by Brian Fahey, TAP in the Classroom Program Director
The beginning of the school year at Theatre Action Project means the beginning of our TAP in the Classroom touring shows. This semester we are very excited to be welcoming a new actor/teacher into the fold, Mitch Bowman.
Mitch has taught for TAP for over a year in our after school programs. This summer he joined us a lead teacher for our film camp. We are lucky to have such a dynamic performer join our team. Mitch is a jazz musician, theatre artist, filmmaker and educator. I know it’ll be a smooth transition welcoming him to the cast of The Heroes / Los Heroes, our program for K – 2 grades.
Today Heroes wrapped up performances at Rawson Saunders School. The Heroes blends puppetry, role-play, music and traditional theatre into a program that is fun, interactive, and gives students clear strategies for resolving conflict. After a summer off from the program it was great to get back to work with our young audience – as they find the pages of the Super Very Important Book, which outlines the process of making peace with your peers. Along the way they journey to Costa Rica, Africa, and beyond. At the end of the program our young students teach the steps outlined in the book to the animals of Barton Springs, who were fighting over resources:
- Identify the problem: “Stop right there, there is a problem”
- Name your feelings
- Shake it off: “Do the ten count shake”
- Find Answers: “Share, Take Turns, Give what you have and find more, or ask a grown-up for help.”
Mitch will be performing Heroes along with Stephanie Chavez in elementary schools across Austin. On any given day he will be playing an Owl Scientist, a rock-n-roll turtle, a Costa Rican frog, a camel with an itchy hump, or Sama Elephante, a wise and gentle elephant. He’ll also be playing the accordion, the glockenspiel and an acoustic guitar. Performing in Heroes is no small feat. But I think he’s up for the challenge.
For a closer look at the work of Mitch Bowman, click here.