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

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Overview

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: 7/10/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than twenty years, Michael Burns has been introducing young people and adults to the joy of creating original theatre. He teaches Theatre Arts at The Charlton School, a residential facility for adolescent girls with learning disabilities and emotional difficulties in Saratoga County, New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ackowledgments
1 First You Sit on the Floor 1
2 Where and Beyond 25
3 Group Process 41
4 Training Your Actors 51
5 Producing 65
6 Multimedia 81
7 Structuring a Performance Piece 88
8 Equipment 108
9 In the Residential Facility 117
10 Exercises 125
Works Cited 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    You won't be sitting for long!

    First You Sit on the Floor is a witty, lucid handbook for those of us who want to use theatre as a tool in our work with kids. Michael Burns lays out simple strageies and techniques, and includes references to other resources, for those of us who don't know a lot about using improv as a development technique. Burns obviously knows kids, and theatre. This book is fun to read, and helpful!

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