February 8 – 29
Instructor: Charles Fraser
This energetic class will lead students through the controlled chaos world of improvisation. Participants will learn the basics of storytelling through theater games and explore the use of movement and voice to create distinctive characters. Young actors will be guided to develop their own unique story. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned for family and friends.
Instructor Charles Fraser has taught creative dramatics and summer camps at The Phipps since 2010, including Beauty and the Beast last summer. He has taught a broad range of theater disciplines in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States for the Guthrie Theater. Additionally, he is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Saint Louis Park High School, and he is an adjunct professor of theater at Concordia University. As an actor, he has worked for the Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Playwrights’ Center, Brave New Workshop, Illusion Theater, and Disney Cruise Line.