Tue 18 May, Tue 8 & Tue 22 Jun, Zoom, Online
The Playhouse Youth Theatre is our platform for 12 to 16 year olds to develop their passion for performance, learn brand new skills, and build friendships in a supportive setting.
Across the Summer Term, we are hosting a series of online masterclasses with a cohort of visiting expert practitioners. Participants will stretch their creative muscles through new skills and techniques that will develop their abilities in performance and theatre making. Sign up to just one, or join us for the enjoyment of all four, our free Masterclass Series will take place on the following dates:
Tue 4 May Performance Storytelling with Amari Harris
“Stories are how we understand the world and the right story can change the world.” Join storyteller Amari Harris, as he navigates Youth Theatre participants through the journey of creating stories and bringing them to life through performance. Embracing the Zoom room as a brand new stage, participants will devise and perform stories in groups and as solo pieces.
Tue 18 May Puppetry with Sophie Powell
Creating puppets using the simplest of household materials, puppeteer Sophie Powell will introduce Youth Theatre participants to the basics of puppetry. Through exercises designed to ignite a playfulness with each young performer, participants will learn how to manipulate objects to tell stories, working towards a sharing at the end of the masterclass.
Tue 8 Jun Movement with Jennifer Jackson
With exercises designed to investigate how our bodies alone can be powerful tools for telling stories and communicating messages, theatre maker and movement director Jennifer Jackson will work with our Youth Theatre participants to explore the use of shape and rhythm within movement to create short solo pieces to share at the end of the masterclass.
Tue 22 Jun Directing with Eleanor Warr
Introducing participants to Stanislavskian methods of theatre-making, Eleanor Warr will work with participants on core directing techniques, essential for communicating context and meaning in a performance. Using sample texts, participants will each take on the dual roles of director and performer to begin to shape their own method, whilst also supporting others.
Our Playhouse Youth Theatre sessions take place using the Zoom video conferencing platform. You will need to create an account and download this app onto your device in order to access our sessions. It is recommended that participants explore the use of this platform before the first session. For more information, visit: https://zoom.us.
Each session will require a Meeting ID and a password. This will be shared with participants via email up to 1 hour before each Playhouse Youth Theatre session is due to begin. To support participants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our Playhouse Youth Theatre sessions are now free. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.
Upon signing up for our Summer Term sessions, participants will receive a link to a digital Participant Pack, which must be read and completed ahead of their first session.
Duration: 2 hours with no interval
‘Take control of your own story’ is the motto of drama facilitator and passionate storyteller Amari Harris. Amari trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance which gave him the chance to train abroad at Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre.
As a drama facilitator, Amari has worked in the community, health, and education sector and with some of the biggest theatres in the UK including the Old Vic and Punchdrunk.
A lover of books and stories, Amari keeps the art of oral storytelling alive. You can find him spinning tales in front of hundreds at festivals, performing full length shows in theatres or in a quiet library corner. Amari has led storytelling projects with the NHS and patients living with long-term illness, teaching participants to share their experiences and stories with the world.
‘Stories are how we understand the world and the right story can change the world.’
Sophie Powell is a puppeteer, performer, director and writer.
She co-wrote and performs in the official Moomin puppet show, ‘Mischief and Mystery in Moomin Valley’. An associate performer for Long Nose Puppets, she has performed in all of their shows to date. Other performance credits include Flat Pack with OH! Productions, and Steven Whinnery’s ‘Lying with the Animals’ for the London International Mime Festival. Recent directing includes ‘Yukon Ho!’ for Jennifer Irons. Sophie has a wide variety of teaching experience from workshops in the community to regular contributions at Rose Bruford College. As a writer, Sophie has been published by TSS and MIR Online. She was awarded the Exeter Story Prize 2017, and has been shortlisted for the Cambridge Story Prize.
Sophie is co-founder of Puppetbox.Y ou can find her on Instagram @apinchofsaltsophie or on Twitter @SophiePowell
Jennifer is a British/Bolivian theatre-maker, movement director and actor. She trained at East 15 Acting School, and was the under 50kg AJA British Judo Champion. Her work interrogates how the female body is presented in performance; her relationship with the UK, and the duality of living between cultures and races. It encompasses contemporary dance, Bolivian folk dance, new writing, movement and the transformative aspects of sport.
She is currently a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, and was commissioned to develop Thank Heaven For Little Grrrls by The egg (The Incubator Programme), The Lowry (Developed With), and supported by The Place. It features a cast of 15 girls aged between 8-12 years old. The piece explores play, risk, and power; asking the question if girls can ever be seen on their own terms.
As a performer, she has worked with the National Theatre, NT Studio, Battersea Arts Centre, The Harold Pinter Theatre - West End, Bath Theatre Royal, Royal & Derngate, Brighton Festival (Argus Angel Winner), The Lowry, Derby Theatre, and The Yard. International performance includes Bervaldhallen- Stockholm, Lucas Theatre -Savannah USA, Pearl Theatre -New York.
As a Movement director credits include: Wuthering Heights, Death of a Salesman, Cuttin It, Queens of the Coal Age, Our Town (The Royal Exchange), Midnight Movie (Royal Court), The Mountaintop (Young Vic & UK Tour), Amsterdam (ATC, Orange Tree, TRP), Out of Water, Mayfly(Orange Tree), Baby Reindeer (Francesca Moody Productions/ The Bush/ West End), Be My Baby and Around the World in 80 Days (Leeds Playhouse) I Wanna Be Yours (Paines Plough/Tamasha/The Bush), and Parliament Square, The Trick, Philoxenia (The Bush)
Eleanor Warr (she/her) is a director, writer and dramaturg based in Oxford, where she is currently Resident Director at Oxford Playhouse and Magdalen College School. She is an experienced youth theatre director, assistant director and facilitator of new writing.
Directing includes: Cry Up Liberty (Birkbeck Arts Week, 2019), Footlights International Tour (2017), Dream Sequence (UK & US tour), Howie the Rookie (Ed Fringe, 2016). Assistant Directing includes: Beauty & the Beast (Oxford Playhouse 2019). Youth theatre includes: Emil & the Detectives, When We Meet Again, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Gulliver’s Travels (Magdalen College School). Dramaturgy includes: Talking Bodies (Hot Coals Productions, 2021).
Ellie is Theatre and Performance editor of ‘It’s Freezing in L.A.!’, an independent magazine about climate change, and is committed to making theatre more sustainable.
For ages 12 to 16
Our Summer Term masterclasses will take place on Zoom
Read about the Safeguarding Measures we are putting in place for our Zoom sessions.