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  • Stuyvesant High School
  • New York, NY
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My goal is to create a safe, noncompetitive space for the students to express themselves, unlock their creativity, and learn important life skills, all while laughing and having fun -- a terrific antidote to the stress and rigor of our students' academic life. This after-school workshop will be taught by Susan Kaessinger, who has been teaching children and adults, as well as performing and directing improvisation, for over 25 years, including 10 years at The Lucy Moses School. Each day's workshop will have two components: theater games that are designed to loosen up the students and turn their focus onto interacting with the group as a whole; and then structured scenes where students play out improvised scenarios in front of the group while receiving expert coaching. The exercises are designed to encourage trust, teamwork, and risk taking. Learning to accept a failure and move on is encouraged as well as stretching emotional, physical and verbal “comfort zones.” The workshop will also give the students a chance to see their peers from a different perspective, and to meet students they might not encounter during their academic day. There will be 3 workshops that meet once a week after school. If it goes well, we hope to extend it for another 3 classes, including a performance. Susan charges $200 per class, and I have discovered that this is a bargain after doing comparative shopping throughout New York City.

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My goal is to create a safe, noncompetitive space for the students to express themselves, unlock their creativity, and learn important life skills, all while laughing and having fun -- a terrific antidote to the stress and rigor of our students' academic life. This after-school workshop will be taught by Susan Kaessinger, who has been teaching children and adults, as well as performing and directing improvisation, for over 25 years, including 10 years at The Lucy Moses School. Each day's workshop will have two components: theater games that are designed to loosen up the students and turn their focus onto interacting with the group as a whole; and then structured scenes where students play out improvised scenarios in front of the group while receiving expert coaching. The exercises are designed to encourage trust, teamwork, and risk taking. Learning to accept a failure and move on is encouraged as well as stretching emotional, physical and verbal “comfort zones.” The workshop will also give the students a chance to see their peers from a different perspective, and to meet students they might not encounter during their academic day. There will be 3 workshops that meet once a week after school. If it goes well, we hope to extend it for another 3 classes, including a performance. Susan charges $200 per class, and I have discovered that this is a bargain after doing comparative shopping throughout New York City.

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