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Marjorie Anderson

RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • 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.

BIO

With over 25 years of experience in theater, dance and opera, and over 13 years working in Portland area schools, I bring a depth of knowledge and variety of skills to the school environment. Curriculum integrated theater residencies and productions teach performance skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration that inspires and strengthens the classroom experience.

DISCIPLINES

Theater,

GRADE BANDS

3-5,6-8,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

WORK WITH STUDENTS

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.

 

Shakespeare: Middle School preparation for Oregon Shakespeare Festival Field Trips
Using on-their-feet games and story telling activities, students learn the plots, major themes and characters of plays to be viewed. Studying and rehearsing scenes, students experience first hand the creative process, make artistic choices, learn to analyze complicated text, and dig deep into characterization. This preparation before performances creates engaged audience members and gives students a fuller theatrical experience. Guided discussion after performances extends the experience and results in surprisingly deep critical thinking.

 

Other Residency topics have included the Civil Rights Movement, The Iliad and the Odyssey, Native American Legends, Experimental Theater and Fairy Tales. Residencies often conclude with students sharing their work in progress with another class, giving everyone the opportunity to experience performing, for talk-back and reflection.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

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

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: Sometimes use common schools supplies, such as paper, markers, tape etc.

Technology: Speakers

FEE INFO

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.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

REFERENCES

Jeff Gentile

Teacher

jgentile@pps.net

(503) 916-5600

Roseway Heights School

7th grade

Chris Salter

Teacher

SalterC@hsd.k12.or.us

(503) 844-1090

Imlay School

5th grade

Beth Straub

Teacher

mstraub@pps.net

(503) 916-5600

Roseway Heights School

6th grade


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