Cool, Calm Characters!
In this three-lesson series, participants will build drama skills and find their happy place while acting out lots of wacky characters! Each lesson will focus on exercising a different tool from the actor’s toolbox; starting with our bodies, moving on to our voices, and wrapping up by working out our imaginations; while developing social-emotional awareness and gross motor coordination. All activities will have a cortisol-lowering focus to provide a positive, stress-relieving experience that will leave participants feeling calm and joyful.
Use imagination and creativity to express self through dramatic play (9.1.D PK.E)
Distinguish between emotions and identify socially accepted ways to express them (16.1 PK.A)
Demonstrate coordination of body movements in active play (10.4 PK.A)
Taylor Couch is a Teaching Artist and performer who specializes in creative movement, arts-integrated learning experiences, and Early Childhood Education. With an MA in Drama and Performance Studies from the Queen’s University of Belfast and a Bachelor’s in Education and Developmental Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Taylor is interested in the impact performance can have on everyday life. Some of her favorite educational projects include a month-long residency focusing on teaching gentleness through dance concepts in a local infant and toddler classroom and developing intergenerational arts experiences for elderly adults with dementia and their families.