Classroom Workshops & Residency Programs
Classroom Workshops & Drama Residency Programs

Expand your tool-kit: Learn how to implement creative dramatics, art, language, music, communication and behavioral awareness skills into your classroom. A teaching artist will lead you through customized workshops through a topic or themed lesson of your choice.

AVAILABLE WORKSHOPS:

1. Conflict Resolution Workshops: a two-part workshop.

This is a two-part workshop. Each workshop may be presented individually, but the two work best in conjunction with one another, as there is some overlap in terms of subject matter and discussion with students. Each should take about an hour and a half, allowing for discussion time with students. Students can explore any one of the following areas: character development, bullying, emotional violence, sexual harassment, peer pressure, and many more. You pick the topic; we'll provide the lesson!

*Teen Issues: It's Not Easy Being a Teen. This workshop covers a range of issues and social challenges faced by young adults today; labeling/cliques, bullying, peer pressure, self-image, etc. Workshops will discuss how home, school, and social environments (including social media) play a role in how teens deal with said challenges. Students perform scenes from popular films, and engage in theatre-based activities. Students are given a chance to discuss how they are affected by these issues, and tools to help create a heathier environment for themselves and their peers.

*Conflict Resolution: Conflict is an integral party of any story, and therefore an integral part of the theatre! A good actor values the importance of listening (as opposed to just hearing), and understands the various ways that we as humans communicate what we truly feel and think. This workshop uses acting exercises to provide students with tools to help them better communicate. Students will learn about essential concepts such as non-verbal communication ("body language"), and "active listening," and how these affect the way we communicate with one another, especially when in conflict. The workshop also offers key points to be addressed in resolving conflicts great and small.

2. Pre- and/or Post-Performance Workshops

From Page to Stage: This workshop is related to our current Education Series. Choose a performance book title that fits your classroom reading level, for a theatre-going education experience in relation to the workshop that will be created for you. Students will actively participate in discussion and activities that will educate and explore the issues, production elements, and/or themes within the play your class will view.

*Shakespeare's Language: This workshop is best paired with a Shakespeare performance, or in conjunction with school curriculum covering a specific play. Shakespeare wrote plays to be heard, not read silently! He also wrote in English, not Old English, a common misconception among young students who are intimidated by the style of writing. The goal of this workshop is to demystify Shakespeare for students; get them on their feet with samples of text from plays, speaking the language aloud, and making fun and interesting choices interpreting text. This is a crash course in understanding specific linguistic devices, and how Shakespeare used them and other clues within the text to communicate stage directions, and give actors insight into a character's thoughts and feelings in a given moment. Students will be given handouts with tools and pertinent information to use when reading (and performing) Shakespearean text.

3. In-School or After-School Drama Residency Programs: Recommended as a 6-week session course, an extended version of our 1-2 hour workshops with a focus in *Teen Issues/Conflict Resolution, *Shakespeare and Classical Text, *Scene Study or *Physical Comedy

*Teen Issues/ Conflict Resolution (recommended as a 6 session course): This is an extended version of the Teen Issues/Conflict Resolution workshop mentioned above. With a range of social issues facing young adults today such as labeling/cliques, bullying, and peer pressure, this workshop is intended to provide students with a safe forum for discussion, offer insight and new perspective as to why these issues exist in their world, and provide solutions and tools for addressing the challenges they present in a healthy way. Theatrical and acting exercises are used as a means of providing insight and prompting discussion.

Conflict is an integral party of any story, and therefore an integral part of the theatre! A good actor values the importance of listening (as opposed to just hearing), and understands the various ways that we as humans communicate what we truly feel and think. The conflict resolution portion of this program uses acting exercises to provide students with tools to help them better communicate. Students will learn about essential concepts such as non-verbal communication ("body language"), and "active listening," and how these affect the way we communicate with one another, especially when in conflict. Students also learn key points to be addressed in resolving conflicts great and small.

During the residency, students will be encouraged to journal responses to activities and discussions. They will also use the insight they gain through the aforementioned activities to create a short play that addresses the issues they face, and provides commentarythrough vehicles of storytelling, character development, satire, etc. Students may perform this play for invited friends and family, or for other members of the student body, based on the preference of students and faculty.

*Shakespeare and Classical Text (recommended as 6 week course meeting twice a week): While most students have read Shakespeare in their English classes in school, these fantastically funny, boisterous, bawdy, and poignant plays were written to be PERFORMED, to ENTERTAIN!  The aim of this program is to demystify Shakespeare's text for students, and get them on their feet with the material, speaking the language out loud as intended. Through work on scenes and monologues from select plays, students will experience in a new way Shakespeare’s unsurpassed storytelling relating to timeless, universal themes, his unparalleled craftsmanship of characters and plot lines, and his artful use of language.  The methods covered in this class will also make students more versatile as actors, helping them to look at any text (from classical, to modern plays, to commercial copy) from a new angle.

This is NOT a class about reading and bookwork. Students will almost always be on their feet learning how to play with the words written on the page, breathing new life and making their own interesting choices in interpreting various scenes and/or monologues. Having an understanding of classical text is an asset to any actor, but the ultimate goal is simply to learn to have fun with Shakespeare!

*Scene Study (recommended as a 6-week course, meeting twice a week): Acting is living truthfully under imagined circumstances. This program is a cumulative process whereby students will acquire tools and skills useful in teaching them to find the "truth" from a character's point of view in a scene. Students will first learn and develop their craft in non-verbal and verbal improvisation, movement, and voice. These all provide a strong foundation in learning about character development and analysis, and script analysis. Students will be assigned scenes from various plays; classwork with these scenes, as well as "cold readings" will be used to employ and develop the skills being taught.  Students will ultimately be assigned a partner (or partners) and a scene that they will rehearse for a final performance on the last day of the program.

*Physical Comedy: "In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people." -Marcel Marceau. This course focuses heavily on non-verbal improvisation, movement, comedic structure, and development of character and story. It is an excellent course to provide young actors with tools and experience that connect thought with movement (the "I don't know what to do with my hands," conundrum faced by many young actors is challenged here). Students will become familiar with works of legendary artists such as Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Stan Laurel. The course is mostly non-verbal (pantomime). Ultimately students will develop 5-minute physical comedy "pieces" that create a character and tell a story -- without words! The pieces will be set to music and performed on the final day of the program.

4. Professional Development: Learn Creative ways to implement the arts into everyday lesson plans and discover Algonquin Arts Theatre widespread education resources. The Algonquin Arts Theatre is a registered provider of professional development through the New Jersey Department of Education | Provider #2871.

*Creative Dramatics in The Classroom: Tricks to reading "theatrically," to keep students engaged at story time, and to breathe life into the words and characters on the page. This workshop was developed in conjunction with our Page & Stage program, and is focused on providing tools and examples of using Creative Dramatics to teach reading curriculum in early education. Discuss tools for building theatrical exercises based around specific stories, and provide examples from workshops developed at the Algonquin Arts Theatre. Teachers also have the opportunity during the hands-on activities to put some of these skills to practical use.

BOOKING/AVAILABILITY, PRICING & OTHER INFORMATION:

*Credited Workshop Themes, Topics and Titles by lead Teaching Artist, Audra Taliercio

Booking/Availability | Workshops are individually constructed based on the grade(s). The length of most individual workshops are 45-minutes, no longer than 1 hour. The Individual Workshop should include no more than a 25 student participation, otherwise there is an increase in the charge for the workshop. Workshops can take place at the requested school, venue, or at the Algonquin Arts Theatre.

To book a workshop or residency program, contact the Education Department at Algonquin Arts Theatre:
Director of Arts Education, Julie Nagy
Email: Julie@algonquinarts.org
Phone: 732.528.9224
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm

All workshops and educational main stage performances meet NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: 21st Century Life & Careers, Comprehensive Health & Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts, World Language, Mathematics, Language Arts Literacy.

Prices | Workshops & Drama Residency Programs will vary in price depending on the type of workshops, length of workshop or residency program, materials included, number of participants and the preparation process the workshop entails (if being created from a requested new concept, theme or idea).

Note: If outside of Monmouth and Ocean counties you will be charged the price of the workshop, plus mileage.

When Ordering a Workshop, You Will Also Receive: Order a pre/post performance workshop and receive a backstage tour of the Algonquin Arts Theatre facility on the day of your class trip. Conditions: You must schedule a time for a tour and arrive early or stay late.

Educators, purchase any workshop for your classroom and earn a one-hour free credit towards your Professional Development. Learn more about our certified Professional Development Series.

All workshops and educational main stage performances meet NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards: 21st Century Life & Careers, Comprehensive Health & Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts, World Language, Mathematics, Language Arts Literacy.

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