PCPA @ School
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PCPA Plays On

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Resident Artist /
Director of Engagement
Kitty Balay

Workshops for High Schools
Fall/Winter 2020-21

Learn from the actors, designers, directors, and theatre technicians who create breath-taking productions that delight Central Coast audiences year after year. We hope to see you in class!

Available October 26 - December 18
& January 19 - February 19
Monday - Friday

50 minutes / Zoom or Google Meets

$100 per workshop
Special bundle pricing:
Buy 3 workshops, get the 4th for free!

Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County Schools
PCPA works in collaboration with The Children's Creative Project of the Santa Barbara County Office of Education. Your school will be invoiced for payment by that office to ensure the $200 Santa Barbara Arts Credit is applied for qualifying public schools.

Questions? Contact Kitty Balay


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Resident Artist
George Walker

The Power of Being Yourself
How to personalize your acting

Let your true self shine through on stage. Using exercises and exploration, students will discover how to bring their own authenticity to every character they play. You want to wear your character, rather than your character wearing you!
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Resident Artist
Andrew Philpot

Why Do They All Talk Like That?
A practical guide to making-sense and playing Shakespeare
Using text of the lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, we'll unpack the poetry and explore these characters as real teenagers in high stakes situations and their need to speak in heightened language.
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Casting Director
Erik Stein

Audition Like a Pro!
This workshop will give young actors and their teachers the techniques to create and execute auditions like a professional actor. Using familiar material that is widely known, we will explore connection, target, trigger, discovery, authenticity, and more. We will turn your auditions into one person shows that people should pay to see.
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Resident Artist/
Literary Associate
Emily Trask

Playwriting Bake-Off
With the right ingredients, a good recipe, and a creative oven, you can cook-up a short play in no time! This workshop will lead students through a swift and fun process that will result in their own completely original play.
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Resident Artist
Yusef Seevers

African Dance
This workshop will explore one dance from the west coast of Africa with story, choreography, and possibly a song!
Comfortable clothes and an open space to move.
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Resident Artist
Katie Fuchs-Wackowski

Get Back into Your Body
This workshop is designed to help students reconnect with their bodies and each other through a variety of fun movement challenges and explorations. This is not just for actors!
Comfortable clothes and an open space to move.
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Musical Director
Michael Wilkins

The Clues Within the Song
In this workshop we will examine the ways in which a song can guide the actor in making choices for their character. We will examine several pieces of music and discuss the clues such as tempo, dynamics, key changes, and musical style that the composer gives to the actor to help them find their character's journey through the story of the song.
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Scenic Charge Artist
Abby Hogan

How Floors Tell a Story at PCPA
Master painter Abby Hogan will share her work from many beautiful PCPA productions. Students will learn how color, shape, and line can tell a story and how those elements can make you feel. This interactive worksop will draw students into the magical techniques that Abby shares and inspire them to create their own designs.
11 x 17 or large piece of paper, magazines, and/or newspapers to cut up, scissors, any color medium (paint, colored pencils, or markers).
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Technical Theatre Program Coordinator/
Costume Designer
Sara Curran Ice

Costume Makeover - Interactive Theory
Color, Line, and Composition
In this interactive workshop students will learn the basics of design theory. They'll get a chance to use that theory by designing a costume makeover. It might be for another body type, a special event, or into something they would actually like to wear!
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Lighting Director /
Resident Lighting Designer
Jennifer 'Z' Zornow

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Master Electrician /
Lighting Designer
Cody Soper

How Light Changes a Show
Explore the effects of light, shadow, and color and how they work in combination with other design elements to affect how the audience feels. Students will have the opportunity to create their own lighting design for the show in their own zoom frame.
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Properties Director
Tim Hogan

The Art of Paper Mache
An exploration of the process, techniques, uses, and advantages of paper mache. From art class, to theatre class, to science fair, paper mache is a valuable and inexpensive skill. This class promises to be messy and fun!
White liquid glue, water, newspaper and/or tissue paper, a paper plate, a large bowl or container for mixing. Note: Container will no longer be food safe.
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Scenic Designer
Jason Bolen

Scenery on a Budget
How do you create engaging stage environments when you don't have millions or even thousands of dollars? This workshop will present creative solutions that designers from all over the country have implemented to turn inexpensive materials into exciting designs.
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