March 12, 2013/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNCSA’S 2013 SUMMER SESSION: GOING ALL ART
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
The University of North Carolina School
of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Thomas S.
Kenan Institute of the Arts have opened
registration for UNCSA’s 2013 summer
professional development programs for
adult learners. Entitled “Going All
Art,” the summer session includes
courses in scenic design, stage combat,
workshops for teachers and more.
Additional summer programs for
musicians, the Magnolia Baroque
Institute and the
Online registration has begun. The priority registration deadline, which guarantees a place in a program, is May 1 for most programs. Registrations received after May 1 are accepted on a case-by-case basis as space allows. For complete registration information, fees and to register for a program visit uncsa.edu/summersession.
Summer sessions for adult professional development include:
Scenic Design: Storytelling by Design
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the visual design aspects related to character, setting and mood, and how they can be essential elements in storytelling in theatre and film. No experience is necessary, but some arts background is helpful. Participants will be working in various mediums, as they develop visual designs related to storytelling. This workshop will be taught by John Coyne, Director of the Set Design Program at UNCSA.
For more information on this course and application deadlines, please visit uncsa.edu/summersession/pdSceDes.htm.
Introduction to Arts Integration for Grades K-5
June 19 – 21
This course uses the arts as a lens for teaching and explores how to incorporate arts integration, 21st Century Skills, and experiential learning in the elementary school classroom. Join us for useful and fun ideas on how to meet the Senate Bill 724 mandate that all certified elementary teachers in NC must now be prepared to integrate the arts across the curriculum. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and experience arts integration through activities that connect to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for grades K-5. Time to create lesson plans with support from faculty will also be included. This course will be taught by Rebecca Nussbaum, who is a musician by training, and is also a teaching artist, administrator and artistic producer. Participants will receive CEU credit.
For more information on this course and application deadlines, please visit uncsa.edu/summersession/pdArtsIntegration.htm.
The Creative Classroom
The Creative Classroom is a one-day
workshop for high school teachers
focusing on using the arts to engage
students in academic subject areas
including math, English, science and
social studies. Teachers may earn one
Continuing Education Unit for completing
this workshop. This workshop will be
For more information on this course and application deadlines, please visit uncsa.edu/summersession/pdCreativeClassroom.htm
June 30 to July 20
UNCSA and the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) have teamed up to present the premiere national program for learning an acting essential—stage combat. Taught by select SAFD members, this action-packed summer intensive includes training in the basic armed and unarmed fight disciplines.
Introduction to Stage Combat
With specific sections geared to both high school students and college students, this workshop covers the eight basic disciplines recognized by the SAFD: unarmed/hand-to- hand, rapier and dagger, knife, single sword/swashbuckling, broadsword, sword and shield, small sword and quarterstaff. The emphasis is on development of technique rather than performance, with a focus on accuracy and safety. Students will achieve personal understanding and command of their bodies as they relate to theatrical physical conflict.
Basic Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency
This intensive course prepares students for the SAFD Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency Test in unarmed, rapier & dagger, and broadsword. Students spend more than 30 hours learning to safely perform fight choreography in each of the three disciplines, with additional classes in other weapon styles. Partnering skills, character objectives, and beat work within fight scenes are also explored, coached and rehearsed. The course concludes with a presentation of fight scenes for adjudication by SAFD Fight Masters. The skills taught in this course are valuable to acting teachers as well as actors.
Advanced Actor Combatant Skills Proficiency
This specialized course to train actor fighters goes beyond the techniques required for the Skills Proficiency Test and focuses on the dramatic application of stage combat. With limited enrollment, the course is open to actor/combatants who are well versed in weapon styles used in film, television and live theatre, and offers actors the opportunity to hone their skills at a highly sophisticated level using advanced techniques. Students may renew their SAFD certification in specific disciplines and may test in additional weapon styles.
For more information on this course and application deadlines, please visit
Alexander Technique Workshop
For more information on this course and application deadlines, please visit uncsa.edu/summersession/pdAlexanderTechnique.htm.
The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts incubates projects that sustain artists at every point in their creative development through strategic partnerships that capitalize on visionary thinking in the arts. For more information, visit uncsa.edu/kenan.
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