2017 Spring Student Days

2017 Student Days was a great success.

Thank you to all those involved.

Want to know what it takes to make your passion your profession? Student Days at the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site is a student’s chance to study under the guidance of professionals in the industry. Open to teens currently in high-school, Student Days offers workshops in four disciplines:

Acting

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.

Digital & Visual Art

Art

Students will undertake both group and individual projects in whichever medium they choose – paints, ink, charcoal, iPad, whatever – it’s your choice. Both digital and traditional mediums will be allowed. Students should bring their own materials to work with and are also encouraged to bring their portfolios with them to get feedback on their previous work.


Photography

Photography students will learn professional techniques to create a memorable shot in this masterclass that emphasizes shooting over lectures. This hands-on workshop focuses on shooting challenges throughout the day, lessons on composition and lighting, as well as what photographers can learn from older pictures from history. The course will culminate with feedback from the instructor and the group on work done throughout the day.

Playwriting

PlaywritingTwo

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.


  • Acting

    “Create your own technique” is the mantra of this year’s Acting Workshop. 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.

  • Playwriting

    This year’s Playwriting workshop will be focusing 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.

  • Photography

    Photography students will learn professional techniques to create a memorable shot in this masterclass that emphasizes shooting over lectures. This hands-on workshop focuses on shooting challenges throughout the day, lessons on composition and lighting, as well as what photographers can learn from older pictures from history. The course will culminate with feedback from Lorena and the group on work done throughout the day.

  • Digital & Visual Art

    Students will undertake both group and individual projects in whichever medium they choose – paints, ink, charcoal, iPad, whatever – it’s your choice. Both digital and traditional mediums will be allowed. Students should bring their own materials to work with and are also encouraged to bring their portfolios with them to get feedback on their previous work.


We look forward to seeing you next year, in March 2018!

Check back here closer to the time for information on the application process.

Workshops are FREE for those students chosen to take part. Lunch will also be provided. The National Park Service will provide shuttle service for participants up to the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site from designated pick-up spots: Sycamore Park & Ride Lot in Danville, and the Walnut Creek BART Station. Direct access to the Eugene O’Neill Historic Site by personal vehicle is not available.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from:

The Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation

and

The Wood Family Foundation.

Dates:
tba

Time:
8:30am – 3:00pm

Place:
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site (Tao House)
Danville, CA

Applications:
Students must apply to participate.