Learn and create labs

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Learn by doing! Enjoy small group experiential learning led by theatrical professionals who will teach, share and guide you in your creative process in this 180-minute, deep-dive format.

Collaborative Puppetry, Baumgartner

Join Aretta Baumgartner, education director of Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts. Participants will collaborate and emerge from this active three-hour lab with original work and skills to open doors to creativity and connection using puppetry. We’ll explore the liberation of disappearing into a puppet, the knowledge of how your unique body works for you when you create theatre, the idea that stillness is as important as movement, the revelation that props and costumes are used to better advantage when approached as “puppets,” and the difference between attention and tension. High points will include playing with puppeteer transformation exercises, creating simple Bunraku-inspired puppets, and putting these puppets into action in a devised collaborative scene. Class size limit: 15.


The Artistry of Process within Production, DCPA education staff

Join Denver Center for the Performing Arts education staff for a unique and insightful opportunity to enrich your personal artistic creativity as you build resources for elevating your production process. Structured as a working lab, this three-hour, activity-rich learning environment will engage you with tools and strategies for maintaining a strong theatrical process within the demands of a production schedule. Insights will include diversifying the connections between cross-curricular and cross-cultural learning opportunities and your production’s themes, activating staging, empowering the actors’ process through critical inquiry, and maintaining cast drive and stamina through theatrical and socioemotional activities.


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