The Theatre Program aims to be an innovative, “safer” space for students to take risks and discover the power of their own voice and deep humanity in relation to others and the world around them. Combining the craft of acting and the artistry of theatre-making within an educational and applied theatre framework, the Theatre Program utilizes both conservatory style training and educational theatre pedagogy.
Practitioners and methodologies explored include, but are not limited to: Augusto Boal, Cecily O’Neill, Dorothy Heathcote, Paulo Freire and moment work. Acting and performance methods include, but are not limited to: Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, Stanislavski, and various improvisation and voice and speech technique.
Storytelling through Theatre
Ages 4-6 (without a caregiver)
Students will journey into the world of playmaking through storytelling and educational theatre activities. Using engaging children's literature and other playful writings as inspiration, classes will focus on social emotional learning to develop skills such as empathy, communication, and collaboration. Several acting techniques and exercises will be introduced, including Stanislavksi’s “Magic If”, creating a tableau, and working as an ensemble to bring an original piece of theatre to life.
The Play’s the Thing!
In this class, students will discover both their individual artistic voice and the joy of collaborative theatre making by devising an original play. Working as an ensemble, students will learn improvisation, character development, and various acting techniques, including those of groundbreaking practitioners Cecily O'Neil, Dorothy Heathcote, and Augusto Boal.
Playmaking through Improv
Using various acting, improv, and theatre making techniques, students will work in small groups to build structured improvised scenes. By exploring different aspects of their own physicality and vocal capacity, students will learn how to create characters and find “the game of the scene” using aspects of Upright Citizen Brigade's method for improvisation and building a "Harold".
Acting for Teens
Students will receive a scaffolded approach to the craft of acting. This class will utilize Stanislavski as a foundation for an introduction to American master teachers: Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, and Adler. Students will be encouraged to drop down into their own humanity in order to learn an authentic, specific approach to acting. Students will learn moment-to-moment acting to inform their own unique and creative artistry. Additionally, students will have access to plays and monologues and be able to ask questions from professionals in the field regarding auditioning, acting for the camera, headshots, and more.
Audition Technique for
Aimed at aiding and preparing actors in the audition process, students will discover step-by-step “how to” of the audition process for school, community, regional, and professional theatre, as well as on camera acting. Students will work closely with the instructor on a monologue and receive one-on-one coaching in front of peers for support, encouragement, and group learning. Students will be provided examples of headshots, resumes, and other audition tools.