Throughout our lives, there are times when we are called upon to speak up, whether that’s by leading a group, sharing information or our opinion, or telling our own story or another important story to others. This fun and interactive workshop is for people who’d like to play with doing just that. Maybe you have an ongoing obligation to speak in front of groups, or maybe it’s something you’d like to get more comfortable with. Regardless, this workshop will help you feel more comfortable speaking spontaneously and communicating with and for others through story. Using improvisational and theatrical techniques, we will have fun and explore our own unique perspectives and voices.
I have been a theatre educator for 20 years and have used theatre as a tool to work with children and adults in a variety of contexts to create new theatre out of original stories, produce established texts, and empower performers and theatre-makers at all levels to share their voices with the world. I am currently the Theatre Program Director of Cupertino Actors Theatre at Cupertino High School where I work with students of all levels of confidence and experience to make theatre. The original plays my students have written under my direction have twice won top awards at the Lenaea High School Theatre Festival and I am pleased to count among my former students professional actors who have worked in film and television and on Broadway, teachers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, psychologists, writers and people working in tech who know the value of a good story and how to communicate it.
“Through Arcadia’s deep well of passion I was able to go places I had never been before. Her trust in me allowed me to trust myself and that collaboration can produce magical results. I wouldn’t be the actor, director or person I am today without Arcadia, her work is transformative.“
– Tyler Pardini, Actor and Director
“What has stayed with me through my now 12 year professional career in New York has been the identity she helped me find as an artist and person. Her passion for creativity and discipline of craft helped me find self-worth and self-respect in life via what I do professionally.“
-Justin Keyes, Actor, AEA/SAG/AFTRA Broadway: Mary Poppins and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
“Arcadia Conrad has a knack for taking raw instincts and turning them into gold all while simultaneously creating a safe haven for young artists to take risks and find their voice. I wouldn’t be in an artistic profession without her. “
-Kapil Talwalkar, Actor, recently cast as a supporting lead in False Profits, an ABC pilot
About the Instructor
Arcadia grew up in the film and television industry, daughter of actor/director Charles Haid of the long-running television hit Hill Street Blues. She was educated at Vassar College, worked with writers and showrunners in episodic television, and has been a theatre arts educator for 20 years. In addition to being Theatre Program Director for Cupertino Actors Theatre, the award winning high school theatre department at Cupertino High School, she has lead workshops for educators through the California Educational Theatre Association in exploring the Greek Chorus and Rasaboxes. She is also a writer and actress, active in the South Bay theatre scene with such companies as Play on Words, Theatre Chevruta, and Mini Lights at City Lights Theatre Company. She was also an Emandal Family Camper for over a decade and has a log in the dining hall!