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in Grades 9 - 12

Spectrum

$790

with Paul Major

Calendar Oct 30, 2022 at 2 pm

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Sundays 2-5pm (October 30, 2022 – March 12, 2023; no class on November 27 or December 18-January 22)

(Tech rehearsals and performances will take place March 6-12, 2023)

Location: 

Rehearsals will take place in person and indoors at SPARC (2016 N. Hamilton St. Richmond, VA 23230)

Grades: 8th-12th

Spectrum is a theatre arts education program for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in grades 8-12. The program is presented by SPARC in partnership with Richmond Triangle Players.  Through a series of rehearsals and workshops, youth will learn the basics of storytelling, performance, production, and playwriting, as they work together to create an original play or musical.

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first. 

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $5 deposit plus 13 payments of $56.07, paid weekly. Final payment of $56.09.

Live Art Filmmaking Workshop (Code 569)

$600

with Martin Montgomery

Calendar Jan 17, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Live Art Experience Workshops: Open to All! 

Throughout the year we will have three Live Art experiences open to all members of the SPARC community, not just current Live Art students. This is an opportunity to participate in a rigorous, accessible, fun artistic experience in community with fellow youth artists and incredible teaching artists.  

Join us January 17-20th from 4:30-6:00pm for the Live Art Experience Workshop: Live Art Filmmaking, taught by two-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Martin Montgomery. This six-hour intensive is an opportunity for all students interested in jumping into the world of filmmaking to create in an accessible, nurturing, collaborative, and fun environment. Working in community with local filmmakers and fellow youth artists, you can expect to explore filmmaking techniques, learn foundational principles of filmmaking, and create mini films. You do not need prior experience in filmmaking to be part of the workshop; all you need is creativity and a willingness to try new things! 

The Live Art Experience Workshop Series is open to all youth in the SPARC community, not just students currently enrolled in Live Art! 

Scholarships are available!

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 6 payments of $82.14, paid weekly. Final payment of $82.16.

Winter Tech Workshop: Lighting Design (Code 500)

$400
Calendar Jan 24, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Tuesdays (Jan. 24 to Mar. 14) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. There will be no class on Mar. 21, the last class will be held on Thursday, Mar. 23 from 4:45PM to 6:45PM. 

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 6th to 12th

Teacher: Gretta*

Ever wonder what it’s like to design the lights for a SPARC performance? Well, Lighting Design Workshop is your chance to be a part of the show creation process! Students in this class will be directly involved in SPARC's Showstoppers program as Lighting Designers for the final performance! They will learn skills such as color theory, light board cueing, director collaboration, setting the mood of a scene, beam angles, and some special effects!

Students may be asked to be on a ladder up to 12ft tall in this class and will be asked to sign a safety waiver. 

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Amy Almond

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $93.75, paid every two weeks.

Winter: Smart Phone Cinema Pt. 2 (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 25, 2023 at 7 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.  

Dates/Time: Wednesdays (Jan. 25 to Mar. 15) from 7PM to 8PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 9th to 12th 

Teacher: Mike*

From YouTube to TikTok and about a thousand places in between, opportunities for creators are everywhere. It's easier than ever to share on these platforms thanks to the handy devices we keep in our pocket all day: our smart phones. Learn the best way to showcase your voice and vision through video in this 8-week workshop led by teaching artist and local filmmaker, Mike Thibodeau of The Sunroom. Prepare to learn the elements of creation, production, and post-production for totally original, student-driven stories – all done by smart phones! The class will start with fundamentals of idea generation, storytelling, and writing for the camera. When it’s time to record, students will take turns using phones to film their projects. They will also take turns serving as student actors in their peers’ projects and understanding how acting for the camera differs from acting onstage. Then, during post-production, the class will practice editing their footage and adding sound through music and foley work. Students can expect to leave this class with a completed video (approximately 30 seconds to a minute in length) and the basic skills needed to add to it or make new projects in the future.

An earlier chapter of the class is offered in fall of 2022. Young people are encouraged to take both sections to continue to expand their confidence and experience in developing a creative process. However, participation in the fall section is not required in order to participate in the winter.

If your student does not have a smartphone, that’s okay! We will be working in small groups and sharing, and SPARC has a couple of devices to provide. If your student does have a smart phone (or similar recording device), please ensure that it has enough memory available to hold video.

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first.

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks.

Winter: The Actor's Process Pt. 2 (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 26, 2023 at 6:15 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.  

Dates/Time: Thursdays (Jan. 26 to Mar. 16) from 6:15PM to 7:15PM 

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 9th to 12th 

Teacher: Heather*

How does an actor embody a character? How do they bring life and truth to a story? Every actor has their own approach to these questions. In The Actor’s Process, young people will explore a series of foundational exercises designed to help them discover the methods that work for them as an actor. This class will start with understanding the world of a play and developing curiosity about its characters. Young people will next experiment with using their voice, body, and mind to step into a character. Finally, students will be paired with a scene partner. Through this introduction to scene work, actors will practice using vocal and physical expression to convey emotion, react to their partner, and tell a convincing story. This class will also reinforce theatrical principles like vocabulary, staging, and memorization. At the end of the session, actors will share their scenes for a small audience of friends and family. The Actor’s Process is designed for all levels of experience in acting.

An earlier chapter of the class is offered in fall of 2022. Young people are encouraged to take both sections to continue to expand their confidence and experience in developing a creative process. However, participation in the fall section is not required in order to participate in the winter.

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks.

Live Art Playwriting Workshop (Code 569)

$600
Calendar Jul 25, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Live Art Experience Workshops: Open to All! 

Throughout the year we will have three Live Art experiences open to all members of the SPARC community, not just current Live Art students. This is an opportunity to participate in a rigorous, accessible, fun artistic experience in community with fellow youth artists and incredible teaching artists.  

Join us July 25-28th from 4:30-6:00pm for the Live Art Experience Workshop: Live Art Playwriting. In this six-hour intensive you can expect to write collaboratively with fellow youth artists and professional playwrights, ultimately creating short plays. You can expect to leave class with short works written by you as well as tips for continuing a writing practice. You do not need prior playwriting experience; all you need is creativity and a willingness to try new things! 

The Live Art Experience Workshop Series is open to all youth in the SPARC community, not just students currently enrolled in Live Art! 

Scholarships are available! 

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 7 payments of $71.87, paid every four weeks. Final payment of $71.91.




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