Theatre for Kids: Improv and Acting With Fun Team Games
Acting, drama and improvisation with an energetic, pro TV & Film actor using team competitions to heighten focus & concentration, to foster mutual respect, collaboration, team building, creativity and confidence... and to have fun!
Gordon Woolvett, ACTRA / UBCP / WGC
180 total reviews for this teacher
126 reviews for this class
Completed by 729 learners
learners per class
Meets 1x per week
Runs week after week
55 minutes per class
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*This class only needs 2 learners to run, but the more the merrier (I allow up to 12). Book your own time by following the "show alternate times" link.* Classes begin with a warm up (so make sure you have room to move) followed by a group game. Then we move onto improv exercises aimed at one or two of the fundamental concepts every lesson: listening, making offers, accepting offers, raising the stakes, advancing, waffling, characterization, storytelling etc. In this ongoing course we will...
-Students will learn to focus their minds and increase concentration -They will practice and understand the importance of respect and teamwork. -They will build confidence and gain tools to deal with nervousness or shyness through breathing and relaxation techniques -They will develop tools to “think outside the box” and generate new ideas’ in the moment’ -They will learn how to shape and direct stories and narratives through miniature plots to ultimate resolutions When a student comes up with a new and spontaneous idea in the moment, and it works, they feel the instant thrill of success. They get a laugh from their group peers and they develop a new and deeper connection with their scene partner(s). My goal for every student is to equip them with the tools to be able to achieve that moment and experience that success for themselves.
I have been a professional actor in film and television for many years. I've travelled to exotic shoot locations, won awards, was a lead on five different television series. But none of that is what makes me a good drama teacher. What do I think makes a good drama teacher? Marvel. I never cease to marvel how much the techniques I learned in theatre school as a kid still help me to this day. I never cease to marvel when a child "gets it" and comes up with a new idea and is overcome with joy and pride simultaneously. This is the "magic" you hear actors and filmmakers talk about all the time. And I am ever humbled by it. As our children spend more time in front of the computer, I strive to give them a chance to experience that magic and spark their imagination.
They will be asked to practice various tongue twisters. Students will sometimes be asked to bring an everyday item to use as a prop. Students will be given relaxation and breathing techniques they can practice outside class. For one class they may be asked to draw a mask ahead of time. They may be asked to print a one page scene ahead of time.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I make best efforts to avoid politics and religion but sooner or later a student will cast him or herself in the role of a religious leader or famous politician, or set a scene in a church or the Whitehouse etc. This is drama and make-believe and it is important to the process to let their imaginations open up. That being said, while I maintain a safe zone of inclusivity for all faiths and ideologies, hate speech, prejudice or cyber bullying will not be allowed and parents will be notified.
Gordon Woolvett, ACTRA / UBCP / WGC
Acting & Improv For Kids and Teens
🇨🇦Lives in Canada
180 total reviews
93 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,...