Student Day


Student Day, March 27, 2021 —our spring Saturday workshop —in acting and playwriting —is being offered online this year, our 29th year! Both Student Day and Studio Retreat in the summer (a 10-day workshop), usually 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 those programs are being brought to you via Zoom, though we hope to host Studio Retreat on site depending on COVID regulations.

Student Day 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 incredibly 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 to take part.

    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 by 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 27, 2021

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

    Via Zoom

    Students must apply to participate in these FREE classes – click link above to apply online

    Email Norman Gee at