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Just as a handyman has a toolbox of hammers and nails, an actor carries their toolbox everywhere. Using the five pillars — body, voice, imagination, cooperation and collaboration — the Actor’s Toolbox teaches a basic understanding of introductory arts integration for the classroom.
Performance is only one small part of theatre arts. In this four-part workshop, students participate in the exciting worlds of Makeup and Costume Design, Stage Management, Playwriting and Directing. Learn how to apply stage makeup and make costuming decisions; step into the shoes of a stage manager and learn call cues written for our production of A Christmas Carol; write a one-act play using movement; and visit the Playhouse for a tour and to participate in a directing class using short plays written by students.
Acting is only one of dozens of theatre professions. In this 45- to 60-minute Career Day offering, arts educators discuss the roles of Actor, Director, Playwright, Stage Manager, Choreographer and Fight Director, as well as Scenic, Lighting, Sound and Costume Designers. We go over the steps that one must take in order to participate in these exciting departments in the world of theatre.
In this five-day workshop, we'll explore the power of storytelling through different styles of dramatic writing. We'll also explore how to translate descriptive language into a visual image onstage by creating a performance piece inspired by fiction.
Day One: What is the story, and how will you tell it?
Day Two: Telling the story visually
Day Three: Writing and curating content
Day Four: Putting it all together
Day Five: Presentation and discussion
The goals of the Theatre for ELL Workshop are to strengthen linguistic skills through performance, to teach reading and speaking with expression, emotion, and meaning, to connect language to physical gestures and to gain confidence in speaking through theatre activities and performance.
Day One: Expressing Emotions
Day Two: Introduction to Text
Day Three: Vocal Expression
Day Four: Creating Character
Day Five: Presentation of Scenes
Empower students to create effective conversations. Students learn to identify key details of a story/text and develop vocal techniques for oral presentations. They also learn to identify real-life connections between the words of the text and their use in performance as well as everyday life.
Day One: Understanding the speech OR Writing and editing your own speech
Day Two: Breaking down text
Day Three: Vocal technique for oral presentations
Day Four: Reading and verbalizing with emotion
Day Five: Presentation of speeches
Subjects from which to choose:
Great Speeches by Great Speakers
Speaking Your Own Words
We'll explore the world of the book of your choice to help students better understand its context, to immerse them in different styles of theatrical storytelling, to explore the power of visual storytelling and to create and embody characters from the world of the story/subject.
Day One: Scene work with text from the book or play adaptation
Day Two: Stage combat
Day Three: Scenic design
Day Four: Specialty connected to the book (e.g., dance from the era or costume crafts)
Day Five: Enactment day
Books/subjects from which to choose:
Book/subject of your choosing