Here's a brief summary of current offerings at the Barn:
Play Reading Series The Play Reading Series includes readings of original works. They are held on Tuesday evenings throughout the season and are followed by "talk back" sessions with the playwright, director, cast, and audience. The audience learns more about the artistic process and provides suggestions to the playwright and crew on how to improve the play. You never know when you may have chance to preview a future Broadway play.
When the schedule permits, we select the best of the previous season's play readings for a "Black Box" production...simply a lighter version of a production (a play, but with minimal sets and costumes and light/sound effects). Our first Black Box was Milton and the Minotaur which was very well received last season.
Our play reading series is FREE and seating is theater style. We do provide light refreshments including snacks, wine, soft drinks and coffee so donations are appreciated. Be sure to check watch our special events page for our next play reading.
Youth WorkshopsOur Youth Musical Theater Workshops showcase student actors ages 8-18 and teach them to shine! Classes meet two days a week for instruction in musical-theater performance with the Barn's dedicated and talented staff of theatrical and educational professionals. The workshop culminates in student performances that are open to the public. We've had rave reviews from our young thespians, 'The Theater Barn Kids'.
Adult WorkshopsIn 2011 we initiated a series of adult-only workshops, entitled Develop an Acting Career. This series is taught by Susan Grace Cohen of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where she has been a faculty member for 20 years. Classes are limited to 14 and most classes have been sold out. Check our workshop page for more information on upcoming classes.
In 2012 we introduced Fundamentals of Improv taught by Rick Hodder, the leader of our Improv Comedy Series. In addition to the humor, improv can improve your ability to "think on your feet," and has been known to help with public speaking and assertiveness. Look for more classes in 2013.
Recognizing the wealth of talented writers in Ridgefield and the surrounding community, the Ridgefield Theater Barn initated a Playwrights’ Collective – inviting community playwrights to be a part of our community theater. Jesse Longman, a local writer, whose plays have been produced at various theaters across the country, initially proposed the group and gave it a kick start. The colllective is now under the direction of dramatist, Joanne Hudson, whose plays have been produced throughout the US and abroad. The Theater Barn brings playwrights together in a forum where they can share and develop their work, benefiting from peer review and collaboration. Anticipating that the group will continue to grow and evolve organically, the Barn has many ideas for its future, including ways in which the works of playwrights in the group may be performed and developed. Click here to read more about Joanne Hudson and the work of the Playwrights' Collective.