(Washington, DC)- The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative recently hosted a day-long series of workshops for eight youth theater directors from Russia.
The purpose of this event was to explore the relationship between Russian and American youth theatrical sensibilities and to exchange theater production, design, and implementation approaches. This event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and FHI360, a global development organization.
The day featured the following DC Collaborative member workshops: Unlocking the Actor’s Body by Shakespeare Theatre Company; Use of Symbol in Developing Cultural Understanding via Children’s Theater by Discovery Theater; and Interactive Theater for Early Learners by Imagination Stage. The workshops consisted of group activities, scenes and demonstrations.
Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director at Adventure Theatre, facilitated the question and answer session after each workshop as well as an extended sharing session that included David Snider of Young Playwrights Theatre.
“This event provided not only an opportunity for Russian directors to experience American culture, but also a look into the academic and practical applications of Youth Theater Programs in the United States,” said Michael Bobbitt, DC Collaborative board member
The Russian directors also attend a performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona, presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company Tuesday night. The performance was also followed by a brief Q & A session.
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
Nearly 70 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.