2016 Master Classes
MASTER CLASS A: CHRIS VINE & HELEN WHITE
Thursday, July 28th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This hands-on workshop is rooted in the practice of creating original, actor-centered theatre. It will highlight challenges that continually emerge in our work, regardless of location. Whether working locally or internationally, we are frequently working across significant differences of identity. Internationally, these may be obvious but yet are of the same order, begging the same questions, as those arising on our own doorsteps. Drawing upon diverse experience in a range of settings, the workshop facilitators will raise questions, suggest connections and explore practical strategies that open the way to cross-cultural dialogue, creative synthesis - and exciting theatre-making!
Helen White is the award-winning director of the Creative Arts Team (CAT) Youth Theatre and a faculty member for the CUNY MA in Applied Theatre. Under her direction, the Youth Theatre has performed at the United Nations and international festivals and conferences, collaborating with youth theatres from Taiwan, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Zambia, India, Palestine, Nepal, Turkey, Brazil, and Poland. Helen has worked as a director, actor and workshop leader, creating a wide range of theatre with and for young people and adult audiences. She is currently co-director of the CUNY Applied Theatre Project Rwanda.
Chris Vine, Academic Director of the MA in Applied Theatre, created the Program with long-time collaborator Helen White. Chris is a founding member of Perspectives Theatre Company (UK) and former Artistic Director of Greenwich Young People's Theatre (London) and the Creative Arts Team (New York). His work has extended worldwide. He is currently co-director of the CUNY Applied Theatre Project Rwanda. His specialties include theatre-in-education (TIE), process drama and Theatre of the Oppressed. His most recent publication is as co-editor of Learning Through Theatre: The Changing Face of Theatre in Education.
MASTER CLASS B: MARINA BONI
Friday, July 29th from 12:15-3:15 p.m.The ability to tell a coherent story is an essential component of young children's literacy and cognitive development. This class helps teachers learn about the program developed by renowned educator Vivian Paley by promoting children's storytelling abilities. Participants will learn how to model storytelling, elicit stories from children, and help them enact stories with their classmates.
Marina Boni has been involved in Early Childhood Education for close to 30 years. She is currently working as program developer for the Department of Early Childhood of the Boston Public Schools. Her work is split between mentoring teachers and schools as they go through the NAEYC accreditation process, coaching new teachers and revising the curriculum for K1 . She also facilitates professional development on Making Learning Visible and the role of documentation inspired by the pre-primary Schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy and story telling/story acting as inspired by Vivian Paley. Before coming to the Boston Public Schools Marina taught toddlers and preschoolers in Cambridge. Marina holds an M.S .in Early Childhood Education/Child Development from Wheelock College.
MASTER CLASS C: JOAN LAZARUS & KAREN BOUTELLE
Saturday, July 30th from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENTS OF STUDENTS WHO LEARN DIFFERENTLY
“Why do some of my brightest students have trouble following through with seemingly straight-forward assignments or tasks?” “Why do some of my most creative and talented students struggle with organization, sustaining effort or attention, and getting their work done on time?” These students may be struggling because of executive function weaknesses. Executive function refers to brain processes that allow us to manage ourselves so we can take effective action to accomplish our goals. Executive function, cognitive load, and language processing are interrelated. Understanding the pervasive impact of executive function on learning helps us to see the opportunities it provides for supporting students in our theatre programs, classes and performance settings.
This interactive workshop champions the unique strengths of those with executive function challenges and offers strategies educators and artists can draw on to help many learners find success in our classrooms and productions. We will explore a practical model of executive function, along with an effective approach and strategies for supporting every student around tasks such as time management, task completion, and self-regulation. Information will be made accessible through theatre games, presentation of research, discussion, application of ideas in small groups, and individual and group reflection.
Joan Lazarus is a teacher, artist, researcher/writer who actively engages young people and their teachers through work in theatre and education. Her practice is collaborative, democratic and based in dialogue about issues of personal and social import. She continues to evolve her practice with pre-service theatre and K-12 classroom teachers as a professor at The University of Texas at Austin. Joan is a member of Actors Equity and has served as President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education which honored her with the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book, Signs of Change: New Directions in Theatre Education focuses on the power of secondary school theatre education as seen through practices that are learner-centered, holistic and socially responsible. Her current research focuses on best practices in theatre with students who learn differently.
Karen BoutelleBeginning in 1999 at Landmark College, Karen pioneered the development of executive function coaching and was the founding director of the college’s Coaching Services Program. She has designed and delivered presentations and training programs about executive function and learning disabilities for hundreds of educators around the country. neuroscience
MASTER CLASS D: PAIGE HERNANDEZ
Sunday, July 31st from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Participants will explore innovative hip hop teaching methods, activities and exercises to supplement curriculum and/or to use in performance pieces. The workshop will show how each hip hop element (Emcee, DJ, Graffiti and B-boy) can easily be transformed into exercises or performance pieces. Participants will also be inspired to create poems, monologues and basic dialogue. If there‘s time at the end, we‘ll share the genius.
Paige Hernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. Paige is also known for her effective fusion of theatre, hip-hop, dance and education.
As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including Props for Hip Hop at Arena Stage and Keep it Moving, at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.
With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige tours internationally with her original works including Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, 7th Street Echo, All the Way Live!, Havana Hop and Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape.