Customized Workshops in:
- Voice for the Stage
- Character Study
- Scene Study
- Stage Combat (specializing in sword play)
- Set or Lighting Design
Art workshops can be designed according to the grade level and skills of the students. Workshops can be based on themes that the students are studying or themes of interest. Workshops can be a simple craft, masks, portraiture, mixed media, painting techniques, manga, elements of design, photography, murals or even designing a set for a show. Through the workshops I like to work with a variety of mediums, themes and ideas. I like to work outside the box, the only limit is one’s imagination.
Workshops available for Black and White Photography, Digital Photography, Retouching, Colourizing Black and White Photographs.
This workshop can comprise a single stand-alone session for several different classes, or a series of workshops for a single group. This work places emphasis on acquiring and/or improving basic performance skills such as voice, movement, and improvisation, with the added bonuses of professionalism, focus, and body awareness.
“Conveying a story by bodily or facial movements.” No voice, no props…just “all-imitating.”
For students to learn how to create and perform pantomimes. Ideal for students who don’t like to get up in front of the class, they learn to be comfortable through a series of games, exercises and mirroring without having to say a word. Clowning adds the element of developing a character through movement.
Explaining Improv is little like explaining sailing; the actual experience is much different (and far richer) than the description. My favorite analogy to describe the transformational experience of Improv is that it closely resembles the experience of jumping off a cliff and learning to design your wings on the way down.
The purpose of any Improv experience is to give two or more people a task to complete within an unpredictable and unplanned framework. Through a series of fun games and exercises students develop their improvisational and listening skills and their ability to avoid blocking. The games are designed to help break down barriers and enable the students to enjoy their journey and the process. Improv also encourages problem solving and team work. It is all about success, as well as, being fun. Improvisation will also make students more comfortable when delivering presentations.
This workshop can be designed to your individual needs. The students are taught how to create their own puppets based on a story or novel they are working on and then presenting it with the puppets they have created. Various types of puppets can be created depending on grade level/supplies/budget. Including Finger Puppets, Sock Puppets, Shadow Puppets, Stick Puppets, Object Puppets Hand Puppets, and Human-Arm Puppets.
Stage Combat (specializing in sword play):
This workshop introduces students to the basics of stage fighting: hair pulling, punching, kicking and sword play. With an emphasis on focus, listening and responding, acting and reacting. (Intermediate & High School)
At the High School Level
High School level workshops focus on specifics of vocal and physical technique as well as specificity and presence in acting.
Stage Voice teaches vocal techniques that allow students to increase vocal power while reducing strain on the throat. The focus is on vocal production and technique, and does not involve singing. Great for oral presentations. Can be combined with Radio Plays and Storytelling.
Teacher-led prep of about a week prior to the workshop allows students to become fluent in a short scene, which they then work in a scene class scenario over the course of a four or five session workshop series.
This workshop introduces an in depth look at Character through the use of Monologues. Where they come from, how they fit in, personality traits, how they react to others, how others react to them, their purpose and goals. In understanding your character you can understand their relationship to the world.
Set or Lighting Design:
This workshop introduces students to the technical side of theatre. Taking their interpretation of a play/story from page to stage. The student is presented with the basics of creating a set or designing lights based on their imagination and individual needs.