Centerstage Workshop Seeks Theater Artists

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The Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) will sponsor its 2nd Annual “CENTERSTAGE: A Theater Workshop,” from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Herron School of Art & Design, 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis IN 46202.

“CENTERSTAGE: A Theater Workshop” is designed to attract a broad range of theater enthusiasts, from the novice to those pursuing careers in onstage production.

ARTI Co-founder Dr. Khaula Murtadha said the event heightens the capacity for theater to be an effective means of conveying culture, issues and the complexity of life across the African Diaspora. “This is to support and build on the efforts of those who create important narratives that tell our stories on stage in our own voice. We are uniquely positioned to facilitate the merging of various key elements critical to successful theater production.”

The following are workshop sessions offered:

1. THE SHOW. Playwriting and editing; directing; more effective and forceful acting. Methods for creating strong stories – conveyed with maximum impact on stage.

2. THE BUSINESS. Production development and setting timelines, budgeting, auditions, venue/box office concerns, fundraising, grant opportunities and marketing.

3. ACTING PLUS. Beyond conventional acting. Theatrical performances related to choreography, musical production and spoken word.

4. THE TECH. Exploration of techniques, technology and opportunities in lighting and sound, as well as video technology and special effects.

5. THE LOOK. The stage vision that accents the presentation. Artistic direction; set design and construction; props; make-up and costuming.

Sessions will run concurrently and will be repeated, allowing each participant to attend two of the topic areas addressed.

CENTERSTAGE workshops will be led by a panel of experienced theater professionals, educators and practitioners who bring a wealth of diverse knowledge and skills. The Workshop will also feature the director of IUPUI’s Applied Theater program Emilio Robles as a session facilitator.

The event is free to the public, but pre-registration is required. For more information, go to onyxfest.com. Register for CENTERSTAGE at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2nd-annual centerstage-tickets-551796156157.

About A.R.T.I. (Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI): 

The Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) is a program of study offered by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the School of Education and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement using a multidisciplinary approach to “edutainment.” ARTI was developed to document and artistically reflect the history, cultural life, and politics of peoples of the African Diaspora. As a public arts initiative, ARTI has a deep commitment to and focuses on artistic and community engagement. The Office of Community Engagement and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Education are supporting this proposal because it advances the idea that learning in the arts is invaluable at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life may advance civic engagement while also creating a college and career pathway.