New Orleans artist Emilie Rhys worked with Brooks students this week as an artist-in-residence, inspiring them to sketch live performances and try new ways of drawing.
Students develop and perform dramatic pieces based on original material and develop critical and analytical skills through script study and performance observations. Students are able to work on three main theater productions each year:
- a play
- a musical
- a nontraditional project.
The nontraditional projects are shows designed to give students opportunities that they would not find in the standard season or at other institutions. For example, students may take on the role of playwright, director or designer, or we may chose to do a selection of works that highlight specific talents which would otherwise go unnoticed. In addition to the main season, several smaller showcases are produced throughout the year. Formal course work and independent studies in acting and directing are available to all students.
Brooks' intensive, one-topic course of study program began yesterday and students are already busy and loving it.
Filmmaker Hank Rogerson spoke with English, art and acting students about what it's like on camera and in the director's chair.