

Justin Jain will lead the first portion of the intensive with an introduction to the Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos (director of the Wilma's 2015 production of Antigone). Justin will guide participants through a sequence of exercises that will expand the breath, focus the mind, and tune the actor’s physical instrument. In the final three days of the intensive Blanka Zizka will lead participants through a progression of improvisational and text based acting exercises aimed at pulling text off the page and out of the actor’s head, and grounding it inside the actor’s body.

This class is designed for advanced acting students and professional actors. The work will be physical, so come prepared to move. This intensive is capped at 14 students and past intensives have filled up quite quickly. Don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.



  • Tuesday, 11/14: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 11/15: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, 11/16: 10:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Friday, 11/17: 10:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday, 11/18: 10:00-3:00 PM
  • Sunday, 11/19: 10:00 -3:00 PM


Wilma Hothouse Studio, 1213 Gerritt St. (between 12th & 13th, a half block south of Reid)


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For questions about the class call Education Director, Anne Holmes at 215-893-9456 ext. 101.