The Making of I Too Sing America: Creating Choreography from Text
Instructors: Rodney Jackson Jr. and Jamie Yuen-Shore This workshop is a 2-day continuum. Drop-in to individual days permitted by request.
Tuesday, October 20, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, October 21 4:30 - 6:00pm
This workshop will encourage students to tell relevant and important stories through choreography. How do we create movement which supports and enhances the stories we tell onstage? How do we create movement which elicits emotion? These are the important questions this workshop will address.
Jamie Yuen Shore was born and raised in San Francisco and was trained by Bay Area ETC, the San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsEd), and Young People's Teen Musical Theater Company (YPTMTC). She has taught musical theater and theater education with SFArtsEd, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; the Fulbright Program in Montevideo, Uruguay; Aim High; and San Francisco Day School, where she also teaches 6th grade Social Studies. She is a board member of YPTMTC and she is a founding company member of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO - Marcelo Javier Periera & Rodney Earl Jackson Jr.). For SFBATCO, she has choreographed projects including Ragtime and West Side Story (partnered with SFArtsED and YPTMTC). She also co-created and directed I, Too, Sing America which was nominated for the 2017 Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography and won the 2018 Theater Bay Area (TBA) Award for Outstanding Performance of a Musical, and for which she won the2019 Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical.
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. made his Broadway debut in “The Book of Mormon” and was last seen at American Conservatory Theatre in the West Coast premiere of “Toni Stone”. Prior to that he traveled North America in the first national tour of “Motown: The Musical.” A San Francisco native who built his love and foundation for art and theatre in public city organizations such as SFartsEd, San Francisco Recreation and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theater Company, and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts’ where he graduated from the theatre department. He went on to Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a BFA from their School of Drama. He is now the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO). Other theatre credits: Berkeley Repertory “Ain’t Too Proud: the life and times of the Temptations”, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company “I, Too, Sing America”. @rodneyearljacksonjr
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