Workshops & Games

In Partnership with Kansas City Young Audiences, all workshops are FREE for students (5-22) to attend, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on-site at Global Finals. Some workshops may have age restrictions.

Act Like an Animal: Exploring Ecology 

Instructor: Diane Bulan

Using acting and improvisational skills, students will get to act like animals – or plants, or even bacteria!

Location: ROOM 2204

  • Friday, May 24 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)

Acting

Acting

Instructor: Sarah Nickerson

EL/ML Description: Imagination required! In this dynamic class, students will use theatre games and improvisational scene work to study the fundamentals of performance. Warm-ups, vocal exercises, movement, and character work will all be used to overcome inhibitions and awaken the inner actor.

SL/UL Description: In this workshop, students will increase their knowledge of how to create a character using voice and diction, character movement, and improvisation. Come explore what makes someone else tick!

Location: ROOM 2210

  • Friday, May 24 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

Acting and Improvisation 

Instructor: Brad Shaw
In this workshop, students will be led through structured improvisations and explore the skill required to spontaneously create characters and scenarios.

Location: ROOM 2209

  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)
  •  Friday, May 24 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

African Dance

African Dance 

Instructor: Vanessa and Rodney Gibbs
Participants will learn dances that honor kings and queens, celebrate weddings and begin harvests from Mali and Senegal.

Location: ROOM 2210

  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

Alumni-Life--#TiedtoDI-Site

Alumni Life: #TiedtoDI

Did you know that DI can help you get into college, and succeed in college and beyond? Come learn from alums who have been there about how to best leverage your experiences in DI, and get a little preview of what alumni life could look like! Feel free to come with questions! (SL and UL only, please!)

Location: ROOM 2202

  • Thursday, May 23 – 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM (SL/UL)

Balloon Animals

Instructor: Nadine Civitello
Join Teaching Artist Nadine Civitello for this fun, hands-on workshop to learn the basics of creating balloon animals.

Location: ROOM 2210

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (SL/UL)

 


Ballroom Swing

Ballroom Dancing-Swing

Instructor: Paula Marie Daub
This workshop will provide lessons on simple Latin and swing dances that work with popular music.

Location: ROOM 2209

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (SL/UL)

Ballroom Thriller

Ballroom Dancing-Thriller Line Dance and Merengue

Instructor: Paula Marie Daub
Learn the Michael Jackson Thriller line dance and Merengue in this high-energy workshop.

Location: ROOM 2209

  •  Wednesday, May 22 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)

Cartooning

Cartooning 

Instructor: Mike Worley
Explore the fundamentals of drawing a comic strip and learn how cartoon characters are developed and replicated with artist, Mike Worley, who has drawn for Marvel.

Location: ROOM 2208

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM  (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)

Chinese

Chinese Brush Painting 

Instructor: Valda Hsu
Explore the connection between Chinese characters and painting with a Chinese brush by participating in painting animals, landscapes and other traditional subjects from nature.

Location: ROOM 2203

  • Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (SL/UL)

Clothing-as-Communication

Clothing as Communication

Clothes reveal how we wish to be seen. Choice of clothing and color communicate gender, nationality, age, etc. Teaching Artist Sharyn Katzman will bring clothes from her travels around the world for students to try on. What do your clothes communicate about you?

Location: ROOM 2203

  • Thursday, May 23 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)

 


Creativity

Cognitive Creativity 

Instructor: Priest Hughes
Learn the various writing and performing techniques that demonstrate spoken word performance poetry at its finest.

Location: ROOM 2201

  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM   (EL/ML)
  •  Friday, May 24 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM   (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

PhysicsConstruction Physics  

Instructor: Paige Ahlenius
This hands-on workshop is an excellent opportunity for students to explore physics and learn by experimentation the definition of velocity, friction, gravitational pull and push, energy and more.

Location: ROOM 2201

  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24- 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)

Location: ROOM 2204

  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)

Cosplay

Cosplay!

Instructor: DI staff and Volunteers
Do you have your outfit designed for the Box & Ballers Bash on Thursday night? If not, join us for a costume making gala! You will only have 50 minutes, so bring a plan with you. We will have a variety of costume materials for you to use!

Location: ROOM 2201

  •  Thursday, May 23 – 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (All Levels)
  •  Thursday, May 23 – 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (All Levels)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM (All Levels)

Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Dance

Instructor: Wendy Harris or Katie Schilling
This high-energy dance workshop is enjoyed by kids who want to learn the latest urban dance steps influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreography.

Location: ROOM 2205

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM (EL/ML)

Juggling

Juggling Workshop

Instructor: Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters
Juggling is more than just tossing and catching balls or scarves. In this workshop, students will try chinese yo-yos, spinning plates, flower sticks, stacking cups and several other props.

Location: ROOM 2205

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)

Plains and Prairie Indians: Winter Count

Plains and Prairie Indians: Winter Count

Instructor: Sharyn Brooks Katzman
Paintings of Native Americans by early expedition artists and the work of Indians themselves introduce the art and culture of the people who gave their names to Missouri and Kansas. In this workshop, participants will learn to create a Winter Count, a pictorial way many Native Americans told the history of their group for their own lives.

Location: ROOM 2203

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (SL/UL)

Playwriting Playwriting  

Instructor: Frank Higgins
Learn the basics of dramatic writing and structure that apply to plays, movies and cartoons.

Location: ROOM 2202

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  •  Wednesday, May 22 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EL/ML)

PMIEF

PMIEF Instant Challenge Festival

Instructor: DI staff and Volunteers
Grab your team members and test your creativity and quick project management skills! Learn a simple tool to help you organize your thoughts and ideas for your Instant Challenge solutions. Experience three Instant Challenges, learn from other teams, and show us your stuff! Sessions are 50 minutes long and will be offered all day in two different rooms. There is space for 33 teams in each time slot.

Location: Room 2201

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM (All Levels)

Location: Room 2202

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (All Levels)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (All Levels)

Professor-I-drop

Professor I Drop, the Juggling Scientist

Instructor: Jay Cady
Do you have a love of science? Combine it with circus skills for this lively, engaging workshop.

Location: ROOM 2204

  • Friday, May 24 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)

Puppet Making – StoneLion

Make your own puppet to tell your story! StoneLion Puppet Theatre will help you bring your puppet to life!

Location: ROOM 2202

  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 9:00AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

Location: ROOM 2203

  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM  – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)

Recreate-a-Cultural-Landmark

Recreate a Cultural Landmark: Extended Instant Challenge

Combine your knowledge of a famous cultural landmark with your creativity! This workshop challenges teams to recreate their chosen landmark, equipped with a moving part, and create a 2-minute skit. Join as a team or join a team when you arrive. Translations will be available in this workshop.

Location: ROOM 2202

  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:15 AM -11:30 AM (All Levels)
  • Friday, May 24 – 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM (All Levels)

Songwriting

Songwriting

Instructor: Chris Hudson
Learn the basics of songwriting. Chris Hudson will teach basic notes and rhythms to help you learn how to put your words to music.

Location: Room 2208

  • Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM (SL/UL)

 


Stage Combat 

Instructor: Richard Buswell
Focus on the importance of personal safety and responsibility, physical control, teamwork and awareness of others through staged fighting techniques.

Location: ROOM 2210

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (SL/UL)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Advanced Stage Combat (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Advanced Stage Combat (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Beginning Stage Combat (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Advanced Stage Combat (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Advanced Stage Combat (EL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Advanced Stage Combat (SL/UL)

 


Thinking on Your Feet

Thinking on Your Feet

Instructor: John Mulvey
Using improvisational techniques and exercises, John Mulvey leads students in an exploration of characters, environments, problem-solving and their own imaginations.

Location: ROOM 2205

  • Friday, May 24 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Friday, May 24 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)

Drum

Urban Bucket Brigade Boot Camp (Drumming)

Instructor: Jaisson Taylor
Using recycled buckets and rhythm, students will learn about the role of music in various cultures and how those cultures influence what they hear in the music of the streets today.

Location: ROOM 2204

  • Wednesday, May 22 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (SL/UL)
  • Wednesday, May 22 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (SL/UL)

You Don’t Say: A Mime Workshop

You Don’t Say: A Mime Workshop 

Instructor: Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters
In this workshop, students will learn the basics of the art of mime and entertain each other by creating mime illusions and relating simple stories.

Location: ROOM 2205

  • Thursday, May 23 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (SL/UL)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM (EL/ML)
  •  Thursday, May 23 – 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM (EL/ML)

Your Adventure with Panda Oki

Your Adventure with Panda Oki 

Instructor: Anthony Jappa
Students will learn how to draw and how to use the building blocks of stories, such as character, plot and resolution, to make a fun adventure with Panda Oki and his friends.

Location: ROOM 2208

  • Friday, May 24 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Friday, May 24 – 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (EL/ML)
  • Saturday, May 25 – 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM (EL/ML)