Youth Education

UPDATE:

GRSF Education Classes & COVID-19

To our community of students and supporters of our education programs:

As always, we want to start by saying thank you to all of you for your interest, patience, and continued support. Education has always been at the core of what GRSF does and we are so grateful to be able to move forward with our youth programs this summer.

As previously announced, we will be running our youth programs, including Will’s Creative Dramatics, Will’s Power Players, Shakespeare for Young Actors, Shakespeare for Young Designers, and Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers. Will’s Creative Drama and Will’s Power Players will run as scheduled. SYA, SYD, and SYF will now run Monday – Friday from 11am – 4pm with occasional individual coaching sessions from 4 – 5pm.

Each program will stream fully online via Zoom. We are hoping to be able to offer in-person opportunities as well, if and when it is possible to do so. However, all classes will continue to be offered online for students unable, for any reason, to meet in person. We will continue to adhere to the advice and guidelines of the CDC, HHS, and WHO as well as local Winona partners. We are developing experiences that will limit screen time and allow for real world exploration, creativity, and play without sacrificing the value of our programming.

Adjusting to new circumstances means that this will be a season like no other. Rather than limiting ourselves to what we have done in the past, we will be creating new versions of our programs; tackling familiar subjects in inventive ways, exploring a greater range of skills and techniques, and collaborating between disciplines to create a unique work of art combining Shakespeare performance, design, and film.

“Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement“ – Joseph Campbell

We know our students are coming off the end of a trying school year. Art is often a vessel through which we can process and understand complicated feelings. Artists respond to the chaos and confusion that exists in the world by using their experiences to create something beautiful. We want to encourage a sense of play, experimentation, and ease while challenging our students to rise to the occasion. This summer will demand innovation from all of us. We believe that we should fully embrace that this summer will be like no other. If we can do that, we may all surprise ourselves with the work we create.

Scroll down for more details or to register for classes. Please contact Jenn Oswald at education@grsf.org with any questions or concerns.Stay safe and be well,

Jenn Oswald | Director of Education

Tarah Flanagan | Associate Artistic Director

SHAKESPEARE FOR ALL AGES

Youth Education at GRSF

GRSF provides extensive formal training programs for a wide variety of ages. Our focus is not only on theater production but on the development of human character. At GRSF, we believe that part of becoming a great artist is becoming a great person. We are a company of artists, and we are part of a community. We value respect, empathy, and compassion every bit as much as we value excellence, authenticity, and innovation.

All of GRSF’s education programs are supported by a grant from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

Summer Programs for Grade School Students

All programs will stream fully online via Zoom. Students will play fun and interactive theater games using their voices, bodies, and imaginations – virtually. Kacie will teach relaxation techniques, vocal and physical warm ups, and basic acting skills using Shakespeare’s language, poetry, fairy & folk tales, and classic literature. Students will create monologues that express their own complicated feelings by imaging themselves in the circumstance of well-known characters in Children’s Literature. For example: How did Rapunzel feel up in the tower? How did the Frog feel when he could not communicate using language? How did Dorothy feel being stuck in Oz? and many more. Students will be given prompts as homework, and then in class and individual coaching sessions we will work to channel our own feelings into the character’s journey. There will also be some simple homework assignments. Class will work together to share, improve and even trade monologues for our end-of-week performance.

Will’s Creative Drama (Age 4 – 2nd Grade)

June 29 – July 3: 9am to 12pm with a final showcase for families Friday at 11:30am

Tuition: $150/student

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Will’s Power Players (Grades 3-6)

Class runs July 6-10th and 13-17th 10:00am-12:30pm and 1:15pm-3:00pm with individual coaching from 3-4pm as scheduled by instructor with a final showcase for families on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $195

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About the Instructor

Kacie Mixon has taught dramatics for young people for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University, and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Montclair State University. She served as Education Coordinator at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has taught and mentored young actors at ASF, George Street Playhouse, the Omega Institute, Princeton Montessori, and with her husband, GRSF actor Chris Mixon, created the Creative Dramatics for Homeschoolers program in Montgomery, Alabama. Kacie teaches literacy and runs an afterschool program which incorporates theater for at-risk students in Newark, NJ. Her son Jackson is a young actor in GRSF’s SYA program.

Summer Programs for Middle and High School Students

These programs are for students who have completed 6th-12th grade to grow as young artists and learn new skills while engaging with professional company members. Acting students learn to approach Shakespeare’s text the same way our professional actors do: applying principles of scansion, acting technique, and text analysis. Design students work alongside professionals to develop their own approach to sets, costumes, and lighting. Film students will take part in the creation of a fully-produced short film, acting as a director, camera operator, sound/lighting technicians, and other on-set duties. On July 26th, the community will be invited to see a showcase of the work created by our students.

Shakespeare for Young Actors

SYA students will focus on basic principles of acting, scansion, text analysis, acting Shakespeare for the camera, basic video lighting/composition, and virtual improv. This class culminates in a final video presentation on August 2nd.

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Shakespeare for Young Designers

SYD students study the fundamentals of theatrical design as well as exploring Art Direction and Wardrobe Styling for the camera. This class culminates in a final video presentation on August 2nd.  

Shakespeare for Young Filmmakers

SYF students will gain experience as screenwriters, directors, camera operators, and sound/lighting technicians, while collaborating with actors and designers. This class culminates in a final video presentation on August 2nd.

Summer Youth Classes are made possible with the support of Dan & Pat Rukavina