WINTER WORKSHOPS Description and Bios
ONCE UPON A TIME… (Grades 4-7) – 4pm to 5pm Wednesdays – Beginning January 10
Explore how to present old stories in new ways!! Learn how actors work within a story to help transport an audience to a faraway place and the stage tricks that help to make that happen.
Bio: Mistie Jordan has been working in the theater since the ripe old age of 5 when she lost her hat and invented her own curtsey. After working as a professional scenic painter, a professional clown, and a full-time production manager, she worked as an artist-in-residence in schools all over Michigan to help teachers build art into everyday classroom learning processes. Currently, Mistie works as an artist, an educator, and a business owner.
ACTING UP! (grades 8-12) – 5pm to 6pm Wednesdays, beginning January 10
This fun class is all about acting!!! Learn how to feel more comfortable on stage, develop characterization and explore acting techniques.
Bio: Anna studied under Dorothy Masterson in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. She holds a degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures.
COMBAT! (grades 9-12) – Saturdays 1pm-3pm, beginning January 13
Learn the basics of Stage Combat; including combat theory, hand-to-hand instruction, introduction into swordplay for stage, and more. Students will have a grasp of safe yet effective techniques for use on stage and in film and give them a base for further, more in-depth learning of fight choreography in the future. Students will also learn how a fight scene is an expression of their character and how to make each fight unique.
Bio: Austin Elieff has been on both sides of stage combat choreography since the age of 17. Since then he has been an avid lover of Stage Combat, going on to learn under John Lennox at Lansing Community College. In 2012 he attended a workshop with the company Art of Combat International in New York City with choreographers whose resume includes Star Wars Ep II & III, Troy, Wanted, and more; as well as performing a selection of fight scenes Off-Broadway in the production Physical Discussions. Since then Austin has been assistant fight director and a combat extra for the film Beyond the Mask (Burns Family Studios), lead fight choreographer for multiple theatrical productions around the Lansing area including Brigadoon (HPA) and Camelot (Starlight Dinner Theater), and a fight consultant or actor for many more productions besides.