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Bergen County Players, inc.

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BCP Academy

October 2nd - January 11th
VIRTUAL THEATER CLASSES 
 
Acting Shakespeare ADULTS & TEENS
Creating Drama AGES 8-12
The Art Of The Spoken Word ADULTS 
 
 
You have things you want to learn, and we have things we want to teach...let's see if we match up!
 
BCP is continuing our popular virtual classes in theater for students of all ages. Spend the months of October through January with us (well, at least online) and have a great time with us! Note the classes that have limited enrollment.
 
 
 
Acting Shakespeare ADULTS & TEENS
Saturdays 10/2 – 11/20 12 noon - 1pm
Instructor - Larry Kaiser
 
8 Classes: $60
 
This class will present the basics of verse speaking, starting with the sonnet and then building to a two-person scene. The choice of sonnets and scenes will be presented by the instructor, or you can provide one on which you wish to work.
 
 
Creating Drama AGES 8-12 (Max. 8 students)
Wednesday 10/6    6pm-7pm
Friday 10/29           7:30pm-8:30pm
Wednesday 11/10  5pm-6pm
Saturday 11/20       10am - 11am
Instructor – Staci Beth Block
 
4 Classes: $40
Students may sign up for individual classes or all 4. 
 
Let’s “CREATE some DRAMA” as we focus on the basics of improvisation:
listening, agreement, workingas a team and “thinking out of the box.” We will play
super fun games and do activities that will help you engage your creativity.
 
 
The Art Of The Spoken Word ADULTS (Max. 12 students)
Tuesdays 11/23 – 1/11  7:30–9pm 
Instructors – Jenna Stewart and Susan Justiniano 
 
8 Classes: $60
 
Explore existing Spoken Word styles and create your own original work, using group discussions, tailored writing assignments, and performance exercises for the voice and body.  At the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding of poetic writing and know how to connect with existing texts. You will have experience sharing work, providing and responding to feedback with peers, and an understanding of the format of live poetry events. The course will culminate with the option of a live performance, with rehearsals at the Bergen County Players (BCP) theater in mid-late January (NOTE: participants not performing live will be scheduled to record their performances via Zoom in January.)  BCP encourages and is committed to a diverse and inclusive theater experience. All are welcome.
 
Based on BCP's desire to keep its members and patrons safe, anyone involved with a live BCP production must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be willing to provide proof of vaccination. This policy covers all members of a production including performers, musicians, crew, artistic staff and anyone whose job is dependent upon in-person interaction. Consideration will be given to those individuals who are not fully vaccinated to participate in both the course, and the performance component, will the accommodation of taping their performance via Zoom, and streamed on stage. 
 
QUESTIONS about the courses? Email bcpcourses298@gmail.com
QUESTIONS about registration? Email bergencountyplayers@yahoo.com
 
 
 
 
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About Our Instructors
 
STACI BETH BLOCK, a Life Member of the Bergen County Players, has been working with youth her entire professional career. She is the coordinator of the Reflections and RISE interactive improvisational theatre programs that run out of the BC Division of Family Guidance. Her specialty is establishing space for people to feel included and connected to others, express themselves creatively, and most of all, have fun! 
 
LARRY KAISER received his MFA in Theatre from the prestigious UCSD program and did a summer internship at San Diego’s Old Globe, and then went on to act at the Colorado, Texas, and Kentucky Shakespeare festivals. He also appeared in Shakespeare off-off Broadway and in Warwick, NY. Larry has performed in more than 100 productions, including more than a dozen musicals, along with countless community choruses in Bergen County. Currently he sings with The Pro Arte Chorale, and studies with Andrea Covais of The Juilliard School.
 
JENNA STEWART is a second generation member of the Bergen County Players, with performance and production credits that span across 50 years. Jenna directed the theater's streamed Evening of Spoken Word last year, appeared in the live Zoom production of Bad Auditions in March 2021, and most recently directed a workshop of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theater, with a minor in early childhood education from Thomas Edison University.
 
SUSAN JUSTINIANO, the first Puerto Rican and woman Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ, found her performance voice in that city In 2006. RescuePoetix™ emerged as a business entity designed to meet artists' business needs. In addition to being a published and performing poet, RescuePoetix™ has recorded over fifty original poems to music, in English and Spanish, and is deeply immersed in the Arts across communities through collaborations, grant writing and event production. Susan joined BCP through the EDI (Equity/Diversity/Inclusion) Committee and has collaborated to develop and perform An Evening of Spoken Word. She has also collaborated and participated in the Diversity Town Hall and recently performed, under Jenna’s direction, at an artist workshop for BCP members.

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