April 3 & 4, 2017
ATG is proud to announce its second annual High School Drama Festival. Last year’s event was a huge success, with faculty and students alike saying it was the best day of the school year. This spring, ATG will serve as host to high schools throughout the state for a day of great theater and inspiring instruction. Your students will have the opportunity to present a scene from whatever play or musical that you have performed during the course of the year, or one that you have prepared specially for the DramaFest. These excerpts will then be given an in-depth critique by working members of the theater industry.
We also plan to have at least one workshop for the participants, in areas such as improvisation, audition techniques, stage combat, etc.. In addition, after the day’s events, we hope to offer the opportunity for your students to observe a reading of a new play or musical.
To ensure the longterm health of American Theater Group and theater in general, ATG will train both the artists and audiences of tomorrow by offering quality arts-in-education programming.
The following are just a few additional education programs:
a.) EQUITY MEMBERSHIP CANDIDATE PROGRAM. Working with Actors Equity Association, ATG will employ a corps of aspiring actors as interns. These performers will serve in a variety of functions (including, where possible, on stage) in exchange for cumulating “points” toward their Equity membership.
b.) HIGH SCHOOL MATINEES. ATG will work aggressively to reach out to area high schools to schedule student matinees for those productions that are age-appropriate. Student matinees will incorporate both pre- and post performance teachers guides, as well as “talk-back” sessions with the cast.
c.) STATEWIDE DRAMA FESTIVAL. Each spring, ATG will invite high schools throughout the state to perform a 20-minute excerpt from their school play or musical. Each excerpt will then be critiqued by industry professionals (actors, directors, writers, etc.). At the end of the day, students will attend the evening performance.
d.) MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. Based on Joe Mancuso’s and Rick Sordelet’s affiliation, ATG will employ students and graduates from the design program in design positions (set, lights, costumes, etc.)
e.) WAGNER COLLEGE. Based on board president Michelle Pawk’s affiliation, ATG will continue to employ students in our productions.