American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
APT conducts both introductory and in-depth workshops.
In his piece, David engages the audience in the text of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Why is it a masterpiece? Why does it still resonate in a modern world? How does an actor find his way into this daunting play? Combining his talents as a storyteller, actor, and educator, David brings this story to life in his signature irreverent, tender, and compelling style. Just like the play, this presentation includes descriptions of love and violence, so it is recommended for audiences over the age of 12 years old.
Why Shakespeare: Answers the ultimate question, “Why read Shakespeare?” An engaging, irreverent look at Shakespeare and language both then and now. Offered for grades 9-12.
The Actor Speaks: From opening book to opening night students walk through an actor’s process for “owning” a speech. Includes variant dramatic readings of text. Offered for grades 9-12.
Metaphor Theatre: APT’s flagship workshop. Starting with a piece of text dense with imagery, simile or metaphor, the actors facilitate the students in building physically (with themselves and objects throughout the room) the literal meaning of the passage. The entire class participates in the process. Offered for grades 3-12.
Theme Machine: Using theme machines and Theatre Signalétique, students manifest themes and motifs from the text. Helps to create tangible expressions of abstract ideas. Offered for grades 5-12.
Story Point Theatre: Through on-your-feet class-wide participation, the class discovers and affirms the basic story and characters within various Shakespeare plays. Offered for grades 5-12.
Shakespeare’s Toothbrush: Takes your students on a crazy wild tour through the streets of London during an average Elizabethan day. Offered to grades 3-12.
The Rehearsal: Concentrates on the rehearsal process. Actors begin the scene with a simple read-thru, then answer textual, character, and situational questions. Actors then get up on their feet and begin exploring the blocking. There is no culminating event with this workshop for the bulk of it is the variety of “takes” and executions that are available for any given scene. Offered for grades 9-12.
Staging the Play: Students are staged in a scene from
the play with emphasis on maximum participation and theatricality. Emphasis is
placed on physical dynamics as well as using the language rather than merely
memorizing it. Offered for grades 9-12.
Stage Combat: This workshop provides participants with an introduction to the methods and guidelines of stage violence. Participants will be introduced to the mechanics of how stage combat works. The TA models the stage combat process. They begin by identifying the story, the limitations and possibilities of the set and costumes, and the skill of the actors involved. Afterwards, they model the choreographic process by building an actual fight, phrase by phrase. This process does not culminate into a demonstration at speed. Offered to grades 5-12 as well as adults.
Ensemble Instincts: This is a collection of exercises from various artists (Bogart, Boal, and Suzuki- among others). It is specifically designed to explore, strengthen, and develop an actor's ensemble instinct. Whether the actor is in a Greek chorus, the latest remount of Oklahoma, or before a hushed crowd with, "To be or not to be...". This is about actors working with other actors on stage. Offered to grades 9-12 as well as adults.
Body Centers: This workshop explores the use of body centers in character development. Participants will explore five major centers and apply them to text and movement. Offered to grades 9-12 as well as adults.
Speech for the Theatre: This workshop explores and develops three basic speech controls: pace, volume, and pitch. Although they are basic and easily accessible by all actors, very few actors ever use them to their advantage. The workshop explores conscious use of their potential. Offered to grades 9-12 as well as adults.
Staging the Play: Students are staged in a scene from the play with emphasis on maximum participation and theatricality. Emphasis is placed on physical dynamics as well as using the language rather than merely memorizing it. This workshop can be applied to any play and is offered to grades 5-12 as well as adults.
Theme Machine and Theme Sculptures: Using theme machines and Theatre Signalétique, students manifest themes and motifs from the text. Helps to create tangible expressions of abstract ideas. We help teachers and students to explore relationships and themes, in new and thought provoking ways by using proven theatre techniques to explore literature both visually and dynamically. Offered for grades 5-12 as well as adults.
Fragments: Fragments is a "sandbox" that develops the "muscle" called stage presence and strengthens the instincts of "theatrical moments." Participants bring monologues or dialogues from plays contemporary or classical. Offered to grades 9-12.
We help teachers and students to explore relationships and themes, in new and thought-provoking ways by using proven theatre techniques to explore literature both visually and dynamically. Available to accompany the following texts: The Great Gatsby, All Quiet on the Western Front, Beowulf, The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, The Greeks
Creative Dramatics is a process rather than a product, and is uniquely geared toward grades K-5 with advanced level exercises for grades 6-8. Creative Dramatics is learning through theatre rather than learning about theatre. Sample programs include: Imaginative Play, Teamwork, Bullying, Problem Solving
The cost of the 5-day residency is $2600, the 3-day residency is $1900 and the 1-day residency is $900.
APT recognizes the fiscal restraints of many organizations in recent years, and it is our commitment to provide outreach to as many groups as possible. We are happy to help guide you in pursuing local, state and national grant sources.
We begin booking residencies in mid-March for the coming school year.
Please contact APT's Education Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org.