The Department of Theatre and Dance offers several educational programs for local K-12 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 $25. This includes workshops and lunch. In previous years, students were encouraged to see an evening performance of the current main stage show. 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 on October 8, 2016.
The University of Alabama Dance Festival
The University of Alabama Dance Festival is celebrating its 2nd 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 $40, which includes workshops, lunch 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 choreographers and performers. This year’s dance festival will take place on April 1, 2017.
Experiential Learning Program
Our experiential learning program is designed for 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. The program provides an opportunity for students to sit in on classes or attend rehearsals to understand all parts of the process of producing theatre. Subject areas available for observation include: costumes, lights, sets/props, sound, acting, musical theatre, dance and arts management. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
In spring 2016, UA Theatre & Dance partnered with Al’s Pals to bring educational programming to Northington Elementary School. For eight weeks, several graduate students worked with the students and their mentors to create theatrical representations of classic fairy tales. The students learned character development, story structure, teamwork and improvisational skills.
Check back for next year’s partnership in Spring 2017.
The dance outreach program works with local elementary schools every spring to introduce basic dance concepts that help students discover new ways of moving, creating and problem solving. The classes are taught by current dance majors and focus on several fundamentals of movement including shapes, levels, directions, rhythms, balance and relationships. Students are encouraged to create their own dances, which promotes creativity while learning improvisation and team building skills.