Patty Carreras

Contact Name: Patricia Carreras


10863 Ben Vorlichs Head Road
Hernando, Mississippi 38632
United States
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Phone: (662) 701-5005

Patricia Carreras has been working professionally in all types of theater for over thirty years. She began her work as a teaching artist in 1985 with the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education. She has an undergraduate degree in Theater and Film from the University of New York at Fredonia and a Masters of Art in Theatre and Film from SUNY Buffalo. Patricia first came to Memphis, TN in 1989, and joined the Teaching Artist staff at the Center for Arts Education—formerly the Memphis Arts Council; there she was trained as a Teaching Artist in Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts. Patricia has been part-time faculty at the University of Memphis since 2000 where she teaches dance concepts and basic ballroom in the College of Education. In 2006 she was invited to create Nutrition Activity Programs for The St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and recently shared these concepts with fifth graders in the Pulaski County School District. AR. Since 1994, Patricia has been seen on 1000s of stages and classrooms across the south–including Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and Kentucky. Her character, ‘Couch Potato Polly’ (originally written for Memphis Children’s Museum) has been seen across northern Mississippi’s Libraries and Head Start centers. Every summer, Patricia is invited to come to Alaska and work alongside Training Better Artists Toward A Better Alaska Theatre Company as a guest director, teaching artist and playwright. Her residencies highlight her love of art integration and include Pantomime, Puppetry Arts, Mask, and Improvisation.

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Program Title: The Silent Narrative: Pantomime

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Re-creating and dramatizing a painting, a photograph, a paragraph or a thought is the essence of this imaginative residency that brings well known illustrations and photographs to life. Through teamwork and coaching, students learn the basics of pantomime (silent storytelling) as they interpret works by American Illustrator Norman Rockwell and Civil Rights photographer Earnest Withers. Using simple writing exercises and Pantomime elements, (body, gesture and illusion) students will COMPARE and CONTRAST these Artists and then develop a silent narrative with action, music and sound based on one work presented in class. Teaching Artist and Pantomime Specialist Patricia Carreras leads this new and exciting experience that literally brings the frozen image to life.

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Program Title: Story Theatre with Puppets

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Lesson Goal: Through hands on manipulation and storytelling, Students will discover the definition of ‘puppet’ as an object that comes to life in front of an audience using the body, imagination and concentration.

Target Audience: K-2 (Story: Hungry Little Caterpillar and Enormous Turnip.)

Lesson Objectives: The student will– discover there are many types of puppets and experience hands on manipulation with string, rod, hand and finger puppets–as well as Body /Bonraku style team puppetry. Student will use puppets as characters in a story and present to class as puppeteer or narrator of action; the student will (TSW) understand the three parts of a story.

General: Literature, pre-reading, Science tn cc LA, Reading, 1, 2.

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Program Title: Pantomime

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Pantomime is a Silent Story that uses the body, the imagination and concentration; it is comprised of “Who, What and Where” of a story that includes a beginning, middle and an end; Pantomime is the Universal Language of expression, gesture and emotion. In one word, Pantomime is communication.

Children in grades 3 through 4 often use pantomime as a pre-reading exercise to explore themes of stories read in class. Pantomime teaches listening skills and problem solving techniques through the re-creation of a story using only the body.
Pantomime is a social activity where students must work together as a team to create an idea and then realize it in physical terms without words

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