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About Argonaut Drama
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
What does this mean? As actors, we push ourselves to be vulnerable, to risk looking foolish. Argonaut Drama students should feel safe to experiment, to be creative, and to find the best within themselves, knowing that their worth as artists lies not in others' eyes, but in their own uniqueness as human beings.
Argonaut Drama students are also taught that theatre is a craft that requires discipline. As such, they do exercises every day to strengthen the body and voice. They play games to develop improvisational skills, as well as build a sense of community, for, above all, theatre is a collaborative art, requiring trust and positive energy. Students will learn to analyze scripts, develop characterizations, and work as an ensemble. In the end, students will put their newfound knowledge into practice, performing for each other and in production.
Argonaut Drama offers students - even those without theatrical aspirations - newfound confidence, poise before an audience, empathy and a greater world view, skills that translate to everyday high school life and beyond.
About Mrs. Flint
Mrs. Flint is a credentialed English teacher with a Master's degree in Theatre Arts (U.C. Berkeley and San Jose State University). She has studied acting with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the California Shakespeare Festival in Berkeley and Orinda. She has worked with Cal Shakes, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, and the Bay Area California Arts Project. As an actress, she has appeared in over 70 theatrical productions, including with the Sacramento Theatre Company, the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Main Street Theatre Works, and Wildflower Women's Ensemble. As a former "high school drama geek," she loves teaching and directing young people, who bring to the art form an enthusiasm she finds inspiring.
Argonaut Drama Wins Highest Honor at Regional Theatre Festival
On February 11, 2017, Argonaut Drama competed at the Lenaea Theatre Festival, an event attended by 68 high schools and over 1,200 participants, taking home three awards, including the Festival's top prize, given to Argonaut senior, D'Lynn Zagami. To a standing ovation, D'Lynn received the Bob Smart Spirit of Lenaea Award, the festival's highest honor, for exhibiting "the values that [Lenaea] strives to honor and celebrate."
In 2016, D'Lynn suffered a major depressive episode. With the help of Siramanee Ruchupanai and Elyssia Maysee, she wrote the one-act, "It's Reflection," telling her journey from despair to hope. She researched how to handle the topics of depression and attempted suicide responsibly. She consulted with mental health professionals. She visited an educational touring program, and met with its director. In writing the piece, she probed her own wounds, but always with an eye for how she could make others feel better, to know they were not alone.
To create meaning out of personal tragedy is to fulfill one of theatre's most sacred missions: to share stories; to empathize; to know what it means to be human and to struggle. That is what D'Lynn achieved in her play, and why she was recognized by the Lenaea judges.
Argonaut Drama is also pleased to announce two other awards: an Outstanding Performance award for Elyssia Maysee, and one of only three Original Script Awards for "It's Reflection." This was the second year in a row Argonaut won for Original Script, including 2016's "Phoenix," written about the Butte Fire. Congratulations to all!
Last update: 8/1/2016