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No Summer Off For Theatre School

July 12, 2013

The curtains are down, metaphorically speaking, in both performance spaces, Main Stage and Templeton Studio, but this doesn’t mean that things are in a state of suspended animation. Far from it. Just ask Jodi Norman. She is the interim director of Globe Theatre School, and she barely had a chance to catch her breath between the end of the summer session and the start of the summer lab. There are fall and winter segments, as well, because programming continues the year ’round.

“It’s big. Huge!” says Norman, a practising visual artist whose resume includes two years as a theatre school instructor. She is passionate about this initiative and she speaks of it

In Photo: Theatre School students Mattea Columpsi and Trang Nguyen. Photo by Carey Shaw.

In Photo: Theatre School students Mattea Columpsi and Trang Nguyen. Photo by Carey Shaw.

enthusiastically, pointing out that the mandate extends to an outreach program that’s available to the city’s elementary schools and even beyond that, in the form of Globe on the Road, which, as the name suggests, ensures a presence outside Regina. As well, there’s the Fusion Project, culminating each spring with an original presentation in the Templeton Studio as part of the Sandbox Series, and, every two years, the Globe Conservatory, whose graduates appear in a play on the Main Stage.

“What we’re teaching is the ability to create theatre. Essentially that’s what they’re doing, creating theatre, from the beginning,” Norman says, noting that the age of the participants ranges from child to adult and the popularity of the programming is such that enrollment is generally at the capacity of about 1,000 students, a situation she describes as “healthy and thriving.”

For the Globe, the benefits are obvious. The school can be a modest source of revenue and it generates employment for instructors, not to mention the potential for enhancing the theatre’s profile in the community. For participants, whether they are aspiring actors or merely want to improve writing, speaking and collaborative skills, the school offers an opportunity to use movement, drama and visual art as a means of “getting to know yourself,” as Norman puts it, in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and risk-free. “There are no wrong answers. It is creation-based, building from the ground up. It’s really all about the process.”

Fall/Winter classes are now open for registration.

Nick Miliokas is a freelance writer and editor based in Regina. You can reach him by email at rozenstern@rocketmail.com.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. July 17, 2013 5:29 am

    This reminds me of a quote from a movie that’s also about theater plays:
    “Proximity to the arts is cleansing for the soul.”

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