Raleigh Little Theatre’s Acting for Business Professionals Program is designed to apply theatrical training to the work of everyday business interactions. Skills learned in this class - communication, improvisation, active listening, creative and critical thinking, and speaking with intention - will have a direct impact on the daily lives of the participants. The workshops focus on the three primary tools of the actor: the Brain, the Body, and the Voice. The program is catered to the specific needs of each participating company from a 90 minute session to a mutli-day program and is valuable for any business, especially client based operations. At the conclusion of this class, participants will:
- be able to manage stage fright or fear of public speaking;
- further develop their ability to speak with intention to improve communication with clients, co-workers, and audiences;
- be better equipped to think quickly and creatively when faced with obstacles;
- better engage audiences during pitches and/or presentations;
- gain confidence in verbal and non-verbal communication;
- if interested, develop skills to successfully participate in theatre arts!
“I wanted to take it because I thought it would help me get outside my comfort zone and interact in a dynamic where I could become my more authentic self.”
— Kollin Kalk
Patrick Torres (Artistic Director) has been a professional director and educator for the past 12 years. Prior to joining Raleigh Little Theatre, he served as a Directing Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), and Director of Middle and High School Programs at Creative Action. His work as a freelance director has been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Southwest Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, The Source Festival, and the Hangar Theatre among others. He served as the Assistant Director for the Glass Menagerie starring Sally Field at the Kennedy Center through an award given by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. In 2003, he was selected as a Drama League Directing Fellow and in 2005 was named a Young Leader of Color by the Theatre Communications Group. As an educator, he developed the After School Playwriting Program for YPT which won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010. Patrick has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi.