Introducing the Adult Theater Workshops!
Starting October 2012
Workshops are for ages 17 and up and will be held in the DAC Studio. The cost is $30 for one class, $25 each for two, $20 each for three or more.
Call Theresa Carson at (970) 259-2606 for registration and further information.
Acting: Making the Scene Come Alive, October 6, 10 a.m.–noon with instructor Mona Wood-Patterson. Whether you are a seasoned actor, a beginner or somewhere in between, you will love this chance to hone your skills! Mona has directed over 100 productions. As the theater director at Durango High School for more than 20 years, Mona was the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Colorado Theater Teacher of the Year, Fort Lewis College Distinguished Alumnus and BP’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Mona was inducted into the Colorado State Thespian Hall of Fame.
Halloween Makeup: from Angel to Zombie, October 6, 1–3 p.m. with instructor Charles Ford. Create wild and weird makeup designs. Bring your Halloween spirit of fun and unleash your creativity on someone’s face. Charles is a master backstage technician. During his career as Durango High School’s technical director and designer, Charles was the recipient of several awards, including the Durango Foundation of Educational Excellence’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Technical Theatre Award.
Belting out Broadway, October 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with instructor Jenny Fitts-Reynolds. Do you want just that one chance to sing some of those old and new Broadway classics in a safe, fun-filled, non-judgmental environment? Then this workshop is for you! Jenny is a local director and actress with an MFA in Musical Theater. She directs for the Henry Strater Theatre and recently performed in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at DAC with Merely Players.
Dancing through Broadway, October 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with instructor Suzy DiSanto. Now it’s time to dance to those old and new Broadway classics. Learn short sequences to your favorite tunes. Suzy has taught for 14 years in the Four Corners area and has choreographed for 3rd Ave Dance Company, the FLC Theater Department, the Diamond Circle Melodrama, Snowdown Follies, DPAC and Sandstone Productions.
For the Love of Shakespeare, October 27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with instructor Mollie Fiddler. Experience the beauty and urgency of Shakespeare’s text. All levels of experience can explore heightened language using a few select speeches and soliloquies. Mollie is a director, actor and teacher and has performed in theaters throughout the United States and Europe. She has worked on faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver, Columbia University, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids and Durango High School.
Improvisation Games, November 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with instructor Geoff Johnson. Discover and hone your quick wit and exercise that funny bone with Durango Dot Comedy member Geoff. Play games and learn the basic rules of improv. Geoff is a local actor, and you may have seen him in productions at DAC, including Professor Bhaer in Little Women, Thurston Wheelis in Greater Tuna and Dasher in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.
Playwrighting, November 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with instructor Dinah Swan, PhD. Learn the principles that guide all drama regardless of length or genre. Through in-workshop exercises, writers will develop a script. Workable ideas for a play will be explored in optional pre-workshop/emailed consultations with Dr. Swan. Retired professor of theater and writing, Dr. Dinah Swan has authored two dozen plays—all produced, with nine winning national awards. Her teaching is enhanced by 26 years of college teaching experience not only in play and screen writing but also in acting, dance, directing and dramatic literature.