Page to Stage

page2stageAppropriate for: Grades 7-12, College (undergraduate, non-theatre majors)

Length of Workshop: Flexible. This workshop can be condensed into a single class period or stretched out into a weeklong residency or 5-8 week after-school program. It can be augmented with additional presentations on theatre history, playwriting, theatre production, stage combat, or Shakespeare.  Works best when at least two hours can be devoted to the activities.

Page to Stage is an interactive workshop that shows students how a play is brought to life by creating a “production” of it right in the classroom. 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 drama experience 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.  Students who are not playing a part are asked to take notes or make sketches that they can turn in to gain credit for participating.

Plays

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
  • Macbeth
  • Hamlet

Stories & Literature

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 a stage adaptation for several key moments from the story to show students how descriptive fiction can be translated to dramatic action and performance.  In a longer residency, we can also work with students in writing their own scenes.  Our workshops include:

  • Classic Fairy Tales and World Folk Tales
  • Great Expectations
  • A Christmas Carol
  • David Copperfield
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Huckleberry Finn
Let us know what your students are reading  – we can design a Page to Stage workshop to fit your curriculum!