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Stories High 2019

Stories High is back for another round of theater workshops. In it's 19th edition, our annual page-to-stage theater workshop series will kick off with playwriting. Facilitated by our resident artists: Ed Mabasa & mgb, the two are teaming up to teach the fundamental skills in writing a short play. This year Li-Leng Au will be sharing her valualable knowledge of acting on stage. Joe Cascasan and Aureen Almario will be partnering to do a special hands on practicum on directing. Darius Muñoz will be providing a hands-on one-day workshop on all things technical theater.

This year, we will also offer free workshops on lighting and sound tech, stage management and producing.

Tuition for entire course: $100-$250, sliding scale/per discipline.

To register go to

If you have any questions email

Playwriting Workshop
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Playwriting Workshop with Ed Mabasa & (mgb) MG Burns

Anything can happen in 10 minutes. During this eight workshop course, participants will gain a better understanding of the 10 minute play structure, as well as study & discuss what makes compelling characters & dialogue. At the end, each participant will create the best 10 minute play they are capable of writing. This workshop is open to all regardless of theater background & affiliation.


Ed Mabasa is an SF native who has written thirteen short plays for Bindlestiff. His plays have focused on the occult, 1940’s San Francisco noir, and most recently science fiction (“The Incinerator” Forbidden Futures, 2018). He is also Bindlestiff’s go to stage manager and house manager.

(mgb) has been a poet since she first learned how to write her name, an educator since 2006, & a wannabe dramaturg since spring 2016. She is an editor for Tayo Literary Magazine, & has been published in The Operating System, Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader, & is a VONA, VORTEXT Hedgebook, & Pele's Fire Alumna. Several of her short plays have been mounted at Bindlestiff Studio, where she also tries to direct & act.

Days: Sundays

2019 Dates: May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 14

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Location: Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94103)

Acting Workshop
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Acting Workshop with Li-Leng Au

What is the job of the actor? What is your role in the theatre creating process? How do you create characters? How do you look after your instrument and craft? How best to approach auditions and scripts? All these questions and more are covered in this fun and interactive workshop designed to challenge beginner actors and provide experienced actors with some additional tools.

Stories High is Bindlestiff Studio's longest running page-to-stage workshop series. Join our acting workshops in our 19th installment facilitated by Li-Leng Au.

Li-Leng studied acting at London at Rose Buford School of Speech and Drama and then Physical Theatre at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). She has worked internationally as an actor in UK, Australia, Poland and USA. Her career has seen her working on stage, screen, radio and corporate training. Career highlights have included “Arquiem” a pyrotechnic promenade physical theatre show on tour and at the National Theatre (London); “Top Girls” at The Melbourne Theatre Company; “Walk Me!” a devised project for her Sydney based theatre company; and recent projects “Humble Boy” at Contra Costa Civic Theatre and “The Revolutionists” at American Conservatory Theatre. She is delighted to be teaching the Bindlestiff acting workshop this year.

Dates | Time | Location

Sat | May 25 | 10am - 4pm | TBD
Sat | Jun 1 | 10am - 4pm | Bayanihan
Sun | Jun 9 | 10am - 4pm | Bindlestiff
Sat | Jun 15 | 10am - 4pm | Bindlestiff

Bindlestiff Studio (185 Sixth Street, SF 94103)
Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission St, SF, 94103)

Tuition for entire course: $100-$250, sliding scale/per discipline.

To register go to

If you have any questions email

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Technical Workshop

Technical Workshop with darius muñoz

No show would be complete without a technical staff. From shining lights to creating sound atmosphere to projection art, tech is an integral part of theatrical productions. Join Bindlestiff Studio’s technical director, Darius Munoz, on a hands-on training workshop on theater technician. Learn how to set up for a music show, set-up equipment, design lights or sound, program the operating board, and so much more.

Darius Munoz is a broadcast engineer by profession but a musician heart. Darius' early work with Bindlestiff came in the form of volunteer stage assistant during music festivals. The experience made it possible to work various night clubs and theatres throughout San Francisco as a sound engineer. Darius is the typical "Jack-of-all-trades", able to cover a range of jobs from Master of Ceremonies at a wedding to umpire for a little league baseball game. The field of technology is his specialty, particularly graphic design and computer science. Darius has spent the past 15 years working as a programmer, web developer, and graphic artist. Today much of Darius work at Bindlestiff involves audio production for the plays that take place on the Bindlestiff stage. He is keeps inventory of all equipment audio and lighting.

Dates | Time | Location

June 22 | 2pm - 6pm | Bindlestiff Studio (185 Sixth Street, SF 94103)

One day only

This workshop is FREE.

To register go to

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Directing Workshop
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Directing Workshop with Joe Cascasan & Aureen Almario

What is the director’s role in theater? How does one direct a play? What types of preparation must a director do in order to bring a story into life?

Joe Cascasan and Aureen Almario are teaming up this year to teach the directing workshop with a practical hands-on approach. The workshop dates coincide with preparation for the Stories High show in September.

Aureen Almario is an educator and artist. Currently, she is the artistic director of Bindlestiff Studio, where she has volunteered, produced, directed, acted, written in numerous productions for the past 14 years. Her past performances include Hermia in Lorna Velasco’s Shakespeare adaptation Pinoy Midsummer and Theresa in Ray Pamatmat's Thunder Above Deep Below. Aureen has performed on stage with FOB Troupe, Revival Arts Production, The Movement, and Pinays Maintaining Sisterhood Through Arts (PMSTA) and directed for Bakla Show. She is the co-founder of the all-female sketch comedy troupe Granny Cart Gangstas, and a member of Brownout Shadow Collective. She was an ensemble member for the touring production "Feathers of Fire," a shadow play by Hamid Rahmanian based on the Persian epic Shanameh. She has directed for Tagalog Festival, and Bindlestiff’s main stage productions; Welga by Conrad Panganiban and co-directed Chasing Papeles by her sister Andrea Almario. Her current project is a shadow play based on the experience of domestic workers inspired by Alex Tizon’s My Family’s Slave Atlantic article.

Joe Cascasan is a resident artist/volunteer at Bindlestiff Studio. He has acted in some Bindlestiff theatrical productions including main stage productions of Lorna Velasco's “Pinoy Midsummer” and “There’s The Moon And Then There’s You.” He is a co-founding member of Bindlestiff’s sketch comedy troupe Taste Better Wit. Joe has gone on to direct a few plays at Bindlestiff Studio including “Searching for Garland Jackson” written by Paolo Salazar, “The Night Shift” written by Ed Mabasa, “57 Varieties” written by Ignacio Zuleta, co-directed the Tagalog one-act play “Dalawang Gabi," Love is a Verb written by Grace Burns, and Ang Bata Sa Drum written by Dominque La Victoria. Most recent credits include Geek Show “Bindlecon”, Brown Out Collective “Bad Trip”, and directing Golda Sargento's Dark Heart in Forbidden Futures. Joe enthusiastically continues to volunteer at Bindlestiff, providing guidance to incoming generations of Bindlestiff artists and sustaining valuable artistic representation of the Pilipino American community.

Dates | Times | Location

Monday | July 1 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff

Monday | July 8 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bayanihan

Monday | July 15 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bayanihan

Monday | July 22 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff

Tuesday | July 23 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff

Monday | July 29 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff

Monday | Aug 5 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff

Monday | Aug 26 | 6:30 - 9:30pm | Bindlestiff


Bindlestiff Studio (185 Sixth St, San Francisco 94103)

Bayanihan Community Center (1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94103)

Tuition for entire course: $100-$250, sliding scale/per discipline.

To register go to

If you have any questions email

Photo credit: Paciano Triunfo