Children’s Theater Workshop’s fall session begins Saturday, October 16, 10-11:30 am, at Eastport Arts Center (EAC). Each week through December 11, participants are encouraged to join Mark Macey and Lauren “L.” Elwood, as they craft performances and learn the ins and outs of stagecraft. Classes will be split by age but occur simultaneously to accommodate families’ schedules. Participants ages 13-18 will work with L. on creating unique characters and writing short monologues and scenes to be performed at the final session. Participants ages 8-12 will work with Mark on an adaptation of a children’s book, which will also be performed at the final session. Both classes will play plenty of fun games and learn the basics of being on stage.  

“The split is really about meeting participants at their skill level,” notes Macey, who is Artistic Director of Stage East and Creative Development Director at EAC. “An 8-year-old and a teenager have very different capabilities. Keeping everyone together is fun and compelling in its own way. Now, I want to give the older kids a chance to push themselves and the younger kids a chance to come into their own.”

“I cannot wait to dive into Children’s Theater Workshop (CTW) again!” says L., who taught co-taught two previous theater programs with Macey. “This time around I’ll be diving into character creation with the older group, though Mark and I will again be a dynamic duo for warmups and cool-downs.”

Macey and Elwood, a recent Oberlin graduate in theater and dance and intern at EAC, collaborated this summer with great success on a theater-themed Arts Camp and a session of the Children’s Theater Workshop. Questions about the sessions may be emailed to Mark at mark@eastportartscenter.org.

Session registration will open October 9 via this link: https://forms.gle/caZ4jvpKDmKQVw7GA, and will be available through October 17. Participants can also sign up in person at the first session on October 16. Children’s Theater Workshop is offered free of cost. EAC events are presented in accordance with CDC guidelines; masks are required.

Participants in EAC’s summer session of Children’s Theater Workshop are shown working with L. Elwood and Mark Macey.
Macey and Elwood’s first teaching collaboration, a theater-themed Summer Arts Camp offered this past July, found campers ‘moving like water’ and other substances.