Adult Education Programs

Single Tickets for Season 15 go on sale Monday, March 19, 2018!

Here at GRSF we pride ourselves on diving deep into the text so that anyone can enjoy our productions – no homework required! Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the kind of research we do to prepare for our productions.

Education Weekend

For Classroom Teachers and Teaching Artists

Come spend two days with the Great River Shakespeare Festival and walk away a treasure trove of curriculum and contacts! Education Weekend offers an abundance of workshops with our distinguished staff, tickets to three of our main season productions, networking events, and so much more. GRSF aims to assist educators in strengthening their base from which to examine Shakespeare while providing an environment conducive to sharing ideas and building contacts. Come learn with us!

Saturday July 28

10-11:30 Swap Shop

Bring your best game or exercise and get ready to barter with The Bard. Exchange curriculum with GRSF teaching artists, arts ed professionals and classroom teachers.  Walk away with new ways to take on Shakespeare.

11:45-1:00 Create Your Own Adventure

Choose from a selection of 4 trickier trade secrets. PICK TWO.

Stage Combat: Work with GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson to learn 2 basic fight moves you can safely incorporate into your next staged scene

Shakespeare’s Text: Take a deeper dive into one of Shakespeare’s famous speeches with GRSF actors and learn how to make the text crystal clear

Pinterest Pro-Tech Express: GRSF tech staff will walk you through inexpensive, easy, creative ways to construct set and props that will wow your audiences and not break your bank

Shakespeare’s World: Explore Shakespeare’s time and customs giving your next Shakespearience a broader context to help meet those literature standards

2:00 Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Followed by post-show discussion

5:00 Dinner at Concert on the Green

Dine with GRSF actors, directors and your ed weekend instructors to unpack the day and get answers to your burning questions

7:30 Performance of Choice: Attend either  Venus in Fur or All’s Well That Ends Well

Late Night Brew Evening gathering at local hotspot, Blooming Grounds, where you can get to know your colleagues and speed date with industry professionals

 

Sunday July 29

11:00 Company Conversation: Merchant of Venice

Join members of the GRSF Apprentice Company in an informal conversation addressing themes from the play, questions about the life of a young professional actor and join a breakout session with suggestions for direct application of live performance into the classroom

2:00 Performance of choice: Shakespeare in Love or Merchant of Venice

Followed by post-show discussion

5:00 Dinner at Concert on the Green Take II

Unpack the weekend and prep for the final performance

6:00 Shakespeare for Young Designers Showcase

7:00 SYA and SYF Showcase

Attend a screening of the inaugural Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers’ movie and partake in the Shakespeare for Young Actors I Showcase followed by Shakespeare for Young Actors II production of Twelfth Night.

Register here.

Cost: $ 145.00

Intimacy Workshops | Tonia Sina, Intimacy Directors International

Introduction to Stage Intimacy

Date: July 15, 9-11am

Cost: $25 

Audience: Adult professional, student, community and educational theater directors, choreographers, stage managers, and actors.

Class limit: 18

We will examine Intimacy Directors International’s Five Pillars of Intimacy Standards and Protocol by applying them to safe and repeatable exercises. Only guided exploration, no improvised intimacy. Kissing isn’t required. As a performer, you will be provided with tools to find chemistry quickly and safely onstage, secrets to portraying sexual vulnerability without mingling actual romantic feelings with a partner, and tricks uses to make the choreography feel and look less rigid.

Topics include:

  • What is consent? What is permission?
  • What is an “Intimacy Choreographer/Director?”
  • What does a production gain from having an Intimacy Designer?
  • How was Intimacy for the Stage created?
  • Can Choreographed Intimacy still look spontaneous and authentic?

Register now: https://goo.gl/forms/bJ6s7bU4Ob9aKnMz1

About the Instructor:

Tonia Sina is the founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (along with co-founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre and film. Recently featured in the NY Times, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio and several other publications and radio shows, she is the former Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been researching Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her thesis in 2004.

Originally an actress, fight director, and movement teacher, Tonia translated exercises for duels and mass battles into her method for choreographing safe intimacy between couples and groups. After eight years in academia as a movement Professor, Tonia wrote the article: Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book currently in the works. She has taught Intimacy at several SAFD regional workshops including MACE’s Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop, where she first began teaching Intimacy for the Society of American Fight Directors. Tonia also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.

Tonia invented her own method, Intimacy for the Stage, and teaches it internationally, but is also very interested in teaching and providing other methods of safe practice as well for stage and film. You can hear her interview on CBC radio here.

Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. She attended Niagara University for her BFA in theatre performance, and Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage.

Intimacy Intensive for Advanced Professional Artists

Dates: July 15, 9-11 and 6-8pm; July 16, 10-2

Cost: $200
Discounted dorm housing is available. Please inquire by contacting Acting Education Director Jenn Oswald at education@grsf.org.

Audience: Professional stage directors, choreographers, actors, and stage managers.

Full schedule:

July 15

  • 9:00-11:00 workshop
  • 11:00 optional company conversation
  • 2:00 pm Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • 4:30 dinner with informal discussion and networking
  • 6:00-8:00 Workshop
  • 8:00 Join the company for drinks at the Legion

July 16

  • 10:00-2:00 Workshop

Class limit: 16

Note: students, educators and community theater directors and choreographers will be admitted on a case by case basis and as space allows.

We may need some company members to serve as actors in the workshop for participants to choreograph.

Using information and experiences from the previous actor workshop as pedagogy tools to improve and explain techniques, Intimacy Directors International Executive Director Tonia Sina will share IDI’s protocol and standards so that participants can bring the information into their own work. This approach is meant to provide a standardized method to prevent trauma and harm during rehearsal and performance processes. Although the title refers to Choreographers and Directors, all areas of theatre focus are welcome, especially Stage Managers.

Topics include:

  • Actor’s prep for scenes of Intimacy, including script work, physical work, and emotional preparation
  • Choreographing simple scenes of intimacy (“they kiss”)
  • Communication of Personal Boundaries and other professional etiquette practices
  • Violent intimacy
  • Best practices and recommended working conditions
  • Consent in the theatre workplace
  • Psychological safety
  • Nudity
  • SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity codes

“Intimacy” in a performance context evokes images of kissing and sexual acts. But the term “Intimacy” also refers to the closeness between dear friends, family, old enemies, and addressed during scenes of sexual violence. In this workshop, you’ll explore specific acting techniques and exercises to access this subtle and specific work. Details in choreography keep you connected to your scene partners, both emotionally and physically while respecting personal boundaries.  

After participating in the workshop, participants will be able to apply the standardized protocol immediately as choreographers, assuming they understand the responsibilities and risks of this work, which we will go over in class.

Professional recognition as an Intimacy Director is an evolving standard involving considerable training. At the conclusion of this 8 hour workshop, Ms. Sina will provide individual feedback and advice for each participant that would help them understand the process towards gaining the title of “Intimacy Director” with IDI (assuming this is something the student is interested in).

Touching (handshakes, hand holding, hugging) through guided physical work is part of the course. Kissing is not required. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to participate to their own degree of comfort.

Register now: https://goo.gl/forms/bJ6s7bU4Ob9aKnMz1

About the Instructor:

Tonia is the founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (along with co-founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson). She was the Intimacy Choreographer for the production of The Bakkhai at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, as well as being an international sexual harassment prevention advisor for theatre and film. Recently featured in the NY Times, American Theatre Magazine, CBC Radio and several other publications and radio shows, she is the former Artistic Director of Reduxion Theatre Company in Oklahoma City, and an international Intimacy for the Stage workshop teacher and choreographer. Tonia has been researching Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her thesis in 2004.

Originally an actress, fight director, and movement teacher, Tonia translated exercises for duels and mass battles into her method for choreographing safe intimacy between couples and groups. After eight years in academia as a movement Professor, Tonia wrote the article: Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book currently in the works. She has taught Intimacy at several SAFD regional workshops including MACE’s Winter Wonderland, The Tourist Trap, The Lonestar Smash, and the Louisiana Tech Stage Combat Workshop, where she first began teaching Intimacy for the Society of American Fight Directors. Tonia also advises Universities on their curricula to help avoid harassment and abuse in academia.

Tonia invented her own method, Intimacy for the Stage, and teaches it internationally, but is also very interested in teaching and providing other methods of safe practice as well for stage and film. You can hear her interview on CBC radio here.

Also a director, playwright, model, and performer, Tonia is a soon to be triple kidney transplant recipient and rare and chronic disease patient advocate and national motivational speaker. She attended Niagara University for her BFA in theatre performance, and Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied movement under Fight Master David Leong and Certified Teacher and Fight Director, Aaron Anderson, and earned her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities Available at GRSF

Road Scholars

Come spend 4 days living and learning at GRSF alongside an engaging group of fellow students from across the country, in conjunction with Winona State University and the Road Scholar (previously Elderhostel) program. See the plays and then enhance your theater experience by discussing the production approach and exploring the plays with directors, designers and actors from the GRSF company. The expertise, enthusiasm and energy of the instructors will add greatly to your enjoyment of the program. Information about the 2017 Road Scholar Program will be available soon.

Click here for more information on the Road Scholar program.

Great River Collegium

The Great River Collegium focuses on the plays of William Shakespeare being produced by the Great River Shakespeare Festival the upcoming season. By definition, a collegium is a group of peers, each member holding an equal position within the group. The Socratic model we follow in our studies reflects these values. We utilize an expert Shakespearian scholar as leader/teacher for our discussions in seminar course settings. Our collegium scholar is Dr. H. Patrick Costello. [Professor Emeritus, St. Mary’s University] Great River Collegium courses are based on best practices for adult learning. Each course consists of five sessions on the five acts of the play over a five week period. Each weekly session covers one act. The collegium runs for total of fifteen weeks in late winter and spring and covers all three GRSF plays. Members donate $75 for the fifteen week sessions. This donation supports an honorarium for the leading scholar and any extra monies raised support apprentice and young actors scholarships. If you are interested in more information, contact the Great River Collegium administrator at phflick@hbci.com.

Group Visits

Northfield Senior Center

Join GRSF fans from Northfield for a preview of the season from GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson at the Northfield Senior Center on June 8th at 1pm.

Visit www.northfieldseniorcenter.org to learn more about bus trips from Northfield that include tickets to the productions and dinner with the cast in Winona.

Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement

Visit www.cvlr.org to learn more about bus trips from Eau Claire and Menomonie.

City of La Crosse

Begin with a preview of the season from GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson in La Crosse, end with a bus trip to see the productions. Click here to learn more, or contact Marilyn Burkhart at burkhartm@cityoflacrosse.org.

Do you have a group you’d like to bring to the Festival? Click here to learn how to schedule a custom experience for your group!

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