2015 Workshops

Mark Northrup - Respondent

Mark Northrup

Mark Northrup is thrilled to be the respondent for the 56th annual Drama Festival.  Mark is a Theatre Arts and English teacher at Fairport High School, located just outside Rochester, NY.  Mark graduated from Oswego State in 2001 and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre (Acting, Directing), and a Masters of Education in English from Teachers College, Columbia University (2004).  He has taken classes in performing arts at the Steinhardt School of Education at NYU, and attended the New York State Theatre Educators Association Conferences in his career.  Mark has directed productions around Rochester, and has assisted his wife who advises the Mercy High School Drama Club, and staged productions at Chautauqua Institution in the summers.  A new member of the Educational Theatre Association, Mark will attend Southern Oregon University in July for a second masters in Theatre Production and Technology.  A performer too, Mark will play Rapunzel's Prince in a local production of Into the Woods this spring at the JCC of Rochester.    


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SUZUKI/VIEWPOINTS: led by John Smiley  Oswego welcomes back '02 alum John Smiley to share a unique, new workshop on Suzuki/Viewpoints: workshop will focus on the physical awareness of the actor's body and ensemble based composition.  Exercises developed from the teachings of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart will be used to awaken the actors' body, breath, and imagination.  Bring a pair of socks and be dressed to move.   John received his MFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin in '13 and is thriving actor and instructor in NYC.

ARCADIA COSTUME DESIGN led by Kitty Macey How do you build a cohesive show design using stock, rental and in shop build?   Learn how to strategically blend your current costume stock, pick smart rentals and building custom pieces to create a cohesive costume design for your production. Featuring a behind the curtain look at the making of our Arcadia costume, wig and make-up runway.

TECH OLYMPICS led by Suzayn Mackenzie-Roy  Teams, of two people each, compete in 5 events. The competition will have staggered starting times, with each event not lasting longer than 10 minutes. The events are tentative and procedures subject to change- but will include challenges in lighting, sound, knot tying, props and wardrobe.

CAN YOU PRINT THIS?  led by Ola Kraszpulska  An overview of the use of 3D printing technology in the theatre world. Examples will include models, as well as full scenic pieces. 3D scanning will also be explored, including examples from Young Frankenstein

ONCE UPON A TIME....Come and tell a story! led by Jonel Langenfeld Participants will learn how to create and tell a story, from conception to performance, incorporating improvisation, listening, movement and writing. Lots of fun and very creative! Workshop will be offered as one, double session during Session I & II

HANDS ON! led by Judy McCabe  

SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP  led by Joan Hart Willard

PLAYGROUND led by Henry Shikongo Loaded with tons of theater games this workshop will focus on training the students body's in concentration, relaxation, imagination, motivation, adaptation and spontaneity.

MUSICAL THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHY led by Kelsey Clark, theatre major and class of '16 (VVS Class of '12) Learn original choreography accompanying an ensemble musical theater number. Whether you're portraying a peasant on a Caribbean Island or a movie star in the 1920's, the right choreography can elevate a number and move the audience. Workshop will focus on selling your character in a number in addition to the steps. No previous dance experience required, please come prepared to move.  This workshop will be offered Sessions II and III only.  Limited to 20 dancing participants per session.

AUDIO TECH led by Dan Wood and Paul Leary of the Oswego State Music Department.  Workshop covers the basics of mixing music and sound for your band, theatre production or to satisfy your creative side.  Participants will mix and blend in the Sound Studio, 213D Hewitt.  Limited to 12 students per session.

IMPROV led by Gary Izzo 

Response to the Scenes

During each workshop session, three schools will gather with respondent Mark Northrup in Marano Campus Center Room 133 for their "Response to the Scene."  Assignments for each session are:

Workshop Session I      Red Creek- JC Birdlebough-Whitney Point

Workshop Session II     Mynderse Academy - Auburn - Oswego

Workshop Session III    G. Ray Bodley - Camden - Hannibal