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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.


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!   


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]



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. 



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.


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.


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.



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.

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