Below is a description of our Artist in Residency Program. Educators, we would love to infuse your classroom with the power of theatre! Call Jessie at 587-0737 for more info, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During our 2016-2017 season we visited more than 75 classrooms and youth groups and more than 800 students took part in our Artist in Residency program. Most of the students involved enjoy our Improvisation to Storytelling workshops which teach the basics of comedy improv including: acceptance of others ideas in a scene, addition of one's own ideas into a scene, and character and scene development. Because nothing is planned in improvisation, the children are expanding their imagination and creativity, a useful tool in many areas — especially creative storytelling! In fact, the students will create a story together off the tops of their heads! Thinking on your feet also encourages the students to trust their instincts and to trust themselves, a lesson which is greater than any arts education. After a few days with a class, we often hear from teachers how surprised they are by certain students who have "come out of their shell!"
Other classrooms ask Verge to help direct and facilitate their class play. Teachers do a great job of this on their own, but many haven't had any formal training in theatre. With a Verge Theater professional at the helm, the students' notion of theatre broadens. They are taught how to create a character, add subtext to their lines, work the areas of the stage, project their voice as to be heard and stand as to be seen... things we as viewers take for granted when watching a performance. In this setting, our director gets to work with kids for a much longer period of time and the progress they make with character development, confidence and theatrical instinct can astound.
At Verge Theater, we pride ourselves on all of our acting programs. Through a positive learning environment, we hope to excite young people about the arts while building self-esteem and confidence. This enables them to find their true calling in life, no matter what that might be!