Introducing "Theater Craft-Behind the Curtain: A Free
Hands-On Learning Series"

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LOVE THEATER BUT FEAR THE STAGE?
HAVE A KNACK FOR CARPENTRY OR SEWING AND WANT TO FEEL MORE CREATIVELY FULL-FILLED?
WANT A HANDS ON-INSIDE LOOK AT HOW THEATER WORKS?

We are excited to offer a series of FREE learning workshops in various disciplines of theater craft at the Albany Barn this Fall and Winter. In a partnership with the Albany Barn and funded in part by a NYSCA Decentralization grant through the Arts Center of the Capital Region, we will introduce participants to a variety of disciplines all required to make theater happen.

The goal of the project is to turn a spotlight on the work done behind the scenes of a theatrical production and offer participants a chance to work and learn in those disciplines, obtaining skills that can be used both in the real world as well as becoming more involved with the Capital Region theater scene.

Participants in the program will be able to choose from four workshop series, each focused on a different aspect of making theater. Each workshop will be led by a local creative professional, offering first-hand knowledge and active learning over the course of a number of weeks. The workshops being offered are as follows:

• Mastering Set Design and Construction with Larissa Grossbeck
• Costume Design and Procurement with Beth Ruman
• Social Media and Marketing/Graphic Design with Jamel Mosely
• Make-up and Special effects with Jenn Dugan

(Full breakdown of each workshop series listed below)

The workshops will coincide with pre-production efforts for Creative License’s planned production of “The Picture of Dorian Gray” scheduled for March 10 – April 1 2017 at the Albany Barn. Those who complete the workshop will be welcomed to continue to work on the show, and all participants will be invited to an exclusive preview performance of the show on March 9th.


Costume Design and Procurement with Beth Ruman

Session One (Saturday November 19th, 11am)
General discussion of how to go about costuming a show, including, but not limited to the following:

-Read script
-Attend production meetings/talk with other designers
-Hands on practice of taking measurements
-Research time period
-Discuss character development with actors
-Make costume plot
-Talk about possible sources for costumes
-Begin to create a costume plot

 

Session Two (Sunday December 11th, 10am)
-Continue going over script and complete costume plot
-Hands on work with different types of fabrics
-Discussion on what a costumer needs in his/her “bag”

 

Session Three (Saturday January 7th, 11am)
-Work with sewing machines and start on sampler of sewing techniques
-Work on a selected costume for the show

 

Session Four (Saturday, January 21st, 11am)
-Continue work on sampler
-Work on a selected costume for the show

*This workshop series also includes a field trip to a local theater for a behind-the-scenes look at a costume shop and other inner-workings of the theater


Social Media and Marketing/Graphic Design
 with Jamel Mosely

Session One (Saturday, January 14th @1pm)
Content creation-evaluating the client and project needs, and brainstorming to create a cohesive graphic design, photo, and video design package

Session Two (Saturday, January 21st @1pm)
Taking your design package and implementing it though a hands on session working with the clients behind the camera and at the computer

Session Three (Saturday, January 28th @1pm)
Taking the finished photo/video/graphic design content and incorporating it into social media and print marketing


 


Make-up and Special effects with Jenn Dugan

Session One (Sunday November 6th, noon-2pm)
Old Age Makeup: Hands on application of the highlight/shadow technique.

Session Two (Saturday December 3rd, noon-1:45pm)
Period Make-up: Going through the decades of  the 20th Century, discussing color choices and line shapes.

Session Three (Saturday January 7th, noon-1:45pm)
Stage Effects: Bruising, blood spills, and how to glue a prosthetic.
(Bruising will be hands-on learning, prosthetic application will be demonstration)

 


Mastering Set Design and Construction with Larissa Grossbeck

A set designer is in charge of designing and creating the sets that appear on the stage. The role involves working and communicating with directors, producers, costume designers and other members of the production staff.

 

Session 1- Brainstorming (Saturday, December 10th, noon-1:30pm)
A set design does quite a bit of research and preparation before coming up with the final idea that is agreed upon by the production team. The set designer works with the director and other members of the production staff to for a cohesive vision of what the show should visually look like when completed. Reading the script and getting an idea of the atmosphere of the show and what the characters will need to work from is a crucial part of the set designing process.  For this part of the workshop we will be brainstorming ideas to begin forming an idea of what the final product should look like when it appears on the stage.

 

Session 2- Creating a Cohesive Design (Saturday, January 14th, noon-1:30pm)
Once you have had your brainstorming session it’s time to come up with the design with your production staff, primarily working with the director to form the overall vision of what the show will look like. Set designers work in different ways to present their design. Some will do rendered drawings to show how it will look, others will do models of what they want their sets to look like once completed. Our task will be to take our design concept and put it in a visual format for the director and members of the productions staff to see and understand.

 

Class 3- Materials and Management (Sunday, February 12th, noon-1:30pm)
Once the design is made the technical team will then take the design and make it into a reality. For this particular class we will be looking at the space to see how best to utilize it to make the set accessible for the actors and crew. We will also be talking about what materials and tools will be needed to construct the set and finally how to manage your time and keep within the constraints of the budget given to this particular department.

 

Class 4: Building a Set (Saturday February 25th, noon-1:30pm)
 After the design is completed and signed off on by the director we then go into the building stages. Depending on the elaborateness of the set and the number of people working as a team to have it completed this could be a one day process or longer. For this class we will be using the materials and tools provided to construct the set to the specifications agreed upon.

 

Classic 5: Set Dressing/Finishing Touches (Saturday March 4th, noon-1:30pm)
Part of the set design is thinking about the finished product and what it will include on the actual set. What color the paint for the walls may be, if there are going to be adornments (lamps, pictures hanging, etc). This day will be focused on added any of the final touches required to complete the look of the set.

 

(THIS SHOW IS PRESENTED WITH THE HELP OF A GRANT FROM THE DECENTRALIZATION PROGRAM, A REGRANT PROGRAM OF THE NYS COUNCIL OF THE ARTS WITH THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO AND THE NYS LEGISLATURE & ADMINISTERED BY THE ARTS CENTER OF THE CAPITAL REGION)