A New Summer Theatre Program


 

Progressive Thinking, Progressive Doing, New Horizons, New Possibilities

6 weeks between July 5 – August 15, 2021

The new Summer Theatre Program embraces the values of social progress, diversity, and inclusion that have taken center-stage across the nation and provides a revitalized platform for sharing performances that reach new horizons. This program will provide students with the opportunity to master their skills in the realms of theatre, art, movement, music, as well as to collaborate within a diverse ensemble, benefit from a variety of well-accomplished professionals in the field (TBA), and develop original works.

What sets this unique opportunity in the Summer Theatre Program apart is a special series conceived with the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), which will run their own educational program in collaboration with Black Theatre United (BTU). Both programs will overlap, and our goal is to have approximately ten current Williams students join a series of seminars given by luminary artists associated with WTF and BTU, and to allow Williams students to meet other students from the WTF educational program.

Along with the seminars (see the schedule below), Williams students will have the opportunity to develop projects based on existing dramas or their original scripts, and they will present their works at the end of the Summer Program.

The central mission of this program is to provide students with a platform for the expression of their unique voices and the opportunity to explore the causes – including social justice, climate change, and conflict, among many others – most meaningful to them. In addition, students will have the opportunity to explore unique themes and techniques beyond that which is available during the academic year. Students can work to liberate their potentials by collaborating and networking with theatre professionals. By developing skills for the stage and camera, including public speaking, body language, self-confidence, and creative thinking, these collaborations will prove invaluable for students’ future careers and aspirations. The program welcomes all students interested in a variety of experiences including acting, directing, playwriting, designing, dramaturgy (including theoretical/historical/textual work), stage managing, technical support, videography & editing, administrative assistance, and producing.

All participants will be provided with a stipend in amount of $460 per week, and if requested, can be provided with housing on campus, should they wish to stay at Williams for the duration of the Program (regardless of the remote format of the Program). Students are required to attend all sessions and rehearsals and to enrich themselves with a collaborative spirit within the ensemble.

Our Program will be conducted in a remote format for Summer 2021 – which will allow students to join the experience from the location of their convenience. Due to time zone differences, the sessions will be scheduled between 12pm-6:30pm EST, five days per week. Additionally, there will be the possibility of watching the Luminary Series of seminars recorded for the students’ convenience (if the special guest agrees for the session to be recorded). The Program is open to all students at Williams regardless of their interests, and it will provide valuable career experience applicable across all majors. This program is aligned with Williams’ mission as a liberal arts institution and is designed for students who would like to explore theater more deeply with greater freedom to work on self-selected materials, for those who would like to collaborate within an ensemble, and for those who are keen to broaden their skills in professions that involve public speaking and expressing oneself to others.

Students are encouraged to sign up for the interviews by contacting the Chair of the Department of Theatre, Professor Omar Sangare, via email at [email protected] with subject “2021 Summer Theatre Program”.

Interviews will be scheduled by the end of April 2021 and confirmed with students beforehand. During the interview students will be provided with additional details related to the Program and encouraged to request more insights in regards to their questions. No other preparation needed.

Tentative schedule for the Summer Theatre Program 2021:

Week 1:

  • An organizational Session
  • Preparation for Luminary Series
  • Research and Preparation for a Seminar of Luminary Series
  • Participate in Seminar #1
  • Joint session between WTF and Williams students (virtual socializing)
  • Create and present a project inspired by the recent Guest Speaker at Seminar Series
  • Team up for subgroups for Students’ independent projects

Week 2:

  • Initial rehearsals for Students’ projects
  • Research and preparation for the next Seminar of Luminary Series
  • Participation in Seminar #2
  • Create and present a project inspired by the recent Guest Speaker at Seminar Series
  • A feedback from other Students as well as Advisors’ of independent projects

Week 3:

  • Advanced rehearsals for Students’ independent projects
  • Research and preparation for the next Seminar of Luminary Series
  • Participation in Seminar #3
  • Create and present a project inspired by the recent Guest Speaker at Seminar Series
  • Feedback from other Students and the Advisor

Week 4:

  • Finalizing rehearsals of the projects
  • Research and preparation for the next Seminar of Luminary Series
  • Participation in Seminar #4
  • Create and present a project inspired by the recent Guest Speaker at Seminar Series
  • Feedback from other Students and Advisor

Week 5:

  • Dress rehearsals of the projects
  • Research and preparation for the next Seminar of Luminary Series
  • Participation in Seminar #5
  • Create and present a project inspired by the recent Guest Speaker at Seminar Series
  • A feedback from other Students and Advisor of an independent project
  • Presentation of a demo project by Students
  • Announcement of Students’ independent projects to the community

Week 6:

  • Tech rehearsals of the projects
  • Notes from Students’ Advisor for their independent project
  • Present final version of students’ individual projects