Poet, Performer, Educator...
Poetry Educational Programs for Students - elementary, high school, college, etc.
Ray McNiece is a Nationally Accredited Teaching Artist
CAL Roster Artist: https://arts-inspiredlearning.org/artists/ray-mcniece/
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Ray's programs combine original poetry and monologues with song, classics, multi-cultural works, comedy, and audience participation - this lively, interactive mix makes writing come alive from the page to the stage.
Ray believes strongly in "edutainment," theater that enlightens as it entertains. Performance workshops utilize kinesthetic and whole language learning to take the students' own writing from the page to the stage. Through that process, they develop a deeper appreciation of poetry, better language ski
lls, and the self-esteem that comes from self-expression. For colleges and
universities (graduate and under-graduate programs), elementary and secondary schools,
During the assembly program, Ray performs a collection of his own poems, guitar-accompanied songs and dramatic monologues. This initial performance, with audience participation, and improvisation, includes forms that the students will study in the workshops
The assembly program provides a focal point to reference later techniques and discussion.
(photo, Ray autographs "The Road That Carried Me Here" for students.
Performance Poetry Workshops
In Performance Workshops, Ray demonstrates basic
theater skills - stance, voice projection, gesture, movement - pertinent not
only to poem performance, but also to presentation of self in everyday life. The
students will memorize a poem from the curriculum using kinesthetic exercises.
The class will also script and score a poem, assigning parts and finding motion
and emotion for each line. The entire class will be involved in the staging,
rehearsal and final performance.
The writing workshops employ techniques such as poem modeling. Ray
performs an original work followed by a "quick write" session with the
students based on the same theme. Group writing exercises include games
and also pivoting from a shared focal point - a painting, event, common
topic - to create a class poem. Writing workshops also include "sourcing
the poem," a four-step process whereby a memorable image, anecdote, or
family story is grounded in sense details to become a whole poem.
Each performance and workshop session will include supplemental asides on theater and poetry, secondary reading suggestions. Tips and techniques on writing and performing based on Ray's own study and experience will be offered for the student's own tool kit.
Poetry residencies provide in-depth, hands-on opportunities for Ray to kindle, develop and foster a student's relationship with language in general and poetry in particular. Through writing, work-shopping and performing poems, students experience the power and beauty of words, learn better communication skills, and build self-esteem through self-expression and the completion of a process.
By its nature, a residency is intensive. It is interactive. It instills a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It focuses students and opens them to new possibilities of learning. Employing both student-centered and cooperative learning models fundamental human dynamics. A residency is an immersion in a process by which we discover our potential and how it merges with the learned life around us.
This interactive experience recreates an
individual in botanical history who has been influential in developing our
knowledge of the world of plants. Click HERE [
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experiences of teachers, educators, and students.
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