On Thursday, November 14th cast members from Anything Goes visited Travelers Rest High School to conduct an intensive, 4-hour workshop with 55 theatre students, taking the students through the process of building a Broadway production.
With instruction from the cast of Anything Goes, students explored how acting, directing, sets, lighting and costumes contribute to the overall meaning of a piece of theatre. Beginning with a traditional “Meet and Greet," students introduce themselves in their respective roles (set design, costumes, lighting and sound, stage managers, director, actors, and even marketing staff!) and then make creative choices as they move through text analysis, design concept meetings and rehearsals. The workshop will culminate with the teams presenting their unique interpretations of a scene from Anything Goes.
The Broadway League Announces 2013 National Education Grant Recipients
Programs support Arts-in-Education and Audience Development
The Broadway League is proud to announce the recipients of its eighteenth annual National Education and Community Engagement Grants. These grants support inspired and inventive programs for a wide range of participants to experience and understand Broadway performances as a form of artistic expression and a powerful educational tool.
Touring Broadway shows represented in this year’s grant recipient list include: Blue Man Group, Chicago, Million Dollar Quartet, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Phantom of the Opera, Porgy and Bess, War Horse, and Wicked. This year’s grant recipients are from the following cities: Appleton, WI; Baltimore, MD; Buffalo, NY; Dayton, OH; Greenville, SC; Indianapolis, IN; New Haven, CT; Rochester, NY; Sarasota, FL; and Tempe, AZ.
“We applaud our member organizations’ dedication to teaching impressionable young minds inclusivity, self-worth, literacy skills, creative writing, history, and more through the magic of Broadway,” commented Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Lessons learned through theatre not only educate students about the world at large, but an introduction to live theatre creates a lifelong habit of theatre-going."
Since it was founded in 1996, the Broadway League’s National Education and Community Engagement Grants program has awarded $900,000 in grants to support the education efforts of Broadway presenting organizations. The League administers this program with generous additional financial support from Theatre Development Fund.
Peace Center for Performing Arts – Greenville, SC
The Peace Center will partner with Berea High School to present “From the Palmetto State to Broadway: Uncovering SC Roots through Porgy and Bess.” Berea High recently received recognition as a U.S. News Best High School, excelling despite the fact that the school is economically disadvantaged. The Peace Center will work with both theatre and English students at Berea in educational activities that use poetry writing and drama strategies as a vehicle for students to connect to their own personal roots, demonstrate how those journeys relate to South Carolina’s history and discover how Porgy and Bess itself played such a pivotal role in unlocking cultural and social paths for the state and for the nation.
On December 18th, a group of Woodmont students met with nationally acclaimed poet Glenis Redmond as part of the Peace Center's Peace Voices program. These students are writing and sharing original poems, and they are working with Glenis to prepare to share their work publicly at the Peace Center on January 8th.
For more information or for tickets to this student performance: http://www.peacecenter.org/pop/2013/pv_jan8
The Peace Center is pleased to announce that the Center has engaged its first Artist-in-Residence, nationally acclaimed poet Glenis Redmond, who will be joining the Education team to build Peace Voices, a program to foster creative expression through writing and performing poetry throughout our community.
Glenis is a Greenville native who has toured the globe for the past 20 years presenting poetry in performances for audiences that span from pre-schools to prisons. She has worked in various capacities with the Peace Center for many of those years, and we are thrilled to have her join our staff to engage the community in such a special way.
Through our work with Glenis, the Peace Center will extend its outreach in working with both students and adults through events at the Center, working in schools and Master Class opportunities with Glenis.
Peace Voices provides students and adults the opportunity to find their own poetic voice through connecting with their unique personal histories. Much of this work is detailed in or Peace Voices Keynotes.
For more information about Peace Voices, contact Staci Koonce at 864.679.9203.
Each year, the Peace Center's Education and Outreach Department recognizes a local teacher who shares in our values of keeping the arts and creativity alive for students of all ages. No matter the subject, performing and visual arts can be powerful teaching tools. When material is presented in creative ways, students make meaningful connections to the curriculum and become actively engaged learners and thinkers. The recipient of the annual Peace Outreach Program (POP!) Teacher of the Year is committed to keeping imagination alive in his or her classroom by experiencing and advocating for the performing arts and arts education.
The Peace Center is proud to award this year's POP! Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013 to Miss Jillian Grimsley, fifth grade teacher at Stone Academy of Communication Arts. Jillian has been an active participant over the past three years in the Peace Center's professional development programs for teachers, where educators train with professional artists in practical, effective strategies for integrating drama, poetry, dance, visual art and music into teaching all subject areas. Jillian has mastered these strategies and continuously inspires her students through engaging the arts in her classroom, inviting artists to join her for residency work and encouraging the creative process with her students.Miss Grimsley is a most deserving candidate for this year's POP! Teacher of the Year.
James Braly is a talented writer and performer and the author of the monologue "Life in a Marital Institution," presented at the Peace Center on Saturday, January 14th. While in Greenville, Mr. Braly also conducted a Storytelling Workshop, allowing participants to work with him to craft their own personal experiences into interesting, entertaining stories.
James Braly has been featured on NPR's This American Life and referred to by The New York Times as “never less than excellent.” Our Storytelling Workshop Sunday was surely that! Mr. Braly created such an environment of honesty where participants could speak freely about themselves to one another while feeling completely comfortable sharing stories with strangers.
This was truly a special experience with this artist. Learn more about James Braly and "Life in a Marital Institution" here.
The Peace Center will partner with AJ Whittenberg Elementary School of Science and Engineering to present "Fairydust or Physics? The Peter Pan Project." This program will benefit some 40 students from AJ Whittenberg - South Carolina's first elementary school dedicated to a curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will be introduced to the Peter Pan story in class and learning music in their music classes. They will then learn basic engineering principles that demonstrate how engineering elements like pulleys, counterweights and levers are used in theatre. The project culminates in November 2011, with participants attending a Peter Pan performance.
For the full press release from The Broadway League, click here.
Beth Radford is an Arts Integration Specialist at Pine Street Elementary School in Spartanburg, SC. She has over 10 years experience working with students of diverse backgrounds and has spent many years integrating arts into her classroom. Named Teacher of the Year…TWICE, Beth has the unique experience of directing workshops and mentoring teachers on their journey of incorporating drama into the curriculum.
On Tuesday, September 27th, Beth visited with both Mountain View and Monaview Elementary Schools. She worked with 15 teachers, and a total of 59 students. Beth demonstrated how to build a cooperative learning environment from DAY 1 and how to build those “muscles” throughout the year! She proved that students are able to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior through the four activities that make up Acting Right:
In Ms. Kull’s 2nd grade class and Ms. Dennison’s 3rd grade class, Beth began by showing the students how to use the same “tools” that an actor might use to remain calm, focused, balanced and prepared to learn. She conducted activities in voice, focus and cooperation, moving on to engaging the students in games of concentration and team work. Each game asked students to group with peers based on math and/or geography concepts, for example, “by the time I count to 3, each of you will be in a group less then or equal to 3.” Math vocabulary such as “greater than, less than, equal to, even, odd, increase, and decrease” was used. “By the time I count to 5, you should be in a group less than 4”. Other subject integration with Geography would sound like, “by the time I count to 3, you should be in a group with the same number of continents we have on Earth.”
In Ms. Schubert’s 3rd grade class, Beth demonstrated group challenges, with each group working together to create, using their Actor Tools, objects representative of the content they are studying in class.
The pictures below represent the residency work throughout the day.
Karen Erickson has been a Professional Teaching Artist for more than 20 years. As Executive Director of Creative Directions, she trains artists and teachers in drama education, curriculum planning, arts integration, and assessment development.
Last week; Karen visited 4 different schools and worked with 61 teachers and a total of 130 students. IDEA teachers welcomed Mrs. Erickson into their classrooms to experience how Drama can be integrated into any subject. Students learned about how their body, mind, and voice can be used during a lesson. They also learned Drama terms such as concentration, imagination, collaboration, cooperation, and transformation.
On a visit to Skyland Elementary, working with Ms. Server's Kindergarten class (picture below), Karen demonstrated what concentration looked like by "acting out" the motion and transformation of picking up a cat, petting it, and then letting it go. Karen then followed up with questions such as "How big was my cat?" and "Was it a friendly cat?" She then gave the students the opportunity to try this themselves and to use their own imaginations. She asked them to use their minds and bodies to keep full concentration. Suddenly, the whole room transformed into cat owners!
Karen moved forward with a lesson about Randolph the Bear. It is a story about a bear in his habitat and the objects and animals he comes across along his daily journey. Karen narrated the story and as she encountered various settings, students used their bodies to create it. For example: Randolph came across a lake with lots of fish! (picture #3 illustrates). Each student was able to create the story with their mind and body. The whole class was able to collaborate and remain focused as the story unfolded. It was a sight to see...and who knew that Reading, Science, and Drama would work so well together in a lesson!