We here at Fox Den Theatre Company are proud to announce our first run of Fox Den Classes!
We will be offering four classes for our first run: Directing and Teaching Improv, The Actor’s Body, Stage Combat: Unarmed, and Stage Combat: Rapier and Dagger. All of our classes will be taught at Space Recording and Rehearsal. For more info on each class, see below.
What makes Fox Den Classes Unique?
Our mission at Fox Den is to insure that artists walk away from our classes with new skills in their repertoire. We do not have “Levels” as many acting studios do. Instead, we focus on the artist as an individual. While working with Fox Den instructors, each artist will be given individualized feedback through our “Artist’s Toolbox” system. Through the Artist’s Toolbox, each artist will have their individualized strengths and goals recorded, insuring they receive the most from every class they enroll into.
We also believe in the old adage “Theatre is a collaborative art”. As such, we encourage collaboration and feedback between our artists, giving one another constructive and supportive feedback. Too often, instructors assume the role of “knowledge-giver” and the participants are forced into a role of ignorance. While we recognize the inherent power structure of an instructor in a class setting, we actively work to insure that artists feel free to voice their opinions and share their expertise.
Finally, safety is our top priority at Fox Den. We strive to ensure that every person in our organization feels safe, comfortable, and free from harassment or discrimination. In order to participate in any of the Fox Den Classes, artists must agree to our Code of Conduct, which is given out the first day of the class.
Directing and Teaching Improv
The aim of this class is to create a low-stakes environment for artists of any experience level to practice the skills and gain confidence in directing, teaching, and coaching improv. The class contains a mix of practice and theory. The majority of the class will involve authentic directing/coaching/teaching activities with reflection and discussion throughout to incorporate theoretical concepts. We will also host experienced guest improv directors, teachers, and coaches, so we can experience a diversity of perspectives and philosophies on the work. We’ll apply the core question of “why this ____ now” to all aspects of our work and use theatrical dramaturgy as our core theme. We’ll also go over the relevant history of directing and improvisation, creating safe and inclusive spaces, planning and running rehearsals, giving and receiving feedback, and collaborating with a production team to put a show together.
The Actor’s Body
In this class, artists will engage with different physical techniques, expanding their ability to make intentional movements. The majority of this class will be movement oriented, focusing on how the different techniques and exercises can be expressed and combined to create a unique and individual movement style. We will work to apply mindfulness into the artist’s physical being, allowing them to question their choices and create informed physical beats.
Stage Combat: Unarmed
In this class, artists will learn the foundations of Stage Combat, culminating in a final, choreographed fight scene. Artists will also gain a basic understanding of martial arts, as well as the ability to recognize safe and unsafe fight conditions. (This class will be physically demanding in nature. If you are concerned about your ability to participate, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to adapt the content for your needs.)
Stage Combat: Rapier and Dagger
In this class, artists will learn the foundations of Rapier and Dagger combat culminating in a final, choreographed fight scene. Artists will also gain a basic understanding of swordsmanship, as well as the ability to recognize safe and unsafe fight conditions. Each participant in this class will be given a wooden practice sword, which is their’s to keep and practice with at home. (This class will be physically demanding in nature. If you are concerned about your ability to participate, contact us at email@example.com and we will work with you to adapt the content for your needs.)