stuff we did in 2012!

Here is some of the highlights of our fruitful year. In 2012, STRONG COFFEE STAGE

…recieved a creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council for our latest original work, a solo show written and performed by Bronwyn Sims, with the working title of Lean Back. Bronwyn was selected as the inaugural resident artist for the new Performing Arts Residency program at Franklin Peirce University in New Hampshire, where a work-in-progress performance of Lean Back was shared with an audience of faculty, students, and members of the public. We are very excited about this original work. It explores themes of mortality and how ones actions impact others with thought provoking humor and virtuosic movement.

…worked with students at Westover School in Connecticut on techniques of physical theatre as part of a new approach in the schools currriculum. Students recieved athletic credit while rehearsing and performing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We hope to be able to work with the students at Westover again soon!

…taught at-risk students at a Vermont mental health facility as part of the Inspired to Shine program, which brings artistic training to troubled young people.

…hosted Australian born, NYC based Actor Tina Mitchell in March. She taught a weekend of master classes in Viewpoints and Suzuki to local actors and community members in Brattleboro, Vermont.

…taught master classes in Clown, Viewpoints and Improv at the State University of New York, College of Oneonta for the second time. The students in the Mask and Hammer club are always ready to work and we have fun teaching them techniques in Physical Theatre. We also taught Clown and Improv to the dance and theatre students at Keene State College for an afternoon last Spring.

…Bronwyn was asked to be on the faculty and taught master classes in yoga and acrobatics at The Celebration Barn this Summer and in June Strong Coffee Stage rounded up some clowns and performed at the Event in the Tent in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Bronwyn Sims in LEAN BACK (Photo: Ivan Singer)