Improvisation (Rising 8th-12th Grades), June 24-28
Course open to Branson and non-Branson students.
Instructor: Maura Vaughn (Theater Teacher)
This week-long Improvisation class will give each student a basic understanding of the fundamentals of acting through the framework of TheatreSports. Students will learn how to make a simple offer, how to accept any and all offers given, how to have confidence on stage, and how to leave the inner critic at the door. Students participate in a TheatreSports competition at the end of the camp – because it's such a blast!
Maura Vaughn has been a professional actress and teacher of acting for over twenty years. A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School for the Arts, she trained with Nikos Psachoropolous and Michael Kahn, and had the privilege to take workshops with such luminaries as Uta Hagen and Stella Adler. In 1996, she took over as Director of Theatre at the Branson School. There, she developed a comprehensive four-year program for introducing teens to the craft and discipline of acting, as well as helping them to unlock their own confidence, spontaneity, and creativity. Her book, Anatomy of a Choice: An Actor’s Guide to Text Analysis was published by University Press of America in 2010. She lives in Mill Valley, California with her husband and their two daughters.