A few weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to bring in professional theatre technicians into my school. Through a colleague, I arranged for these specialists from Vertigo Theatre to come and do a workshop with my students. Before they arrived, I sent the brand names, model numbers and type of equipment ahead of time so they could prepare and know what they would be working with at my school. Any of my fine arts students were welcome to attend the workshop, and I ended up with about 25 interested students. I met with my students ahead of time (outside of class) with what to expect. After providing a few sample questions, students created their own questions they wanted to ask the professionals at the workshop later in the week. I created a document for students, which included spaces for their questions, answers and a note-taking section. Students then carried their documents on clipboards as we toured the school learning about the different areas and equipment, asking questions along the way and taking notes. The workshop mainly focused on sound, lighting and careers in theatre. It was a mix of lecture, Q&As, demonstrations, games, and hands-on lessons and activities. Students were engaged over the two-hour session and I was fully immersed in it as well, learning what I could from these talented professionals.
Ainsley Thesen is a junior high band, drama and dance teacher. Her hobbies include piano, scuba diving, travel and golf.
Do you want to get an email notification of all new posts? Enter your address below!