A Virtual Story Slam Class for Adults 17 and up!
Taught by Broadway Actor & Regional Theatre Director & Playwright, Mark Shanahan
Class Sessions 7 PM – 8:30 PM | Tuesdays March 9, 16, 23, 30, & April 6 VIRTUAL STORY SLAM: Saturday, April 10 at 4 PM (with an invited audience!)
Tuition: $120 | Scholarship Opportunities Available. Click ENROLL or Call 239-332-4488 to enroll or ask about scholarships.
Everyone has a story to tell.
Your story might tell of a brief but meaningful occurrence or it might recount the most crucial turning point of your life. But it is YOUR story! And only YOU can tell it.
The art of storytelling is a skill – and a practice.
Whether you are an actor seeking to develop your craft as a performer, a business person looking to sharpen your communication skills – or even if you’re simply looking to become a better dinner conversationalist – our VIRTUAL STORY SLAM is a four-week workshop designed to give you the confidence, freedom, and structure to hone your storytelling skills.
Through a series of writing and performance-based prompts delivered in our 90-minute meetings, we will invest in the fundamental tools to craft and perform a personal, FIVE MINUTE STORY designed and rehearsed to engage and impact your audience with maximum effect.
Together, we’ll undergo a step-by-step process to:
1) FIND YOUR STORY: Inspiration is right at your fingertips if you know where to look.
2) DEVELOP YOUR VOICE: A good story reveals as much about the storyteller as it does about tale itself.
3) MASTER STRUCTURE: Grab your audience’s attention with sure-fire ways to take them on a journey from beginning, middle to end.
4) STAND AND DELIVER: Discover the unique challenges and exhilarating joys of interpreting and performing your own work before a live audience, informed by a clear point of view, infused with a specificity of intent and clarity in your delivery.
At the end of our sessions, we will gather together via Zoom to hold FLORIDA REP’S FIRST EVER VIRTUAL STORY SLAM, hosted live from the stage of Florida Rep’s Historic Arcade Theatre. All family and friends of the Florida Rep theatre community are invited to attend as we share the remarkable takes we will give birth to in class.
All you need is your laptop, a voice recorder app for your phone, and a willingness to contribute to the spirit of community building. All backgrounds, points of view, and experiences are welcome and encouraged to express themselves with a promise of being met with respect and encouragement. The STORY SLAM invites us to participate as both performer and audience member – creating a theatrical event that speaks to the very heart of Florida Rep’s artistic mission.
Your story is waiting to be told. We can’t wait to hear it.
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