Unexpected Company is happy to work with community organizations and local businesses to provide theatre-based workshops and projects that help participants:
- Explore Creativity and Self-Expression
- Sharpen Communications Skills
- Develop As Performers
- Gain an Appreciation for Classic Works of Theatre
- Learn How Plays Are Made Through Hands-On Experiences
- Explore Critical Issues in Society as a Catalyst for Creating Social Change.
Our Programs Include
Make Your Point – this interactive public speaking workshop provides useful and easy-to-learn tips to help participants improve their speech and confidence when making presentations. This workshop – which can be implemented as a single or multi-session class can also include speaking on camera and effective speaking for webinar presentations.
Shakespeare in the Boardroom – uses stories and speeches from Shakespeare’s greatest plays to explore power, ethics, and leadership.
Page to Stage is an interactive workshop that shows participants how a play is brought to life by creating a “production” of it in a workshop setting. The artists develop a production concept with student input, then assign key roles and tasks to all class members, including actors, stage managers, lighting and costume, set, and sound designers and other vital functions. The function of the play text as a blueprint for the production is made vivid and compelling, and engages the entire class in its realization. The “company” then works through a scene from the play as a theatre company does in rehearsal, pausing to get input or provide insight that relates to each participant’s “job” in the production. Page to Stage workshops have been developed for a number of classic plays including:
- Romeo & Juliet
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Death of a Salesman
- The Taming of the Shrew.
- Our Town
We have also developed Page to Stage workshops for stories and literary works that have been adapted (or lend themselves to adaptation) for the stage. If an adaptation does not exist, we can write one for several key moments from the story to illustrate how descriptive fiction can be translated to dramatic action and performance.
Page to Stage is works well with college students, adults, and seniors with little or no experience in theatre arts.
YourStories is a project-based program where participants and artists work together to create an original performance piece using their own words and artwork. Find Out More