“Theatre helps people get their voice heard.”
~ GVRC Boys Theatre Participant
Boys Theatre Workshops introduce the youth to different forms of dramatic expression. The workshops develop the youths’ problem-solving skills, enhance their ability to work cooperatively in a group, improve their verbalization skills, and increase their awareness of body language, while at the same time giving them an outlet for creative expression. The instructors use various improvisation techniques ranging from short form improv to longer partnered scenes. They also create real life scenarios – such as interviewing for a job – to introduce various life-skills into the workshops. As in all of our programs, the building of trusting and positive relationships between the instructors and the youth, as well as amongst the youth themselves, is an important and essential aspect of the workshops.
“Shakespeare Detained” – the newest series of theatre workshops – explores Shakespeare in an enriching and understandable format that challenges the youth to recognize, analyze, and practice language and forms of literary expression that relate to their own lived experiences. Works such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth are introduced through improvisation, theatre games, and writing exercises.
Zackary Canepari, Jessica Dimmock – 2016