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Skill-Building Workshops include the following:
Shakespeare Intensive -- FULL
The 2014 Shakespeare Intensive will focus on the Henrys of the Bard's history plays, including Henry IV pts. 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI pts. 1, 2, & 3, Richard III (Henry VII), and Henry VIII.
Participants in the Intensive write an original sonnet, watch classic performances, engage in fun and active theatre games, learn Shakespeare's history, act in a challenging scene, practice stage combat, and much more!
Instructors challenge students to approach Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices – all en route to a showcase at The Bard's Town Theatre which will highlight each actor's ability to create believable, entertaining characters through trust in the text, the partner, and the self.
The Intensive provides valuable experience for students planning to audition for upcoming Walden Theatre Shakespeare plays — as the company works toward joining the select group of theaters worldwide to have produced all of the Bard's canon (and the only one to do so with young people).
As an added bonus, Intensive students will be invited to participate in a special curtain-raiser performance at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival before Walden's remounted production of Pericles this August in Central Park.
Teen Acting Intensive
In this workshop, recent Walden Theatre alumni who are currently attending post-secondary theatre programs share their knowledge in acting, voice and movement with teens interested in the serious study of theatre. The workshop will focus on using imagery in monologue and scenes, training in vocal honesty, channeling vocal power, and basic movement for actors.
Do you have an incredible story you're dying to tell? Or a chilling image that came to you in a dream? Or a wacky cousin you think would make an amazing character? This two-week writing intensive will give you a chance to turn that brilliant idea of yours into a play. Through a mixture of writing prompts, contemporary script analysis, group workshopping, and one-on-one feedback, each student will craft an original short play. The class will culminate in a staged reading of the playwrights' new work, presented by some of Louisville's most talented actors.
Create a clown character and develop a performance with your clown posse (to be performed for the public!) all while learning to play passionately, fail proudly, and live in the moment. Great for beginners or for students who want to brush up on their clowning skills. Space in the camp is limited to 16 and cost covers for the week of class + a clown nose + opportunities to perform publicly the following week for students who are available.
Playmaking: Art of the Streets
NOT AVAILABLE YET BUT SOON. DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Working together with theatre professionals and art curators, teens expand their skills at art appreciation and the practice of theatre by creating & performing an original scene based on artworks in The Speed Museum’s Art of the Streets exhibit. This integrated approach to art and theatre is a challenging new way for teens to participate in the arts while cultivating interdisciplinary problem solving skills. And, as a bonus, the culminating performance may be featured during the final weekend of the exhibition!
This class is for anyone who has thought about auditioning for a play or musical OR for anyone who has an upcoming audition and wants to be PREPARED! Students will learn or improve the process of selecting, studying, and performing a monologue, learn how to approach “cold readings” from a script, and even navigate their way through a 16-bar musical piece and a dance break. Time will be given to help create an audition package of two song cuttings (one up-tempo, one ballad) and a monologue. All levels of experience welcome (limit 20 students).
Scene & Song Study
This class explores the triple discipline of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Students will train in all three areas as they work together on scenes and songs from musical theatre. Students will break down text, gain skills in vocal production, movement, dance, physical attack, and character development. This class is a blast and all levels of experience are welcome (limit 25 students).
Skill-Building Workshops - Instructors
Sharon holds an MFA in acting from the University of Louisville and a BS in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kentucky. Acting credits include Red Hot and Cole, Suds:The Rocking Sixties Musical Soap Opera (Center REP, SF-Bay Area), Our Affair with Astaire (Miry Productions, SF-Bay area), Singin' (SF-Bay Area Cabaret circuit), Annie (MTL, Louisville KY), Floyd Collins (ATL, Louisville). Directing credits include Candide, Phaedra, She Loves Me, Hello Dolly, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun (All SF-Bay area), The Winter's Tale, A Piece of My Heart, Major Barbara, The Lion In Winter, The Fantastiks (Louisville area). In 1999 Sharon became the Education Director for Music Theatre Louisville and went on to serve as the Executive Director for MTL. She is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Louisville Collegiate School where she teaches Middle and Upper School drama. Sharon is also a full-time faculty member of the Governor's School for the Arts.
Our theatre training program allows students to progress at their own rate through a demanding four-level curriculum:
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