The Right Brain Initiative


Artist Details

Marjorie Anderson


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  • Students will use theater to gain a deep understanding of the chosen curriculum.  To be able to perform for an audience, students become thoroughly familiar with their subject matter and its story.


  • Students will be active participants in the rehearsal process.  They will experiment, exchange ideas, question, laugh and learn.


  • Students discover the power of their bodies and voices to transmit meaning through theatrical conventions.


  • Students learn to work collaboratively on practical problem solving.


  • Students take pride and ownership of their project, and become accountable for their work.


  • Students will learn to approach complex language without fear.


As an educator and artist with 25 years experience, I know that to teach theater, we do theater- an up-on-your feet, action packed, loud, chaotic but disciplined process.  Students learn curriculum and the creative life skills of communication and collaboration not because I “teach” it, but because it is only way to get the job done.  All residencies will culminate in some kind of showing, because theater is work that needs to be presented to an audience.






I establish a “pre-professional” environment in which I run a series of exercises, lessons and rehearsals with the goal of a performance for an audience.  I teach creatively through discipline, laying out the foundations of the theater process where structure is used as a framework on which to build creatively.


Some examples of recent residencies:


The Revolutionary War

Students use comedy, scripted scenes, dance, language from the Declaration of Independence and music from American musical theater to explore the facts, themes and emotional truths behind the American Revolution.  The resulting mini performance is highly entertaining and a springboard for extended lessons and talking points for both performers and audience.


The Oregon Trail

Students learn ensemble building exercises and use their own ideas to improvise scenes and scenarios about the Oregon Trail.  Throughout the process, questioning and discussion, students learn key facts about the Oregon Trail that are incorporated into their mini scenes.  Given a simple theatrical framework, students create their own original Oregon Trail performance piece, learning the basics of theater along the way.

Other residency themes have included:

  • Shakespeare (general, and specific preparation for Oregon Shakespeare Festival fieldtrip)
  • Native American legends
  • City of Portland
  • The Iliad and the Odyssey
  • Fairy Tales


Theater’s most powerful connections are with literacy, reading comprehension, vocabulary, social studies and cross disciplinary thinking.

Theater builds self-esteem, accountability, problem solving and poise.

Theater teaches 21st Century Skills:

  • Communication with each other and to the audience
  • Critical Thinking is integral to analyzing a text or turning an abstract idea into physical performance
  • Theater is a Collaborative art form
  • The process is Creative
  • Nothing builds Community like working on a performance!


Workshops & residencies: $60 per classroom session (up to 60 minutes), and per preparation hour, and per planning and reflection meeting with the school. Most residencies require at least one hour of preparation time per grade level.

Full productions or class plays can be negotiated into a single all-inclusive fee.

Materials and Supplies:  Most workshop and residency supplies should be under $50.  Larger productions and class plays can have variable production budgets, to be decided on with the school in initial planning meetings.

Mileage:  For travel outside the 15-mile radius of Young Audiences downtown Portland office, travel to school is reimbursed per mile based on the applicable IRS standard Mileage Rate.

Space:  A large open space to work in is best for theater residencies.  An empty classroom, gym or stage are all great, but we can also work in a classroom with desks pushed back.



Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.


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