Student Days

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Student Days, March 12 & 13, 2022 

Our spring weekend workshop in acting and playwriting is being offered in person this year, our 30th year! Both Student Days and Studio Retreat in the summer (a 10-day workshop), bring high-school students from throughout the Bay Area to the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, where they are coached in their projects by professionals. (This year we will not be hosting Studio Retreat in the summer, but will reintroduce the program in 2023!)

Student Days is a high schooler’s chance to study and learn under the guidance of professionals in the arts, for FREE. Norman Gee, Student Day Coordinator, invites you:







Working with an industry veteran, students will get a taste of professional acting techniques that they can use to enrich their performances. The day will include some games, short scene work, and techniques in how to approach character, movement, voice, actions, and motivations. Students should walk away with a taste of the type of training offered in popular BFA/MFA programs, as well as some insight into the business of acting as a career.



Our Playwriting workshop focuses on play structure and character development. Students will spend some time soaking up the incredible creative energy of the Tao House and do some writing exercises that engage the imagination while building a kind of road map for the writing process. Come prepared to write and to open your mind to what modern theatre can do and be.




Student Day Application Form

    Workshops are FREE for those students chosen.

    Please remember that when you are accepted into the program, we will be holding a spot for you. Waiting lists may become necessary.  Therefore, please inform the Foundation immediately if you are unable to attend the class so we can accommodate another student on our waiting list. All attending students need a permission form from a parent/legal guardian.



    This program is made possible by generous grants from:

    The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and

    The Wood Family Foundation

    March 12 & 13, 2022

    9:00am – 3:30pm, with a break at lunch

    In PERSON at Tao House, Danville!

    Email Norman Gee at

    Parent Permission Form