Residencies 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.


  1. To 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.
  2. To integrate body, mind, and emotion Students will be taught by demonstration and improvisation:
  3. 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 imaginations
  4. To 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 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.


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.

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.