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Southern Oregon University

Past Elective Course

A weeklong 3-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, which will cover how to work with student actors to take Shakespeare's plays from the text to performance:

  • Investigate how to approach and direct Shakespeare's plays
  • Practice techniques to "activate" Shakespeare's text
  • Discover quick, easy methods for working out of the First Folio to mine specific, choice-making detail
  • Uncover the rhetorical base of Shakespeare's writing style
  • Re-discover English Renaissance ideals and their influence on Elizabethan playwrights
  • Explore how to bring Shakespeare's use of metaphor, simile, personification, and picturization alive on the stage
  • Consider some striking parallels between Shakespeare's style of writing and pop, hip hop, and rock
  • Discuss and analyze the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions of Macbeth, Henry VIII, and Much Ado About Nothing
  • Come away with practical exercises to use in rehearsal and the classroom
Faculty

G Valmont Thomas, Director and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actor
Don Weingust, SOU Center for Shakespeare Studies

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am-Noon Morning session
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-5:00 pm Afternoon sessions
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner

 

Evening Schedule 2009
Sunday 7/5 7:00pm Welcome reception, orientation
Monday 7/6 7:00pm Evening session
Tuesday 7/7 Work on class projects
Wednesday 7/8 8:30pm OSF play - Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday 7/9 8:30pm OSF play - Henry VIII
   

 

Past Elective Course

A weeklong 3-credit graduate-level course designed for high school and community college theatre educators, covering shadow puppetry techniques, show creation, character invention, improvisation, collaboration, and more.

In the course of the workshop, you will:

  • Adapt a myth, fairy tale, and/or news item into a storyboard and then script for a shadow puppet performance
  • Design and build shadow puppets for the show
  • Learn how to perform with a shadow puppet
  • Improvise and invent text and movement in a free-wheeling, joyful process of creation
  • Perform our original shadow puppet spectacles
  • Depart with the skills needed to create shadow puppet performances in your school or community

In addition to our work on our original shadow puppet show, you will:

  • Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions of Don Quixote and Equivocation and discuss the use of puppets and the meeting of politics and art in these shows
  • Apply both traditional and contemporary expressions of shadows and other types of puppetry to our work
  • Find out how to satirize current events with humor and trickery
Faculty
Lynn Jeffries and Paul Zaloom

Lynn Jeffries, puppeteer and puppet, scenic and costume designer


Paul Zaloom, puppeteer, film maker, actor, and performance artist

 

Photo by Rachel Jendrzejewski 

 

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am-Noon Morning session
Noon-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-5:00 pm Afternoon sessions
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner
Evening Schedule 2009
Sunday 7/26 7:00pm Welcome reception, orientation 8:30pm OSF play - Don Quixote
Monday 7/27 Evening session 7:00-9:00pm
Tuesday 7/28 Evening session 7:00-9:00pm
Wednesday 7/29 8:30pm OSF play - Equivocation
Thursday 7/30 Rehearsal
Shadow Puppets From a production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, at TheatreWorks; puppets designed by Lynn Jeffries
Photo by Lynn Jeffries
 
 

 

 

Past Elective Course

Ashland, Oregon

A week-long 3-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering several mask-making techniques and ways to use masks in theatre:

  • Discover how to use masks as a teaching, acting, and rehearsal tool
  • Explore different types of movement appropriate to different types of masks (neutral, character, abstract, and fantasy/animal)
  • Investigate plaster casting and sculpting techniques
  • Work with professional artists
  • Learn standard performance and safety requirements for working with masks (vision, fitting, and rigging)
  • Discuss history and cross-cultural uses of masks
  • View and analyze the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Throne of Blood
  • Come away with lesson plans for three levels of mask-making projects you can use in your school

maskworking on fish mask

Here's what our students say:

  • "An excellent combination of theory, movement, and technical (mask-making) practice"
  • "I learned more than I expected and the information extended beyond mask making to help with other aspects of theatre."
  • "I loved the passion that both Jamie and Deborah bring to their work and to the class. I feel inspired and rejuvenated by the breadth of ideas and expression."
  • "It exceeded my expectations. I have so much to take back to the classroom, but I also have new direction and ambition in my own artistic work."
  • "This is a brilliant collaboration. Deborah and Jamie have different strengths that compliment each other. Their pleasure at sharing their passion for masks is clearly evident. They are also able to create an emotionally safe environment in which to work."

Faculty

Jamie Peck, OSF actor and mask maker
Deborah Rosenberg, SOU costume design faculty

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:30 am Morning session: movement work
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch
12:30-2:30 pm Afternoon session 1: mask construction
3:00-5:00 pm Afternoon session 2: mask construction
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner

Evening Schedule 2010

Sunday 7/25, 7:00pm Welcome reception, orientation
Monday 7/26 Research homework
Tuesday 7/27, 8:30pm OSF play Throne of Blood
Wednesday 7/28, 7:00-9:30pm Lab open for working on mask sculpture
Thursday 7/29, 7:00-9:30pm Lab open to finish masks and work on final presentations
 

 

Past Elective Course

A week-long 3-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, covering all aspects of dramaturgy:

  • Discover how to use dramaturgy as a teaching tool
  • Investigate different types of dramaturgy assignments, including new plays, translations/adaptations, Shakespeare, and contemporary and classic plays
  • Work with professional dramaturgs
  • Create a dramaturgy protocol (an extensive research book) for a play
  • Conduct in-depth research on a play's context
  • Explore text preparation for Shakespeare plays
  • Discuss history and contemporary practice of the field of dramaturgy
  • Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) productions of Romeo and Juliet, Tartuffe, and Tracy's Tiger
  • Learn how to analyze a play for performance

    Here's what our students say:

  • "Insightful, interesting, artistic and pragmatic"
  • "I learned everything I needed to know to start dramaturgy program at my school"
  • "Lue is charming, sophisticated, and insightful"

Faculty

Lue Morgan Douthit, OSF director of literary developement and dramaturgy

Guest Presenters
Dr. Alan Armstrong
Professor of humanities and director, Center for Shakespeare Studies at Southern Oregon University. Education: PhD, Cornell University; BA, Wesleyan University

Dr. David Copelin
Production dramaturg at OSF 2007: On The Razzle, Rabbit Hole, Gem of the Ocean, Tartuffe
Education: DFA, MFA, Criticism and Dramatic Literature, Yale University; AB, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Dr. Mary Z. Maher
Professor Emerita, University of Arizona.
Education: PhD, University of Michigan, MA University of Iowa. Dr. Maher has taught courses in Shakespeare in performance, Shakespeare on film, and teaching Shakespeare to teachers.

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00-11:30 am Morning session
11:30 am-12:30 pm Lunch
12:30-2:30 pm Afternoon session 1
3:00-5:00 pm Afternoon session 2
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner

Evening Schedule 2007

Sunday 7/22, 7:00pm Welcome reception, orientation
Monday 7/23 Research homework
Tuesday 7/24, 8:30pm OSF play, Romeo and Juliet
Wednesday 7/25, 8:30pm OSF play, Tartuffe
Thursday 7/26, 8:30pm OSF play, Tracy's Tiger

 

in conjunction with Dueling Arts International
Ashland, Oregon

This elective specialty is inactive at this time.

Open to age 18 and older - undergraduate students, graduate students, actors, teachers...anyone interested in theatrical combat

  • Broadsword
  • Single rapier
  • Rapier and dagger
  • Smallsword
  • Unarmed combat
  • Quarterstaff
  • Knife-fighting
  • Physical and vocal warm-ups
  • Basic T'ai Chi and Aikido training
  • Coaching in the acting of theatrical fight scenes
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) productions and discussions of Othello and Coriolanus
  • Academic credit (undergraduate and graduate) is available
  • Skills proficiency tests (certification) in each discipline available for each level

two women fighting with broadswords

Faculty

All instruction will be provided by Dueling Arts International teaching staff:

Gregory Hoffman Gregory Hoffman: Dueling Arts International founder, president, and master teacher
Christopher Duval Christopher Duval: Dueling Arts International associate instructor and OSF actor/fight captain

Certification

You may choose to take a skills proficiency test in one or more of the six disciplines taught: Broadsword, Single Rapier, Rapier and Dagger, Smallsword, Unarmed Combat, and Quarterstaff. Each level has two certificate awards.

Level One: The Beginner Combatant Certificate recognizes beginning fight skills; the Basic Theatrical Combatant Certificate recognizes beginning fight skills plus acting skills.

Level Two: The Intermediate Combatant Certificate recognizes intermediate fight skills; the Theatrical Combatant Certificate recognizes intermediate fight skills plus acting skills.

Academic Credit

You may register to earn three academic credits (undergraduate or graduate level) for the course. The graduate level credits may serve as three of the required additional nine credits toward the ACTS Master of Theatre Studies.

Application Information

Participants must be age 18 or older. Space is limited to twelve students in Level One and six students in Level Two. Complete the application form and submit with payment. Level Two applicants must also submit a resume. To enroll in Level Two, you must have adequate prior training or consent of Dueling Arts International.

Fees

Tuition $789
Theatre tickets $118
Academic credit (three credits; optional) $150 (we will bill you for academic credit once you are accepted to the workshop)
Late fee (for applications postmarked after May 1) $30

Room and Board (June 22-July 6)
Single room $679
Double room $459
Meal plan $359

Cancellations and Refunds

Once you are accepted, all but $50 of your payment ($80 if application postmarked after May 1) will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by May 22. After May 22 and by June 13 we will refund 50 percent of fees. No refunds will be made after June 13. Payment will be returned if you are not accepted.

For more information

For course content, contact Gregory Hoffman at gehoffman@att.net or 888-882-3835.

For registration, contact Su Grossmann at acts@sou.edu or 541-552-6633.

man and woman fighting with broadswords