Education

Workshops

Black Swan offers a range of practical and interactive performance, production, design and management workshops, which are beneficial for students & teachers. All participants receive a certificate of participation, including teachers, which can be used towards professional learning requirements. We can tailor our workshops to suit any age group and ability level.

All workshops cost $190/hour incl. GST, plus mileage

If the workshop is held at your school, mileage charges apply calculated on distance from the CBD. Book at least four weeks before your desired date.

If you wish to hold your workshop at the State Theatre Centre, room hire charges may apply. Book at least eight weeks before your desired date.

Maximum 25 people

Bookings: email your enquiry to Alena@bsstc.com.au.


PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS (Duration: 2 hours)

Original Solo Performance
Perfect for exam preparation! Transform ideas into a dramatic piece and a character. Clear structure is established to enable students to take their chosen character/s on a journey from beginning to resolution. Performance styles, dramatic elements and stagecraft will be addressed.

Monologues
Assisting students with the process of selecting, creating and presenting a monologue. Concentrate on a monologue of the school’s choice placed in the context of the scene and the play from which it is drawn. Identify key lines of dialogue, the climax of the piece and the character’s motivations. Appropriate performance styles and choices are discussed and applied in order to effectively realise the character in performance.

Improvisation
Actors often get bound to scripts and lost in text interpretation and they forget to create. Improvisation frees the actor to explore characters, narrative and connections. Unlock your students’ spontaneity, creativity, character generation, scene building, narrative structure and enhance their preparations for their tasks and examinations.

Physical Theatre
Physical theatre describes a mode of performance that pursues storytelling or drama through primary and secondary physical and mental means. Based around discovery, students work within their own boundaries and limitations, go beyond their own expectations, spending time stretching, talking, moving, manipulating objects and each other.

Voice Care & Control
Suitable for anyone with an interest in knowing their body and their voice, working on breath control, resonance and vocal projection and developing clearer, stronger speech.

Drama for Fun 
Suitable for all ages, participants will stretch their bodies and imaginations as they play popular drama games and create characters while having lots of fun.

?Musical Theatre
What is the justification for singing? Students will explore the elements of Musical Theatre in this introductory workshop. From the journey of scene into song, to state versus stakes, students will explore songs from popular musicals with our teaching artist, tailored to their ability level.

Musical Theatre

What is the justification for singing? Students will explore the elements of Musical Theatre in this introductory workshop. From the journey of scene into song, to state versus stakes, students will explore songs from popular musicals with our teaching artist, tailored to their ability level.

 

PRODUCTION & DESIGN WORKSHOPS (Duration: 2 hours)

Design Workshops (Set, Costume, Lighting or Sound)
Assist students with production design elements when working on a production. Concentrating on the design element specified by the teacher and placed in the context of a full production, discussing the role of the designer and their part in the team. Identify key aspects of the design element and the responsibilities of the designer.

Production Management (Production Management, Stage Management or Arts Management)
Assist students with production management elements when working on a production. Concentrating on the management element specified by the teacher and placed in the context of a full production, students will discuss the role of the manager and their part in the whole team. Identify key aspects of the management element and the responsibilities of the manager.

Arts Marketing (Duration: 1 hour)
Assist students with the process involved in marketing a performing arts production. Our visiting tutor will concentrate on the marketing element specified by the teacher and will place the element in the context of a full production.

 

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
Anytime, anywhere and tailored to your needs.

 

THEATRE TOURS
Tour the State Theatre Centre of WA! See the theatre spaces, rehearsal rooms and some backstage areas. Access is dependant on hirer occupancy and events taking place at the time. Available on request with four-eight weeks’ notice. No charge for students and teachers.

”Thanks once more to Black Swan for organizing a professional and relevant workshop for the students. Teaching artist Fiona Bruce was absolutely incredible. She had an instant and engaging rapport with the students. I gave her a two minute run down of what the class was like and she instantly catered to their needs and my requests.” Michelle, Geraldton Grammar School


For more information or to book a workshop or theatre tour, please contact:

Alena Tompkins
Black Swan State Theatre Company Education and Community Access Manager
Phone: (08) 6212 9310 Fax: (08) 6212 9318
Email: alena@bsstc.com.au

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Are you interested in finding out more about what happens during our workshops? Read this interview with Ingrid Proos, who conducted a costume workshop for Black Swan in 2009.