Go behind the scenes and discover the artistic crossroads of acting ensemble, director and playwright in collaboration. In a week-long workshop for young theatre artists, get an immersive crash course on the actual process used amongst professional theatres in developing new work. Guided by professional Director Steven Wilson and Playwright Shannon Pritchard, students will develop ensemble skills and working knowledge of how a play grows in strength from page to stage. Each three hour class will include games and exercises to create ensemble, fortify performance skills and invigorate the story building of a new play.
Steven Wilson is a freelance director, actor and educator. Previously
with A Red Orchid, Steven directed the world premiere of Craig Wright's
adaptation of The Iliad and the Chicago premiere of A Very Merry
Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, which was the catalyst
for the founding of A Red Orchid Theatre's Youth Ensemble. Steven
was also a long standing member of The Hypocrites, where he
performed in over a dozen productions. Most recently, he directed
Green Day's American Idiot, which launched The Hypocrites' 19th
Season. Steven has over ten years of education experience and has
worked with a wide spectrum of students from ages seven to adult.
Shannon Pritchard is a playwright and educator originally from Los
Angeles. She received a BFA in Theatre from New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at
Playwrights Horizons Theater School and co-founded The
Accidental Shakespeare Company. She spent her summers during
college adapting Shakespeare for middle schoolers and teaching
storytelling classes at theater camp. Shannon received her MFA in
Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University,
where she studied under Rebecca Gilman, Thomas Bradshaw,
and A Red Orchid company member Brett Neveu. Her plays have
been produced and developed by Jackalope Theatre, TimeLine,
The Second City, Chicago Dramatists and A Red Orchid's
Incubator series. Shannon is a two-time Eugene O’Neil Playwrighting Conference semi-finalist
(2014 & 2015), a Humanitas Drama nominee, and has received commissions from Next Theatre
and the DePaul Theatre School.
July 18-22 4th-8th grades
July 25-29 9th-12th grades
Monday - Friday 9am-12pm
Parents/family invited for presentation of work*
To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org.