Act Development Workshops

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  • All Aviary workshops are adult (18+) only unless otherwise noted.
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The Art and Importance of Costume: Creating an Alternate Universe on Your Body

Friday, April 6th - 6pm to 7:30pm
$30 per student

This 90 minute workshop will discuss the different aspects one should consider in creating a character for a performance, how those aspects will affect your costume, and how to use those things to convey a message to your audience. We will talk about color and fabric choices and how they impact the perception of your character, how to attractively combine colors and prints, and ways that your environment can help or hinder the success of your costume. We will also discuss ways to successfully communicate design ideas to an outside seamstress, or to render them to be certain you’re happy with the look. There will be opportunities for students to practice some of these skills during the lecture

Painted Lady: Stage Makeup Workshop with Miss Audacious

Sunday, April 8th - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$35 per student

Veteran of the stage, Vivacious Miss Audacious, is an independent, globe trotting showgirl based out of Michigan. She's the founder and producer of Shimmy Shack Burlesque and the internationally touring Luxotica Lounge Cabaret. For over a decade she's toured across three continents showcasing her unique brand of vibrant hoop dance, acrobatics and variety arts with a mix of comedy, fierce striptease and glamour.

Learn bombshell stage makeup techniques for fabulous nights and glamorous days from Vivacious Miss Audacious! In this 2 hour workshop, she will share her tips and tricks to achieve a professional make up look perfect for the stage, special events, or every day. Explore sculpting killer brows, learn to blend like a pro, master false eyelash application, discover how to keep your pout perfect all night, explore glitter techniques and more! 

** All genders welcome! 

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Prereqs: please bring a fresh (makeup free) face that has been moisturized, your makeup kit (brushes, too!) and a set of false eyelashes.

Act Creation with Jenn Bruyer

Saturday, April 14th - 5:30pm-7:30pm
$60 per student*

There are so many ways to go about creating an act and sometimes it can be daunting. Perhaps you know exactly what you want to create or the story you want to tell but communicating this clearly can be challenging.

There are many ways to ‘skin this cat’. This workshop will provide some fundamental tools and exercises to add to your creative toolbox. Story structure, character development, musicality, use of space and movement aesthetic are just a few perspectives we will explore in this workshop to provide a holistic and thorough view on act creation.

*part of a full weekend of workshops with Jenn, please see "Aerial Workshops" for multiple workshop price packages.