Everyone who falls in love with the theatre remembers their first experience of it. Sometimes it’s a big Broadway show. Occasionally it’s a high school play in which someone participated. Many others find out in a class how much fun and rewarding the theatre can be.
Long Wharf Theatre’s education department will partner with the New Haven Free Public Library to hopefully create those moments for a group of willing teens. Teaching artists from Long Wharf Theatre’s education department will hold a series of monthly classes from November to June at the Ives Main Library located at 133 Elm Street. The classes, lead by Long Wharf Theatre’s Director of Education Beth Milles and teaching artist Elizabeth Nearing, are free and open to all high school students. They will take place from 3 to 5 pm the second Wednesday of every month. “Theatre Haven is a space for exploration and creativity, a place to make new work and grow,” Milles said.
Theatre Haven will give young people the opportunity to try out different aspects of theatre in a safe and, perhaps most importantly, fun environment. The workshops will offer a sampling of theatrical art forms – from Shakespeare to clowning, from social justice-minded theatre to spoken word. Milles and Nearing also intend to offer flexibility in the workshops as well. If they find something that resonates with students, they’ll stick with it. “One of the great joys of the theatre, as a young person, is that when you join a play you feel that you are genuinely a part of something. I think theatre has that kind of magical power,” said Nearing, Long Wharf Theatre’s community relations manager.
Theatre Haven Schedule
November 18 – What is theatre? Introduction and workshop
December 9 – Shakespeare workshop
January 13 – Adapting and crafting your piece
February 10 – Having Your Say: History and your voice
March 9 – Political theatre
April 13 – Clowning
May 11 – Spoken word
June 8 – Final performances
To register for the classes, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Long Wharf Theatre’s education department, visit longwharf.org/education. For more information about the New Haven Free Public Library, visit nhfpl.org.