PERFORMANCES - WORKSHOPS
Paul Robeson: A Man Who Overcame Adversity
Paul Robeson broke the color barrier in the United States many times. Students will go back to the year 1957, and will participate in the performance. Performance meets standards in Theater and U.S. History.
Sam Jonas: Bringing the Underground Railroad to Life
Through the portrayal of this character, Sam Jonas, students will learn more about the era of slavery in the U.S., its roots in Africa, life on the plantation, and the escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Theater and U.S. History.
Operation Theatre: A Workshop with Jonathan Thompson
Workshop meets standards in Theate.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Jonathan Thompson is the founding Director of AM4YOUTH (Arts Motivation for Youth) a non-profit performing arts education program geared toward youth in Indianapolis, Indiana. His in school and after school theater music workshops have been popular using his own curriculum to teach literacy, writing, language, prose, academics, self-esteem, inspiration, motivation and life-skills. Over six thousand young people have come through his workshop programs since 2006 across Indiana.
After high school Jonathan earned his F.C.C. License and worked as a radio engineer, announcer and promoter for two radio stations, WGRT Indianapolis, KTYM Los Angeles.
Thompson’s talent and ability as a musician brought him national gospel music popularity after taping a Documentary called It’s Gospel syndicated all over the USA through cable television in 1982. In 1983 he was a featured soloist on two gospel music recordings for two different record labels.
His choir rendition and arrangement of “Amazing Grace” on Tyscot Records made #16 on the national Gospel Billboard Charts. A Gospel Music Workshop of America recognized him as woodwind instrumentalist of the year also in 1983.
Dubbed “Man with the Golden Horn”, Jonathan’s sound has been heard around the world.
Jonathan’s early training as an actor in various schools and plays fueled his passion to tell and interpret stories, as well as portrayals and interpretations of Paul Robeson, George Washington Williams and Edward Bearcat Wright. He can been seen on television reruns of NBC’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and ABC‘s sitcom Coach as well as several radio and television commercials.
A self published author, his books center’s around his work. Major and Minor Scales for Alto Saxophone was inspired by one of his students from his in home music program. Thompson’s Urban Shakespeare book is a popular theater curriculum, which is used in workshops in the Indiana Public Schools. Together We Stand is his first children’s book inspired by an after school theater program dealing with conflict resolution.
Jonathan further propels his drive by serving others, particularly young people.
Mr. Thompson holds a teaching license with the state Indiana and class training in disciplines of: Music Theory, Band and Orchestra Conducting, Beginning and Intermediate Piano, Saxophone, and Theater Course training for teaching artist developed by the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing.
Theater workshop for Grades K–12, Jonathan will work with 25–30 students at a time and collaborate with the teacher to provide age appropriate programming to meet curriculum goals. Theater skills such as voice and diction, public speaking, improvisation, pantomime, and scene development are presented as life skills using his brand of Urban Shakespeare. Jonathan's great personal warmth and sensitive approach will help students tap into new strengths and resources, helping to build their self–esteem and confidence.
Up to 60 – minute Workshop for Grades K – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8, 9 – 12/ Workshop adapted for corporate and adult audiences
Heritage Concert Series program is designed to create opportunities of shared and lasting experiences to connect listeners to musical urban cultures, each other, and to their own potential. Audiences will experience the sound and style of an Anthem, Spiritual, Hymn, Gospel, and contemporary inspirational songs, along with their history, origin's and stories. Music lovers will benefit from this program by being exposed to different musical styles some known and not known to them, learning to understand some of the writers, composers, and their stories, lifestyles and meanings.
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