Justin Lander and Rose Friedman have worked individually and as a company to lead a variety of arts programming. Between them, they have decades of teaching experience, from pre-school to adult, and Friedman holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. They have two young children.
Junk Music and Sound Experimentation
Music is everywhere, if you know how to listen for it: right outside the window, coming out of our clothing, and available in the objects of everyday life. In this workshop, participants are guided through a series of listening exercises, rhythm games, and sound improvisations to develop the ear, as well as to gain experience in being part of an ensemble. Participants will then learn to make a variety of functioning musical instruments and noisemakers from common household items and garbage. For both the accomplished musician as well as the novice, these explorations of the uses of non-traditional sound are accessible and fun.
Make your own Cranky
Participants will learn how to create homemade paper movies. We will work with students to write and illustrate original stories for group or individual performances. The crankies themselves are made of recycled materials and can be used again and again. Said one parent of a Cranky maker, “The house is filling up with crankies. They love making new ones!” Ages 7 and up.
Let’s make a Puppet Show!
In answer to the most frequently asked question by parents, “How do you make a puppet show?”, we provide this exciting workshop for all ages. Participants in small groups are guided through the process of inventing a puppet show. At the end of the workshop, participants perform for each other and their families in a fun and relaxed environment. This workshop can be tailored to varying age groups. For older groups, a puppet-building component can be added.
Improvisation is not just for actors, it’s a basic life skill that is rarely taught. This workshop is a foundation in improvisation techniques, the basics of story telling, character development, and physicality for the stage. The workshop is best presented as a series, with an emphasis on ensemble building rather than individual achievement.