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Beverly Roche

About the artist

Beverly Roche is a pantomime artist actor, and writer based in Indianapolis. She is the creative force behind Mime’s the Word and Literature Takes the Stage. Beverly has been a professional actor for 25 years, and a mime for 10 years. She has also been with Arts for Learning for 10 years. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from IUPUI, and has completed a two-year program in Neighborhood Playhouse Technique and has trained in playwriting with James Still. When practicing mime with students, Beverly tells stories with her body, using no words or props. “In a workshop students learn the basics of acting and the most famous mime illusions: trapped in a box, pulling a rope, climbing a ladder, juggling,” she says. When teaching literature, she uses a story students are already familiar with, leading them through the process of playwriting. She encourages improvisation and even acting on the part of the students help shape the dialogue of the play. “Through acting, students can identify on a deeper emotional and intellectual level with the characters and themes of the literature we are adapting,” she says. “Physical and vocal dialogue work engages learners across the accessibility spectrum, improving understanding of the story.” Beverly is also fluent in conversational French, and she can adapt a mime workshop to teach French vocabulary.

Programs

Mime’s the Word!

Workshop

Beginning with isolation exercises, students will learn basic pantomime techniques of non-verbal storytelling such as building walls and climbing ladders.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Physical Education
  • Grades: K-23-56-8
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Literature Takes the Stage

Workshop

Students can bring literature to life through this flexible theater workshop. Turning literature into a script for performance challenges students to analyze the characters and plot of a text in a new and engaging way. An option for creating an original script is available.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Life Skills Listening & Speaking Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

Workshop is available in 1, 3, or 5 day increments.

Mime’s the Word!

Performance

Tumbling, movement, and theater come together to give students an introduction to mime theater. Students will learn basic pantomime techniques of non-verbal storytelling such as building walls and climbing ladders. The performer will incorporate ideas from the audience as she improvises a story. Performance is a companion to the workshop “Mime is the Word”.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Life Skills
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $219 Double: $344

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