Coaching/Teaching

 

Workshops

During the winter and summer breaks, Andrew is excited to be able to offer workshops on the following topics to students across Texas and the surrounding region! These workshops are designed especially for schools and clubs looking for supplemental instruction, but can function as introductory material as well. They are flexible enough for a club to add a few recreational activities and make it a wonderful "camp" experience.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Workshop:  A customized workshop, designed to accommodate your club’s specific needs.  Andrew can cover any aspect of Lincoln-Douglas debate from the very basics for new students to advanced theory discussions for students with competition experience.  Back-to-back classes for new and experienced debaters will cover all the bases for your club! 

Length:  1 to 3 7-hour days (30-45min for lunch).  Exact length is determined by host
Age: 12-18 years
WARNING: This is a very intense workshop that require intense focus and dedication.  It is not recommended for students under 14 unless they are extremely mature. 

Minimum size: 5 students.  Maximum size: 20 students. (Note: larger classes are more prohibitive to actual practice debates taking place.)

 

Speech Workshop:  A customized workshop, designed to accommodate your school or club’s specific needs.  Andrew can cover all three types of competitive speaking in as many days as you desire, leading to endless combinations and possibilities, including:

--A 3-day intro workshop -- 1 day for each type of competitive forensics event
--A 3-day focus workshop -- 3 days spent on one type of event (see below for information about Andrew's acting/interpretation workshop)
--A 1-day intro workshop -- 1 day, 3 types of events, a whirlwind of activity.
--Any other combination you can think of!

Length:  1 to 3 7-hour days (30-45min for lunch) 
Age: 10-18 years is optimal, although Andrew can accommodate younger students if they are mature enough to sit through class.  (The lecture portions can get tedious for younger students.) 

Minimum size: 10 students.  Maximum size: 30 students.

 

Piece critique/assistance:  If desired, additional time can be added to a speech workshop for private interp, platform, or limited prep coaching.  It is not uncommon for a club to book private lessons all day on an additional day following the workshop, or even bring Andrew in just for a day of private coaching with different club members.  Assistance is given with: Cutting, memorization tips, blocking (for both interps and platforms), characterization, timing, category placement, writing, subject decisions and more.  Scheduling is done in advance, in 30 minute intervals.

Length: 30 minute intervals (a student can take more than one interval)
Age: 12-18 for normal competition.  Serious junior competitors (10-12) are also accepted.

Minimum size: 3 hours of lesson sign-ups if in addition to a workshop, 6 hours if separate from a workshop.  Maximum size: I need a 30 minute lunch and dinner break, but otherwise the only maximum is how many people you want to squeeze into one day. 

 

Acting/Interpretation Workshops:  This is the workshop that started it all!  The Intro level covers the basics of acting and literature analysis, specifically training students to develop skills in mime and monodrama (one person) performance for competition in competitive forensics.    Topics include:  literary analysis, cutting pieces, character development, dialogue (internal and external), space manipulation, object permanence, and many others.  It is appropriate for students brand new to competition, or experienced students who desire more in-depth interpretative training. 

The Intermediate/Advanced level is new this year, and is designed to take students beyond the basics and beyond competition into actual theatrical scripts and performance with other people instead of by themselves.  

Length:  3 7-hour days (30-45min for lunch) 
Age: 10-18 years is optimal, although Andrew can accommodate younger students if they are mature enough to sit through class.  (The lecture portions can get tedious for younger students.)
NOTE: Intermediate/Advanced students must be comfortable and proficient reading in front of others, and possess acting experience of some kind.  Most students will likely be 13+.

Minimum size: 10 students.  Maximum size: 30 students.

Private Instruction:  Andrew does offer private instruction on person or via Skype (for LD Debate), or at his home in College Station.

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop or beginning private instruction, please contact Andrew with tentative dates.