Our Partnership with Chicago Public Library
Promethean partners with the Chicago Public Library's Teen Volume Reader's Theatre Troupe. Once a month, ensemble members attend the troupe rehearsals downtown at the Harold Washington Library Center. Ensemble members serve as mentors to the teens, helping them explore and better understand the world of theatre. We partner with library staff to plan rehearsal agendas, direct scenes excerpted from teen literature, and lead exercises aimed at improving theatrical skills. The troupe performs once a month at city library branches, and ensemble members aren't just there to watch. In addition to helping the teens prepare for each performance, we are often called upon to perform with the teens.
Promethean also leads a number of workshops for students throughout the year. Improv workshops give the students a chance to shake off their inhibitions and be themselves on stage. Our Shakespeare workshops help students get past the intimidating aura of the Bard and allow them to see the characters as humans, with lives and feelings and problems similar to everyday life. Through an introduction to text analysis and a fast-paced rehearsal atmosphere, the students are on their feet and performing for their peers as a finale to the workshop.
Promethean also offers college audition workshops throughout the year. Aimed at high school juniors and seniors who are planning to pursue a theatre education after high school, these workshops allow them to go through a mock audition process before the big day. Students arrive memorized and prepared according to their audition's specifications. Through a cold audition, individual coaching, group feedback, and a final showcase, these workshops are extremely helpful in working the bugs out and inspiring confidence that they can thrive in an audition environment.
If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for yourself or your students, please contact Nick at our education department.