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Brian Kettler

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

Students will learn:

  • Stories follow a general structure with beginning, middle and end and help us understand who we are and how we connect with each other.
  • Dramatists can bring existing stories to life in a fun, exciting way and take life experiences and make them into stories.
  • They can be dramatists.
  • Collaboration leads to a better experience and product, but collaboration takes work.

BIO

I use elements of drama to bring to life what students are studying in English, Social Studies, Language Arts, History, etc.   Learning about drama will help students in whatever path they choose in life.  I teach them how to be comfortable speaking and performing in front of peers and give them permission to be silly, take risks and make big choices.

DISCIPLINES

Theater,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

BRING A STORY TO LIFE-Students work to dramatize a book they are reading in class or a moment in history they are studying.  A combination of playwriting, acting, movement training, research and collaborative story building.

 

WRITE AN ORIGINAL PLAY-Using generative, physical exercises, students will work together to write their own, original play.  Residency will culminate in some type of public showing.  Ideally, the play the students write will have some central themes that reflect their own concerns and interests, (Friendships, Bullying, Diversity, Inclusion, Fear, etc.)

 

PERSONAL HISTORIES- Students delve into their own personal stories and attempt to tell the “story” of their lives.  They learn about their family members through interview sessions and learn more about their family’s history, background and major events that brought them where they are today.  They dramatize this research by writing an original story or coming to class “in character” as one of their family members.

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

My residencies connect well to English Language Arts, Social Studies and History.

 

Students will invest more deeply in the books they are reading or events they are studying, allowing literature and history to “come alive”. Asking questions and engaging vs. just taking in facts, we will take the learning off the page and put it in physical space.

 

My residencies also teach methods of collaboration and teamwork; making sure every voice in the room is heard.

 

GALLERY

FEE INFO

My fee is $65 per classroom session (50 min.) and planning and reflection meetings with school.  The residency would be 4-5 50-minute sessions, either on consecutive days or one day a week for a month.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@216.146.205.12

Website:

REFERENCES

Ben Edmunds

Former Director of Mittleman Jewish Community Center Day Camp

ben@breakside.com

Steven Dietz

Professor of Playwriting

sjdietz@utexas.edu

512-232-5311

University of Texas-Austin

Kirk Lynn

Professor of Playwriting

kirklynn@utexas.edu

512-232-5325

University of Texas-Austin


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