Ever daydream about having super powers? Ever spend time twirling an imaginary mustache, or perfecting your evil laugh? Well, Theater Adventures is a place to bring out your inner hero and villain (not to mention goofy sidekicks, and mysterious shapeshifters), as we create scenes borrowing from the best action-adventure movies and superhero tales, full of daring escapes, magic dueling, and plenty of comic relief. Students will have the chance to create their own characters, complete with super-powers and weaknesses, secret identities, and magic tools and costume pieces. Remote class-room activities will include adjusted theater and improv games that can be played over an online classroom platform, as well as energetic use of shared google docs for collective scene writing and character work. Students will be encouraged to explore everyday materials in their house to craft and choose props and costumes for their characters. We may also use cellphone videos to create mini video commercials for ridiculous products (such as a fork fashioned from noodles, or a dog-food scented perfume!), to intersperse with our adventure scenes. Students will learn performance skills, story structure and collaboration, all in a team-focused and wildly imaginative online environment. The week will culminate in an online workshop sharing of the week’s creations, for friends and family.
Poornima Kirby has taught acting and theater arts at the Nirmal Arts
Academy in Canajoharie, NY, as well as coaching privately in acting techniques, Shakespeare, and movement. She studied at Shakespeare and Co. and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and received her B.A. in Drama, with honors, from Vassar College.