Under the leadership of Professor Elizabeth Bleicher, eleven FDA students participated in a week-long performance workshop where they worked on their writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills. Assisted by Professors Paul Hansom, Lee-Ellen Marvin, and Scott Thomson, the students worked on speech writing, literary analysis, dramatic impact, oral presentation, and improvisation. Also assisting were two amazing student assistants and Master of Arts in Teaching graduate students.
The workshop also gave these students the opportunity to live on a college campus and experience college life for a week. They had the opportunity to meet and talk with college students of color who talked with them about college life and how to succeed. There was also time for bowling, mini-golf, a backstage tour at the Hangar Theatre and a theatre performance at the Kitchen Theatre, swimming, an ice-cream social, movie night, a trip to a local state park, dinner on the Ithaca Commons, and a picnic.
This photo gallery documents the week's activities as they unfolded. It was a great experience for all and these students have won their place in our hearts.
The first few FDA students step off the bus in Ithaca and begin to look for their luggage. The trip from New York City to Ithaca, by bus, takes five hours. The trip from the bus station in Ithaca to Ithaca College takes five minutes!