About Aurora Cultural Services’ Theatre Education Programs
Overview: The City of Aurora’s Cultural Services Division offers a variety of educational and performance experiences to young people 4-18 and adults. Students learn the principles and techniques of drama and theatre arts and how to apply those principles and techniques to enrich their understanding of a wide variety of disciplines and experiences.
Vision: To provide high quality and innovative theatre arts education and training taught by theatre professionals and teaching artists; to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve; and to help our students develop skills and broaden their horizons as artists and members of the community.
Theory: By providing quality in school and out of school arts programming, the Cultural Services Division:
–creates a new generation of artists, patrons,community members and informed citizens
-teaches positive interpersonal and communication skills
-provides an avenue of expression for young people who are often denied a voice
Classes: Weekly classes offer beginning, intermediate and advanced theatrical training in locations throughout Aurora. Courses are designed to build confidence, creativity, and a love of the arts. Our professional staff of nurturing, dedicated artists is committed to providing each student the finest instruction in a fun and supportive environment. Summer performance camps offer intensive daily classes over a two-week period. Each camp culminates in a performance for family and friends. Small classes allow instructors to adapt curriculum to the needs and interests of that specific group.
Subjects for outreach and classes:
- Auditioning techniques & preparation
- Circus acts/Clowning
- Comedy/Physical comedy
- Costume design
- Creative dramatics
- Reader’s theatre
- Dramatic writing & adaptation
- Lighting design
- Mask making
- Puppet making & performance
- Scene study
- Set design
- Stage combat
- Stage makeup
- Stage movement
- Stage voice -dialects, voice & diction
- Class presentations/public speaking
- Story creation, construction, & adaptation
- Theatrical dance
- Storytelling through dance
- Elizabethan and Greek theatre
- Multicultural exploration (Native American & African folk Tales/Storytelling, African Drumming.)
We also provide programs exploring several academic and personal development subjects such as creating biographies, journaling, research for creative/persuasive and historical writing, problem solving, non-violent conflict resolution, creative thinking, listening skills.
Life skills: Students learn about team building, group dynamics, problem solving, story structure, period styles, how to concentrate, memorize and communicate fully and effectively using their voices and their bodies. Through these classes, workshops and performances, the Aurora Fox provides performance opportunities and an avenue of creative expression while building confidence and interpersonal skills.
Professional acting opportunities for youth: Class, camp and Little Foxes participants are often recruited as paid performers in our main stage professional productions.