Join us just after the start of the new year for a fun, immersive 3-day acting workshop! For any interested students in 4th-12th grade. All levels of experience welcome!
This workshop will:
Introduce students to the fundamental principles used by all actors to create a character
Teach kids and teens to explore and stretch their body, voice, and imagination
Engage the creative mind and help students express themselves
Reinforce positive teamwork and communication as students build their “ensemble”
Thursday-Saturday, January 3–5, 2019
4th-6th Grade—max of 12 students
7th-12th Grade—max of 16 students
$200 (a limited amount of need-based scholarships are available—please call the YTI office for information!) Snacks are provided. Students will need to bring a sack lunch.
The Yellowstone Center at 2030 Stadium Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715
Workshop Focus: Building A Character
We’ll focus on using the basic tools of the actor (voice, body, and imagination) to create a character. Students will use games and up-on-their-feet activities to explore answers to the question, “What does an actor do?” while building an “ensemble,” practicing teamwork, and making new friends. An informal show, performed by students for friends and family, will end the workshop.
What to Expect:
Each day will begin with a series of warm-up activities and improv games designed to engage the imagination, build an ensemble, and prepare students for the creative work ahead. Students will learn and develop a process for creating a character from a piece of dramatic text, first as a group and then with a scene partner. They will also prepare a short scene from an age-appropriate adaptation of a book. The workshop is process-oriented: Students will not be expected to memorize any text, but can if they want to.
The final “show” (a sharing-out of work) will begin at 2pm on Saturday the 5th. Depending on the number of students involved, this may run past 3pm. Please feel free to invite any friends and family who might want to share in and support your child’s creative endeavors!
How to Prepare:
Students should be well-rested and dressed in comfortable clothes for movement.
Please bring a water bottle and lunch. Snacks will be provided.
Feel free to communicate any special needs, dietary restrictions, or other concerns you might have about your child’s participation in the workshop. We are committed to fostering a safe, comfortable environment for all children.
Kristin Hammargren is directing the Yellowstone Theater Project and our Winter Workshop. Kristin is an actor, singer, and teaching artist based in Chicago. Born and raised in Minnesota, she grew up doing musical theatre and studying voice in her hometown of Bloomington. Kristin resettled in Chicago after several years of traveling the Midwest and West performing in Shakespeare, musicals, and her one-woman show Discovering Austen. She works as a professional actor and teaching artist, including a recent stint as visiting faculty at Lawrence University and several education tours with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In Chicago she teaches with Victory Gardens, Writers Theatre, and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. She is a veteran of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.
Miles Duffey has been acting around Minnesota and all around Montana for the last 8 years. He attended professional acting school at the University of Minnesota. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then did an extensive year-long apprenticeship with Children’s Theater Company (winner of the 2003 Tony award for best regional theater). Miles was introduced to teaching in the great state of Montana and is now a veteran of 7 educational tours with Montana Shakespeare in the Schools. His passion for teaching lies in the creation and maintenance of a safe space for people to be creative. He is always inspired by what students come up with when they are allowed to be themselves and interpret exercises in their own ways!
Don’t wait, reserve your spot today!
“If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.”
— Shannon L. Alder