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Summer Classes

May 11, 2015 - 11:45 AM


Here's a list for our upcoming classes. 

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All classes at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street. To enroll, call 319-338-7672

Those who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible for tuition assistance.


SUMMER


STAGE COMBAT FOR KIDS                    Teacher: Kelly Gibson
June 13, 10-12 am, grades 3-6
Tuition $25


HALF-DAY ACTING CLASSES, TAKE 1 OR BOTH!

CURRENT GRADES  5-7, June 22-26     
Tuition $110 per class.  Both classes for $200.

ACTING FUNNY, 10am-12pm            Teacher: Steven Marzolf


IMPROVISE!, 12:30-2:30pm                                  Teacher: Kelly Gibson

             
 
YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTENSIVE  Current grades 8-12
Tuition $165/wk (reduced tuition for additional weeks)
All classes meet 1:00-4:00 pm

Sign up for one week or all three of these interrelated classes for the serious young actor, taught by working theatre professionals. 


Week 1    June 29-July 3
AUDITION                                   Teacher: Kelly Gibson


Week 2    July 6-10
ADVANCED ACTING                      Teacher: Steven Marzolf


Week 3    July 13-17
IMPROV                                     Teacher: Katy Slaven

  


TEACHING ARTISTS

KELLY GIBSON returns to Riverside’s teaching roster this summer - and to play Roxane in Cyrano.  She also appeared as Desdemona in last year’s Othello.  Her teaching experience includes working with K-college level students, both locally and internationally, as well as extensive work in theatre for social change programs.  She has taught youth classes at both Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Most recently, Kelly has been teaching theatre as a means for literacy with Sundog Theatre in Staten Island public schools.  Kelly has an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a member of Actors’ Equity, and resides in New York City.

STEVEN MARZOLF, Equity actor, director and educator, performed last summer as Cassio in Othello and also directed both Green Shows.  His extensive teaching experience for both youth and adults includes The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the University of Tulsa and TheatreSquared in Fayetville, Arkansas.  His regional acting credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Steven has an MFA from the University of San Diego.


KATY SLAVEN has an MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and a BA in Theatre from UNI. She has taught classes and led workshops for a range of ages at Florida Atlantic University, UNI, Webster City Community Theatre, Iowa Thespians Festival, and North Iowa Area Community College. Katy currently lives in Cedar Rapids with her son Jack, and works as a freelance actor/educator/collaborator. For more information about Katy, please visit www.katherineslaven.com

Spoken Word Workshop, Sat, 5/9, 1p-3p

May 7, 2015 - 10:49 AM

SPOKEN WORD

Ages 15-20, Saturday, May 9, 1-3pm
Cost:  FREE!  Space limited; register by calling 338-7672 before Friday at 3pm.

Take advantage of this free spoken word workshop with teacher Bevin O'Connor, a writer from the UI Poetry Workshop.  Techniques for generating ideas, writing, memorizing and performing “poetry out loud.”  You might even decide to try out your work at Riverside’s late-night SUMMER SLAM on Tuesday, July 1!

See Will Power in Action, 4/23

April 8, 2015 - 10:56 AM

On Thursday, April 23 at 5:30pm, join us at Riverside Theatre for a free Will Power demo! This fun, thirty minute event is perfect for families.

Will Power touring actors Steven Marzolf, Kayla Prestel and Ron Clark will present a brief scene from the classic tale of CYRANO and a teaching demonstartion.  This event is free; no reservations necessary.

Will Power is a Riverside Theatre education outreach program that visits several Iowa City and Cedar Rapids middle schools each spring, teaching about a classic work with an emphasis on student participation.

Support for Will Power comes from MidwestOne Bank and Rockwell Collins.

More about Riverside Theatre's 2015 summer productions CYRANO & LOVE LETTERS.

October playwriting class at Riverside, grades 7-12

October 6, 2014 - 11:53 AM


OCTOBER PLAYWRITING CLASS AT RIVERSIDE

Call 319-338-7672 to register; tuition assistance available


Play in a Day: Tales from Beyond

Saturday, Oct. 18th 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at Riverside Theatre
Grades 7-12, tuition $25 (bring your own brown bag lunch)

Create theatrical suspense, chills and terror!  Supported by the Kennedy Center and Combined Efforts Theatre.

Students will use improvisation, props and costume piec

es to devise a short piece to be performed the same evening at Howling at the Moon.

Actors will be provided for the roles or students may choose to perform their own work. The program is purposefully inclusive ~ disability is not an issue, because anyone can be a vampire. . .

 Howling at the Moon is at 7:00 pm at The Country Camp, 3418 Osage St. SW, Iowa City.

Young People's Intensive Performance 7/12/13

July 8, 2013 - 1:48 PM

Young, talented actors, grades 8-12 made up the Young People's Intensive (YPI) class this summer.  The in-depth 2 week course, taught by professional actor Jess Prichard, taught students voice and movement techniques, improvisation and ensemble work, supplemented with workships by additional guest artists.  The young actors will share the work they've done through a compact version of THE LARAMIE PROJECT.  The public is invited to see the fruits of this class, Friday, July 12, 7PM-8PM, Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City.  FREE.

Poetry Contest Winners

May 14, 2012 - 9:23 AM

Will Power Contests - Words Out of the Box - Sonnet if you Want It

This year marks the 13th Annual Riverside Theatre Will Power Poetry Contest (for grades 7-12) sponsored by MidWestOne Bank. Thank you to all students who entered and to the teachers who encouraged them.

Riverside Theatre is especially grateful to Andrea Keech, who has enthusiastically supported the Will Power program at Northwest Junior High since 2000.

Selected entrants are being honored at the Will Power dress rehearsal performance of As You Like It on June 14. Winning entries are on display in May at MidWestOne Bank, 102 S. Clinton Street in Iowa City, and in June at the Iowa City Public Library.

Special congratulations to the following winners:

First Place – Junior High

Maria Shriver

Northwest Junior High, Coralville

Grade 8

 

The Rest is Silence

--Hamlet, Act V, Scene ii, Variant from the First Folio

Silence speaks

When nature’s near

It licks the lips

And rests the ear

Silence kills

When jealous hearts

Come face to face

And winter starts

 

Silence lives

In every place

When time reveals

A lover’s face

 

Silence fades

When patience fails

When chaos grows

And noise prevails

 

Second Place – Junior High

Brooke Barnette

West Middle School, Anamosa

Grade 8


The Crown

In the pillaged castle hall

Hopes lay withered

Broken dreams scattered

Upon the floor

Unity ripped apart

At the seams

 

A crown lays there

Dusty, forgotten

It tells of tale

Of love, and hope, then despair

Oh, all the stories

It must hold

 

I sit and wonder

What its tale

Might have been

My mind imagines
A world filled

Of ancient legends

 

A brand new kingdom

A beloved prince

Doing his duty

And serving his people

Then meeting a princess

His dreams has come true

 

Then terror and suffering

His kingdom fights for its life

To no avail

The enemy wins

His perfect dream

Is no more

 

But this tale isn’t over

A jewel upon the crown

Tells the end

Of the tale

It tells of hope

Of a new beginning

 

The old has gone

But new is yet

To come

New Kingdoms will arise

Peace and Happiness are there

On the horizon

 

Third Place – Junior High

Ryane Scott

Prairie Point Middle School, Cedar Rapids

Grade 8


A Warming Trend

Like a red on a rose,

That blows in the winds

Traces of love,

And not of sins,

Showers of hope,

And summers end,

Days of happiness,

And letters to send,

Questions to ask,

And answers to lend,

Things to do,

And rules to bend,

Love is love,

A warming trend

 

First Place – Senior High

Anna Egeland

West High School, Iowa City

Grade 12

 

Impact of fragile wing on dense oil

I

Sensation of falling.

Surge:

Flutter of heart

Release:

Flutter of wings

II

Ebb and flow

Of a crumpled aluminum heart

Ink that pulses

Through hollow bones,

Leaves behind empty space

A dimple in the crust:

A reminder of what once was

III

The sticky crinkle of cellophane

Is a sorrowful sound

And it hurts your ears.


Second Place – Senior High

Ashton Duncan

West High School, Iowa City

Grade 11

 

To Calmer Waters

For those who have walked between the ages

in exotic places’ spice dust traces,

remember time in Renaissance faces,

found a player’s game in the world’s stages…

To those who have been too long called sages,

recaptured seas, forgotten in stasis,

heard old soul tales from the lips of graces,

very stories scrawled in century’s pages…

 

Those who have foxes loved and lions feared,

been stared back by abyss-ended pier.

Who have been brutish, short, ‘til hope appeared,

had the great, light burden: a pen held dear.

To those who lived, loved, prospered, pioneered:

good night, good luck, to all who sailed here.

Summer Theatre Training

February 27, 2012 - 9:07 AM

2012 Summer Theatre Training at Riverside

All classes are at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, except where noted. To enroll in classes at Riverside, call 319-338-7672.

To enroll for classes at Willowwind, call 319-338-6061 or email Heather Younker at [email protected].


June 18-22, Grades 5-8 at Riverside Theatre

Tuition $100 per class.  Bring a sack lunch and stay for both classes, with a

combined tuition of $175.

IMPROV & FUNNY VOICES!

10 a.m.-12 noon

Taught by Kelly Rebecca Gibson

Learn what it is to “say yes” to spontaneous offers, building scenes and creating stories out of thin air. We’ll also explore the basics of creating character voices and dialects. Through the many different active improvisations, you’ll be ready to trust your instincts and let your imaginations fly!   

MYTH MAKER ACTING CLASS

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Taught by Jennifer Fawcett

What do Persephone, Aphrodite and Zeus have to do with your life today?  A lot!  In this class we’ll take an ancient Greek myth, break it apart and re-assemble it for today’s world.  Using writing, improvisation and theatre games, we’ll create an original short play to be performed on the last day of class. 

 

June 25-29 at Willowwind School

Tuition $150 per class. To enroll, call 338-6061 or email  [email protected]

STORYTELLERS

GRADES K-2

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Taught by Kalen Harriman

Experience a story from the inside!  Use your voice, body & imagination to explore different books & fairy tales. 

COMIC IMPROV

GRADES 3-6

12:30-3:30 p.m.

Taught by F. Tyler Burnet

Trust your instincts, think on your feet, create new characters and story lines on the spot!  You’ll also learn nose grabs, ear pulls and other playful clowning techniques.

 

For High School Students at Riverside Theatre  

Tuition $125 for AUDITION, $325 for YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTENSIVE.  Enroll in both for a combined tuition of $425.

AUDITION! 

Grades 8-12

June 25-29, 12:00-2:30 p.m.

Taught by Kelly Rebecca Gibson.

Whether auditioning for a school play, a local theatre, or a college theatre scholarship (yes, they do exist and may be substantial!) – this class will make a big difference.  Learn how to select and prepare both contemporary and classical monologues as well as make strong choices for a cold reading.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTENSIVE

Grades: 8-12

Dates: July 2, 3, 5-7, 9-13, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Taught by Martin Andrews and Jennifer Fawcett

In this two week intensive, you will build relationships with peers who are as serious about theatre as you are, participating in exercises and scenes designed to stimulate your imagination, increase your concentration, and develop the skills needed to act with honesty and theatrical energy. We will ask and seek answers to the following questions:  How do we define acting? How do we create truthful moments on stage?   How do we use our voice and body to inhabit a character? What is our relationship to the text, our fellow actors, and the audience? There will also be specialty workshops taught by professional guest artists, Tuition includes admission to a performance of Riverside Theatre in the Park, and specialty workshops by RT guest artists.  YPI culminates with a public showcase on July 13 at 7 p.m.

 

TEACHING ARTISTS

Martin Andrews has an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa, and is the Producing Director of Working Group Theatre.  A voiceover artist and actor, he is performing this season in Toymaker’s War (WGT) and Mayberry (Hancher) as well as A Steady Rain for Riverside Theatre.

F. Tyler Burnet appeared this season at Milwaukee Rep in productions including To Kill A Mockingbird  and A Christmas Carol.  He has an MFA from the University of Georgia and has taught improvisation for both youth and adults, including 3 years at Second City.  He will be seen this summer in As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice.

Jennifer Fawcett has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa.  Also an actor, Jennifer appeared at Riverside Theatre in Ah, Wilderness! and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as in her solo play, goat show. Associate Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre, Jennifer’s award-winning plays have been produced in the US and Canada.

Kelly Rebecca Gibson returns to Riverside’s teaching roster this summer - and to play Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Phebe in As You Like It.  She has taught youth classes at both Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and Colorado Shakespeare Festival.  Kelly has an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kalen Harriman performed and taught this season with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and its educational tour.  She returns to Riverside to play Rosalind in As You Like It and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice.  Other credits include Milwaukee Rep and, for Riverside, productions of Boom, Mary’s Wedding, Love’s Labours Lost and Romeo and Juliet.

Summer Theatre Training for Grades 2-12

June 6, 2011 - 11:56 AM

Summer is here and Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, is offering a variety of theatre courses in June and July for students in grades 2-12.

 

The courses will be taught by professional theatre artists and educators, some of whom are members of this year’s Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival company.

 

Students in grades 2-5 can take classes in acting and improvisation, while students in grades 5-8 can try their hand at stage combat and advanced improvisation. Students in 8th-12th graders can participate in a two-week intensive theatre course focusing on contemporary and classic scene work, movement, improvisation, and audition technique, with specialty training in voice, classical text and weaponry.

 

Classes will be held at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City and at Riverside Theatre Festival Stage, in Lower City Park, Iowa City.

 

Students in grades 2-8 can take one class for $100 or two classes for $175. The two week intensive course for high school students is $315, which includes admission to a Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival performance. For more information and to register, please call the Box Office at 338-7672. Box office hours are Tuesday-Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m.

 

 

Full descriptions of SUMMER TRAINING AT RIVERSIDE THEATRE

 

Grades: 2-5

Acting

Dates: June 20-24, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Get in on the action! Use your body, voice and imagination to gain basic acting skills as we create characters and scenes. Taught by theatre artist John Kaufmann.

 

Grades: 2-5

Improvise!

Dates: June 20-24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Learn improvisational techniques through playful interactive games, and then create scenes ourselves. Taught by drama educator Kizzy Marco.

  

Grades: 5-8

Fast Thoughts & Fist Fights

Dates: June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Location: Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park

Learn basic stage combat techniques - safely executed slaps, hair-pulls, and round-house punches. Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Cristina Panfilio.

 

Grades: 5-8

Improvise! II

Dates: June 27-July 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Learn how to "say yes" to spontaneous offers, and building scenes and stories through group agreement. Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Kelly Gibson.

 

Grades: 8-12 

Young People's Intensive

Dates: July 5-8, 11-15, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverside Theatre

Additional dates: Evenings of July 7 for Shakespeare Festival performance and July 15 for public showcase

In this two week intensive, you will build relationships with peers who are as serious about theatre as you are. Taught by professional actor/director Saffron Henke, you will focus on contemporary and classic scene work, Viewpoints movement technique, improvisation, and audition technique. There will also be specialty workshops with Festival actors in voice, classical text, and weaponry. 

  

To register call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.

 

Theatre Training at Riverside

March 17, 2011 - 2:18 PM

Theatre Training at Riverside

 

By Request Classes, workshop or residencies personally designed for kids, teens or adults!  Time and location can be tailored to match the needs of your group.  Teaching specialists are available for creative dramatics, voice work, acting, directing, musical theatre, improvisation, improvisation, corporate team building – and more!  Contact [email protected] or call 887-1360.

 

 

Summer 2011

 

To register, call the Box Office at 338-7672.

 

For information on need based tuition assistance,

please contact [email protected]

 

Acting

Grades: 2-5

Dates: June 20-24, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Tuition: $100; $175 if paired with Improvise!

 

Get in on the action!  Use your body, voice and imagination to gain basic acting skills as we create characters and scenes. During the last class, family and friends will be invited to see what we have been learning. Taught by theatre artist John Kaufmann.

 

Improvise!

Grades: 2-5

Dates: June 20-24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Tuition: $100; $175 if paired with Acting

 

Amaze friends and family with your ability to create theatre and make laughs out of thin air!  We’ll learn improvisational techniques through playful interactive games, and then create scenes ourselves. On the last day, we’ll share our creative talents with family and friends. Taught by drama educator Kizzy Marco.

 

 

Fast Thoughts & Fist Fights   

Grades: 5-8

Dates: June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Location: Riverside Festival Stage, lower City Park

Tuition: $100; $175 if paired with Improvise! II

 

Be part of the summer Festival magic while you learn basic stage combat

techniques – safely executed slaps, hair-pulls, and round-house punches –

and how they enhance comic and dramatic action.  This class will inspire

creativity, strengthen performance skills.  The last day will culminate in an

action-packed demonstration!  Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Cristina

Panfilio.

 

                  

Improvise! II

Grades: 5-8

Dates: June 27-July 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Tuition: $100; $175 if paired with Fast Thoughts & Fist Fights

 

In this active class, we will learn how to “say yes” to spontaneous offers, and building scenes and stories through group agreement. We will experiment with many different improvisational structures while you learn to trust your own instincts and imagination!  Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Kelly Gibson.

 

 

 

Young People’s Intensive

Grades: 8-12

Dates: July 5-8, 11-15, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Additional dates

*Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m. for Green Show & 8 p.m. for Shakespeare Festival performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona

*July 15, 7:00 p.m. public showcase

Tuition: $315 (includes Festival admission)

 

 

In this two week intensive, you will build relationships with peers who are as serious about theatre as you are. Taught by professional actor/director Saffron Henke, you will focus on contemporary and classic scene work, Viewpoints movement technique, improvisation, and audition technique.

 

There will also be specialty workshops in voice (Martin Andrews), classical text (Shakespeare Festival actor Peter Eli Johnson), and weaponry (Festival actor Zachary Andrews). The training you receive in this program will have a lasting impact on your life as an actor and communicator.

 

All students perform in a final public showcase on the evening of July 15. 

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