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Hand2Mouth Theatre

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • To use theatre as a vehicle for students to explore and communicate their own stories and histories.
  • To create a collaborative learning environment where students can trust that their voices and ideas will be honored and respected by their peers.
  • To encourage students to recognize their peers’ unique skills through collaborative creation.
  • To build connection between what students are learning in the humanities and language arts with their own experiences.

BIO

Described by The Seattle Times as having “the kind of promise, fearlessness and energy that the American theater needs, and should encourage,” Hand2Mouth is a permanent ensemble of artists led by Artistic Director and Founder Jonathan Walters. Founded in 2000, the company creates and produces original plays from its home in Portland, and tours to cities in Oregon, the Northwest, and across the US. Hand2Mouth also runs tuition-free education programs for Portland-area students, teaches at colleges across the Northwest, and operates the Shout House studio, an incubator for arts and ideas in the Central Eastside Industrial District.

H2M’s teaching focuses on facilitating collaborative learning and inspiring groups to work together to craft theatre based on their own unique perspectives. Using research skills, editing, critical attention, and problem-solving, students dig into their personal stories and research material to develop performance texts and monologues. Throughout the process, students are also introduced to exercises that build performance skills.

DISCIPLINES

Theater,

GRADE BANDS

6-8,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

A 3-session series with Madison High School students focused on asking family members to describe their daily life and aspirations when they were the same age as the students.

At Metropolitan Learning Center that year’s Everybody Reads book was converted into a short play using a series of personal student stories linked to the themes of the novel.

At Faubion Middle School, students worked on the theme of social justice. They combined their own first person stories of injustices they, or people they knew, encountered with stories from young refugees and immigrants from across the world.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Hand2Mouth residencies most often draw from blending student research into historical, literary or cultural studies with details, opinions from their own life experience. Good curricular content includes social issues, studies of history or political structures, classic mythology, history of science exploration or famous scientists, research into the ‘big ideas’ behind literature, music or art, etc.

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Space: Can move from classroom to classroom.

 

Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.

 

Breaks longer than an hour will be charged.

 

Supplies: Common supplies used. Paper/pen/writing implements.

 

Technology: Classroom projector to plug in a laptop, Overhead projector to display images and examples, Speakers, Microphone.

FEE INFO

Fees for Residencies are $65 per classroom session, planning meeting and reflection meeting, and $55 per any necessary preparation hours.

Travel costs may apply and are negotiated between the school and artist.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

https://www.hand2mouththeatre.org

REFERENCES

Bianca Espinosza-Boyer

High School New Teacher Mentor, PPS

bespinos@pps.net

503-916-2000

High School New Teacher Mentor, Portland Public Schools

Glenn Jacobs

Teacher, Madison High School, PPS

gjacobs@pps.net

503-916-5220

Madison High School, Portland Public Schools

High School

Travis Richardson

Site Manager

Travis.Richardson@PortlandOregon.gov

503-408-2640

Parkrose High School SUN Community School


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