Youth Classes and Workshops
Dragon Theatre is proud to offer a number of classes for children aged 8 and up. These classes are designed to be both fun and to develop critical skills like creative thinking, communication, public speaking, and more. We think we've got a little something for every child. If you'd like to talk specifics, please feel free to contact our Education Director, Max Koknar at max (at) dragonproductions.net.
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½ Day Workshops in July & August
1 Session: $50/student
2-Pack (Choose 2, space permitting): $90/student
All classes taught by Max Koknar. For questions on any of the classes please contact email@example.com
Beginning Acting: Acting Games
An introduction to acting and theatre fundamentals through fun games and activities.
Improv Games and ‘Theatre Sports’
Learn all about the principles of improvisation and learn a number of fun short-form improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking.The process of learning basic improvisational skills will teach the students to say yes to their ideas and to each other in scenes in order to build on one another's ideas.
Actor's Tools: Voice and Movement
While learning to move and sound like wild and zany characters from stories and cartoons, grow an awareness of how your body moves and how your voice works.
The Bard's Greatest Hits
Experience the most famous of Shakespeare's plays and understand why his plays are still produced all over by performing select scenes from some of the plays with your classmates.
Mime & Physical Comedy
Learn the principles of mime to tell stories without a single word, and to make the invisible visible while you grow your awareness of your everyday physicality. Embrace your silliness as you learn about how to create laughter with just the right move at the right time.
Learn about the secrets of safely creating thrilling fight scenes with a combination of acting skills, choreography and stage illusion principles. From how to fall safely to how to how to hold a sword using safe practice equipment, this class will focus on the basics of telling a story with your body, whether thrilling or hilarious.
Intro to Puppetry
(+$10 Materials Fee)
Create a world of fantasy as you learn about different kinds of puppets, the basics of puppeteering and how to make your own puppet.
The Living Cartoon: Masked Performance
(+$10 Materials Fee)
Learn to become a living breathing cartoon character with the use of masks. Learn about the history of masks from the ancient Greeks to Commedia dell’Arte and make a mask of your own to take home with you.
Auditioning and Monologues
Auditioning for a show or educational program is all about showing them your best self. With this class you will learn about basics of auditioning, ask any questions you might have about the dos and don’ts of auditioning and practice doing audition monologues in a supportive environment.
Dragons at Play: Readers' Theatre
Experience an actor's process through creating a performance in a collaborative, safe and fun environment from first read to performance while growing your reading fluency and confidence.
Storytelling on the Stage
Learn about the parts and structure of stories through collaborative activities as well as more traditional writing and script analysis exercises
Every Saturday (7/1 - 8/19*) *No Class on 7/29
1 Session (Advance): $35
2 Pack in Advance: $65
All 7 Sessions: $200
Learn all about the principles of improvisation and learn a number of fun short-form improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking. The process of learning basic improvisational skills will teach the students to say yes to their ideas and to each other in scenes in order to build on one another's ideas. Drop-Ins Possible.
Each mini-camp costs $200/student
Improv Mini Camp
7/10 - 7/14
Short presentation on 7/14
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
A half-day morning camp resulting in an opportunity for the students to showcase their newly developed skills and talents in a student improv show for family and friends on the last day. Throughout the week our professional teaching artists will guide the students in learning and practicing many short-form improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking. The process of learning basic improvisational skills will teach the students to say yes, and to each other in scenes in order to build on one another's ideas.
Faerie Tale Theatre Mini-Camp
8/7 - 8/11
Short presentation on 8/11
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ages 6 - 10
Students will, through improvisation, theatre games and more traditional writing exercises, create new mini-plays based on faerie tales. The process of creating a new theatrical piece will help students develop language and communication skills and exercise their collaborative and problem solving abilities.
The Mystical Stage Mini-Camp
8/7 - 8/11
Short presentation on 8/11
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Students will, through improvisation, theatre games and more traditional writing exercises, create new mini-plays based on folks stories and mythology. The process of creating a new theatrical piece will help students develop language and communication skills and exercise their collaborative and problem solving abilities.
About the Teacher:
- Actor, Consultant with First Person Travel on NYT Featured Headlands Gamble
- Lead Actor, Writer, Co-Director, Co-Artistic Director on SFWeekly Featured Ancien Regime
- Story and Audience Experience Designer on a collaboration with Finnish government (The Decameron Project 2017) at the old Outokumpu mine.
- Consultant/Guest Lecturer/Teaching Artist/Coach in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), Adventure Design Group (San Francisco, CA), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Willow Glen Elementary Tiger Theatre (San Jose, CA), Daniel Wright Elementary (Dublin, OH), Theatre of All Possibilities (Various Bay Area, CA), California Theatre Center (Various, CA, NV, WA, OR), Northside Theatre (San Jose, CA), Crowded Fire (San Francisco, CA), Triangle Lab (Bay Area, CA) and the Arena Stage (Washington DC)
- Have performed in front of nearly 500,000 people over the course of my career.
- Past collaborators and teachers include movement coaches who’ve worked for the Blue Man Group and Marvel’s Thor, students and collaborators of Marcel Marceau, Obie Award Winners, and Cirque du Soleil clowns.
We're thrilled to be partnering with Epic Immersive to offer an exciting new class in virtual reality programming for teens. Good VR requires artists to create the images and stories so it's a great fit with theatre.
Virtual Reality is at the forefront of a new age of storytelling and technology, and you can be a part of leading the way! Believe it or not, VR is very learnable, and Epic Immersive has developed a two-week curriculum specifically designed for high school students with artistic minds and no coding experience to learn how to create virtual experiences. You'll learn to create environments, add special effects like fire and water, and build 5+ portfolio games, including basketball, boxing, painting, archery, and rock-climbing. Along the way, you'll get lightning talks on immersive storytelling and collaboration, and leave with an amazing new set of skills and an enticing portfolio. (Grades 9+)
Wednesday, July 5:
Introduction to Virtual Reality and Unity. Make your first Virtual Reality Environment!
Thursday, July 6:
Introduction to light coding for Virtual Reality. Make your first simple game!
Friday, July 7:
Game development and portfolio building. Build boxing and rock-climbing.
Monday, July 10:
Game development and portfolio building. Build bowling and archery.
Tuesday, July 11:
Game development and portfolio building. Build basketball and painting.
Wednesday, July 12:
Introduction to Mixed Reality! Apply environment design to live physical spaces and tracked objects, so that you can reach out in Virtual Reality and touch or move real-world objects.
Thursday, July 13:
Build individual Mixed Reality projects. Lightning talk on mobile development.
Friday, July 14:
Final touches and showcase!
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About the Teacher:
Steve M. Boyle is the Founder and CEO of Epic Immersive. At the age of 21, Steve was directing off-Broadway and training in India, Thailand, and Bali with dancers, maskmakers, martial artists, musicians, and theatre practioners.
Under his leadership, Epic Immersive has produced multi-acre immersive theatrical experiences with hundreds of actors in fully-developed fictional cities, hosted intimate experiences in hidden speakeasies and secret societies, and collaborated with multidisciplinary and multicultural artists from genres like hip-hop, circus, ballet folklorico, taiko drumming, opera, jazz, and more. Steve's Virtual and Mixed Reality experiences have been showcased for Google, Tilt Brush, Leap Motion, HTC, Two Bit Circus, the SubZERO Festival, and more.
Outside of Epic Immersive, Steve has built immersive installations for Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s venture capital firm Innovation Endeavors, helmed San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artists Lab, collaborated on San Francisco’s hit immersive experience The Speakeasy. Steve served as a Mentor for Garage Stories' VR Storytelling Hackathon and has taught masterclasses in immersive storytelling at UC Berkeley and The Rathskeller Club.
Steve ran the digital half of the million dollar funding campaign that saved Santa Cruz Shakespeare and attracted Sir Patrick Stewart, Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, and Yale School of Drama Dean James Bundy to its Advisory Board. The campaign was recognized in The New York Times as an "underdog success story" and relaunched the organization as a thriving, forward-funded local icon.