Center Stage

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 centerstage3performing 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 centerstage2a 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. We hope to visit the Center for Contemporary Arts and even George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau Theatre.  So, come on out to Santa Fe in June.  The Santa Fe Opera season may be in swing by then too. Come to this beautiful place and join our community that values you as a teacher but would still like to see you . . . Center Stage.


Here are some things Brad’s participants had to say about his program:

  • Brad did a really great job in designing this course.  I really enjoyed all aspects of it!  I was really hoping to get some more ideas for improve games, and I did.   I also wanted to get ideas for new unites of study, and I did.  I am definitely planning to incorporate an acting-for-the-camera unit next year.
  • The way that Brad made us all feel so comfortable to just be was so wonderful.  We were allowed to be both silly and dramatic and express our best selves.  I will come back and look forward to the privilege of participating again next summer.

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