Two-Headed Monster: Writing and Performing for the Stage – Whether you are an Actor, a Writer, a Stage Manager, a Techie, or simply Theatre Curious, this is the program for you! Come devise, produce, and perform an original theatrical work!
June 30 – July 13, 2024
Two week session
Student Fashion Show
14 – 17
Lab Fee covers materials and supplies needed for the devised show, including but not limited to: Scenery, Props, Costumes, Ben Nye Student Makeup Kits (Yours to keep!).
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Two-Headed Monster lets you flex all your creative muscles as you devise, rehearse, build, produce, and perform an original theatrical event under the stars in our large amphitheater. This is a great option for students who are more comfortable backstage than onstage, since there will be acting roles and stage management roles to fill. Two Headed Monster is ideal for any emerging artist who wants to lend their talents to this 100% student –created work.
Students from every discipline will contribute to the creation of the show in the writing and rehearsal room. Whether onstage or backstage, you will participate in fun theatre games and exercises to build community and unlock your creativity! Everyone is welcome, so sign up for this unique artistic journey!
Performance sessions will include acting, voice and speech, and movement. Writing sessions will include writing, editing and individual instruction for drafting and mentoring.
Technical and Design sessions will include Stage Management, Costuming, Make-up, Props, Set, Sound and Lighting.
The workshop will be held over the course of two weeks, writing, performing, design and technical sessions will be held mornings and evenings. The workshop will culminate in a performance of a brand new theatrical piece Friday of week two.
This is an open-admission program for all interested students, regardless of their level of experience (or lack thereof). Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting and performing for years. They do, however, need to be willing to project their voices and act onstage.
Before arrival, students will receive a request to submit a short video of themselves answering a few questions about their areas of interest and experience.
Please note that this video will not impact your child’s admission to the program; this is an open-admission program for students of all skill levels. Rather, the video will be utilized to determine your child’s skill level and to help with casting decisions for the production the students will put on during the intensive.
Please also note that although this is an open admission program (no formal audition is required upon entry), students will have casting auditions at camp after working with faculty.
Water bottle (very important to stay hydrated)
A backpack or bag to carry your script and personal items to and from rehearsals
Closed-toed shoes/tennis shoes to rehearse in (no flip flops, sandals, or crocs)
Black/dark dress or skirt, or black/dark leggings, pants and/or jeans
Black dress, character, or jazz shoes, closed-toe dress shoes, or black sneakers
Comfortable clothes you can move in
Hair ties or clips for long hair
White tank tops/undershirts/tee shirts
This is an anticipated list of items needed for this workshop. You may be required to bring additional items pertaining to the specific production. We will communicate with enrolled students on those needs prior to the program.
Abbie Bosworth, InterArts Chair and Faculty Faculty
Abbie is a writer, performer, director, and teacher. Abbie has a BA in Combined Honors Spanish and Theatre from the University of Birmingham in the UK (1990). She has an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from UC Riverside (2008). Abbie began her career teaching English and Theatre in Manchester UK as well as being involved as a director and performer in the Manchester Arts Festival.
Abbie continued to work in educational and devised theatre when she moved to Southern California in 2000, collaboratin with such diverse communities as inmates at Patton State Hospital, students through the Riverside and San Bernardino Arts Councils, and at Montessori in Redlands. Abbie devised curriculum and managed the Montessori of Redlands Middle School program between 2003 and 2005.
Abbie’s short story, Glass Eye, was published in the 2006 Monsters and Villains edition of CRATE and her play Left Luggage was performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February 2007. Her play, So Many Good Ways to be Bad was commissioned for, and performed by The San Bernardino Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance in collaboration with Cal State San Bernardino in January 2010. She had one of her plays, Greta in the Forest read at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, where she is a member of a New Play Development program.
She has taught Theatre and Playwriting at Idyllwild Arts Academy since 2006, and coordinated a yearly collaboration between the Creative Writing and Theatre departments. She has been the Chair of the InterArts department there since 2014.
Rendon Ramsey served as Theatre Faculty at IA from 2006-2021. He co-created THM in the summer of 2016 and ran it for several seasons. In 2021 Rendon moved to Seattle with his family, where he works as a private acting coach through rendonramsey.com, a freelance Director, and as a teaching artist with the Seattle Shakespeare Co., the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Coyote Central. Rendon holds an MFA in Acting (Cal Arts), a BA in Speech (UW), and an AA in Acting (AADA).
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