Controlling Creative Energy

Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in an exploration of how actors use energy. In an activity called “Passing Energy,” students pass an imaginary ball of energy to each other. Jean St. John and Steve Roenker of My Nose Turns Red Theater Company give some background on commedia dell’arte as well as discuss how actors control energy to perform this physical style of comedy.

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