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Workshops

Arts Mentorship Program

In partnership with Studio 180, Suitcase in Point brings an engaging, virtual workshop series to the Niagara Region. This 3-part workshop series is centered around Rachel Mutombo’s new play in development, 6×10 and for participants between the ages of 15 and 20. 

About the play: Isabelle and Jamal’s father was incarcerated for a violent crime. Though they’ve lived the majority of their lives without him, the stain of his actions has been on their lives ever since. Years of resentment and pain threaten to disrupt their lives when they learn of his impending release from prison. Despite the urge to continue to sweep it all under the rug, this pair of siblings is forced to come face to face with their complicated feelings and shared family trauma.

Directed and Dramaturged by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Starring Marcel Stewart & Amaka Umeh

Workshops around 6 x 10 will be led by experienced Black Artist-Educators and will provide a rare opportunity to participate in the earliest stages of script development while engaging with big questions inspired by the play.

Content Warning: Strong language

Workshop Information:

Dates: February 14th, 21st and 28th  

Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Online delivery: As we are still in a pandemic, this workshop series will be delivered online using Zoom. 

Workshop Session Details: 

The FIRST session will introduce the themes of the play 6×10. Participants will then get an opportunity to watch a digital version of 6×10. 

The SECOND session will examine multiple points of view in the form of a post-show debrief.

The THIRD session will springboard to character creation and improvisation.

Interested in participating in this FREE experience? Please fill out our brief application form, found below. 

Application Deadline: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Testimonials 

“My students found your visit very inspiring and valuable.  My Grade 11 class loved the clowning and many referred to it as a significant highlight of their drama experience this year.  Your expertise, easy manner and great energy created a perfect learning experience for all my students and I certainly plan to book more workshops in the future.” (Teacher)

“The kids were able to apply new skills immediately. That was extremely successful.” (Teacher)

“These workshops are often a highlight of our month and our participation is often discussed and the activities are often recreated. Several of our students through these workshops have developed an interest in theatre and a deeper connection to themselves and artistic self expression. This is such an important component of our program, and for our students who very rarely get to experience such an intimate encounter with theatre and creative self expression. (Teacher)

“You helped us have a lot of fun, helped us explore our own creativity, and then led us in developing ourselves as characters. You were a teacher, a great one at that, but unlike any other: the experience  wasn’t about you showing us how to act or write, it felt more like you were helping us find out how to do those things, in an atmosphere where everyone had fun.” (Student)