Dive in to the Diverse World of Drama With Our Cultural Theatre Time Machine!
Our time machine travels on a diverse trek through history as we practice many different styles of artistic performance, to gain a deeper appreciation of the role of theatre across culture via story, acting, drama, script, movies & more.
120 total reviews for this teacher
Once per week
over 16 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a “Multi-Day” course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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Our journey begins with an introduction to the world of drama through acting and improv exercises to get the class acquainted right away. I use improv games in every class to keep them engaged and interacting. We will use those exercises to build our time machine (every class must build their own time machine) and then we set out for the Renaissance in Europe when, and where, we commence with, of course, Shakespeare! From there we travel backward through time to different nations and periods...
I want to acknowledge that as Canadian of Scottish descent, I have no right to speak on behalf of other cultures around the world nor claim to speak from experience of diversity. I am sensitive to this. My lifelong experience is in theatre and performance, and it is from that place I find my voice and focus, and I aim only to share the respect and awe I have come to know from learning about theatre around the world throughout history. I first enrolled in theatre school when I was 8. I then began a professional film and television career when I was 12. That was over 35 years ago. :) I continued to train for eight years in acting, improv, musical theatre, scene study and performance. And then my career took off and I could only keep up with training periodically. I was a lead actor in 5 different TV series and did too many movies to list. I always continued to return to training along the way, with various teachers and coaches, expanding to include techniques and styles of Chekov, Meisner, Strasberg, Method acting, and yet more improv. I still train now, with peers, when time allows. I was fortunate enough to achieve minor celebrity status for a time (people often recognize me from the Bride of Chucky or Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda). I have been lucky to work alongside many bigger names and some great actors; Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, Kevin Sorbo, Louis Gossett Jr, Katheryn Heigl, James Woods, Rhea Perlman, Michael Moore, Michael Ironside, Alan Arkin, David Carradine and Eugene Levy, just to name a few. For the Canadian Geminis (what used to be Canada's answer to the Oscars or Emmies and are now called the Canadian screen Awards), I was nominated twice and won once (2002). I love teaching about theatre, movies, acting, writing & improv on Outschool. I have been doing so here for over two years now. A few parents asked me to offer a more comprehensive drama program for their learner's education... and so here it is! I hope to introduce your learner to the thrilling world of drama!
In the last six classes, learners will be expected to learn their short script (or at least be very familiar with it) and gather props, basic costume pieces and digital backgrounds to use in zoom. Please be sure your zoom client is updated to the most recent version so we can use the immersive view.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
It must be said that a discussion of historical theatre cannot be had without touching on religion and politics. Religion and the state had a heavy hand in both the creation and suppression of theatre across many cultures. I try to keep this to a minimum while maintaining historical accuracy and I make every effort to provide a balanced perspective in a positive manner that above all else is inclusive of everyone's ideas and beliefs. Also, as we explore the world, learners may be presented with the task of acting as characters who have different beliefs and ideals other than their own. I strive to ensure all learners are comfortable and they will be more than welcome to decline these moments if they arise. When this happens I keep it light by giving them an active spectator or director role instead, calling for lots of applause, laughter or hearty enthusiasm appropriate to the crowd of that era.
Gordon Woolvett, ACTRA / UBCP / WGCActing & Improv For Kids and Teens
120 total reviews
54 completed classes
Besides being a fun and energetic teacher on Outschool, I am a professional, working, TV & film actor; a screenwriter; a director; a soccer coach; a scout leader; a drama coach/teacher, and a father of three. I have been in front of, and behind,...