(Shenandoah) – Aspiring young actors will have the opportunity to learn from a pair of industry professionals.
From August 1-5, the Southwest Iowa Theater Group is hosting a Physical Theater Workshop. Students will learn various techniques during the program and will be able to present everything they have learned through original scenes. Iris Seaman is a teaching and performing artist in Philadelphia and will be one of the workshop instructors. She says they have prepared a full lineup for the coming days.
“We’re going to do improv scenes,” Seaman said. “So we will create scenes together, do games and activities. What is so exciting is that the students can create it themselves. In the workshop, we will be able to refine a few of these pieces So in the end, when parents, family and friends come, I hope they see something really delicious.”
The physical theater workshop aims to expose students to another form of performance art. Instead of working with a set script, actors are encouraged to move around and interact to create their own scenes. Devin Preston – an artist and workshop instructor – says they really want to develop children’s abilities to think outside the box.
“It’s an actor-based form of creation, so the actors really have a lot of influence over what they’re playing,” Preston said. “We love teaching this to kids because it gives them a kind of different mode of doing performance.”
Students in grades 6 to 12 will be able to participate in the workshop. They will be divided into two groups consisting of grades 6-8 and 9-12. With so many young students joining theater and productions, SWITG Board Chair Julie Murren says it’s exciting to be able to provide them with additional opportunities to shine.
“It’s pretty cool to offer such an opportunity, and so we are very grateful to Paul [Seaman] and drink [Jones] who approached our board a few months ago and said they would like to bring those experiences to Shenandoah,” Murren said.
Each session is open to 15 students each. The cost of registration is $120 per student, with a reduced rate of $50 per student for those in the same family. For more information on SWITG’s Physical Theater Workshop, call 712-204-0974. You can listen to the full interview below.