Leeward Community College Master Class

PlayBuilders Offers Free Masterclass at The Leeward Theatre
Pearl City, Hawaii – Leeward Community College

Terri Madden, the Founder and Artistic Director of PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theater Company, is offering a free Masterclass on Community Collaborative Theatre throughout the 2013-2014 season. The most recent class will occur on Saturday, November 20, 2013: 2:30pm-5:30 pm (Students Only) at the Leeward Community College Lab Theatre, from 10am-2pm. Both new and experienced theatre makers are welcome. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the fastest growing theatre discipline in the United States. Community based, community collaborative or applied theatre allows theatre practitioners to use their specific skill set to help build stronger communities through the art of theatre. This class will help you understand what community based theatre is, how it amplifies the voices of community members so they can be heard and build bridges of understanding between themselves and others. This workshop is mandatory for all experienced actors interested in participating in PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theatre Company’s plays. Please bring a sack lunch.

Topics covered through the course of the masterclass will include:

• Cultural Mapping
• Defining Community Based Theater
• PlayBuilders’ Mission
• Community Based Theatre Vocabulary
• Artist in the Community- Acting the Part and Mentorship
• Guidelines for Successful Community Meetings and Story Circles
• How to get involved.

PlayBuilders Founder and Artistic Director, Terri Madden holds an M.F.A. in theater from the University of Hawai’i and is a graduate of the Cornerstone Institute, an organization that specializes in teaching the art of community collaborative theatre. She has written several community based plays including “Clinchco,The Day after Payday” which was produced in south western Virginia in collaboration with the Ralph Stanley Traditional Mountain Music Center in 2008 and 2010. Locally, her play, “Appalachia, Hawai’i,” was produced in 2010 and inspired the devised work she did with PlayBuilders very first fully staged, community collaborative play, “Wahiawa Remember Wen�” during the summer of 2012. Most recently, she assisted Ronald Gilliam in the direction of “Yes I am (Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community)” and structured the play using interviews collected by actors and community members. She is a recipient of the Lisa Toishigawa Inouye Award for Playwriting and has received Po’okela recognition for performances in both straight and musical plays.

Future Classes:

  • January 25, 2014: 9:30 am-2:30 pm Students and Community
  • March 18, 2014: 2:30 pm-5:30pm Students Only
  • April 5, 2014: 9:30am-2:30pm Students & Community

Kemuel DeMoville, Lehua Simon, Terri Madden
KEMUEL@hawaii.edu, ARIELLES@hawaii.edu, terri.madden@playbuilders.org
808-455-0381, 808-455-0386, 808-218-0103