LEARN THE CRAFT
Adult classes and workshops at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem build professional skills, spark creativity, inspire confidence, and foster new friendships!
Whether you are new to the stage or a veteran performer looking to hone your craft, you will find something to challenge and inspire you.
INTRO TO SEWING
September 11 - 25, 2021
Saturdays 9:00am - 12:00pm
Instructor: Rebekah Taylor
Costuming 101 is a three week class that will teach basic sewing skills including hand and machine sewing. Hand-sewing techniques will include selection of threads and needles, how to sew on buttons/snaps, and how to sew simple hem stitches. For machine sewing, participants will learn the parts of the machine and how to thread one, as well as how to use straight stitch, reverse, and zigzag stitches. September 11 & 25 will concentrate on sewing, and September 18 will concentrate on Costume Design.
Students are invited to use their new skills in optional afternoon shop calls, when volunteers help create costume pieces for an upcoming show. Bring a lunch and join in the fun!
INTRO TO IMPROV
September 15 - November 3, 2021
Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30pm
Instructor: Britt Stone
Learn all the techniques needed to produce quality improvisation! Whether you are interested in entering the world of improv and sketch comedy or you are working on your own performing arts adventure, this class will build a strong toolbox for any experience level. You will learn the foundations of improv and performance, movement and body awareness for the stage, creating give-and-take through scene work, character work, and beyond. It will even help develop auditioning skills! If you’re interested in learning a new discipline, understanding the constructs of comedy and acting, or just having a ton of fun, this is the class for you!
Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Little Theatre Workshop (2900 Indiana Ave)
Instructor: Yvonne Truhon
In this three-hour workshop, students will learn the process of selecting and building props for a production. Topics will include working with the director, going through what a company has on hand, and - the especially fun part! - making props. Attendees will enjoy hands-on experience as they create a food prop they can take home.
SAYING "GO" AND A WHOLE LOT MORE
A Stage Management Workshop
Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor: Elizabeth J. Rief
Have you ever wondered what the stage manager's role is in design meetings, auditions, rehearsals, performances, and more? This workshop will provide a window into the life of a stage manager. We will discuss the importance of communication with the various members of the production team, the audition and callback process, running rehearsals, preparing paperwork for actors and technicians alike, and actually calling a show. Elizabeth will be addressing these topics and more, but please bring any questions you may have.
VIEWPOINTS: ACTOR AWARENESS & DISCOVERY THROUGH MOVEMENT
*POSTPONED TO SPRING*
Sunday, March 6, 2022
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Instructor: Jess Barbour
Looking for a fun workshop that will increase your body awareness and help you make strong choices on stage? Viewpoints, first developed by Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart, is a great way to build ensemble and individual performance by exploring space, shape, movement, and gesture. The workshop will consist of activities moving around the space as a large group with some small group work. The goal of the workshop is to examine how actors can tell stories through movement, adding one more tool to their actor's toolbox. Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to play. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance and all levels are welcome.
Rebekah Taylor is a two-time award-winning costume designer who is no stranger to the theatrical stage. Her experience with The Walt Disney Company provided her a detailed eye for the facets of visual entertainment. She is highly educated in fashion history and well-skilled in garment reconstruction and fashion/costume engineering. Costume credits include Annie, Shadow of the Mountain, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Grease, Welcome to Virginia, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Back to the 80's, and several commissioned projects for film and individual usage.
Britt Stone was last seen onstage at The Little Theatre in The Plays of Ray Bradbury (Kaleidoscope). Britt graduated with a degree in Acting and Directing from UNC-G, where she created the first on-campus improv comedy troupe, and performed with touring troupes such as The Second City and The Upright Citizens’ Brigade. She continues to perform improv in Winston-Salem and Greensboro while running the local troupe, Bunker Dogs, with her husband Alex Stone. She has been studying, teaching, and coaching improv for many years, and hopes to involve others, no matter their skill level, in the magical world of on-the-spot thinking and performance.
Jess Barbour is a full-time actor and teacher. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio in NYC. She has taught and choreographed all over the area for local high schools, NCT Conservatory, Raleigh Little Theatre, and North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. She also works at the Anesthesiology Board of America and Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students and professionals in empathy and bedside manner through acting scenarios. She has performed professionally all over the southeast and filmed on industrials, local, and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films. Her short film, Oh Crappy Day, was accepted into 38 film festivals, winning the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival and recently wrapped postproduction for the feature length film.
Elizabeth J. Rief
Elizabeth Rief, who is lucky enough to pursue two of her passions - theatre and the Latin language - has enjoyed working, frequently as a stage manager, with local theatres for nearly 30 years and teaching Latin at Summit School for the past 21 years. She has stage managed more than 50 shows at several local theatres, including The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Spirit Gum Theatre Company, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, WSFCS Summer Enrichment, Wake Forest University Theatre, and more. Complicated shows with lots of moving pieces, like Baskerville, Noises Off, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, are some of her favorites because of the communication and teamwork it takes to make them happen.
Yvonne Truhon has served as props master for various Little Theatre shows since 2001, and helped out with specialty props (mostly newspapers or other paper/stationery items) for several more. To mention just a few: A Chorus Line, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Equus, Look Homeward, Angel, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, A Funny Thing ... Forum, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, The Great Gatsby, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Yvonne holds a degree in Greek and Latin from Valparaiso University with a minor in drama. She's worked in a variety of places: a doughnut shop, a bakery/restaurant, a costume shop, a printshop, and a community newspaper, thus proving a college professor’s saying: “If you can learn Greek, you can learn anything.”
ATTENDANCE & REFUND POLICIES
Attendance and Cancellation Policy: Regular attendance and participation are strongly encouraged. No make-up classes or reductions in fees will be provided for students who miss class. The Little Theatre's class sessions follow the WS/FCS public school calendar. If school is closed due to inclement weather, acting classes will be canceled and an extra class will be added at the end of the session. If The Little Theatre cancels a class for any other reason, caregivers/attendees will be alerted via email, and a make-up class will be added to the end of the session.
Refund policy: In the event that The Little Theatre cancels an entire course, camp or workshop, or if a student withdraws more than two weeks before the session begins, the choice between a full refund of tuition or a credit towards a future class, camp, or workshop held within the next year will be offered. Tuition is non-refundable for withdrawals made within two weeks of the start of a class, camp, or workshop.