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Jeff Hutchison

Contact Name: Jeff Hutchison

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Phone: (615) 809-5120

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Jeff began as an eight year old studying dance with Anne Holland in Murfreesboro, Tn. to improve his ability to play football and almost forty years later he is still dancing, moving. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in dance. After college, he traveled to Paris, France and studied at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq under Jacque Lecoq himself. After returning from his studies abroad, he returned to Memphis and started working as a performer and teaching artist. He worked with Playhouse on the Squares’ Youth for Theatre in their Playhouse Summer Conservatory and school residencies. He was listed as a teaching artist in mime for the Memphis Arts Council. Jeff won a best supporting actor award in Memphis as Muff Potter in Tom Sawyer and a special acknowledgment for his work as Audrey the puppet in Little Shop of Horror. He worked for Ronlin Foreman at Austin Peay State University, teaching stage movement. From there, he joined Wood and Strings Puppet Theatre and worked as a puppeteer and teaching artist while traveling all over the United States. He did puppet, mask, and mime workshops for Wood and Strings. Jeff is on the artist roster for Cirque Du Soleil.

He moved to the Carolinas and changed careers and started working in the public education sector. He worked as a First Grade teacher assistant, a teacher assistant for an alternative school for 6th to 10th graders, and a teacher assistant for students who had emotional or behavioral diagnosis in grades 2nd through 12th grade. He even drove a school bus. But he was able to work in the arts in the public education system. He taught theatre in middle school in a rural and an urban school district. He had the opportunity to teach creative dance in an elementary school in Charleston County.

Since returning back to Tennessee, he started working with Wood and Strings Puppet Theatre. In the Summer of 2012 I went to Seattle and participated in Anne Green Gilbert two week intensive and learn more about Brain Compatible Dance Education. He is very excited to share the things he learned.
As John Medina says in his book, “Brain Rules”, rule number one is exercise boosts brain power.

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Program Title: Silence that Mime

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

A history of the western civilization mime in 50 minutes. A performance for the classroom or in a theatre.

How did it all begin? When exactly did theatre begin? It began with the first story told. When this story was being told, the storyteller used mime (gestures), drama (words), mask, puppets, and dance. Over time each of these disciplines spun off to become their own performing art form but in the beginning they were one for the purpose of telling the story. What was the story about? Perhaps the story was about how the people became that has turned into our myths or legends. Many times these performances were for a ritual or religious purposes. They were sacred to their people. This performance follows the development of the mime through the ages which leads to the modern mime. The performance will reimagine the first theatre event and from there to the Greek and Roman mimes. From Rome we learn the development of the Commedia del arte. The Commedia heavily relies on the actors physicality and improvisational skills to tell the story. The performance follows the Commedia to France and the audience learns what happens there which will evolve into the early stages of modern mime due to some laws being passed restricting the Commedia in French theatres. From those laws the technique of illusionary mime was born. Lastly the audience we learn how that mime technique has influenced dance in America.

Additionally, students will learn what the difference between mime and pantomime while viewing the performance. Students will learn to make the illusion of a wall, the pushing and pulling on a rope, what a toc is, isolating body parts, and what a fix point is.

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Program Title: Braindance for the classroom

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Braindance for the classroom is a lecture demonstration of Anne Green Gilbert’s concept. The program will teach the classroom teacher and her class how to perform the Braindance. Students and the teacher will learn the sequence. Breathe, Tactile, Core-Distal, Head-Tail, Upper and Lower Body, Body Halves, Cross-lateral, and Vestibular which is the order for Braindance. Students and teacher will learn additional information about each sequence as they go through it. Students and teacher will learn to do Braindance through space and sitting at their table or desk. At the end the students and teacher can ask questions about Braindance.

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