T2 Announces Youth and Adult Training

T2 Summer Academy: Macbeth, Corporate Improv Workshops

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—March 22, 2011TheatreSquared announced today two new educational offerings for students and adults. The 2011 T2 Summer Drama Academy will be offered for students aged 10-17 from July 5-15, 2011, at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. Beginners and experienced young actors alike are invited to apply for a two-week daytime training academy that will culminate in an abridged performance of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The Theatre also announced a new adult training offering, T2 Improv Workshops for Business and Organizations. Using the same techniques that professional improv performers bring to the stage, TheatreSquared will work with corporate teams, organizations and interest groups to hone creative leadership, team building, proactive listening, and change management. Those interested in participating can find more information and register online at theatre2.org/education.

TheatreSquared’s Summer Drama Academy, now in its sixth year, will be offered on weekdays July 5-15, 9:30am-4pm, for students aged 10-17 at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. Tuition for the full two-week program is $275, and the theatre will offer full and partial need-based scholarships underwritten by the Nadine L. Baum Charitable Foundation. The academy is a two-week "total immersion" in the theatrical world of William Shakespeare.  In the mornings, students will study acting, movement, stage combat and design and, in the afternoons, rehearse an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This creative camp is offered for both students who are new to theatre, as well as for those who are interested in further developing their skills.  The program promotes active engagement, analytical skills, and creative expression. Parents and students can register online at theatre2.org/training.

The new T2 Improv Workshops for Business and Organizations bring the skills of TheatreSquared’s professional artists to a new audience and setting. The workshops are tailored for teams of individuals who collaborate on a regular basis in corporate, non-profit and group environments. Workshops can be customized based on the needs of an organization, offered as either three 1.5-hour sessions over the course of a week or as a full-day intensive. Group sizes can scale from under 20 to over 50. “Great organizations are made up of people who know how to work together positively,” said Kris Stoker, T2 Learning Programs Manager. “Our workshops build trust and help team members learn to agree, and then elaborate—skills that give you brilliant improv comedy on stage, and help create an extraordinarily productive environment anywhere else.”  He added, “The workshops are also somewhat criminally fun.” TheatreSquared has prepared an information packet for those interested in involving their organization or group at theatre2.org/classes. (Direct link to packet here.)

TheatreSquared is Northwest Arkansas’s regional theatre, dedicated to creating exceptional theatrical works and innovative educational programs. The theatre’s 2010/11 Fifth Anniversary Season continues in April with Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty, a 2009 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play. For more information, call 479.445.6333 or visit theatre2.org.


Scholarship support for the 2011 T2 Summer Drama Academy is provided by the Nadine L. Baum Charitable Foundation.

Support for TheatreSquared’s 2010/11 educational programs is provided by Land O’Frost, Inc.

Major media partners for the 2010/11 TheatreSquared Season include NWA Media, KUAF, CitiScapes, Mailco USA and online partner The Fayetteville Flyer.

Martin Miller