Dallas Theater Center is proud to have hosted the fifth annual Skokos Learning Lab Showcase, the culmination of the Ted and Shannon Skokos Learning Lab collaboration between DTC and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTW), on Friday, May 23 in the Potter Rose Performance Hall at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.
DTC and BTW formed the collaborative partnership when DTC moved into the Wyly Theatre in 2009 and the students participating in this year’s showcase were freshman when the program began. Twenty seniors from the theater cluster at BTW performed alongside nine professional adult actors, all members of DTC’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company. The one-hour performance featured the student and professional actors performing scenes from contemporary and classical plays. The showcase was the final project for the year-long Advanced Acting Class at the high school; a college level master acting class team-taught by BTW teacher Charlton Gavitt, DTC resident actor and master teacher Christie Vela and additional members of the acting company.
DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company member Sally Nystuen-Vahle and BTW Skokos Learning Lab students Ally Karpel and Alicia Crowder.
BTW Skokos Learning Lab students Ian Wallace and Christian Lopez and DTC Brierley Resident Acting Company member Alex Organ.
“Working with the Booker T. Washington students is, for me, easily the best part about being a Brierley Resident Acting Company member,” says Vela. “It is a privilege to interact with and affect the lives of some of the best young artists our city is sending out into the world”
The Skokos Learning Lab is comprised of a year-long Advanced Acting class for seniors, internships for non-acting theater students, and a variety of observation and theater-going experiences. Internships are offered to seniors in the areas of stage management, costumes, stage operations and directing. Over the course of a semester, students are matched with professional mentors at DTC who provide them with hands-on experience through working on rehearsals and set construction, and assisting in playwriting, directing, and stage operations. The theater-going component provides free tickets and workshops for all senior theater students at BTW to attend performances of each DTC production during the school year.
Students participating in the 2014 Skokos Learning Lab Showcase are: BACK, Nicholas Mayfield and Ausin Nguyen; CENTER, Edwin Aguilar, Christian Lopez, Cyrus Stowe, Ruby Westfall, Ian Wallace, Jordan Ford, Kyra Michell Jacobs, Rachael McNamara, and Isabelle Lueckemeyer; FRONT, Natalie Marshall, Samantha Potrykus, Alicia Crowder, Madison Bates, Ally Karpel, Malena Aranda, and Ayade Rice. NOT PICTURED: Rosa Armendariz and Kayland Jordan. Students worked with actors Daniel Duque-Estrada, Tiffany Hobbs, Sally Nystuen Vahle, Alex Organ and Brandon Potter.