Educational Events

Education and Lifelong Learning Opportunities at Aurora Theatre Company

Enhance civic responsibility through theatre

Dates: Fridays – 9/14, 11/30, 2/15, 4/26, 7/5

An evening of dialogue and community-building around the issues of the play just viewed. Facilitated by the Education Director, this twenty-minute forum invites audience members into a place of engaged citizenship with topics that get at the challenging content of the show in a personal way, by interacting with each other and calling forth the long-term implications of the show in our lives and community.


NEXT FRIDAY FORUM: Friday, July 5 (during This Is How It Goes)

Playing the Race Card

We all do it. It is built directly into the social structure at this point. The challenge is to remember we are doing it. Just what does entitled behavior look like these days? Is it invisible or now just a mutually agreed game to be played or acknowledged as there but not important. Answering these questions in community should help us become stronger family members, neighbors, and citizens. 20 minutes, led by Education Director, Michael Mansfield


Exercise your theatrical imaginations!

Dates: Mondays – 9/24, 12/3, 5/6, 7/15

Theatre-lovers gather together for an hour at Aurora’s Script Club to hone their play reading and theatre watching skills. Designed to put theatre history in perspective with the current production, participants are encouraged to read a play that explores ideas or themes similar to the current show to illuminate the historical context, theatrical ancestry, and surprising timeless human connections. The parallel scripts this season will all be written by female playwrights. We recommend local libraries or www.amazon.com to locate a script so you can read it beforehand. Aurora’s Education Director Michael Mansfield facilitates these interactive evenings. Free.


NEXT SCRIPT CLUB –Monday, July 15
(during This Is How It Goes)

Parallel Script: Ruined

Playwright Lynn Nottage wrote Ruined while visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2005; it is a story about one woman and her battle to stay alive in the world of white and black men. She was given the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. During the same year of 2005, Neil LaBute’s play This Is How It Goes opened at The Public Theater in New York. He tells a story about one woman and her battle to stay alive in the world of white and black men. What was happening in 2005? Led by Education Director Michael Mansfield. 7:30 PM Free

 

Lessons for Life

Dates: Fridays – 9/28, 12/7, 3/1, 5/10, 7/19

20-minute audience-driven interactions after the show to help us engage the theatrical event and expose the secret “wisdom” hiding within the “wicked” realities of the play. 

 

NEXT WICKED WISDOM: Friday July 19 (during This Is How It Goes)

What We Did For Love

Love can make us do crazy things. Relationships can take us to places where we never imagined going. What do we learn by watching this love triangle tonight? What are the wisdom take-aways? 20 minutes, led by Education Director, Michael Mansfield



See scripts at their beginning stages

2014 Dates: Mondays – 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3

Anything that asks us to consider the modern global age is possible subject matter for these educational evenings. The four GAP finalists will be presented as staged readings beginning in February, Monday evenings at 7:30pm.

2013 Finalists:
2/4
-  In From the Cold by Jonathan Spector
2/11 - The Drinking Problem by Sarah Gubbins
2/18 - Luce by J.C. Lee
2/25 - The Bandaged Place by Harrison David Rivers

All of the readings are free and open to the public. Patrons who make a $25 donation to the GAP festival are guaranteed a seat for the reading of their choice.

 

Reflect on your experience of the play with the actors!

Dates: Tuesdays – 9/11, 11/20, 2/12, 4/23, 7/2

Groups can enhance their experience at Aurora by attending a scheduled Talk-Back or requesting their own. Facilitated by the group’s coordinator or by Aurora’s Education Director, twenty minute post-show Talk-Backs may include a dialogue with the cast, director, or designers. The opportunity for the group to discuss their reflections on the play they just experienced, as well as, the natural interest of the audience in the actors’ experiences of working on this particular script, often shapes the focus of the discussion. Groups of 20 or more should request well in advance their interest to include actors, director, or designers at their Talk-Back.

Tuesday Talk-Back

Reflect on your experience of the play with the actors! Groups can enhance their experience at Aurora by requesting a post-show Talk-Back. Facilitated by the group’s coordinator or by Aurora’s Education Director, twenty minute post-show Talk-Backs may include a dialogue with the cast, director, or designers. The opportunity for the group to discuss their reflections on the play they just experienced and the natural interest of the audience in the actors’ experiences of working on this particular script also often shapes the focus of the discussion and helps us get to the heart of their theatrical process. Groups of 20 or more should request well in advance their interest to include actors, director, stage manager, or designers at their Talk-Back.

NEXT TUESDAY TALK-BACK – Tuesday, July 2, facilitated by Michael Mansfield

Symposium – Design a learning event for your group!

Create a panel presentation or other interactive learning experience for 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon before heading out to supper and then coming back for an evening performance. Often tying together the historical lesson or background related to the show, this is an opportunity to go much further into the connections and study of the play at hand. Contact the Education Director to begin the discussion about how to create this full-scale educational event with groups of 50 or more.

Pre-Show Welcome Workshop: Prepare your group and heighten their involvement

Groups may request a 20-minute educational workshop to prepare their participants for the production they will be seeing and warm them to the ideas and language of the play. This can be tailored to the needs of the group and is generally half an hour before the show starts. Contact the Education Director well in advance for workshops, and usually for groups of 20 or more.



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