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Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson is a writer, actor, comedian and Father.  He received his classical acting training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade. Writing: Honorable Mention, Screencraft TV Pilot competition. Third place, UCLA pilot competition. Was featured in the Hollywood Reporter as a writer to watch. Plays at Red Bull Short Play Festival, published by Stage Rights.  Acting: Comedy of Errors, Othello, and Three Musketeers (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Love's Labour's Lost and Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Shakespeare Festival), The Foreigner (Pioneer Theater), Bell, Book, and Candle (Triad Stage), Fat Pig (Speakeasy Stage), The Rover (New York Classical Theater), as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of The Invested. He wrote and starred in the sketch series "Gubers" at Second City Los Angeles. Teaching: Workshops for Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Sioux City East High School, as well as Young Storytellers and Reading Partners in Los Angeles.

Creative Writing Through Role Playing Games!

Ages 11+

Homework:   YES!   Homework is required in this class.  Please do not sign up if you are unwilling to do the homework which will allow us to play our game each week!

Join us as we apply creative story writing, character exploration and story telling through the vehicle of fantasy building tabletop role-playing!  Join our EPIC adventure where we work to cultivate our abilities to weave our ideas into engaging stories that everyone can participate in!

This session we will us the legendary fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which was created in 1974, and has millions of players worldwide!   However, in our class unlike the online version of the game, the story and characters will be limited in scope.  Our emphasis will be on The Heroes Journey, where a hero will emerge from a journey of trials and tribulations and temptations, forcing our heroes to question themselves beofre ultimately becoming a better version of self.   To do this, anti-heroes will also be present, ultimately helping our heroes re-define themselves.

To play a Role Playing Game (RPG) players step into the boots of mighty heroes (and sneaky antiheroes) to create their very own stories.    Cy has created a class to help students learn to develop their characters more deeply, develop more complex story lines, and have an audience to try out their stories and conflicts!    Each student will create their very own character which will then embark upon a made-up adventure.  Cy will be serving as the game’s referee and storyteller.  He will create new and more complex problems to resolve and will also help keep the content of the game appropriate.   Students will work as a group and do a weekly character writing journal and take turns updating the weekly story summary journal. Players use their imaginations as they embark on an adventure story from Cy's mind.  Through character building, improvisation, team work, basic math,  problem solving and pure random luck players will role dice and create their very own fantasy story with one another.  Students will be  learning logic and problem solving; this will be a creative adventure for all! 

Please note:  In the Huck usage of this game, we will not be allowing dark content.


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