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Professional storyteller and actor, Cullen Vance, provides highly engaging theatrical experiences and workshops aimed at empowering students through the magic of theatre. Students will learn real-world theatrical techniques used by the pros to own their voice, think outside the box, and create with confidence.

Arts and Academic Standards

  • Help students explore and describe the use of ideas, techniques and problem solving in the creative process
  • Help students create, present or perform a work of art that demonstrates an idea, mood or feeling using essential elements or organizational principles
  • Help students examine how a work of art reflects an artist’s environment and personal experience within a society or culture
  • Teach students ways in which the arts serve a variety of personal, professional, practical, economic, community and cultural needs
  • Allow students to identify how people or other living things are affected by events, issues or problems
  • Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results

Learn more about Cullen’s program options:

Assembly Performance

Storytelling with Cullen Vance! (K-12) Cullen has performed his storytelling from Seattle to the Hult Center and all around the left coast. Now you can bring his whimsical show to your school! Aimed at releasing the power of the imagination and facing your fears, “Storytelling with Cullen Vance” is an audience participatory show that has pleased kids from ages 2 to 99.

Residency

Step into Theatre: (5th-High School) A crash course into the techniques of the actor! Students will learn how to release their stage voice, move their bodies with ease, develop characters and create their very own scenes! It is a truly empowering and transforming experience for students with or without theatrical backgrounds.

One Time Workshops

“The Secret to Silly Walking!: (2nd Grade-J) A theatrical workshop where we explore the wonderful world of stage movement! Put yourself in the shoes of an actor and learn to walk like a clown, monster or a Hobbit and create your own silly and fantastical walks! Intro to Viewpoints for

Character Movement: (Jr. High – High School) “People Watching 101” A brief intensive introduction to the nine Viewpoints. Emphasis will be given to acting on impulses and building layered characters in the moment based on gesture, shape, tempo, repetition, ect. Come ready to move and learn!

The Radio Drama Challenge: (Jr. High – High School) Dive into the world of voice acting in this intensive collaborative experience. Put your skills to the test (and discover new ones) as you team up to dream, write, design characters, and perform your very own radio play.

Beginning Improv: (Jr. High – High School) “Learning to Play.” An Improv crash course built from the ground up. This workshop will cover Cullen Vance’s nearly-semi-parented Improv Guidelines which teach the importance of being open, honest and respectful on and off the stage including the oh-so-famous “Yes, and…” rule. Participants will learn how to begin a strong scene, make daring choices, listen and support their scene partner, and, most importantly, have fun!

Advanced Improv Techniques : (High School) “Raising the stakes, raising the rewards.” This workshop will be aimed toward those already confident with improv and who want to take their risks on stage to the next level. This workshop will teach tips and tricks to challenge the actor’s openness and ability to give gifts to his/her partner. Common “problem situations” that may limit the actors’ freedom within a scene will also be covered as well as guidance on how to redirect a ‘dying’ scene back to life. “Punctuation Walks” (Jr High – High School) A brief introduction to the text analysis method created by Kim Rubinstein. Students will learn a basic technique that brings each comma, period, and exclamation mark to life in a physical form where unseen discoveries can be made from the text itself. Also used as a very powerful memorization technique and directing exercise, the students will be able to bring the “Punctuation Walk” method to their next role/production with ease.

See Vance’s programs in action at his video page HERE