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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Every Saturday (9/23 - 11/11) *No Class on 10/14 & 10/21 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Dive into the world of theatre-making with weekly workshops focusing on different skills ranging from playwriting to stage combat. Meanwhile, get a complimentary ticket to Dragon’s fall productions to learn about how the shows come together through in-class discussions and backstage tours.
(Class registration includes two complimentary tickets for Dragon’s Fall 2017 productions)
Date: Wednesday, September 13th
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 and ask any questions you might have about the dos and don’ts of auditioning.
Storytelling on the Stage
Date: Monday, October 9th
Learn about the parts and structure of stories through collaborative activities as well as more traditional writing and script analysis exercises
The Bard's Greatest Hits
Date: Wednesday, September 27th
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.
Beginning Acting: Acting Games
Date: Monday, October 16
An introduction to acting and theatre fundamentals through fun games and activities.
Physical Comedy Intro
Dates: Wednesday, September 20th or Monday, October 30th
Learn about things like pratfalls, repetition and the rule of threes. Begin developing your body awareness and learn how the right move at just the right time can create laughter across cultural and language barriers.
Stage Combat Intro
Dates: Monday, September 18th and Wednesday, October 4th
Get an introduction to 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 swing a punch like John Wayne, this class will focus on the basics of telling a story with your body, whether thrilling or hilarious.
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 images and stories so it's a great fit with theatre.
The Dragon After-School VR Intensive by Epic Immersive
Tuesdays and Thursdays (9/19 - 11/16) 4:30pm - 6:30pm
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 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.
Registration coming soon.
About the Teacher, Max Koknar:
- 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.