Workshops for Schools
The workshops for schools are taken from my experience in the classroom and as a director and acting coach. The result is a heightened understanding of the text as students learn to employ both the physical and intellectual tools actors and directors use. The workshops help students work together, communicate well,
and think creatively.
Theater TOO! – Explorations in Creativity
The Theater TOO! workshop is an excellent opportunity for both faculty professional development and as an opportunity for students to explore the relationship between play and their curriculum. Sometimes the workshop has had faculty, students, and even parents participate side by side.
“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. We get educated
out of it.”
-- Sir Ken Robinson
“We can peel away the layers life has placed in front of our creativity, find our essence, and bring a sense of joy, spontaneity, and inventiveness to anything and everything we do."
-- Lucia Brawley
Theater TOO! - Explorations In Creativity is a workshop to rediscover and reawaken imaginative play and to enhance facility in problem solving. It provides a safe atmosphere where participants can abandon preconceived notions of their limitations and explore their creative potential. It is based on the conviction that creativity can be encouraged, nurtured, and developed. Creativity results not just from thinking with our heads, but from moving our bodies and feeling with our hearts, the joyful abandon of play. The workshop is about making and taking the time to give ourselves up to openness and wonder.
Theater is the medium, because it asks us to think, communicate and create with our whole bodies. The workshop employs theater games, improvisation, movement and acting exercises. Participants are presented problems, questions. The solutions take the form of dramatic pieces, shared with other workshop participants. Although participants will be asked to perform, this is not an acting class. Actors and non-actors alike will profit from it. The workshop takes advantage of the synergy that occurs when people with different professional skills, people from different walks of life, work together.
Exercises are arranged in a progression to help build confidence and freedom of expression as the workshop moves along. Participants collaborate in the generation, organization, and presentation of each solution, each a bit of play, each a bit of a play. While everyone takes turns as originators, performers, and audience throughout the workshop, the focus is on creation: the generation of new ideas and original solutions. The process and the freshness of response are as important as the product. Humor, laughter, and fun are important components of the process. The goal is a revived sense of spontaneity, flexibility, resourcefulness and generosity to sustain us in both everyday life and whatever the workplace may hold.
Exploring Shakespeare Workshop
A hands-on workshop to help introduce students to Shakespeare by asking them to perform Shakespeare. Prior acting experience is not required. Games, exercises and work with text help to demystify Shakespeare. Work with scenes, monologues and sonnets.
Acting Shakespeare: The Kingdom Comes to the Classroom
A specific examination of a particular Shakespeare plays through performance. The objective is to get students on their feet and performing the Shakespeare they have heretofore experienced in the classroom as text only. Uses games and acting exercises, all the while stressing careful examination of the text for acting clues.
Sonnets Will Do
A Shakespeare workshop that focuses just on Shakespeare’s sonnets. Sonnets are examined at both as poems and as small monologues with performance possibilities.
The Bright Side of Grimm
An acting and improvisation workshop based upon the work of The Brothers Grimm. The workshop encourages physical expression, storytelling, and a hard look at the Grimm’s tales. This is NOT a children’s workshop. Most popular with older students