Old Vic Theatre
Naomi Cortes leading a workshop with drama students at the Old Vic theatre
Naomi was asked to be Lead Workshop Tutor with The Old Vic Theatre as they delivered their education programme - Old Vic New Voices to London secondary schools and colleges, supporting their season of work and engaging new younger audiences.
Using the scripts of Inherit the Wind and Six Degrees of Separation, Naomi devised a series of workshops to explore plot, character and context, introducing the participating secondary schools and colleges to techniques and exercises that the directors and actors used throughout the rehearsal process, as well as her own methods of creating theatre.
During the workshops of Inherit the Wind the participants were required to have an understanding of Charles Darwin's - The Evolution of the Species. Naomi created the Evolution Circle, a physical theatre technique which encouraged the young actors to dramatically explore the arguments of creationism versus the theory of evolution whilst discovering the power of influence, both deliberate and unintentional.
Whilst working on Six Degrees of Separation, Naomi was keen for the participants to be able to have a sense of the play's setting. So she created the 'Rush Hour', a movement location sequence placing the young actors in Central Park, Broadway, a New York nightclub and an art gallery.
"Naomi impressed me from the start with her high standard of delivery and excellent energy; she is very creative in terms of workshop design and also when thinking on her feet during the workshop itself. I have the highest regard for her as a facilitator as she is always professional, focused and engaging."
Bryony Roberts – OVNV Education Manager, Old Vic Theatre