For the past eight years, I have worked with hundreds of students to help them write and perform stories from their own lives. I love particularly working with seniors, whose rich lives are so important to document and learn from.
For the first three weeks, students will be given prompts and and exercises to mine their histories for moments of truth and realness. In the last five weeks, we will work on crafting these stories into a ten minute performance that will be recorded either on Zoom or as a self-tape.
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Mark Salyer is an award-winning actor, director and producer. In 2004, he was featured in Sophocles’ Electra in Greece as part of the International Symposium on Greek Drama in Delphi celebrating the birth of Sophocles. Salyer was Atlanta’s Best Guest Actor 2003 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Directing credits include Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Menotti’s The Medium, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Schwartz’ Pippin and Godspell, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret and An Evening with Stephen Schwartz featuring Ben Vereen, Corbin Bleu and the composer himself.
Mark has taught at the University of Virginia‘s College at Wise, College of the Canyons in California, Stagebridge, Smart Actors and at Appalachian Children’s Theatre, a program serving students in the Central Appalachia region.
NewStages is a program that Mark has developed to work with seniors in developing their own stories into dynamic and meaningful performance pieces. Over the course of ten years, NewStages has worked with hundreds of students and produced both solo and group performances in Los Angeles.