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,
critical thinking, 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.
integrate body, mind, and emotion Students will be taught by demonstration
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
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 imaginations
enhance critical thinking skills 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 each student is 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
HOW WORKSHOPS RELATE TO CURRICULUM
English/Creative Writing: Students are taught to show the character,
emotional, 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. Critical Thinking: 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 solutions.