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Theatre Fundamentals Class

With  Shannon Winpenny

Join Manoa Valley Theatre as we introduce our first ever immersive theatre fundamentals class.

May 18th 6:00pm

Are you interested in getting more involved in the performing arts? Are you a veteran performer looking to deepen your knowledge base of the theatre? Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been on stage for ages, this class is for you.


Let the professional and talented Shannon Winpenny take you on a tour of Manoa Valley Theatre, both the public front-of-house areas and the lesser-seen backstage places. Be introduced to the Manoa Valley Theatre family, and see what goes into making a production come to life, from the concept and collaboration to opening night. Then sit down and be engaged as Shannon tells you theatre traditions and shares lore from theatre culture. Ever wonder where the saying “Break a Leg “came from? Or curious why we call it a “Ghost Light”? Let your experienced facilitator answer all of your questions. We’ll also dive deeper into theatre etiquette, the rehearsal process, the proper way to take down notes and mark blocking on a script, and much more.


If any of this sounds interesting to you or you feel like brushing up on your skills before the next theatre season starts, then click the link below. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you.

Shannon Winpenny has been a teacher, writer, director and actor for over 20 years. Professionally trained in Chicago, Shannon moved back home to Hawaii where she opened the Laughtrack Theatre Company. She trained students in the art of improvisation and sketch comedy. Since then on the islands she has performed and directed on many of Hawaii's stages including MVT’s 2011 Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding. Shannon is the proud recipient of 5 Po'okela awards. Winpenny is the acting teacher for children and adults at Diamond Head Theatre as well as a performing arts teacher at Iolani School and Momilani Elementary. With a passion for farce and murder mysteries she has been in MVT’s Boeing Boeing, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville, Shear Madness as well as Ken Ludwig’s Fox on the Fairway at DHT. She also has Both directed and performed in DHT’s annual Murder Mysteries for the past 8 years.

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