Spotlight Workshops

Spotlight Awards Winter Workshops Saturday, January 9, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Even though we can’t be together for the Spotlight Kickoff Event and workshops at Lipscomb University this year, we are thrilled to present a line-up of free virtual workshops for participating Spotlight schools on January 9, 2021. The day includes many favorite topics like Choreography, Theatrical Design, Special Effects Make-up, Acting, and more. Don’t miss your chance to visit with Spotlight Alumni joining us for a special performance, and close out the day with a fantastic Master Class led by Jimmy Awards coach Telly Leung!

Registration is a la carte, allowing participants to select as many or as few sessions as they want to attend throughout the day. Teachers and students register individually to attend these free workshops by signing up.

Workshops happening throughout the day are listed below.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Opening Session: Movement Warm-Up

Mirroring the Jimmy Awards’ morning yoga workshops, we will start our day with movement to get our bodies and minds warmed up! Join Lipscomb University Theatre and Dance Professor Kari Smith for yoga, stretching, and even some fun dance moves. Clear some space to breathe, bend and sharpen your focus!

9:30-9:40 a.m. – Break

9:40-10:40 a.m. – Dance with Tosha! “Don’t Lose Your Head”

Back by popular demand, Tosha Marie from TMproductions leads participants in a dance session. Join Tosha to warm up your bodies and have some fun while developing your ability to pick up choreography with a combination from SIX the Musical!

10:40-10:50 a.m. – Break

10:50-11:50 a.m. – Make-up: Glamour and Gore

Calling all aspiring make-up artists! Learn all the techniques of creating realistic wounds. Don’t wear your nice clothes because it is going to get bloody!  Led by Murfreesboro Center for the Arts Education Director, Denise Parton, this session will get your blood pumping!

*You may sign up as an observer or a participant. Participants will need to purchase supplies ahead of time (Supplies needed – pack of paint brushes, make up pallet (needs to include dark purple, dark blue, green and yellow), liquid latex, dark corn syrup, red food coloring, cotton rounds).

10:50-11:50 a.m. – Improv Acting with Bakari King

Improv is the gateway to theater. This form of theater is a way for students and teachers to explore acting in a safe and nonthreatening manner. It can also be connective tissue to other academic courses in and around the classroom. In this session you will have the opportunity to sharpen your acting skills through theatre warm-ups, games, and the tricks of the trade of the stage. Whose line is it anyway? Well, it could be yours! Come and catch the spark of magic that begins behind the curtain.

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m. – College Audition Prep: What are they looking for?

The college audition can feel intimidating and scary. It doesn’t need to. Lipscomb Professor Nat McIntyre earned his MFA from The Old Globe in San Diego (a program consistently ranked in the top 5 in the country) and spent a year on Broadway in the Tony Award winning production of War Horse. In that time he has learned that the key to any audition is showing your confidence, being open and kind, and finding a way to demonstrate what makes you unique. In this workshop, Professor McIntyre will take you through the preparation needed to show that confidence, openness, and uniqueness.

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Creating Your Tech Portfolio

Hey, designers, directors, and technicians, too – ever wonder what universities and professional theatre companies want to see in a portfolio? This session will introduce you to different portfolio methods, help you to know what we are looking for as viewers, what types of things you should include, and some pointers on things to avoid when developing your portfolio. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This session, led by Lipscomb Professor Andy Bleiler, will help you put your best foot forward.

1:30-1:40 p.m. – Break

1:40-2:40 p.m. – Auditions in a Virtual World: Acting for the Camera

Acting for the camera is very different than acting for the stage. In our current virtual climate, auditioning is often done to a camera, and requires you to learn new strategies. In this workshop you’ll learn skills to help you nail your self-tapes and translate your onstage skills to the screen with stage and screen professional Tamiko Robinson Steele.

1:40-2:40 p.m. – Costume Sketching: Creating a Croquis

In this introduction to costume sketching, costume designer and Lipscomb University Professor June Kingsbury will guide you through creating your own croquis. This sketched human form drawing is the foundation for rendering costumes and drawing your own is a beneficial skill for aspiring costumers. Please come prepared with paper (8 ½” x 11”), pencil and a ruler.

2:40-2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45-3:45 p.m. – Theatrical Design: Creating Concept Art with Canva

Led by designer and educator Will Butler, this workshop will focus on scenic design, but also boasts transferable skills to costume and interior design fields.  Workshop participants will learn how to set up a project, find high-quality images, turn them into transparent PNGs, and create a strong conceptual composition that wows any director. At the end of the workshop, participants will put on their designer hats and create their own concept art for a Broadway musical!

2:45-3:45 p.m. – The Actor's Toolbox

This workshop, led by teaching artist and performer Jacqueline Komos, will explore how actors use their “actors’ toolbox” of bodies, voices, and imaginations as storytellers and creators. Participants will engage in drama exercises and games that delve into these tools while also building confidence and community.

3:45-3:50 p.m. – Break

3:50-4:20 p.m. – Spotlight Alumni Performance and Q&A

Many of our talented Spotlight Awards Alumni are currently studying Musical Theatre in top arts programs around the country, and love to share their experiences with other theater students. Join some of our Spotlight Awards Alumni for a performance and Q&A time.

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Acting the Song Workshop with Jimmy Awards® coach Telly Leung

Join us for an opportunity to hone your performance skills working with Broadway veteran and Jimmy Awards® coach, Telly Leung! In this one-hour virtual workshop Mr. Leung will work with 3 pre-selected students on best practices of acting through the song.  He will spend approximately 45 minutes engaged in this one-on-one work and then leave time for a Q&A session with all students to wrap up the workshop. Please note participants will need to have a song prepared with sheet music and tracks available.

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