While National Players is unable to visit communities in person during the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to announce we are offering live virtual workshops to schools and educational groups online over Zoom for all ages, from young children to seniors. During this time when students are unable to engage with one another in person, we want to make theatre education as accessible as possible. Each member of the National Players’ team is a skilled teaching artist and can cater the workshop to the ages, skill levels, and abilities of the students. Along with these workshops, we have video footage available from performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It available to complement the learning experience. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in scheduling a workshop.
Virtual workshops are scheduled in advance at a mutually convenient time to be held live. We recommend class sizes no more than 25 students lasting a minimum of 45 minutes. Free for public schools. For all other schools and educational groups, fees begin at $10/student in each group.
MAKING SHAKESPEARE YOUR OWN
Shakespeare isn’t intimidating when it’s taught by the National Players. The characters and themes of his plays are relevant even in modern situations. See Shakespeare through new eyes with this engaging class that is a combination of text study, discussion, and performance practice.
MONOLOGUE AND SCENE COACHING
Have a big audition coming up, or just building your book to have more material at your fingertips? Acting in a scene, but can’t quite get it to work? The National Players team is here to help in this masterclass, where you’ll get individual attention while learning from watching others be coached. Participants should come with a monologue or scene of their choosing ready to work on.
TEXT IN CONTEXT
A great compliment to students studying A Raisin in the Sun, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or As You Like It. Learn from theatre professionals themselves and get an inside look at the production process. Students can discuss the play’s characters and themes, as well as why these classics still matter with guidance from the National Players. We will send ahead the script of A Raisin in the Sun, or video footage from performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or As You Like It for students to study prior to this workshop.
WORD TO ACTION: PLAYWRITING
Everyone has a story to tell, and writing a play is a great way to share yours. Be inspired to use your voice with guidance from the National Players while learning what makes plays unique. This class is a great option for beginners exploring the elements of story all the way to the next up and coming playwrights interested in taking their writing to the next level.
The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Olney Theatre Center is one of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools and conduct related educational activities for students.