WillPower!


Taught by Burning Coal's Education Director

WillPower! 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.

FullSizeRenderFounded in our second season (1998/99), WillPower! 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, 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.

AND we can also put together a tour trip to NEW YORK CITY, LONDON or any other theatre capital that your group would like to travel to.  We do it cheaply AND we do it with the personal touch, making sure your group stays right in the heart of the City and sees and does things that you want to do.  Led by Burning Coal’s Director of EducationCLICK HERE to view a FAQ sheet.

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

WillPower! 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

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

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A FULL DESCRIPTION OF TECHNICAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AT BURNING COAL THEATRE

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

 

 

KidsWrite


May 24 – May 25, 2019

7 pm on Friday – Saturday

$10  Available at door

Eligibility

All students, grades 6-12

DEADLINE
March 01, 2019

Submission Deadline

SUBMIT YOUR ONE-ACT PLAY in Standard Manuscript Format


KidsWriteLogoTo 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.  To submit a play, please click here for the application.

KidsWrite performances will take place on May 29 and 30, 2020.  TICKETS for the 7 pm performances are $10 and are available only at the door on the nights of the show.  For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.

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Schools Tour


Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Burning Coal Theatre Company is on tour to schools with its powerful production of Orwell’s classic story Animal Farm. Follow the animals of The Manor Farm as they rebel against Farmer Jones and begin operating the farm themselves.  They’re dreams of living free from the reign of humans leads them to great heights, but they may soon find themselves being ruled by a far more ruthless tyrant.  Join us on this cautionary tale!   On Tour to your school March 2 – 13, 2020.

 

 

Aesop's FablesAesop’s Fables by Catherine Bush

Aesop is in trouble, and his only hope lies in his ability to weave fantastic stories with timeless lessons of truth. So it is that fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are brought to life in this exciting, new musical adventure.  On Tour to your school March 2 – 13, 2020.

 

 

Performances can take place morning or afternoon at your school.  Each production is flexible and self-contained; all we need is a bare performance space.  Performances run about 50 minutes and can be followed by a talkback with actors and artistic director, and accompanied with a study guide for the performance.  For more information, call 919-834-4001 or email us at coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com.  Tour fee: $1,000 per performance or $1800 for two consecutive performances.

Shakescenes


Shakescenes is 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. 
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!

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.

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, 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

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

STC Jr.


Jun 15 – Jun 26, 2020

10 am – 3 pm on Monday – Friday

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

Eligibility

Rising 6th-8th graders.

Written by The Students of STC, Jr. 2020

Taught by Burning Coal Professional Theatre Artist

Kidswrite 2015 photoA 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 26th at 6:00 pm).  

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STC Sr.


Jul 13 – Aug 1, 2020

10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday

This year‘s play is TITUS ANDRONICUS (performances July 31 - Aug 1 at 7 pm)

$425  DUE $100 deposit with application, remainder at time of your audition for the play.

Eligibility

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

DEADLINE
July 03, 2020

You will be contacted regarding auditions for TITUS ANDRONICUS following enrollment.

Written by William Shakespeare

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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 TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare!).  Two performances will take place at Burning Coal on the evenings of July 31 & August 1, 2020.

This year, students will also receive instruction from GUEST ARTISTS from colleges and professional theatres around the state such as:

Jill Carlson [ECU] – Stage Combat
Ray Dooley [PlayMakers Rep] – Auditioning
Carl Forsman [UNC-School of the Arts] – Shakespeare Text
John Gulley [UNCG] – Meisner Technique
Jo Hall [Greensboro College] – Fitzmaurice/Berry

APPLY HERE for full scholarship to attend STC, Sr. courtesy a grant from the NC Community Foundation.

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Uta Hagen Class


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Jul 8 – Aug 26, 2019

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

$200  call with visa or mastercard at 919.834.4001

Taught by Jerome Davis

Respect for ActingWork on scenes from great modern plays with Burning Coal Theatre Company.  Burning Coal’s Artistic Director, Jerome Davis will again lead his annual, eight-week scene study class based on the concepts expressed in Uta Hagen’s landmark book Respect for Acting. Davis studied with Uta Hagen at HB Studios in New York for seven years. Class will be founded in Hagen’s “object exercises.” Students will have the opportunity to work each week on scenes Read More »

Burning Coal’s Director of Education


Bryan Pridgen holds a B.A. in Acting from Greensboro College where he received the Haley Theatre Scholarship and later received the Nancy Levin and Ernest Borgnine Scholarships as an intern with Barter Theatre.  Bryan is a Co-Founder of Savannah Stage Company, a non-profit professional theatre in Savannah, GA that brings theatrical adaptations of classic literature to life through educational tours and mainstage productions.  He served as Artistic Director of SSC during its inaugural season and was crucial to the creation of their education wing.  As an educator, Bryan has worked for the past five years in public and private schools in NC and GA.  He continues his work in education as a substitute teacher for Wake County Public Schools.  This fall, Bryan will be attending NCSU to obtain his Masters in Elementary Education.  As a theatre artist, Bryan has extensive experience in multiple acting techniques, including Stanislavski, Meisner, Viewpoints, and Suzuki.  Bryan has been directing in professional and educational theatre for the past decade.  He has considerable experience with comedies, musicals, TYA and classical work.  Beyond acting and directing, Bryan is well-versed in voice, movement, playwriting and props design. 

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FAIL BIGGER: Adult Improv Class


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Jan 13 – Feb 10, 2020

7 pm – 10 pm on Monday

Taught by Bryan Pridgen

Fail Bigger ImageGet impulsive during Burning Coal’s 5-week spring improv class led by Bryan Pridgen, BCT’s Education Director.  Improv teaches us to play and to discover our creative potential. This comprehensive class breaks down large concepts into simple exercises that are built upon the foundation of improv: “Yes, and ….”   Pridgen has been studying and performing improv for over a decade with troupes at Barter Theatre and Savannah Stage Company. This class is great for building confidence, trust and patience through improved ensemble work.  Be prepared to fail, solve problems, create imaginative worlds and bravely pull yourself out of your comfort zone.  Learn to follow your impulses and push yourself to think critically and creatively through improvised scenes and scenarios imagined on the spot.  Eliminate self-doubt and fear of failure by failing bigger!   FEE:  $145.

Suzuki Acting Method: The Power of Stillness


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Sep 11 – Oct 16, 2019

7 pm – 10 pm on Wednesday

7 to 10 pm

Suzuki imageGet ready to sweat during Burning Coal’s fall class in Suzuki Acting Technique!  Led by BCT’s Education Director, this 6-week class in Suzuki Acting Method trains actors to work from their core and builds discipline, strength, and focus. This physically rigorous practice draws on martial arts influences and those of Japanese Noh, Kabuki, and the ancient Greek chorus. Developed by Tadashi Suzuki, this method is taught all over the world, and is practiced at the SITI company alongside Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints.  Dive into this extreme, physical acting method that grounds the actor’s body and voice.  Ideal for actors looking to develop a strong stage presence, and sports-minded artists who enjoy physical challenge.

Fee:  $145.  Enroll at 919.834.4001 or coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com

 

Past Productions & Events

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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 »