Forum on Educational Theatre Preview #3

Preparations for the Forum on Educational Theatre April 21-24, 2016 are well underway. To register, click here.

As we gear up for the event, we will post descriptions of some of the presentations–one of which appears below:

Performance: Feeling Blue; Empathy through Clowning

This hands-on workshop will interrogate notions of empathy production created by an ensemble of Blue School students in their devised clown show, Feeling Blue. Throughout the creation of this project, 15 ensemble members in grades 3-6 were challenged to create the physicalities of a multi-modal dramatic world in response to problems, images, sounds and imaginative impulses. Initiated by work in role as professional clowns, led by the internationally renowned Tinsel, ensemble members created a world of dramatic play and dynamic play production with high stakes and even higher absurdity.

This workshop will connect curious adults with child clowns from Blue School in a rehearsal environment facilitated by the director and assistant director of Feeling Blue. Facilitators will share rehearsal techniques as well as the multi-dimensional possibilities of facilitating a rehearsal process in role. These strategies will be deployed to offer insight into possible tools for empathy construction, identity interrogation and play production. As a result, participants will collaborate in forming and manipulating techniques for: devising theatre with children, developing social-emotional complexities and awareness through rehearsal and performance, forming a rigorous aesthetic practice in education, and deconstructing popular notions of the possible within drama and education.

Clare Hammoor is a theatre practitioner who teaches and collaborates with folks in private schools, public spaces and prisons. Clare is the Dramatic Arts Specialist for the Primary and Middle programs at Blue School and holds a B.A from Indiana University in Theater & Drama and Religious Studies and a M.A. from NYU in Educational Theatre. clarehammoor.com

Mariangela Lopez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, has been teaching movement and dance since 1999. She has built an extensive experience teaching in communities from Pre K-12 in public schools to domestic violence, youth at risk and AIDS organizations. Previously, Mariangela was the Coordinator of the Adventures in Dance Program at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance. She was the Associate Director of Community Programs for Gina Gibney Dance and she was a faculty member at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. Mariangela holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory (1999), a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies (2001) and Certified teacher from Dance Education from Dance Education Laboratory (2009).