As part of Burning Coal Theatre’s commitment to theater in North Carolina, and our out reach to schools and young future theater lovers and creators, we perform and teach across the state in schools and communities. For more information about current and future offerings, see below.
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.
Founded 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. We can also take the lead on creating a FULL PRODUCTION at your school (or online during the Coronavirus pandemic).
The residencies bring a trained, professional theatre artist into your school to conduct a workshop or performance with your drama, theatre, or English classes. Every residency is custom designed to meet the needs of each individual class, school, and teacher.
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. CLICK 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!
Acting Workshop: Scene Study
Fee: $500 per week (number of weeks may vary).
Acting Workshop: Monologues
Fee: $500 per week.
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.
In these sessions, students will learn to think about what components go into the telling of a story, including research, selection of material, editing, composition and staging.
Fee: $500 per week.
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 or theatre conservatories, both in the US and abroad.
Workshop: Students may arrive with their chosen monologues memorized. Each student will workshop their chosen monologues, through focused instruction on finding clear objectives, 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.
Monologue Selection Students may arrive with 2-3 options memorized that we would 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 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. Focus will include who are you talking to, where to pitch your focus, when is movement helpful, how to enter a room and most importantly, how to conclude your audition.
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.”
Fee: $200 per session.
A course designed to introduce students to various acting styles (performance art, absurdist, period movement, etc.) outside of conventional realism.
Fee: $350 per week.
The teaching artist will provide support on a school-sponsored production. Support includes workshops, general production help, or the direction of the production.
Fee: $250 per week.
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.
Fee: $350 per week
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.