The Department of Theatre and Dance offers several educational programs for local middle and high school students throughout the year.
High School Theatre Festival
The High School Theatre Festival is going into its third year, offering several workshops ranging from acting and movement to technical theatre taught by faculty and MFA candidates during the fall semester. Registration fees are approximately $20. This includes workshops, lunch, and a t-shirt. In previous years, students were encouraged to see an evening performance of the current main stage show at the time. We have also held an opportunity fair highlighting each aspect of the department, including information on scholarships and the application process. The next High School Theatre Festival will be in Fall 2016, check back for details!
The University of Alabama Dance Festival
The University of Alabama Dance Festival is celebrating its inaugural year by inviting students in grades 6-12 from dance studios across Alabama to participate in a half day of dance classes with our outstanding faculty. Offered in the spring semester, this festival has a registration fee of $30, which includes workshops, lunch, a t-shirt, and a ticket to Dance Alabama! There will also be a Q&A session following the show for students to meet and chat with UA undergraduate chorographers and performers. This year’s dance festival will take place on April 2, 2016. Please click here to register.
Experiential Learning Program
Our experiential learning program, offered in both fall and spring semesters, allows a high school student to spend a half-day with one of our faculty members or MFA candidates to better understand the realities of working in theatre. We will coordinate with students to ensure a positive experience, as well as establishing date, time, and other logistics. Subject areas available for observation include: costumes, lights, sets/props, sound, acting, musical theatre, dance and arts management. Please send an email to email@example.com to get started.
In spring 2016, UA Theatre & Dance will partner with Al’s Pals to bring educational programming to Northington Elementary School. For eight weeks, several graduate students will work with the students and their mentors to create theatrical representations of classic fairy tales. The students will learn character development, story structure, teamwork and improvisational skills.