Adult Education — Theatre Workshops 2019

Theatre Workshops for Theatre Lovers Age 55 and Up

Park Square Theatre is pleased to present new opportunities for theatre lovers age 55 and up. A series of workshops will immerse you in learning that will cumulatively build your skills and comfort in speaking out and sharing your stories.

Bring your friends, make new friends and share the joy of theatre!

Beginning Acting: Discover Your Inner Performer

8 classes
Mondays, January 7 – February 25, 2019
1:00-2:30 pm
Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Rehearsal Hall

Free your inner performer through activities, theatre games and assignments and apply these skills to develop a character in a short scene which will be performed with classmates.

Ivey Award-winning performer, writer and director Shanan Custer will help the class to become a safe space where you can experiment, discover and enjoy performing. The class will work in small groups on scenes and with Shanan’s guidance, create a performance that everyone is comfortable with that will be shared with family and friends. Memorization of lines is not a requirement.

What Participants are Saying …

Shanan created a wonderful inclusive atmosphere for the class and built confidence in our abilities to perform. It was the highlight of my week!

With no experience in performing, this class fulfilled a dream come true for me.

It was a fun, positive experience I looked forward to each week.

I would recommend this class to anyone who loves to laugh. Lots of nice, artistic fellow students — really impressive.

I loved laughing every week.

ABOUT SHANAN CUSTER: Described by critics as a “clever an inventive voice in comic theater,” Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where she performed from the reign of Jesse Ventura to the Bush and Kerry election. Shanan’s original work includes 2 Sugars, Room for Cream, which won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013, as well as its follow-up Sometimes There’s Wine (Best of the 2016 MN Fringe Twin Cities), which set new attendance records as part of Park Square’s 2018-19 season (both with Carolyn Pool). As an actor, Shanan has performed with Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Frank Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts and The Mystery Café. Shanan is also a director, improviser and teaching artist who loves to teach and create theatre with students of all ages. She is a member of the improv comedy group The Theater of Public Policy and teaches theatre at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Other honors include being named the Twin Cities Bloggers 2016 Favorite Comedic Performance for her work in Park Square Theatre’s Calendar Girls and The Liar as well as a featured artist in 2017 on Twin Cities PBS MN Original Series.

Dates:
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb 4, 11, 18
Feb 25 (1:00-4:00 pm) — includes a dress rehearsal, performance and reception on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Location:
Park Square Theatre Andy Boss Rehearsal Hall

Cost for all sessions: 
$150 ($90 for participants whose income is below $35,000/year)

Class size:
Maximum 16 participants

Storytelling 1: From the Page to the Stage

8 classes
Mondays, March 11 – May 6 (no class April 1)
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Rehearsal Hall

Develop your unique point of view using writing exercises and theatre games. In this class, you will learn how to express yourself freely in all situations and expand your comfort zones. You’ll learn to share in front of others and laugh. A lot.

Award-winning actor, writer, and director Dane Stauffer will lead the class through exercises that will develop a collaborative ensemble and help each participant to write and perform a story with conviction and joy. The class will culminate in a storytelling evening for an invited audience in Park Square Theatre’s Boss Stage.

Dates:
Mar 11, 18, 25
Apr 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6 (4:00-6:00 pm) — includes a performance and reception on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Location:
Park Square Theatre Andy Boss Rehearsal Hall

Cost for all sessions: 
$150 ($90 for participants whose income is below $35,000/year)

Class size:
Maximum 20 participants

Storytelling 2: Polish Your Performance

Prerequisite:
Storytelling 1 or experience performing stories for an audience. Come to the first class with a story you would like to craft.

8 classes
Mondays, March 11 – May 6 (no class April 1)
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Rehearsal Hall

Enjoy Dane Stauffer’s creative style of leadership as you explore your stories on a deeper level and identify and refine your way of working. Using the stories you bring to class, we will delve further into the craft of performing: diction, ad-libbing, getting back on track, pacing and reading the room. We will also begin to explore the “circuit” of storytelling opportunities in the Twin Cities. The class will include an evening field trip to see storytellers in action.

As the class works together to craft your stories, you will become a strong community, gain confidence and discover the joy of focusing and sharing your unique perspective with the world. The class will culminate in a storytelling evening for an invited audience in Park Square Theatre’s Boss Stage. 

Dates:
Mar 11, 18, 25
Apr 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6 (4:00-6:00 pm) — includes a performance and reception on the Andy Boss Thrust Stage

Location:
Park Square Theatre Andy Boss Rehearsal Hall

Cost for all sessions: 
$150 ($90 for participants whose income is below $35,000/year)

Class size:
Maximum 20 participants

What Participants are Saying …

Dane has a great way of making everyone feel comfortable and accepted.  I enjoyed the class so much that I recommended it to a group of seniors that I meet with regularly.


First off, the class was fun, great fun. Dane put me at ease with the first group exercises…The class showed me I was still a creative spontaneous ‘senior’ person.

ABOUT DANE STAUFFER: Fresh off a successful run of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, actor, playwright and teacher Dane Stauffer is excited to lead our Storytelling 1 & 2 Workshops. Dane studied at the Children’s Theatre School of Minneapolis as a child and spent several happy teen years improvising Commedia del Arte at Renaissance festivals. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dane returned to the Twin Cities and has become a resident company member of Dudley Riggs’s Brave New Workshop. Read more at danestauffer.com

Past Theatre Lovers’ Workshops

If you’re interested in seeing the workshops that were offered in the past, you can view the workshop archive here.

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