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Theater Classes Return to Chemeketa

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Jay Gipson KingActing and theater appreciation classes return to Chemeketa fall term. Local theater veteran Jay Gipson-King authored the curriculum and will teach the classes.

Gipson-King knows his way around the footlights. He wrote, produced and acted in his first play for a seventh grade talent show. Since then Gipson-King has been very active in the Salem theater scene and taught theater at Chemeketa before classes were suspended in 2011.

The Acting 1 class (CRN:TA141) focuses on using the instruments of body, voice and mind. Gipson-King maintains acting is easy until we have to stand on stage and say words in front of people, “That’s when we get the sweats and forget what to do with our hands.”

Gipson-King intends to create a safe place for acting students to take risks, “We’ll play lots of games and fun exercises.”

Intrinsic benefits for students taking the acting class according to Gipson-King include increased self-confidence, better public speaking skills, improved teamwork, stronger trust and deeper empathy.

The Theater Appreciation Class (CRN: TA110) will provide opportunities to read, watch and discuss plays.

“It will help students appreciate all forms of performance, like TV and movies, and not just the stage,” says Gipson-King.

Both classes fulfill arts and letters requirements for transferring to Oregon universities.

For more information, email jay.gipson.king@chemeketa.edu.

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