Tips and Tools for Helping Your Students Navigate Self-Producing Their Passion Projects
It is common knowledge how much rejection and frustration those of us working in the arts face. So many give up hope after experiencing setback after setback. It can be particularly frustrating both artistically and financially when you're a writer or composer and need to bring your work to a professionally produced level to better market yourself. In this workshop you will learn about some tips, tools and resources you can share with your students to empower them to take their future into their own hands and help bring their art to life. You will hear my story of how I navigated the New York City hussle and bussle and the tricks I learned to end up self producing my own mini musical shorts and just managed to end up working with Broadway actors/ singers and dancers to help pro-form my work. Don't dream. Do.
Instructor Patrick Flanagan is a composer, writer, director and producer whose primary focus has been on creating original musicals. His work has been featured in a variety of different festivals and venues in New York City. He has been focusing on self-producing twenty minute short film musicals mostly recently finishing "A Minute to Midnight" about the fall of the Berlin Wall.
How do you teach students how to move on stage? In this workshop, director and theatre educator Rachael Langton will lead exercises designed to teach students ages 5-18 how to move on stage as an individual and as a group. Learn how to incorporate staging into your work and how movement on stage can help students explore the text in new ways, and learn how to collaborate as an ensemble.
Instructor Rachael Langton is a New York based director and theatre educator. Select New York credits include A Shot Rang Out by Michael Hagins at Theatre Row; East Side Stories, Actually, an evening of five original short plays at Metropolitan Playhouse. Rachael has led theatrical workshops for students of all ages at various institutions in the tri-state area including Julliard, Sandbox Theatre and Seat of Our Pants Theatre Company. Rachael is also the Digital Marketing Associate at Classic Stage Company, and Off-Broadway Theatre in New York City. Education: BA Theatre Studies, Ithaca College. RachaelLangton.com. @Rachael_Langton.
Structures, Stories, and Songs: Teaching Songwriting to Students
This workshop will explore the various techniques and tricks to helping students develop and write their own musical theatre songs. Join Elspeth Collard & Sam Rosenblatt, alums of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch, as they break down basic song form, story structures of musical theatre, and the little quirks that students will latch on to with ease!
Instructors Elspeth Collard (she/her) & Sam Rosenblatt (she/her) are alumni of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch, prior to which Collard received a BA in Music at University of Cambridge and Rosenblatt received a BS in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. The musical theatre writing duo have written three full length works (Like the Wind, A Princess Story, and The Girl with the Rose-Colored Eyes) in addition to two albums (Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt and Collisions). The pair have received multiple staged readings and concerts at various NYC cabaret venues, such as Feinstein’s/54 Below, Green Room 42, The Brick, and York Theatre, as well as regionally at The Ferguson Center for the Arts. They are both members of the Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, and Maestra. www.collardandrosenblatt.com
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Spoken Word Poetry: Devising Who We Are
An introductory workshop for theatre teachers on how poetry can be used to explore identity, create community, and devise original scripts.
Instructor Megan Kemple is a multidisciplinary performance & teaching artist. She recently graduated from NYU Steinhardt’s MA Drama Therapy program, where her writing & performance were showcased in the student film, The (Fun)eral of 2020. While in school, she assistant directed the therapeutic film, 9___ , a collaboration between Lotus Collective of Sanctuary for Families, Big Dance Theatre, and NYU. She is currently the Arts Programming Coordinator at The Door: A Center for Alternatives in NYC. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University. As a slam poet, She placed 3rd at the Rookie Slam at the National Poetry Slam 2017, & 3rd in the NUPIC Slam at NPS 2018, where her team placed in the top ten. She has been published in The Drama Therapy Review, Preposition: the Undercurrent Anthology, & other publications. Her first chapbook, American Blasphemies, was released through Ghost City Press (2017), & was staged as an immersive dance piece. Her plays have been professionally produced by Buffalo United Artists, ART of WNY, and her alma maters. In 2022, she founded Omnipresent Magic Productions, a theatre company producing new works by marginalized playwrights. Her play, Accidental Intimacies, was produced at the 2022 Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. She has facilitated drama therapy workshops for Write About Now Poetry, TodayTix, EdTA, and the International Thespian Society.
Making Your Students Look Good Through Improv
There’s a coaching phrase in improv classes - “make your partner look good,” which aims to takes the ego out of the scene and place the emphasis on the improviser’s scene partner. In practice, this re-framing helps a scene grow organically and makes it easier to come up with material spontaneously. The philosophy applies to any collaborative project, certainly any theater experience, and of course the theater classroom! This improv workshop for theater educators focuses on fostering group trust, connection and support, bold choice-making, and positive, effective coaching techniques using a variety of improv warm-ups, focused exercises, and scene work.
Instructor Marisa Caruso is a multi-hyphenate theater practitioner and has a decade of experience teaching improv students of all ages and experience levels. She is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She has taught workshops for NYSTEA Youth Conferences, community centers, high schools, libraries, in public parks and for the pure fun of it wherever people gather.
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