Theater Workshop Day

COA is pleased to present our first Theater Workshop Day for Middle and High School students on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

This is fun and enriching program will provide you with an opportunity to connect with other teen theater enthusiasts and learn from top caliber talent at four different workshops taught by professional teaching artists!

Date: Saturday, December 2nd 2017
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Archie Cole Middle School, 100 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich     Tuition: $30 

Advance registration is required. No walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event. Fees must be paid in advance. East Greenwich High School and Cole Middle School students will be given an “early bird” rate and advance registration rate of $25 if registration is received by November 15th. After 11/15 the registration fee will be $30. Students from other schools are welcome to register at that time. Registration will close on Dec. 1st. You can register and pay online here, or print the form and mail a check.

On the registration form, students will have the opportunity to list their priority workshops and they will attend FOUR out of the SIX different workshops offered. We will do our best to accommodate requests but there are no guarantees of placement. There will be an opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks. Students should bring their own lunch.

Workshop Descriptions

1. Vocal Training
In this workshop you’ll explore how the voice works, different types of current singing in pop culture, and analyze what makes their voices sound the way they do. We´ll also discuss what happens when their FANS try to sing like them. You’ll see videos to demonstrate how the voice works and how the larynx makes sound. It’s fascinating! We’ll talk about what to do when you’re sick and still have to sing, how to take care of the voice you’ve got, and how to carefully strengthen it for the years ahead.

Workshop Leader: Eden Casteel, Performer and Vocal Coach. Eden offers voice and piano lessons in person and online, to students of all ages, interests, and abilities. Known for her ability to help students make improvements quickly, Eden’s students perform in theaters and music venues all over Rhode Island and beyond. An active performer, Eden was recently seen in the all-improvised musical “BRAVO” at the Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield, and as the lead in “VICTOR/VICTORIA” at Ocean State Theater Company in Warwick. Learn more about Eden and her studio at

2. Musical Theater
In this workshop, students will experience why Musical Theater is such a powerful medium that has the ability to thrill, inspire and motivate people from every background, culture and geographic location. Drawing from Sara’s 25 years of experience both as a performer and Broadway casting director, we will break down key moments in musical theater history, from West Side Story to Hamilton, to understand what makes a character sing and dance and how music and lyrics affect and inform emotion, both for the performer and audience.

Workshop Leader: Sara Schatz Kott, Casting Director. Sara spent close to 10 years casting musicals (and a few plays) on and off-Broadway and for national and international tours. Soon after graduating from Brandeis University, she was cast as Maureen in the National Tour of Rent (Original Collins Company), but quickly realized a career behind the table would be far more rewarding than one in front. Sara has taught audition master classes at the nation’s top conservatories including Carnegie Mellon, Boston Conservatory, CCM and was a visiting faculty member at NYU’s Cap 21 theater school for 4 years.

3. Improv Games
This high energy, interactive class gives you the basics of improv. Environment, Character, Storytelling, it’s all there. Using a mixture of short-form and long form exercises, students will have the improv tools to have fun on stage.

Workshop Leader: Providence Improv Guild teaching artists/actors

4. Stage Combat
This class addresses the basics of stage combat. With an emphasis on safety and realism, the students will learn techniques for movement including punching, kicks, falls and reaction.

Workshop Leader: Trinity Repertory/Brown MFA teaching artists/actors

5. Fun with Accents & Dialects
In this very interactive workshop, you will learn a practical approach to learning dialects that are consistent and natural. You’ll get to try a number of the most commonly used accents, exploring their distinctive tone qualities, inflection, diction, rhythms and also body language and cultural attitudes, which are a very important part of creating a dialect role.

Workshop Leader: Trinity Repertory/Brown MFA teaching artists/actors

6. Elements of Choreography
Kelly Cannone is owner and director of Aspiring Dreamz, a company that offers workshops on the essential skills of setting realistic goals and helping children discover their unique talent. Kelly is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. In 1981 she founded Dance Artistry, Inc., which Dancer Magazine called “One of the four most successful studios in America.” Kelly’s workshop will teach students the basic steps and approach to choreography for musical theater. Whether you’re just starting out or have danced for years, Kelly will provide some important insight into dance and how it assists in telling the story of a musical.

Workshop Leader: Kelly Cannone, Owner/Instructor of Aspiring Dreamz 


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Please list your favorite workshops in order of preference. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences.*

After you click this send button you will be directed to PayPal. You may pay online or mail a check for $30 to COA P.O.Box 258,East Greenwich, RI 02818. Registration is not guaranteed until payment is received. Thank you