Fuse


Taught by Burning Coal's Education Director, Jennifer Markowitz

Fuse: a cord-like substance used in the ignition of explosives. A fuse can be safely used to ignite a cap, which is the primer  for an explosive.  –Kentucky Coal Education Glossary of Mining Terms

­­­Fuse is our Education Outreach Program that works in collaboration with public and private schools throughout central North Carolina, to place a trained professional theatre artist in school for residencies from one day to six weeks in duration.

Founded iA Midsummer Night's Dreamn our second season (1998/99), Fuse was originally developed to educate elementary, middle, and high school students about the works of William Shakespeare and has since matured into a tailored curriculum for students covering topics such as acting, movement, improv, theatre history, spoken word poetry and devising.

Led by Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz, the residencies bring a trained, professional theatre artist into your school to conduct a workshop or performance with your drama, theatre, or English classes.

Whether you are looking for new ways to approach Shakespeare, or to strengthen your students’ performance skills with additional training tools, or introduce new perspectives and methods to enrich your students’ classroom experience, Burning Coal’s guest artists bring both advanced training and our signature passion.  Every residency is custom designed to meet the needs of each individual class, school and teacher. We custom tailored curriculum courses in every theatrical discipline with flexible residency lengths.

We look forward to working with you to design a curriculum that ignites the fuse within each of your students!

Fuse Residencies

Acting Workshop:  Scene Study

  • Students will be assigned a scene from a play chosen by their teacher. They will also be assigned a scene partner and will be expected to read the entire play. We will rehearse these scenes in a workshop format each session, with each student watching and learning how to effectively evaluate the work of their classmates as well as how to process feedback regarding their own work.
  • Through rehearsal and practice, students will learn about dramatic structure, as well as acting techniques from the Stanislavski System such as ‘objective’ and ‘action’
  • Additionally, each student will gain a better understanding of the rehearsal process in which the text is the primary consideration.
  • Teach basic dramatic structure and text analysis through practical exploration within a rehearsal setting
  • 2-8 Weeks with option of performance for the final week

Acting Workshop: Monologues

  • At the first session, each student will be assigned a monologue to learn which they will then be led through a series of techniques in order to bring a piece of text to life without a scene partner. Students will learn acting techniques such as relaxation and focus, as well as objective and action, in order to master their monologue.
  • Students will learn basic text analysis through rehearsal
  • 1-4 Weeks with option of performance for the final week

Devised Theatre
A crash course in one of the most exciting, cutting-edge forms of theatre today, which emphasizes collaboration and creativity. Concludes with a performance of a student-devised show.

1-8 Weeks

Monologues: The College Audition Workshop

This class is designed for high school students looking to sharpen their monologue repertoire and audition skills.  Perfect for those who are auditioning for BFA Acting programs, both in the US and abroad.

One Session:

Workshop:  Students may arrive with their chosen monologue memorized.  Each student will workshop their chosen monologue, through focused instruction on finding a clear objective, as well as what to expect during the audition process.  We will prepare students for the possible questions to expect in the room and typical adjustments they might receive.

Two Sessions:

Monologue Selection Students may arrive with 2-3 options memorized that we will assess according to what is appropriate for a university entrance audition.  The philosophies of different theatre programs will be discussed as well as what monologue might be most appropriate for each school.

Workshop:  Each student will then workshop their chosen monologue, learning about and exploring clear objectives and actions, as well as what to expect during the audition process. Each Student will be led through a series of techniques in order to bring a piece of text to life without a scene partner.Students will learn basic text analysis of the entire play from which the monologue has originated.

Three Sessions:

Monologue Selection, Extended Workshop and a Mock Audition in which students will learn what it means when professionals say “the audition begins the minute you walk through the door and doesn’t end until you leave.”

Movement to Music

This relentless, playful, creative class/technique uses music and movement to explore our relationship to space, environment and each other.

1-8 Weeks 

Performance Styles
A course designed to introduce students to various acting styles (performance art, absurdist, period movement, etc.) outside of conventional realism.

(1-4 Weeks)

Production Assistance
The teaching artist will provide support on a school-sponsored production. Support includes workshops, general production help, or the direction of the production.

1-8 Weeks

Shakescenes

A series of workshops and rehearsals culminating in a full production of a Shakespearean play, directed by the Teaching Artist.  Founded in 2011, ShakeScenes introduces 3rd through 12th graders to the works of William Shakespeare, emphasizing through games, exercises, and performances that Shakespeare the universality of Shakespeare and how these stories are still relevant today. 

The interactive and fun nature of ShakeScenes serves to clear roadblocks in their future education by making students enthusiastic about Shakespeare!

ShakeScenes Packages

One Week Residency
Includes five days of class instruction, activities, games, and discussions (up to three consecutive hours a day) with Burning Coal’s Director of Education Jennifer Markowitz.

Shakescenes Performance

Burning Coal’s troupe of professional actors come to your school and perform  a variety of scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous works, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, and The Tempest as part of an interactive show! This 50 minute performance is open to the entire student body and is narrated by Director of Education Jennifer Markowitz, with a discussion following the performance.

Residency and Performance

If you have trouble choosing one, have both our residency teaching program and single performance compliment one another as you open the works of Shakespeare to your students on a fun, interactive level!

1-6 Weeks with option of performance for the final week

Spoken Word

Through spoken word poetry, students can explore language skills, sentence structure, and vocabulary. These are just a few components, but the experience of spoken word poetry challenges students to step outside the box and engage in a truly different aspect of poetry.

(1-6 Weeks with option of a performed Poetry Slam for the final week)

Theatre History
A survey of theatre history from Ancient Greece, through the Medieval Ages, the Renaissance, and the European movements of the 19th century, all the way toward the innovations of the 20th and 21st Centuries.

(1-10 Weeks) 

Viewpoints
An in-depth exploration of the acting/ensemble methods popularized by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company, with classes covering character creation and ensemble work.

(1-2 Weeks)

Viola Spolin Improvisation Workshop
Viola Spolin is the internationally recognized originator of Theater Games – the basis of improvisational theater. Along with her son, Paul Sills, Viola Spolin created the techniques utilized by the cast of Chicago’s Second City as well as every other improvisational comedy troupe ever since.  From Chicago’s settlement houses to the Young Actor’s Company, the Compass Players, Second City as well as in thousands of institutions of education and healing throughout the world Viola Spolin taught us to play and to discover our creative potential. Spolin has introduced her work not only to students and professionals in theater, but to elementary and secondary education, schools for gifted and talented programs, curriculum studies in English, religion, mental health, psychology, and in centers for the rehabilitation of delinquent children.

  • Spolin’s Theater Games are simple, operational structures that are each built upon a specific focus or technical problem.
  • The games have a liberating effect for the players.
  • The first rule of improvisation is “yes, and,” meaning that anyone’s contribution to the group discussion is accepted without judgment.
  • 1-8 Weeks

If you would like to bring Burning Coal’s Fuses program to your school, contact us at 919.834.4001 or email our Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz at Jennifer@burningcoal.org

 

 

Submit to KidsWrite


Eligibility
All students, grades 6-12

DEADLINE
March 01, 2016

Submission Deadline

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY in Standard Manuscript Format

To encourage the young writers of North Carolina, Burning Coal each year holds a festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade from Wake and surrounding counties in North Carolina. Kidswrite was created in 2004.  Kidswrite will be accepting submissions of one-act plays from students and producing a number of them in May 2016 at the Murphey School. Please help us spread the word and help our next generation of writers!

All original one-act plays, less than 45 pages in standard manuscript format and written by a student, grades 6 through 12, are eligible.  Please send submissions along with a letter including your name, address, email address or phone number, grade and school.

Submissions must be received by March 1, 2016.  Writers will be notified by mid-April.

Schools Tour


This year‘s play is Antigone

$900  One performance
$1700  Two performances

Written by Adapted from Sophocles by Ian Finley

On tour March 7 - 11, 2016

Run time: 55 minutes plus Talkback, as needed

Directed by Jennifer Markowitz

Antigone

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A civil war has just ended in Thebes. Antigone’s brother, Polyneices and Eteocles are both killed in battle. But Kreon, Antigone’s uncle and the new ruler of Thebes, rules that only Eteocles be properly and honorably buried, while Polyneices, called a traitor, remain uncovered, beyond the city walls. Antigone goes against Kreon’s order, burying Polyneices. Ritual and gender politics are challenged in this exciting new adaptation. 

Performances can take place morning or afternoon.  The production is flexible and self-contained; all we need is a bare stage.  Performances followed by a talkback with actor and director, and accompanied with a study guide for the performance.  For more information, call 919-834-4001 or email Education Director Jennifer Markowitz at Jennifer@burningcoal.org

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING


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Jan 18 – Feb 8, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$145  DUE on or prior to the first day of the first day of class

Taught by Jorie Slodki

Does the thought of speaking for a crowd make you break into a cold sweat? Fear no more, because Director of Education Jorie Slodki (MA, University of Wisconsin) is teaching a class on public speaking. It doesn’t matter if you need to give a keynote address to an audience of hundreds or a short presentation to your team at work. You will get the tools you need to prepare your words, keep calm in the moment, handle any props or visual aids … and deal with the unexpected!

 

Live at Burning Coal: An Intro to Stand-Up Comedy!


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Apr 18 – May 23, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$155  Due on or before the first class

Taught by Director of Education Jorie Slodki

Hey, d’ya ever notice how fun it can be to make a crowd laugh? If you want to try tickling funny bones, Director of Education Jorie Slodki is teaching an introductory course on stand-up comedy. Students will learn how to write a 10-minute routine and learn from legendary comics. The class culminates in a final performance where students perform for family and friends, as well as a panel of professionals who will provide further tips on fine-tuning your act.

Students will be expected to do homework outside of class. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

ShakeScenes


Founded in 2011, ShakeScenes introduces 3rd through 12th graders to the works of William Shakespeare, emphasizing through games, exercises, and performances that Shakespeare is fun, not hard!
 
By introducing students to Shakespeare at an early age, it debunks many of the students’ preconceived myths that Shakespeare is boring, old, and hard to understand. 
 
The interactive and fun nature of ShakeScenes serves to clear roadblocks in their future education by making students enthusiastic about Shakespeare!

You can find more information about Shakescenes, as well as all of our other school Fuse Residencies, here.

 

KidsWrite Performance Festival


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May 13 – May 14, 2016

7:30 pm on Friday – Saturday
2 pm on Saturday

$10  Regular Admission

Tickets available only at the door.  For additional info, call 919.834.4001.


Come join us at Burning Coal Theatre Company for our 8th annual KidsWrite! New Play Festival 2016, featuring works written by local students in 6th-12th grades. The festival will take place on May 13-14, 2016, with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday, and 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday. Admission is $10, and tickets are available only at the door.

To encourage the young writers of North Carolina, Burning Coal each year holds a festival of new plays, written by students from 6th grade to 12th grade from Wake and surrounding counties in North Carolina.

 

 

This year’s featured plays will include:

“Behind the Curtain” by Emma Dieterle (Research Triangle High)
“Tinderbox” by Emily Rose White (Enloe HS)
“A Birthday Party at the End of the World” by Ariana Holly (Longleaf School of the Arts)
“The Fire” by Maeghan Suzik (Enloe HS)
“One, Two, Three: A Series of Pains” by Ben Pluska (Enloe HS)
“Snake Charmer” by Hannah Levinson (Enloe HS) Read More »

Teatro


A drama based program designed to strengthen oral communication and language literacy in young ESL learners, while nurturing creativity, cooperation And confidence.

TEATRO utilizes improvisation, role play, theatre games, monologues, dialogues and bilingual scripts (commercial and student generated) to enhance academic skills, honor cultural diversity and foster achievement.

TEATRO is aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and may be adapted for various grade levels and residencies of varied duration. Instructor will work with administrators and teachers to tailor a program specific to the needs of your ESL population. Read More »

STC Jr.


Jun 12 – Jun 23, 2017

10 am – 3 pm on Monday – Friday

$275  DUE on or before the first day of the program.

Eligibility

Incoming 6th-8th graders.

Written by The Students of STC, Jr. 2017

Taught by Burning Coal's Director of Education Jennifer Markowitz

A two-week conservatory for students in grades 6-8 who want to explore all the possibilities the theatre offers.  Students learn techniques of movement, vocal production, and character study in the mornings and apply those techniques in rehearsing an original play in the afternoons, with a culminating production of that play created by the students themselves at the end of the session (June 23rd at 6:30 pm).  Taught by Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz.

 

STC Sr.


Jul 10 – Jul 28, 2017

10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday

This year‘s play is TBA

$425  DUE at time of your audition for the play.

Eligibility

Students in grades 9-12 as well as college freshmen.

DEADLINE
July 01, 2017

You will be contacted regarding auditions for the play TBA following enrollment.

Taught by Director of Education, Jennifer Markowitz

STC Sr. is our intensive, three-week conservatory for high school students interested in rigorous, professional training.  It involves classes in the mornings followed by rehearsals for a play in the afternoons (this year Antigone!).  Two performances of TBA will take place at Burning Coal on the evenings of July 28 & 29, 2017.

Last year, we  were joined by guest artists from colleges and professional theatres around the state.  Similar quality educators will be hired again this year!  Students will learn a wide variety of subjects and techniques in classes with guest artists from fine educational institutions and professional theatres like:

John Gulley, UNC Greensboro – Meisner
Kevin Otos, Elon College – Clowning/Mask Work
Preston Lane, Triad Stage – Auditioning
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Watch the STC Promo

 

Past Productions & Events

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Directing with Jennifer Markowitz


Oct 10 – Nov 14, 2016

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$155  call with visa or mastercard at 919.834.4001

Taught by Jennifer Markowitz

919.834.4001 - call now to reserve your spot in class.

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Directing is both a craft and an interpretive art.  This intensive, practical class teaches students the essential tools of directing from an accomplished professional. Learn the fundamental tools of direction: play analysis, staging and composition, research and rehearsal process, culminating in the presentation of a short scene.  Previous directing training is not required but theatre experience on any level will be helpful. More on Jennifer’s career can be found at:  http://jennifer-markowitz-director.squarespace.com/ Read More »

Commedia Workshop with Kevin Otos


Nov 2, 2013

12 pm - 5 pm on Saturday

$60  Workshop fee

Learn and experience the Commedia dell’Arte with Kevin Otos in this dynamic, on-your-feet engaged workshop Saturday, November 2nd from noon to 5pm at the Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk Street, Raleigh. Participants will discover and explore the characters, lazzi, and masks associated with this vital style through a series of invigorating exercises and structured improvisations.  This workshop is designed for both those familiar and unfamiliar with Commedia; everyone is welcome to experience this visceral style.  Workshop fee:  $60.  To reserve your space, please call 919.834.4001 today. Read More »