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"Reach Out Dramatically" This is a
new workshop fundraising series for my work with Third World Awareness.
It is a way of bringing dramatic arts workshops to your students while they
reach out to help fellow students in developing countries.
Commedia Dell' Arte
Life Skills Classes
Masks for sale and available to Teachers
My teaching style and goal is
to awaken creativity and self-confidence within the individual student. To this
end my interest lies within the creative process and not necessarily a finished,
polished product at the end of the project. I strive to show the student the
potential that already exists inside them.
Young people look outside
themselves for confidence and assurance. This comes from a lack of confidence in
their own abilities and the environment of peer pressure that young people find
hard to resist. This is especially highlighted with something skill oriented
such as mime or mask work. However despite the fact that mime and physical expression is
skill oriented, it is also a very personal expression and it is this aspect of
the art that provides a perfect vehicle for my teaching style. It is important
that students realize and discover their own personal rhythm and therefore their
own unique performing style.
Mime is perpetually stuck
inside the stereotypical white-face guy stuck in a box. The common misconception
is that mime is solely the techniques. The truth is that the techniques are only
tools and therefore only the beginning. Mime is expression. I place my emphasis
on the creative process of developing ideas and images because again, the common
misconception is that most mime themes are superficial sketches designed to
showcase mime techniques.
I want the students to
discover and reveal the stories and images that lie inside themselves, their own
personal creations. In my nineteen years of teaching, students have shown me
that young people desire and respond to challenge. My approach to them is the
same as my approach to the professional classes I teach.
The challenge in the creative
process is the writing and choreographing of their mime pieces. This is often a
complicated series of discussing, editing and associating images that don't
appear to have a common link and it is for this reason that I reassure the
students by making the performance on the last day a work in progress. This
removes the pressure they place on themselves of having to accomplish a finished
performance, which time and not possibility usually prevents.
The creative process and
their individual contributions are both the challenge and the accomplishment.