By Sammy Schofield, YPT Drama School Volunteer
What are life’s greatest – and even scariest – challenges? Maybe it’s conquering your fear of heights and riding the tallest rollercoaster, or maybe it’s being in the same room as a giant spider! Actors in theatre face many challenges in their work. But before an actor performs in a play they must face the first epic challenge: the audition!
By Mercedes Villanueva MacDonald, YPT Co-op Student
Never in my life have I wanted to be cast as the lead in an unofficial prequel/prelude to Hamlet. These are my thoughts as I stand in the Nathan Cohen Studio at YPT, auditioning for the Drama School’s Senior Ensemble. I’m about to do the monologue I had prepared for them. They gave us around six to seven different monologues to choose from; half male characters and half female. So, after reading through them all I chose a selection from I, Claudia, which turned out to be a great choice because the play we ending up doing became a prelude to Hamlet. Angsty teen meets angsty teen.
By Ryan Evershed, YPT Graduate Student Intern
Before YPT’s Summer Drama Camps officially began, the drama school teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers gathered a few weeks earlier at Summer Orientation – a day where all of the Drama Camp staff and volunteers reflect on teaching approaches, collaborate on plans, get to know one another and prepare for the rest of the summer.
At this year’s orientation there was a great mix of new and old faces, which made it the perfect opportunity for previous staff members to share experiences with newer staff.
We sat down with Natalia Gracious (who is completing her first year on faculty with the Drama School) and Paul Lacey (a teacher at YPT for 12 years) to chat about their teaching philosophies and see if they have a little advice for new teachers and teaching assistants.