I teach a class of bright, talented students every Monday night from September to April at the Paragon Theatre in Holden, Alberta.
I run the entire program myself. I design the curriculum, plan the schedule, create most of the games and lessons myself and of course teach the classes. I design the Showcase posters and shirts, book theatre tours for the students, and promote and produce the annual end-of-season Showcase production. I do have some wonderful parent volunteers who come out of the woodwork to lend a hand as Showcase approaches, and for that I’m eternally grateful. It’s an enormous commitment of time and energy to run a program alone, but it’s worth it. I like having complete creative control over the curriculum.
This is mostly because I don’t take the common approach to theatre education.
Theatre does teach life and workplace skills. In fact, it’s a better preparation for the workplace than most business courses. The reason for this is because business will teach you about numbers, but people are what makes money go around, and a business education doesn’t necessarily teach you a thing about people. Theatre, on the other hand does. For a further discussion on what this means, click here.
The way I teach gets to the heart of the matter of why it is that people are afraid and have difficulty on stage or speaking in public. And I don’t believe that common explanations – mostly consisting of evolutionary psychology arguments which suggest that we fear ostracization from a group – are on the right track.
Basically, it’s about the difficulty to be ourselves most people experience when they’re at the center of attention. That originality is the only way an actor can ever bring their own ingenuity and originality to a character, and I work hard to bring it out.
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