Workshops & Residencies

Write On! Residency

(Our most popular residency!)

Students collaborate to develop a play based on their own ideas, a piece of literature, works of art, or Social Studies material. Write On! meets Language Arts and Fine Arts requirements. Children also develop confidence, creativity and communication skills by working together, writing, and developing original performances.

This residency is available for day classes and after-school programs. For grades 1-12.

Mask Making for the Theater : 2-hour workshop & Residency

Students create masks based on research on cultural and theatrical masks from around the world. In a highly structured curriculum, students design their own personal masks and learn how to use them for performances.

This popular residency is available for day classes and after-school programs. For grades 1-12.

Create Your Own Drum! : 4 hour Workshop

Students will create their own drum with wood and packing tape over the course of this introductory workshop. Then, students will be briefly introduced to the world of drum orchestra and percussion, learning the fundamentals of rhythm and playing in time with other players under the direction of Master Drummer S-Ankh Rasa. This workshop is a great precursor to Cara Mía Theatre Co.'s residency, Drum Orchestra: Building Confidence Through Rhythm. S-Ankh Rasa studied in the music department at the University of California, Berkeley at age of 12. He furthered his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory at the age of 15. He has performed for many artists including The Temptations, Teena Marie, Debbie Allen/FAME TV show, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, MGM movie sound tracks, The Natalie Cole Christmas Special, Barry White, and Marvin Gaye. In recognition of his African heritage, Mr. Rasa has also studied traditional African music and dance focusing on the djembe and dundun drums and the kora (African harp).

Drum Orchestra: Building Confidence Through Rhythm Residency

Students will learn the basics of playing drums and percussion in an orchestra of found objects such as plastic buckets, Tupperware shakers, and metal trash cans. Over the course of four classes, students will learn the fundamentals of rhythm, playing in time with other players, and creating polyrhythms under the direction of Master Drummer S-Ankh Rasa. This residency will culminate in a final performance for students' parents and their peers. S-Ankh Rasa studied in the music department at the University of California, Berkeley at age of 12. He furthered his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory at the age of 15. He has performed for many artists including The Temptations, Teena Marie, Debbie Allen/FAME TV show, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, MGM movie sound tracks, The Natalie Cole Christmas Special, Barry White, and Marvin Gaye. In recognition of his African heritage, Mr. Rasa has also studied traditional African music and dance focusing on the djembe and dundun drums and the kora (African harp).

Big Puppets Residency

Big puppets have been used in many cultures and for many different theater companies around the world. Oversized puppets, or Mojigangas, have been used in Mexican towns during religious and cultural festivities. Mojigangas usually represent humans or animals from the town and are beautiful and playful. In this workshop, students will be shown the various types of puppets there are before creating their own designs. They also will learn how to use the puppets in a show. A presentation will be given for other students, teachers and family members on the eighth day.

Acting with Mexican Folk Masks : 2-hour workshop & Residency

Students will learn how to perform with masks from around the world. They will also work with theater games and basic elements for character construction. Students will create a character based on the mask they will be working with as well as on research on cultural and theatrical masks from around the world. Scenes or a demonstration of developed characters will be presented at the end of the session.

Mexican Arts & Crafts for Children: 2-hour workshop & Residency

Young people will create artwork inspired by the artistic traditions of Mexico. Students will create pieces inspired by pre-Hispanic art, Mexico’s colonial period, and popular art that has exsisted for centuries in small towns throughout Mexico. Additional 2-hour workshops may be scheduled to build a cumulative curriculum of up to 10 hours.

 

For booking information, please call 214-516-0706 or e-mail us (info@caramiatheatre.org)