Go ahead and close that computer because PlayDates have moved outdoors! Check the description of each PlayDate for more information.
Advanced registration required to ensure small class sizes. Discount packages available! See below for details.

Filament’s PlayDates are 1-2 hour workshops with an emphasis in building skills in all areas of theater. PlayDates create a space for young people to connect with one another and share their new techniques.

Upcoming PlayDates:

Breaking News!

Saturday, May 22, 10:30-12pm

Ages 8-12

This just in–young people creating and starring in an original video performance. Filament Universal News reports on a daring, yet-to-be-written tale of bravery and peril. Who escaped from where? How? Tune into F.U.N.  to follow this developing story.

In this workshop participants work together to create a story in the style of a breaking news report. Characters may include news anchors, reporters “on the scene,” and people involved in the events of the story.  Participants learn character development, story structure, overcoming obstacles, performance skills and more!  With Filament Teaching Artist Kristin Hammargren.

Suggested Materials:   Basic coloring supplies, recyclables,  or any other arts and crafts materials they may have on hand.

Dance Break!

Saturday, June 12, 10:30 am – 12pm

Ages 5-12

Get out of your chair and on your feet!  Dancers, movers, and musical theatre lovers are welcome here to break down how we can use our bodies to tell a story.  Let’s look at performances we admire from Broadway for inspiration as we create our own original choreography.   In this active virtual workshop, participants will work together as an ensemble to create new moves and dances.  With Filament teaching artist Isabella Coelho. 

Suggested Materials:  Plenty of room and shoes and clothes that let you move.  

Buy now and schedule when you’re ready to play!

The $50 Flexible PlayDate Pass contains 4 passes for any PlayDates.

Join Filament for PlayDates in Dickinson Park each Thursday afternoon. We’ll spread out and play in the park as we enjoy connecting and sharing new techniques. Advanced registration required as class sizes are limited to 12.  Remember to wear your mask!  

Songwriting

Thursday, June 24, 1-3pm

Ages 5 – 12

Do you want to be a songwriter? Join us for an outdoor songwriting workshop to create an original song inspired by the park!  This fun, interactive, and creative workshop will explore rhythm making, rhyming, and musical storytelling, while encouraging participants to collaborate with one another and engage with nature. Together, we will collectively write a song inspired by nature.  With Filament teaching artist Lydia Hiller. 

Suggested Materials:  No previous experience needed.  No instruments required!  Just bring yourself and your creativity!

Acting: Feeling Like a Hero

Thursday, July 1, 1 – 2:30pm

Ages 812

What does it feel like to play a hero? A queen? A villain?  In this acting workshop, you’ll use your imagination to embody a wide variety of characters. 

Learn to create advanced performances using points of concentration–an acting technique that uses physical ideas to develop characters.  What does it feel like to have fire in your belly?  Ice in your heart?  How does your walk change if you focus upward, downward or sideways?  Explore popular characters in movies, TV, and theatre, transform yourself into a new character, and play with scenes and text using your new skills.  Everyone will wonder how you became someone new without any props or costumes!  With Filament Teaching Artist Sonia Goldberg.  

Suggested Materials: None.  Filament will provide scripts and scenes during the PlayDate.  

Fantasy Makeup:  Body Art

Thursday, July 8, 1 – 2:15pm

Ages 9+

Stage makeup isn’t just for faces. Paint your arms, legs, and foreheads while wearing a killer mask and create summer-inspired looks sure to impress! Practice multiple ways to transform yourself and explore all kinds of fabulous body art!. With makeup artist and Filament Teaching Artist Krista D’Agostino.  

Suggested Materials:  Suggested supplies to purchase can be found on this Materials List.  Filament will provide additional wipes.  Participants will not share supplies. 

Sock-Puppet-Palooza

Thursday, July 15, 1 – 3pm

Ages 5-12

We all have them…those pesky solo socks.  The ones who lost their partner, but they don’t have to be lonely anymore!  Bring those solo socks, with some bobbles, stray fabric, and fun and we’ll create unique sock puppets!  In this PlayDate, learn to make puppets and move them as you create original characters and build new stories for a sock puppet par-tay! With Filament teaching artist Michele Stine.

Suggested Materials:  Tall, solo socks.  Filament will provide decorating materials.  Participants will not share supplies. 

Acting: Yesterday in the Park

Thursday, July 22, 1 – 3pm

Ages 8-12

All the park’s a stage!  In this PlayDate, participants will find inspiration in their environment as they create characters and tell an original story about the thoroughly surprising events of “Yesterday in the Park.”  Learn how to use real life as inspiration for design and story development.  Create new characters inspired by your funny hats, develop scenes and relationships through improvisation, and act out a brand new story full of surprise.  The park has never been so intriguing!  With Filament Teaching Artist Kristin Hammargren.

Suggested Materials:  Everyone should bring two hats.  

Costume Creation

Thursday, July 29, 1 – 3pm

Ages 5-12

Transform yourself into a superhero, magical creature, or famous character through a costume. With a professional costume designer as your guide,  you can let your imagination come to life through everyday materials!  In this PlayDate, learn to make your own costumes and create larger-than-life characters as we prepare for an out-of-this-world costume parade!  With designer and Filament Teaching Artist Anna Glowacki.

Suggested Materials:  If you have some, you may bring scrap fabric, cardboard or ribbons. Additional materials will be provided.  Participants will not share supplies. 

Buy now, plan later!

Our flexible PlayDate Pass contain 4 passes to any PlayDates. Buy now and schedule when you’re ready to play!


Past PlayDates and Workshops:

Fantasy Makeup:  Looks Delicious

Saturday, March 20, 11am  – 1pm
Ages 7 – 12 (Under 9? We recommend asking a grown-up to be your assistant!)

Pizza and pies my oh my!  Join us for this special fantasy make-up workshop to learn tips and tricks for creating looks inspired by your favorite foods.  Practice multiple ways to transform yourself and explore all kinds of delicious looks. With makeup artist and Filament Teaching Artist Krista D’Agostino.

Suggested Materials:  You can fully participate in the workshop with supplies you have around the house, but suggested supplies to purchase can be found on this Materials List.

Fantasy Makeup:  Fantastical Animals

SOLD OUT

Saturday, April 10, 11am  – 1pm
Ages 7 – 12 (Under 9? We recommend asking a grown-up to be your assistant!)

Ever dream of transforming yourself into a magical animal? Join us for this special fantasy make-up workshop to learn tips and tricks for creating fantastic creatures from lore and reality. Practice multiple ways to transform yourself and explore all kinds of fabulous animals. With makeup artist and Filament Teaching Artist Krista D’Agostino.  

Suggested Materials:  You can fully participate in the workshop with supplies you have around the house, but suggested supplies to purchase can be found on this Materials List.

Radio Play from Home

Saturday, March 13, 11:30 – 1pm
Ages 8+

Let’s bring a story to life using only sound!  Use your acting chops to bring characters to life, and learn how to create realistic sound effects using everyday objects we can find around the house.

In this Radio Play from Home, participants will turn a familiar story into a brand new audio performance.  They’ll go on a household scavenger hunt for items to create outstanding sound effects and gain skills they can use to craft additional audio plays off-screen.  With Filament Teaching Artist Isabella Coelho.  

Suggest Materials: Participants should have access to a variety of common household objects.  

Puppetry: Page to Stage

SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 6, 1-2:30pm
Ages 6-12

Take those two dimensional images in your books and magazine, and transform them into living, breathing puppets!  In this workshop, students will get to create original characters out of magazine and newspaper clippings, and learn how to make them come to life.

In this workshop learn how to make puppets and move them.  Explore depth and camera angles and create totally original characters for a new play.  Learn all the skills you need to make your own puppet performances at home and off-screen!  With puppeteer and Filament Teaching Artist Michele Stine.  

Suggested Materials: Scissors, tape, glue, pens, a little paper, and some newspapers/magazines/old picture books that are falling apart.  

Breaking News!

Saturday, February 20, 1-3pm
Ages 7-12

This just in–young people creating and starring in an original video performance. Filament Universal News reports on a daring, yet-to-be-written tale of bravery and peril. Who escaped from where? How? Tune into F.U.N.  to follow this developing story.

In this workshop participants work together to create a story in the style of a breaking news report. Characters may include a news anchor, reporters “on the scene,” and people involved in the events of the story.  Participants learn character development, story structure, overcoming obstacles, performance skills and more!  With Filament Teaching Artist Kristin Hammargren.

Suggested Materials: Basic coloring supplies, recyclables,  or any other arts and crafts materials they may have on hand.

Fantasy Makeup Workshops

Robots, Aliens, Galaxies

Ready for an out-of-this-world Halloween? Use makeup techniques from stage and cinema to create spectacular illusions in this virtual workshop with Krista D’Agostino. Learn designs, color palettes, and skills that will transform you into extraterrestrial characters straight out of science fiction!

Mermaids and Sea Creatures

Ever dream of transforming yourself into the magical life that’s under the sea? Join Krista D’Agostino for this special Halloween workshop to learn tips and tricks for creating fantastic underwater creatures from lore and reality. We’ll practice multiple ways to paint and create scales that can be used to transform yourself into mermaids, reptiles, fish, and dragons.

Ghosts, Monsters, and More!
Are you ready to join the things that go bump in the night? In this virtual workshop we’ll go over the fundamentals to achieving those iconic monster looks (think Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and more!) and have you ready to design your own spooktacular creation!