Presented by: Gilford Performing Arts - at all 3 workshop sessions - Rm 159

Tech Oympics: Test your skills against the clock just like in any scene change and maybe learn some new skills in this tech obstacle course. The fasted from each workshop sessions will compete for the gold on stage at the closing ceremony.

Presented by: Production Advantage - Thursday, 4:25pm

Lighting with LEDs - in room 165/shop - The name says it all with live demos.

This workshop runs at some times outside of the timeframe of the other workshops.

  • Thursday during dinner: 5:30-6:00p & 6:10-6:40p
  • Friday morning: 9-10A
  • Friday during lunch: 12:40-1:10p & 1:15-1:45p

Workshops by: The University of New Hampshire - Friday, 1:45pm

Solving the problem of providing those special properties - In this workshop we will discuss the options available to us to solve the demands required by Properties on any given play. How do you create the mice for the "Nutcracker", or duel in "Annie Get Your Gun". We will discuss the various options available in order to provide the director with all the properties they require for any given production. - David Ramsey, Design/Technology Professor

Bootcamp for Singers - In this workshop, Melissa Manseau, Voice Instructor for the Musical Theater program at UNH, will dive into exercises, stretches, warm ups, anatomy of the body and voice, and decipher common terminology such as “Belt”, “Mix”, and “Legit” singing to promote vocal health and development. Students are encouraged to record the workshop for future practice. Also, wear comfortable clothing as some light movement is involved. - Melissa Manseau, Musical Theatre Voice Professor

Ballet for Actors - No matter what type of show they are putting on, actors use movement in it! For beginner students, this class introduces the fundamental principles of acting in ballet. By working through the traditional elements of a basic ballet class, students will be learning about the concepts of controlling your instrument, and acting with a purpose. Dance Attire: Clothing in which you feel comfortable moving. - Assaf Benchitrit, Dance Professor

Musical Theatre Dance - This fun musical theatre style dance class will introduce students to picking up choreography while focusing on having fun; moving and developing performance and audition skills. - Mary Beth Marino, Dance Professor

Making Puppets Come Alive! - Puppets are used in many different forms for a variety of High School, College, and Community musicals, including Avenue Q, Little Mermaid, Seussical, and Shrek. A basic knowledge of some simple manipulation skills will help you transform the inanimate puppet prop into an expressive and captivating character for your next performance with puppets. We will use hand-and-rod puppets to explore techniques for mouth and body movements and then use these new skills for creating a character with it's own unique voice! Also, you will build your own simple character to take with you, so that you can practice your new skills at home! - Carol Fisher, Puppet Master/Theatre for Youth Professor

The Artist Within the Actor - An exploration of Michael Chekhov’s creative individuality for actors. Discover the uniqueness of your imagination and what you can bring to your craft. - Aimee Blesing, Acting Professor

Working for the Mouse - Learn what it's like to work for the one and only Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney World. An alumni of the Disney College Program has the ins and outs of working in Disney Entertainment and will tell you how you can also make magic! - Morgan Simmons (Theatre Education major)

Hand-to-Hand Stage Combat - In many theatrical productions, be it comedy or tragedy, violence is often used in telling the story. In this workshop, students will have an opportunity to learn how to depict hand to hand combat in a safe way. Students will need to dress in non-restrictive clothing that allows them as much movement as possible. - Liam Tanner (Acting Major)

Improve Your Improv - This workshop is designed to help students hone their improvisational acting skills in both comedic and dramatic settings. We will play games not only to develop quick thinking and truthful storytelling, but also to have fun! - Zach Speigel (Acting major)

Developing Social Justice Theatre - This workshop will teach students techniques and strategies, such as Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, useful for developing original social justice theatre. - Ryan Lemay (Acting Major) Isabelle Beagen (General Theatre major)

Presented by: Keene State College - Friday, 6pm

Costumes - Clothes make the Character: Clothing can say a lot about a person and even more for someone on the stage playing a role. How do Costume Shops do it? How do they find the right look for a character? See how we can take a few ideas from a script and give it Dimension and personality. Come see How Clothes make the Character!

Modern Movement Dance Class - Discover Modern dance through full body movements. Let’s explore the relationship between story, the body, and the environment around you. All levels are welcome! Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. - Amanda Untracht, Alpha Psi Honors Society Student

Workshop: How To Think Like A Director - In this workshop, actors have the opportunity to step into the role of the director and see what it’s like on the other side of the table! Through collaborative scene work, students will learn how to give (and take) direction fearlessly, how to communicate effectively and professionally in a rehearsal setting, and how to foster a collaborative rehearsal environment where everyone’s voice gets heard. This is a great workshop for aspiring actors and directors alike!! - Heather Hunt, Alpha Psi Omega Honors Society Student

Storytelling Through Puppetry - Students will be taken on the journey of the creation of a puppet play from the initial idea through its realization. As part of the workshop, each participant will learn how to design with their own shadow puppet character. - Celine Perron, Professor of Design/Technical

Audition Technique - The emphasis of this workshop will be geared on feeling fully prepared for any audition. Topics of discussion will be choosing appropriate audition material with focus on where and what to look for, headshot/resume building, and audition formats. From the moment you walk into the room to your exit, what impression should and do you leave? Some students may be asked to perform material in a mock audition format for instant feedback. Please prepare one minute monologue OR a 16-32 bar cut of a musical selection and come dressed to impress! - Kirstin Riegler, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, Acting/Musical Theatre

No mistakes, only unexpected results- an intro to improv 101 - “We’ll be unpacking some basic and essential skills of improvisation through collaborative and hands on exercises. Get ready to explore the great depths of how to ‘figure it out as you go!’. All you have to do is say YES, and you’re halfway there!” - Dominique Pascoal, President of 3 Ways to Sunday, KSC’s Improv Team

Voice Workshop. How about “Can You Hear Me Now? Supporting your voice to the back row of the house.” - PeggyRae Johnson - Adjunct Faculty

Why Study Theatre? Or, What Do I Do with a Theatre Degree? - We all know how much fun participating in theatre can be. If you've thought about continuing your studies in theatre once you leave high school, this workshop will cover types of college/university training programs, skills you may not realize you will gain in your studies, and why employers in other fields (as well as producing theatres) might be interested in you once you have your diploma in hand.

Your Intentional Acting Accidents - Focusing on text analysis, specificity in characterization, and imagination to create engaging and honest performances. And insight into the utilization of performance fundamentals and theories to begin developing a personalized approach to acting. - William Howell

Lighting Design Process for Dance: Frutopian Vision - The lighting design process for theatre is extensive, and covers many areas designers must consider. Dance is a dynamic art form like no other that requires a somewhat different on ramp for the lighting designer. For starters, there’s no script! In this presentation I will share with you my process, and work from KSC's Evening of Dance concert. Hope to see you there! - Craig Lindsay - Technical Director

Presented by: Plymouth State University - Thursday, 4:25pm

Improvisation Workshop- Theatre improvisation led by a member of PSU’s Plymouth Players and PlymProv (Jeanmarie Lapointe)

Stage Management: The Ins and Outs- Find out what a stage manager does and what it takes to be one. (Madison D’Urbino)

How to Read a Light Plot: What You Need to Know- Most people in the theatre have no idea how to do this. It’s a great thing to know and essential if you’re going to work in lighting in any way. (Nathaniel Vinson)

Projections as a Scenic Design Tool- The use of animated projections has become standard in the industry. Here’s a workshop focusing on this cutting-edge design element. (Matt Kizer)

Dynamic of Dialects: If you’re cast in a show where you have to perform a dialect with accuracy, can you do it? Learn how to work the muscles that help ensure your Irish, British, and Southern dialects do what they need to do. (Nicole Morris)

Basic Costume Design: Students will have a brief overview of the Elements of Costume Design followed by an opportunity to create a costume design of their own. (Danee Grillo and Ariel Couture)

100 Ways to Rehearse a Scene- The perfect workshop for budding directors and actors; in this workshop we will explore some unique rehearsal techniques that will shake things up and have the actors and director discovering new layers to the work. (Jessie Chapman)

Inside Out: Finding the Heartbeat When Directing a Musical- This workshop will cover basic techniques and approaches to directing a musical. We will explore how to immerse yourself in the world of the play and map out how to approach directing a musical. A focus will be made on “block-ography”: the art of staging a musical number, working with actor-singers, and tips and tricks for collaborating with others. (Fran Page)

From Page to Stage: The Director’s Process- The director is that member of the production team who starts off as a vitally important individual and then, if all goes well, becomes completely superfluous by opening night. It’s a strange journey. Participants in this workshop will go on a rapid journey through the director’s process: from script analysis and a director’s prep work, meetings with designers and other production team members, and multiple phases of rehearsal, including technical and dress rehearsals. (Tim L’ Ecuyer)

Creating Everything from Something: A Short Devised-Play Festival- The group will be divided into theatre companies, and each company will be given the challenge of creating a one- to two-minute production using the same elements and the same process. Ready? (Paul Mroczka)