Teaching Artist Residencies
Roblin has been a Teaching Artist working throughout Alaska for over 25 years. He provides theatre experiences for students of all ages and professional development for educators interested in drama strategies. He is a long-standing member of the Artist in the Schools roster at the Alaska State Council on the Arts and works as a drama specialist integrating drama into the classroom in association with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the Juneau School District.
Roblin offers one to four week residencies in theatre. These residencies are fun and challenging experiences built on community-building activities, expressive movement studies and vocal skill exercises. He also provides coaching for teachers and professional actors interested in richer movement skills, understanding dynamics of dramatic territories and styles, and crafting the body for character performance.
Roblin teaches Drama in the K-8 Curriculum for the University of Alaska Southeast School of Education in Juneau and has worked with the Alaska Department of Education as a Drama Content Coach. He is currently working with the Artful Teaching Grant through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program.
Artist residencies are tailored for each school. Examples include:
- Devising Theatre: Innovating in Actor-Created Ensembles - great for grades 3-12. See example Residency Plan.
Devised theatre is a form of making original shows through ensemble-based, collaborative creativity. Participants are often referred to as actor-creators, as they are not only actors but participate in dramaturgical research, playwriting, directing and production design. The performers are also the creators of the material they perform. There is no one way for making a show, so devising is inherently an organic, authentic creative process directly dependent upon the skills, ideas, and temperaments of the individuals in the ensemble. No two shows are ever the same! The creative process is as important as the product for the actor-creators in this highly engaging residency.
- On The Spot! Creative Thinking and Problem-solving with Improvisation - great for all ages.
- Introduce positive play, teach collaboration, and build confidence in your students while learning the essential principles and skills for performing drama. During this residency, students will strengthen their socio-emotional skills, develop verbal and non-verbal communication, learn to be flexible, creative, positive and persistent in problem-solving while learning the basic components of theatre. Roblin Gray Davis, teaching artist and drama specialist, facilitates engaging and instructive improvisational theatre activities while teaching lifelong learning skills.
- Kindness through Comedy: Classroom Cooperation with Clown Theatre - great for all ages. See example Residency Plan.
Develop a more cooperative and creative classroom with structured, joyful drama games. In this residency, students will be introduced to the basics of theatre, create unique clown characters, write their own clown skits, and learn the value of kindness when working together. Roblin Gray Davis, teaching artist and drama specialist, facilitates theatrical and educational play to bring comedic creative collaboration to your classroom community.
- Page to Stage: Bringing Literature to Life with Drama - great for all ages. See example Residency Plan.
Dramatic activities bring playful appreciation and understanding of story structure and literature while building skills for individual confidence and classroom cooperation. Using topical curricular content, students will be introduced to the basics of drama and acting to dramatize literature. Acting concepts and skills will be applied to learning the elements of story, storytelling, genre and creative writing. Roblin Gray Davis, teaching artist and drama specialist, facilitates theatrical and educational play to bring literature to life with theatrical Tableau Vivant (moving pictures) and applied creative writing.
- Masks are Magic - great for grades 3-12.
- History in Shadows: Shadow Puppetry and Reader's Theatre - great for grades 3-12
Providing opportunities for profound imaginative play in a theatrical ensemble gives students permission to explore and express their unique creative impulses while learning how to collaborate. Research reveals that meaningful exposure to the arts increases the learning potential for all students. Engaging in theatre arts builds confidence, develops cooperation and ignites enthusiasm for learning.
Roblin has participated in:
- Acting Right workshops with Focus 5, Inc.;
- Summer in the Rainforest, Indigenous Arts Institute;
- Connectivity Arts Integration and STEAM online conference by EducationCloset.com;
- Artists as Educators Seminar, Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;
- Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Residencies for Students developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;
- Artists as Educators: Planning Effective Workshops for Teachers developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;
- Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Teaching Artist Academy;
- Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program.