In all my workshops I attempt to instil the love of theatre in the students - not only in performing because naturally that is not for every one but also in being an audience. As children we all act and pretend but as we mature we become too restrained and often uptight when it comes to using our improvisation. I hope that through my workshop children will find lifelong love and appreciation of performing and life theatre.
However, I also make sure that students leave with many practical skills that will help them in their every day lives and last them a lifetime. They learn confidence too stand up and be heard, they learn valuable social skill, interpersonal relationships, communication, public speaking, debating, presentation and how body language can help avoid conflict as well as later on in attaining goals during job interviews, examinations, etc. The students also learn to emphasize and relate to one another, becoming more tolerant as human being as they become able to put themselves into the shoes of others during our role-plays.
In the workshops we focus on speech – learning correct breathing, diction, projection and annunciation. We focus on body language and how that can become a useful lifelong tool, particularly in presentation and in conflict. We focus on our imagination and how to communicate a narrative in a clear and concise and most importantly in an interesting, captivating way.
Lastly though all the workshops encourage students to make new friends and to have fun.
In order to deliver the best lessons possible I have completed a diploma in Child Behaviour and gained certificates in Grammar, coaching and mentoring writing for children and others (full list can be found in CV).
Classes designed for the littlies, half-hour in length and catered for the short attention span of most children. During their class they learn how to inter-act with one another, communicate, share and play together. The children also develop social awareness and self-awareness, improve their vocabulary and speech and gain confidence to stand up and be seen and heard. Everything is done through fun exercises and imaginative games and the students are encouraged to participate in their own time. Ideally and for best results the students should attend an eight-week course with one lesson per week or a more intense 5 sessions in a row during school holidays.
KINDY AND YEAR 1 FROLICS
These lessons are a perfect follow up from PRE-SCHOOL FUN as it is designed to further develop communication skills, inter-personal skills and group interaction. The classes learn to work together and towards a common goal, they gain more advanced skills in public speaking, focusing on presenting an argument, on voice and further improving their vocabulary, focus and concentration However most emphasis is given to play – to having fun and to creating characters and telling stories in a safe non-judgmental environment.
The participants learn all about the nature of clowns - their role in our lives (be it in a circus or street theatre or even just in theatre). They learn about the nature of humour and where tears enter the equation, they design their own clown and give him or her specific characteristic. They learn to look at the world from a clown's perspective and rediscover the world. They become acquainted with miming and physical theatre including vaudeville and slapstick, they learn to work together and devise their own short skits. Using minimal props and costume they create characters with strong defining character and have fun playing games.
BLAST OFF! (5-12yrs)
3…2…1…Blast off!! Be part of a guided tour of… the entire universe! Walk like an astronaut, explore the landscape of Mars, Pluto and Venus and maybe even meet some aliens!!! All the while learning about physical theatre, the effects of space, weight and time on movement. You’ll be introduced to basic acting skills and the power of the human body; how much character comes through body language and how we can best use this knowledge in every day life. You’ll have fun and explore and expand your skills in a safe and non-judgemental environment,
PHYSICAL THEATRE AND STAGE COMBAT
Do you really have a handle on stagecraft? Can you believably throw a punch or receive one without getting hurt or hurting someone else? Can you effectively create a character and have your audience follow you? Really follow you?
This workshop will introduce you to basic body control skills, stage combat and the power of our bodies, there is never any physical contact between the participants with strong emphasis on creating trust and building strong group dynamic. You will learn basic fights, rules of combat (the difference between a real fight and a show), punches, kicks and blocks, combination of these, slaps, hair grabs, knees and elbows and basic pushing.
This is a super fun, super energized and super imaginative session.
PHYSICAL THEATRE AND STAGE COMBAT
More intense day-long workshop covering everything from safety, equipment, rehearsal ettiquette, warm-up,
break falls and strike and kick combination, characterisation, dialogue and story development.
For practical every day lives, the participants will learn how to present themselves in the best possible light and how by being aware of their own body language (posture, gesture, facial expression) they can prevent being bullied or picked on, how they can improve their confidence and presentation.
For theatre/screen, the participants will gain an understanding of how stage combat/stunts work, what it means to ‘sell a strike’, what are the correct angles and how eye-line comes into play. They learn how to be safe as well as believable and how character work/acting and script interpretation affects the final result.
Picture it is a workshop designed to introduce students to the art of script writing,
story telling and narration as it relates to performance.
During the workshop participants will learn about the basics, such as story-line,
narrative (linear and non-linear), through lines, scriptwriting techniques such as
raising the stakes, hooks, the three-part structure (intro, body, climax), as well as
monologues and dialogues, objectives, super-objective, staging as well as working
as a cast and self-devising.
All this will be taught in a fun and creative way, with a hands-on approach and focus on acting and experiencing what one writes.
Students will be asked to bring in a picture (anything from a photograph, post-card, cut-out from newspaper, etc) that particularly appeals to them, that grabs them and speaks to them. That will be the starting point of the story.
These lessons are a perfect follow up from PRE-SCHOOL FUN as it is designed to further develop communication skills, inter-personal skills and group interaction. The classes learn to work together and towards a common goal, they gain more advanced skills in public speaking, focusing on presenting an argument, on voice and further improving their vocabulary, focus and concentration. Children will explore ideas of etiquette and manners through role-play. However most emphasis is given to play – to having fun and to creating characters and telling stories in a safe non-judgmental environment.
VACATION CARE WORKSHOPS
These are three-hour workshops designed to include elements of BLAST OFF, CLOWNING and PICTURE IT and focus also on getting up and being active and getting away from my pet hate, the pest of modern society, computer games.
DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
These classes are designed to aid with comprehension, understanding the question and establishing a point of view. They help with developing an argument, structure, and the use of body language, audience interaction, rebuttal, the use of humor, rhetorical questions, anecdotes, and examples to support an argument and a strong succinct conclusion.
AUTHOR TALK FOCUSING ON WRITING, CHARACTERISATION AND COMPREHENSION
An in-class author discussion that would be followed by a workshop based on topics covered by the book. These include self-image, peer pressure, expectations, addictions and many others that today’s young people are facing.
The first part of the workshop would allow students to get up and assume various roles from the book (role playing as a way of healing and understanding) and get a feel of what the various characters go through. This way the book offers an active hands-on experience of what readers only grasp intellectually. Often, it is easier to absorb, discuss and or heal when one is taken away from oneself and assumes a given character.
The second part would focus on students’ own experiences and challenges and would allow them to express their own thoughts, feelings and aspirations through a self-devised performance.
At no time would there be any pressure for students to get up and perform, they would be allowed to explore their thoughts and emotions in their own time and way and would be encouraged to express themselves and find their voice in a nurturing and safe environment.
Ideally the talk and workshop would be between two and three hours but the time can be adjusted depending on individual needs.
INTENSIVE DRAMA WORKSHOP
FOCUSING ON CHARACTER AND SCRIPT ANALYSIS WITH FOCUS ON PHYSICALITY AND CHOICES
Drama has become a valuable and integral part of Australian school life; students from primary school all the way to University are becoming involved in performances. This is a great way of developing some valuable skills for life – be it private or public for their social or workforce roles.
For us as theatre/drama devotees that is wonderful news as it introduces the beauty and power of theatre and builds future audiences as well as theatre practitioners.
I have always been passionate about introducing drama/acting to children and young adults but more so since I have become a mother. I have been asked to run various workshops for schools, most recently a full-day workshop at the Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. This proved to be so successful and the students were having such as great time that I have decided to put together this proposal hoping to interest you in running it in your school. It would give the students an opportunity to work with a visiting teacher and an industry practitioner and be exposed to different approaches.
The workshop can be run as a half-day or full-day course or 2 half-day courses and can be tailored to different skill levels as well as different ages of students. The main objective is to show students of drama the wonders of acting - be it in a theatre or on screen as well as introduce them to the many different techniques and styles of acting and approaches to the craft.
The main objective is to show students how to build a believable 3-dimensional character that is as real as they are and then working with that character, finding what s/he desires and what are their objectives and super-objectives. This would include in-depth analyses of the script and all the characters in the script. As one great teacher said: “An Actor’s talent is in his or her choices”. Therefore the idea of this workshop is to introduce students to the notion of actor’s choices and the need to make them as powerful and as specific as possible and to give them the freedom to use their own imagination.
LIFE SKILLS/STRESS COPING WORKSHOP
This workshop targets high school students or university students to assist them in stress management during time of pressure (exams, job interviews, etc.) and in attaining a positive life outlook.
In the course of the program the participants will learn about coping with stress, time management, exam preparation, interview techniques, peer support as opposed to peer pressure, dealing with failure and success, fitness and healthy habits, relaxation and the ability to see the bigger pictures and explore options.
We will put a grin on your face.
These lessons target specific areas needed by each student and can focus on whatever is needed or required. Preparation for auditions, exams such as the Trinity and competition is also available.
These are designed with more mature students in mind and look at acting in more detail and with focus on voice, movement, character development, script analyses and more.
What to Bring?
A healthy snack or two; water; comfortable clothing for movement and a sense of fun.