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Classes and Camps

The Creative Team: Workshop Series

02/09/2024


Raleigh Little Theatre is excited to announce a workshop series for aspiring directors, stage managers, and designers sponsored by Spark the Arts. We recognize that the Theatre Arts need to provide more training, access, and experience to traditionally marginalized groups of people. The purpose of this series is to offer educational and practical experiences in the areas of Directing, Stage Management, and Theatrical Design to people who have not been historically represented in theatre training.

RLT’s goal is to continue to promote stories and productions which capture the global majority (BIPOC) and the LGBTQIA+ communities’ voices, celebrations, and experiences. These workshops support our commitment to this goal. Each of the three series (Directing, Stage Management, & Theatrical Design) will consist of six sessions and will be taught by some of the area’s most talented theatre professionals.

Participants

The aim of these workshops is to provide training to adults (18+) of the global majority (BIPOC) and the LGBTQIA+ communities. While these communities will be the primary focus of recruitment efforts, all people will be invited to participate. Each series is capped at 25 participants.

Cost

These workshops will be free of charge for all participants. In addition, all participants will be provided a $100 stipend to cover costs associated with participating in the program.

How to Register

If you are interested in participating in one or more of the workshops, please click the link below:

BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals are given priority in registration. 

The deadline to register is Friday, February 23, at 5:00pm. 

If you have any questions, please email Education@nullRaleighLittleTheatre.org 

Workshop Outline & Dates

Directing

with Lormarev Jones

Each two-hour workshop will take place in person at Raleigh Little Theatre on the Sundays noted below from 1:00-3:00pm. 

Workshop 1: The Role of the Director (March 3)
Participants will examine the role of the director in a theatrical production and practice putting this role into action. We will talk about community through a justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion lens and will create our community agreements.

Workshop 2: Bodies and Space (March 10)
In this workshop, participants will explore the various types of theatre spaces and look at how performers’ bodies and the use of space can have a psychological impact on audiences, as well as  how to demonstrate power, focus, and relationship through dynamic composition.

Workshop 3: Script Analysis (March 24) 
This session will focus on how a director interacts with a script in order to successfully communicate the story to their creative team, performers, and audiences.

Workshop 4: Auditions, The Casting Process, and Collaborating with Actors (April 7)
This session covers the audition and casting process from writing audition announcements, planning your audition time and to how to lead successful auditions in order to find a strong cast. This session will also explore tools for building positive relationships with actors, creating brave and antiracist spaces for the vulnerable work of creating a play, and inspiring great performances.

Workshop 5: How Creating Successful Ground Plans Lead to Successful Blocking (April 14)
Participants will be introduced to the importance of creating dynamic ground plans and how they inspire blocking that successfully communicates a story. 

Workshop 6: Collaborating with Stage Managers (April 21) in the Sutton Theatre
The culmination of the series, invited Stage Managers will visit to investigate how Directors and Stage Managers work together to create a unified leadership team for the cast and crew.

Stage Management

with Natasha Jackson

Each two-hour workshop will take place on the Sundays noted below from 3:00-5:00pm.

Workshop 1: Stage Management 101 (March 10)
This session will serve as an introduction to Stage Management and will touch on the following topics: What is a stage manager?, the stage management team, overall role of the stage manager during pre-production, the rehearsal process, technical rehearsals, and the run of a show. 

Workshop 2: Script Analysis for the Stage Manager (March 17)
This session will examine how to go about reading the script from a stage manager’s perspective and will touch on the following topics: Reading the script for pleasure, the important elements related to the stage manager, how to use the information from the script analysis to create scene breakdowns and french scenes, rehearsal schedules, character scene breakdowns, build initial scenic, prop, and costume plots, and take the time to build an electronic script.

Workshop 3: The Blocking Process (March 24)
This session will cover the elements of recording and editing blocking notations during the rehearsal process. The following topics will be included: Understanding the scenic ground plan, stage right and stage left, notations for stage locations, use of shorthand notations, diagrams vs. words for blocking, edit changes, and how to include director comments into blocking notes.

Workshop 4: Preparing for Technical Rehearsals (April 7)
This session will explore what the stage manager should do to prepare technical rehearsals and how to lead the team through this process. The topics will include: Paper tech, working with designers, preparing the calling script, cue to cue vs. run/stop, break down complicated cue sequences, adding warnings and stand-bys, headset etiquette, and calling the show.

Workshop 5: Before the First Rehearsal and After the Show Opens (April 14)
This session will focus on the role the stage manager plays in creating a safe and positive environment for rehearsals and responsibilities after the show opens. The topics will include: Taping out the rehearsal space from the scenic ground plan, creating daily call, rehearsal report templates, communicating with the cast, call board, picture ‘who’s who”, paper work prep, creating show reports, maintaining the artistic integrity of the show, fight and intimacy calls, and working with your ASM.

Workshop 6: Collaborating with Directors (April 21 from 1:00-3:00pm) in the Sutton Theatre
The culmination of the series, invited Directors in the area will visit the workshop to investigate how Directors and Stage Managers work together to create a unified leadership team for the cast and crew.

Theatrical Design

Each two-hour workshop will take place on the Sundays noted below from 1:00-3:00pm.

Workshop 1: Lighting (March 3)
In this workshop, participants will learn how designers focus an audience’s eyes, support a narrative, and trigger emotions through lighting.

Workshop 2: Sound (March 24) with Juan Isler
In this workshop, participants will explore how sound designers work with microphones to balance voices, music, and sound effects to name a few.

Workshop 3: Technical Direction (April 7) with Thomas Mauney
In this workshop, participants will learn what it means to take on the daily operations of a theatre including coordinating designers in the space, construction, and maintenance. 

Workshop 4: Set Design (April 14) with Sonya Drum
In this workshop, participants will explore how Set Designers go about creating mood and tone with their designs from conceptualization to construction.

Workshop 5: Collaborating with Directors and Stage Management (April 21) in the Sutton Theatre
The workshop will be combined with the other workshops to investigate how Directors, Stage Managers, and Designers work together to create a unified leadership team for the cast and crew.

Workshop 6: Costume Design (April 28) with Pamela Bond
In this workshop, participants will explore how Costume Designers research for the work being presented, present their concepts, and build a show.

Sponsor

This project was supported by Spark the Arts.  The grant promotes audience inclusion and reengagement in the arts.