“The Stage” Theatre Makerspace
The Stage Theatre Makerspace uses performing arts as a platform to develop 21st-century skills and enhance STEAM education.
Building upon the Arts & Science Center’s established STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming foundation, The Stage takes a holistic approach to theatre by engaging students in all aspects of theatre: directing, acting, playwriting, scenery construction, costume design, light and sound design, stage management, playbill design, and marketing and promotion of productions. All components are considered STEAM learning. By incorporating technology, students learn coding and circuitry for scenery special effects, audio and film for documenting, and basic graphic design.
Involving youth in community arts programs provides opportunity to cultivate civic engagement; develop practical and personal skills instrumental in academic and career success (such as creative thinking, self-confidence, identity building, problem solving, collaboration, communication skills, and valuing constructive feedback), and ensures access to the arts for youth from low-income families who don’t possess the means to participate in programs in arts-resource rich regions of Arkansas.
The Stage hosts a summer youth theatre camp; the 2019 program is scheduled for June 3-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It is for ages 13-17.
The Stage also offers professional development workshops, internships, and free after-school theatre programming.
The Stage is funded by a grant from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation. ASC is immensely grateful for the King Foundation's support of our endeavors to provide access to the arts for everyone.
Youth Theatre Workshop
Blackout: Becoming the Unsung Heroes of Theater
Learn the basics and importance of being on “The Crew” of a theatre production with this FREE four-part workshop. Students will harness their creativity by learning the technical parts of a theatrical production and how they are vital to a show’s success. They will learn how to create a scene and discover the important roles and responsibilities of the people who the audience don’t see.
The workshop meets 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, January 26, February 23, March 30, and April 27.
For ages 12 and older. Maximum enrollment of 15 students per week.
January 26: An Introduction to Theater
Students will learn the history of theatre, basic terminology, and the importance of a production’s technical crew.
February 23: Lights Up
Students will learn the history of theatre lighting, the importance and impact of lighting on a theatrical production, and the basic elements/equipment necessary to successfully light a theatrical production.
March 30: Sets and Safety
The students will learn to understand the need for safety awareness when working on theatrical productions, as well as basic knowledge of set design, construction, and strike.
April 27: Running a Scene
Students will alternate as different crew members and plan, design, and execute a proper and safe scene change while familiarizing themselves with every aspect of each technical position.
The Stage Teaching Resources
The Arts & Science Center is pleased to offer The Stage teaching resources for educators, including ASC-created lesson plans and links to outside sources. ASC can also provide technical support, assist with evaluation, and assist with purchasing materials associated with implementing The Stage curricula.