The Art of Persuasion and Civil Discourse

Feb 01, 2020 to Feb 01, 2020

Teaching Artist - Eric Schildge
Saturday, February 1, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fee:  $50 

Led by teaching artist, Eric Schildge, this acting workshop is open to community members and theatre practitioners. No experience necessary, please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water.

This three-hour workshop 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 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. 

You might be thinking about how you can increase your impact on your colleagues, families members or the wider community. 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. 

Sample texts include: Cassius, Brutus and Antony from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. "ABC" Speech from Mamet's Glengarry Glenross, Tshembe and Abioseh from Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs

Eric Schildge is a director, actor, teaching artist, and high school teacher. Eric graduated with honors from Dartmouth College with a degree in Gender Studies, Geography and Native American Studies. His directing credits include The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Some favorite acting credits include Biloxi Blues, 12 Angry Men, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Eric has facilitated workshops for teachers, students, and professional actors,training them in dramatic and teaching techniques to increase engagement, comprehension, creativity, and critical thinking. He studies and performs at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, MA. You will have most recently seen him on stage at NHTP in Kathleen Cahill's Charm.

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