First You Sit on the Floor: A Guide to Developing a Youth Theatre Troupe / Edition 1

First You Sit on the Floor: A Guide to Developing a Youth Theatre Troupe / Edition 1

by Michael Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325004587

ISBN-13: 9780325004587

Pub. Date: 07/10/2002

Publisher: Heinemann

ATTENTION: Teachers, counselors, youth workers, pastors, and human service personnel

    You work with kids.
    Not just any kids.
    You have the square pegs, the oddballs, the at-risk kids.
    You know how special and wonderful they can be.

But you're running low on ideas to keep them learning, interested, and involved. You've thought about

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ATTENTION: Teachers, counselors, youth workers, pastors, and human service personnel

    You work with kids.
    Not just any kids.
    You have the square pegs, the oddballs, the at-risk kids.
    You know how special and wonderful they can be.

But you're running low on ideas to keep them learning, interested, and involved. You've thought about theatre, but where and how do you start? First, You Sit on the Floor!

Author/teacher Michael Burns knows from experience how to develop new original theatre pieces on topics that matter to today's kids, from substance abuse, teen sexuality, and violence prevention to respect for the differently abled. He shows you how to provide both a serious education in theatre arts and a real working ensemble involving:

  • acting and improvisational training
  • group writing exercises
  • scenario development
  • a unique "high tech/low tech" approach to production
  • finding and creating nontraditional performance spaces.

Along the way, learn how to challenge, uplift, and inform a group of teens; help them form a cohesive, active team; and build skills in communication, conflict resolution, and creative expression.

Whether you are interested in developing a one-time performance or building a lasting theatre program, this book is an invaluable resource-a powerful tool for reaching, teaching, and transforming the lives of young people, and yourself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325004587
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/10/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Ackowledgments
1First You Sit on the Floor1
2Where and Beyond25
3Group Process41
4Training Your Actors51
5Producing65
6Multimedia81
7Structuring a Performance Piece88
8Equipment108
9In the Residential Facility117
10Exercises125
Works Cited145

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