Center Stage: An On-your-feet Acting Workshop
with Brad Fairbanks
Week 1: (6/12 – 6/16)
Many of us who direct and teach theater first found our passion to teach through our passion to act. From taking theater classes to performing on stage and screen, many of us caught the “bug” to act before we took a shot at teaching. Many of us had success, and some of us still manage to act while teaching. Unfortunately, though, most of us are too busy with school to pursue much of our own acting anymore. This workshop, which is perfect for performing arts teachers, is a chance to act again. Whether challenging yourself at improvisation or exploring different techniques in scene study, the very nature of acting with others will bring you to a new appreciation of the art you love.
From Breaking Bad to Odd Thomas to Longmire, New Mexico has become a hotbed of both current movies and current TV shows. (For a full list of screen productions shot in New Mexico, click here.) We have a host of actors, directors, and screenwriters who live in and near Santa Fe and make this an inspiring place full of resources for actors like us. So, come on out to Santa Fe. Come to this beautiful place and join our community that values you as a teacher but would still like to see you . . . Center Stage.
The Teaching Artist
with Alex Peña
Week 2: (6/19 – 6/23)
As dedicated teachers concentrated on imbuing students with a passion for art-making, how can you continue to pursue your own passions as artists? Can you both teach and be an artist, existing as a “Teaching Artist”? This course will give teachers an entire week to make art, view as much art as possible, and talk about art with colleagues from around the country.
Instead of pursuing art with left-over time and left-over energy, this course will prioritize our creative expression giving this important part of life our first fruits. Santa Fe Teaching Artists will provide practical ideas and lead brainstorming sessions on how to keep making art an integral part of professional practice. The vast artistic resources of Santa Fe Prep’s historical art building (The Meem), world-class museums and galleries like those on Canyon Road, research institutions such as The School for Advanced Research, and Northern New Mexico’s architectural and natural beauty will serve as fodder for inspiration, discussion, and making art.
This course is designed to re-engage Art Teachers with their creativity and expertise as artists in multiple media through active art-making. Students will also be encouraged to continue their own personal dialogues surrounding Contemporary Art through regular discussions based on trips to museums, galleries, and research venues, and critiques of art created during the course. The main goal of this course is to address the question of, “How can art teachers who are also artists, continue their art practice to be a ‘Teaching Artist’”?
Full daily schedule coming in January.