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Death For Beginners: A residency for Live Artists with Stacy Makishi

Death For Beginners joyously examines “death” in a series of weekend workshops and culminates in a funeral/resurrection service on Easter Sunday April 5 at 7pm New Unity Church. 

  • 14 &15, 21 & 22, 28 & 29 March 11am-5pm at Ovalhouse.

Venue: Upstairs Studio

Artists! Are you making more ‘dead art’ than ‘live art’? Stacy Makishi wants to take the stiff out of your art!

Death For Beginners is a live art ‘manual’ for art and life! Artists will gain new skills and explore performance during four weekends. 

Participants will: 

  • Move faster than think 
  • Create faster than critique 
  • Resist resistance 
  • Pulverize procrastination

This workshop includes strategies for creating text, solo performance and collaborating with others.
Cost: £8 per day.

The workshop culminates at a Funeral / Resurrection on Easter Sunday April 5 at New Unity Church in Newington Green, with atheist minister, Andy Pakula. 
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Death For Beginners, everybody’s dying for it!


“Stacy Makishi is a master of mischief. She can draw out the creative juice from any situation in the most inspiring ways. She rocks!' Shlomo

'I admire Stacy’s raw and loving energy. It was refreshing to experience something so humorously absurd containing such powerful substance. Stacy Makishi managed to open my heart with complex laughter.'
Emma Moller – Total Theatre


  • Sat 14 Mar – Sun 29 Mar, 11:00am

Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii who found paradise in Dalston, East London in 1994.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii she worked as a stand-up comic at the Comedy Store: but when her punchlines punched back, Stacy found herself happiest when making what New Yorkers called ‘Performance’.

Her present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. The work is as complex as it is accessible; humorous as it challenging; visual as it is literate.

A workshop leader and mentor of international renown, Makishi opens her making processes to the public through workshops, open rehearsals and talks, alongside performances.

Additional information

Stacy Makishi is artist in residence at New Unity Church. (the church is led by atheist minister, Andy Pakula)

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