County Prep Theatre Arts Students Attend 3rd Annual Theatre Day

All of the Theatre Arts students from County Prep HS participated this year in the 3rd Annual Theatre Day. It was organized by the Hudson County Alliance of Teen Artists in partnership with Hoboken High School on Friday January 6th, 2017.  The students took part in a full day of theatre activities taught by professionals who are leading the field in theatre education.  They each chose two hands-on workshops.  Among the choices were, Improvisation with Ryan Huban, Unlocking the Language of Shakespeare with Carlyle Owens, Acting Techniques with Kyle Fabel, and Hands-On Make-Up with Brandalyn Fulton.  The Improvisation workshop was led by Ryan Huban, founder of Howdy Stranger, and offered a wide variety of foundation and advanced improvisation workshops. Utilizing interactive games and exercises, the workshop emphasized teamwork, communication, creativity, and confidence. The Acting Techniques workshop, taught by Kyle Fabel, a core faculty member for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, focused on the Viewpoints technique, and worked on living moment-to-moment and responding truthfully to a scene partner’s behavior. In this workshop actors get out of their heads and start working from instinct, gaining access to truthful, dynamic behavior and authentic emotional responses. The Shakespeare’s workshop was led by Carlyle Owens acting professor at Pace University and member of the Actor’s Equity Association. The workshop developed techniques to unlock the sometimes daunting Shakespeare language through exercises, games, soliloquies, scenes and sonnets.  Finally, the Make-up Workshop, was led by Brandalyn Fulton swing make-up artist for Aladdin, Wicked, and The Lion King on Broadway. In this workshop, students got a hands on experience with Special Effects & Character Makeup; Prosthetics, Mold Making, Facial Hair, Wig Styling & Construction.

This has been an amazing opportunity for our students, who had a chance to work alongside other Hudson County performing arts students and take workshops with theater professionals. They all found the workshops insightful and challenging, and are looking forward to more next year.

The Hudson County Alliance of Teen Artists is funded by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourist Development, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive and Board of Chosen Freeholders, New Jersey Dept. of Education Interim Executive County Superintendent, Monica M. Tone, and the Hudson County Superintendents Round Table, North Bergen Board of Education, Secaucus Board of Education, Bayonne Board of Education, and New Jersey City University.

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