Civil Discourse Society: The Art of Persuasion


Apr 09, 2020 to May 07, 2020


April 9th - May 7th 
Thursdays,  7pm - 8.30pm
Taught by Company Artist, Eric Schildge

These 90 minutes virtual workshops will lead students in an exploration of the vocal, physical, and rhetorical elements of the art of persuasion. The participants will use mindfulness techniques, improvisational exercises, and short scene work from Shakespeare plays to explore how individuals leverage their relationships, reputations, and status to influence one another. The workshop will also discuss and explore the meaning and impact of different kinds of discourse on relationships at multiple scales, from interpersonal to societal.

This acting workshop is for anyone who is interested in mastering the art of persuasion. This workshop will help you consider the language you use, and the approach you take to having truly activating dialogue with individuals throughout your private and public life.

During the final session participants will put their newfound discourse skills to the test in a performative debate club - stay tuned for details on how to view and support this classes learning as an audience member. 
Students will participate via Zoom. You will be able to access the class through a computer, smart phone or by calling in on a landline. Eric's instruction will be given through this method, and students will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, explore their stories, and learn performance skills.

In this challenging time we know that our mission of sparking conversation, connecting individuals and strengthening community is even more important and therefore we are working to find innovative ways to continue our work together. Thank you for diving into this experiment and exploring the what it means to keep talking with your community in this new (virtual) way.

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