Doorways Announces 2009 Classes

Door Shakespeare’s education program, Doorways:  Creating Theatre for Children, announces the 2009 schedule of classes and seminars. Doorways has gained a loyal following since its first summer in 2000, and will be expanding to offer more opportunities to the Door County community this summer.

The goal of Doorways is to create a vibrant group of unique individuals and explore the power of creativity through developing original theatre. The students will play traditional theatre games, explore improvisation, and participate in acting exercises.

This year, the grade school and high school workshop will take place August 3 through 8 at the Björklunden Garden in Baileys Harbor. Grades 1 – 3 will meet from 10 am – 12:30 pm and grades 4 – 6 from 1 – 3:30 pm, August 3 through 7.

These classes will also use creative writing as a means for generating original performance material. The junior high and high school session meets from 10 am – 3:30 pm on August 8 and will focus on the skills needed to perform Shakespeare.

Doorways will again be offering a Saturday morning series of seminars for interested college and adult students at the Door County Outpost in Egg Harbor. August 1 will be a text class focusing on The Merchant of Venice, August 8 will be a stage combat workshop focusing on unarmed combat skills, and August 15 will be an audition class. These seminars will take place from 10 am – 12:30 pm and are led by Door Shakespeare Producer Suzanne Graff and company members Sean Dooley and Khris Lewin. Doorways is also introducing a series of classes for seniors at Scandia Village, led by Suzanne Graff, with information on the program to be announced soon.

The children’s workshops will be led by Door Shakespeare actress and Doorways founder Jennefer Ludwigsen. Ludwigsen, who currently resides in Los Angeles, has been a professional actress and teacher since graduating from Northwestern University in 1999. Locally, she has been a company member of Door Shakespeare for six seasons and has performed with AFT, and in Chicago with the Apple Tree Theatre and Shaw Chicago.

Doorways is funded in part by a community grant from the Target Foundation. For more information or to register, please call 206.755.7375.