The Metuchen Forum Theatre is gearing up for a new semester of creative arts classes, beginning the first week of February. Instruction in stage acting, improvisation, scene study, stand-up comedy and screenwriting as well as music lessons will be offered to both children and adults of all ages.
This is the first in a series of Metuchen Matters profiles about the Forum instructors and classes, as we would like to help bring visibility to this historic Theatre's revival and its goal to enhance our community's access to the arts through live performance theatre, musicals, concerts, films and more.
Q&A with Forum Theatre teacher, Jana Siciliano
What class will you be teaching at the Forum?
I am teaching various Screenwriting classes for children, for teens and for adults. I'm a working screenwriter and have an MFA in film from Columbia University--my latest screenplay is making the rounds, so I think I offer both practical and creative guidance for young writers. Often, people think that screenwriting would be a challenge for young children, but I have taught it privately and kids are very open to the format. It is easy and accessible and it further enhances all the elements of good writing that kids are learning in their Language Arts classes. And, it is fun! You can work your story out by acting it out. I've had students who are actors who really enjoyed screenwriting for that reason--communicating cinematically is an active experience!