Dragon Theatre is proud to offer classes for both children and adults. We also offer corporate workshops and private coaching for actors and public speakers.
Dragon has partnered with Broadway by the Bay to create the new Redwood City Youth Theatre program. All youth programs are developed and run by Dragon’s Education Director Justine Bechler. Please email her with questions. For a full listing of all of the classes we offer, from toddlers to teens, please visit the Redwood City Youth Theatre website. You can support youth education by making a donation.
For students 18 and up
Essential Elements of Playwriting
Improv for Everyone!
Classes are located at 2120 Broadway, RWC
unless otherwise specified
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF PLAYWRITING
In this eight-week course, we will delve into the art of writing plays that engage, delight, and move audiences. Using writing exercises, examples, discussion, and feedback from your instructor and peers, you will improve your ability to craft believable, multifaceted characters, write memorable dialogue that drives the play forward, and find the structure that works best for your plot and keeps your audience riveted. We’ll also discuss how to market your work, including strategies for promoting yourself, in-person and online networking, and submitting to contests and development opportunities.
January 27 – March 16
(8 – week course)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced playwright looking to learn new techniques,
this course will give you the tools you need to write plays that get produced.
Bridgette Dutta Portman is a playwright based in Fremont, CA. More than two dozen of her plays have been produced in the Bay Area, across the country, and overseas. Her full-length drama in verse, Caeneus & Poseidon, had its world premiere at Dragon Theatre in 2017. A number of other Bay Area theatre companies, including the Pear Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, Quantum Dragon Theatre, Awesome Theatre, PianoFight, Wily West Theatre, and the SF Olympians Festival, have also featured her work. She is past president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco and is currently a member of Same Boat Theater Collective, the Pear Writers’ Guild, and the Dramatists’ Guild. She has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, the Theatre Bay Area TITAN award, the PlayPenn Conference, the Kentucky Women’s Theatre Conference Prize for Women Writers, the New Dramatists playwrights’ residency, and more. She holds a PhD in political science (UC Irvine, 2011) and an MFA in creative writing (Spalding University, 2018). Learn more about Bridgette at www.bridgetteduttaportman.com..
This class will be a fun bonding experiences for students and their kids to interact through fun improv activities! For kids wanting some training before this family class, click to check the youth programming offered through Redwood City Youth Theatre!
10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Tuition: $25 per family member
IMPROV FOR EVERYONE
Our very popular Saturday morning Improv Class is back. Games are designed for everyone’s enjoyment and growth. Many techies, doctors, lawyers, couples, and homemakers find this class refreshing and fun and a way to unleash their creative talents and become more open and communicative.
Come give Improv a try!
January 11 – February 15
(6 – week course)
10:00 am – 12 noon
Early Bird Tuition: $175
Regular Tuition: $200
(begins two weeks before class starts)
This course welcomes everyone: those new to Improv, seasoned improvisers, actors who want to try this genre of theater, and all those in between who just want to have fun.
This course is taught by Corinne Kason.
About Justine Bechler: Justine is a South Bay area native with personal ties to Redwood City. She is a professional actor, singer, and theatre educator having most recently worked at California Theatre Center where she was the head of the education department. Justine has worked with students ages 5-18 having directed and vocal directed numerous productions as well as mentoring teenage teaching artist interns and has personally written a few scripts for the younger students to perform. Justine is an extremely dedicated and hardworking individual who has grown up on the stage and has a passion for educating the art of performance. She loves passing on the knowledge of how the vocal instrument functions to impart proper singing skills and helping actors grow while simultaneously instilling confidence to students. Justine first fell in love with theatre education while taking a course at Cal Poly Pomona where she and two fellow students worked with local high schoolers to produce their own play. She loved watching theatre bring people from all different backgrounds together and collaborate on a common goal. Justine is very excited to land at the Dragon Theatre to work with the students in this wonderful community to help them grow to be the best performers and technicians they can be! Please email herwith questions about youth or adult programming.
Dragon Theatre Corporate Workshops
Theatre is a great model for creative collaboration. It provides many powerful communication tools. It promotes flexibility and empathy in your team. Dragon’s workshops are custom tailored to the needs of your organization. Our workshops utilize theatre techniques and practices to help further your business goals. The San Francisco Chronicle had a great piece a few years ago about why tech companies are looking to improv workshops to foster employee skills that’s worth a read.
Here are some of the skills Dragon Theatre Workshops can help foster in your staff:
- Effective Communication
- Intelligent Risk Taking
- Creative Problem Solving
- Emotional Intelligence
- Public Speaking
*Workshop length varies based on your needs and the size of your group. Dragon is happy to create you a custom workshop based on your team’s goals and culture if you tell us more via email.
Theatre Games and Improvisation (30 minutes – 1/2 Day)
Enjoy a selection of theatre and improv games and exercises customized for your team size and goals.
Speak the Speech (1 Hour – Multiple Days)
Develop your public speaking skills through individual and group activities that will guide you through how to deliver a powerful theatrical monologue.
Stage Combat (90 Minutes – 2x 1/2 Days)
Develop trust and cooperation through working with a partner to safely learn and execute a staged fight scene. This workshop will mix fun, exercise and a deeper understanding of nonverbal communication.
lmprov Arena (2 Hours – Multiple Days)
Learn the basics of lmprov Comedy, train in small teams, and take part in a friendly lmprov Comedy Contest.
The Masks We Wear (2 Hours – Full Day)
Sharpen your understanding of different personalities by exploring the rich tradition of masked performance. Work in groups to explore the different archetypes ranging from Greek tragedy to Italian comedies. Participants will then have an opportunity to get crafty and make their own mask to take home.
The Writer’s Room (1/2 Day – Multiple Days)
Unleash your creativity and hone your storytelling skills by learning to collaboratively write and perform a short play with your team through writing and improvisational exercises.
Basic Pricing Information
- All workshops have a minimum cost for ten or fewer participants, starting as low as $250 for a 30 minute workshop.
- Each additional participant after the first ten will cost between $40 – $200/person depending on length and complexity of workshop.
Please contact max (at) dragonproductions.net for a speciﬁc quote.
Max can also provide consultation on things like play writing and script development, self-producing, marketing, personal branding, audience experience design (site specific/immersive/interactive plays and other live events).
Where appropriate and more convenient for the client, it may be possible to arrange an online class via skype or similar service.
Pricing is on a sliding scale depending on what you want to work on and ability to pay, from $50 – $150 an hour. Contact Max at max (at) dragonproductions.net with a little about yourself and what you’re looking for to get a specific quote.
- 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.