focus on using the body as a tool to build a vocabulary and apply it to the
creative process. In a week-long workshop students learn about working cooperatively,
thinking critically, and applying learned skills to a final project. Each technical
skill that is taught is followed by an improvisation that places it in a theatrical
context. Creation of material and physical training are equally emphasized.
Residencies can also include working with poetry, written word and visual art.
INTENTION AND BENEFITS
work cooperatively Improvisation and project assignments compel the students
to work both independently and with their classmates in pairs or small groups.
In groups they have to share what they remember from the lessons, as well
as offer and listen to ideas. They must take part in group decisions and work
cooperatively to implement those ideas.
- To integrate body,
mind, and emotion Students will be taught by demonstration and improvisation:
- Basic instruction on
how to work with the body in isolation
- Defining ways the body
conveys intention and emotion
- Animating different parts
of the body or other objects through the body
- Exploring the internal
intentions and concentration the performer needs to work as a physical actor
To develop an awareness
of the creative self Students are taught a wide variety of skills that draw
on different natural abilities. They are encouraged to work with their whole
bodies, as well as create stories and mini situations that require active
- To enhance critical
As each session progresses, the material taught draws on previously covered
areas. Students are encouraged to apply as much information as possible to
improvised situations. For example, in an improvisation assignment where students
are asked to be a person impatiently waiting for the bus, they must establish
a character incorporating all the information they have already learned regarding
characterization, timing and isolation.
HOW WORKSHOPS RELATE TO CURRICULUM
English/Creative Writing: Students are taught to show the character,
emotion, intention and desire of simple activities, like drinking a glass of
water. This is a physical way to learn the skill of elaborating on a situation
using descriptive phrases a physical way of "writing."
Communications/Language: Students are taught how to communicate with
their bodies in ways that are universal. This ties into any course that involves
learning to present oneself to an audience.
Students are taught to think for themselves. A large part of the work involves
exercises where problems must be solved using learned skills to arrive at unusual