Youth Classes and Workshops

 

Dragon Theatre is proud to offer a number of classes for children aged 8 and up. These classes are designed to be both fun and to develop critical skills like creative thinking, communication, public speaking, and more. We think we've got a little something for every child. If you'd like to talk specifics, please feel free to contact our Education Director, Max Koknar at max (at) dragonproductions.net

 

 After School | TeensSki Week Programs | WeeklyAdult Classes

 

Want to be among the first people notified when a Dragon class becomes available? Sign up for the Youth & Family Programming email list and you'll get advance notice on classes and early bird pricing codes! 

 

We're partnering with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation, and Community Services team to offer our classes via their community class guides. The next round of classes is posted on their website and Dragon's classes are now available for registration. 

 

Winter/Spring 2018 After-School Series

Tuesdays / Thursdays

4:30pm - 6:00pm

$35/student

Minimum: 4 Students

Maximum: 12 Students

 

Acting 101 for Youth: Acting Games

1/16/18, 3/27/18

Ages 6-9

Get an introduction to acting and theatre fundamentals through fun games and activities. The games and activities are customized based on the the age and experience level of the participating students during each session.
Register for the January class   Register for the March class
 

Improv 101 for Kids: Improv Games

1/23/18, 3/29/18

Ages 10 - 16

Learn a number of fun ‘short-form’ improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking. The improv games and exercises are customized based on the the age and experience level of the participating students during each session.
Register for the January class   Register for the March class

 

Stage Combat 101

2/6/18, 4/3/18

Ages 10 - 18

Get an introduction to the secrets of safely creating thrilling fight scenes with a combination of acting skills, choreography and stage illusion principles. From how to fall safely to how to swing a punch like John Wayne, this class will focus on the basics of telling a story with your body, whether thrilling or hilarious.
Register for February class    Register for April class

 

Physical Comedy 101

2/8/18, 4/5/18

Ages 10-18

Learn about things like pratfalls, repetition and the rule of threes. Begin developing your body awareness and learn how the right move at just the right time can create laughter across cultural and language barriers.
Register for the February class   Register for the April class

 

Voice and Movement for Youth

2/13/18, 5/29/18

Ages 6 - 9

Learn to move and sound like wild and zany characters from your favorite stories and cartoons through fun games and activities geared towards young actors.
Register for February class    Register for May class

 

Voice and Movement for Kids

2/15/18,

Ages 9 - 14

Grow an awareness of the inner workings of your body and your voice. Learn to harness that awareness to create countless interesting and different characters on stage.
Register for February class

 

Masked Performance 101 for Kids: The Living Cartoon

3/22/18

Ages 8 - 16

Learn to become a living breathing cartoon character with the use of masks. Learn about the history of masks from the ancient Greeks to Commedia dell’Arte and many ways in which masks were and still could be made now.
Register for March class

 

Storytelling 101 for Kids: Stories on the Stage

5/8/18

Ages 8 - 13

Learn about the parts and structure of stories through collaborative activities as well as more traditional writing and script analysis exercises.
Register for May class

 

Classes for Teens

Acting 101 for Teens

1/30/18, 5/1/18

Ages 12-18

Experience a survey of acting techniques. Learn an actor’s warm-up and practice your new skills on delivering some monologues and scenes.

Register for the January session  Register for the May session

 

Auditioning 101 for Teens

3/20/18, 5/3/18

Ages 12-18

Auditioning for a show or educational program is all about showing them your best self. With this class you will learn about basics of auditioning and ask any questions you might have about the dos and don’ts of auditioning.

Register for the March class   Register for the May class

 

Improv 101 for Kids: Improv Games

1/23/18, 3/29/18

Ages 10 - 16

Learn a number of fun ‘short-form’ improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking. The improv games and exercises are customized based on the the age and experience level of the participating students during each session.
Register for the January class   Register for the March class

 

Masked Performance 101 for Kids: The Living Cartoon

3/22/18

Ages 8 - 16

Learn to become a living breathing cartoon character with the use of masks. Learn about the history of masks from the ancient Greeks to Commedia dell’Arte and many ways in which masks were and still could be made now.
Register for March class

 

Shakespeare 101 for Teens: The Bard's Greatest Hits

5/10/18

Ages 12 - 18

Experience the most famous of Shakespeare's plays and understand why his plays are still produced all over by performing select scenes from some of the plays with your classmates.
Register for Class

 

Stage Combat 101

2/6/18, 4/3/18

Ages 10 - 18

Get an introduction to the secrets of safely creating thrilling fight scenes with a combination of acting skills, choreography and stage illusion principles. From how to fall safely to how to swing a punch like John Wayne, this class will focus on the basics of telling a story with your body, whether thrilling or hilarious.
Register for February class    Register for April class

 

Physical Comedy 101

2/8/18, 4/5/18

Ages 10-18

Learn about things like pratfalls, repetition and the rule of threes. Begin developing your body awareness and learn how the right move at just the right time can create laughter across cultural and language barriers.
Register for February class   Register for April class

 

Voice and Movement for Teens

5/29/18

Ages 14 - 18

Grow an awareness of the inner workings of your body and your voice. Learn to harness that awareness to create countless interesting and different characters on stage.

Register for May class

 

School Break Programs

Dragon Kids’ Improv Camp

2/19/18 - 2/23/18

1:00p - 5:30p

$250/student

Ages 10 - 16

Minimum: 5 students

Maximum: 12 students

A half-day camp ending with an opportunity for the students to showcase their newly developed skills and talents in a student improv show for family and friends on the last day. Throughout the week students will learn many short-form improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking.

Register for Ski Week Camp

 

Dragon Youth Playmakers

4/9/18 - 4/13/18

10:00am - 12:00pm (Short Presentation on 8/11 at 11:30am)

$150/student

Ages 8-12

Minimum: 4 students

Maximum: 12 students

Students will learn improvisation and theatre fundamentals through games and activities. Throughout the week, the students will engage in creative play to create performances based off of faerie tales. There will be an informal presentation at the end of the week.
Register for Class

 

Dragon Teen Playmakers

4/9/18 - 4/14/18

1:00pm - 5:00pm (Short Presentation on 4/14 at 6:00pm)

$250/student

Ages 12-18

Minimum: 5 students

Maximum: 12 students

Throughout the week, students will create new mini-plays based on folks stories and mythology through improvisation, theatre games and more traditional writing exercises. There will be a short performance of the students’ creations on 4/14 at 6:00pm.
Register for Class

 

Weekly Series

Dragon Teen Improv Ensemble

2/16/18 - 6/1/18

4:30pm - 6:00pm (early start of 4:00pm and an improv show at 5:00pm on 6/1)

$300/student

Ages 13 - 18 (Younger students may be accepted after an interview)

Minimum: 5 students

Maximum: 12 students

Train in the principles of improvisation and learn a number of fun short-form improv games geared towards developing listening skills, team-work and quick thinking. Train weekly with your team to become a comedy athlete and perform an improv show for friends and family on the final day.

Register for Class

 

About the Teacher, Max Koknar:
 

  • Actor, Consultant with First Person Travel on NYT Featured Headlands Gamble
  • Lead Actor, Writer, Co-Director, Co-Artistic Director on SFWeekly Featured Ancien Regime
  • Story and Audience Experience Designer on a collaboration with Finnish government (The Decameron Project 2017) at the old Outokumpu mine.
  • Consultant/Guest Lecturer/Teaching Artist/Coach in collaboration with U.C. Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), Adventure Design Group (San Francisco, CA), The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Willow Glen Elementary Tiger Theatre (San Jose, CA), Daniel Wright Elementary (Dublin, OH),  Theatre of All Possibilities (Various Bay Area, CA), California Theatre Center (Various, CA, NV, WA, OR), Northside Theatre (San Jose, CA), Crowded Fire (San Francisco, CA), Triangle Lab (Bay Area, CA) and the Arena Stage (Washington DC)
  • Have performed in front of nearly 500,000 people over the course of my career.
  • Past collaborators and teachers include movement coaches who’ve worked for the Blue Man Group and Marvel’s Thor, students and collaborators of Marcel Marceau, Obie Award Winners, and Cirque du Soleil clowns.

 

 

 


 

 
About Dragon Productions Theatre Company:
Dragon Productions Theatre Company is a 501c3 nonprofit company. Your attendence in our classes allows us to keep expanding our offerings season after season and enriches the greater Bay Area community. Thank you so much for your interest and support! 
 
 

 

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