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South Carolina Arts Commission

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Calysta Alsborg

SCAD ID - #143


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Certification

Certified Teaching Artist

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Contact

calystaalborg@yahoo.com
408-839-1682
Travelers Rest SC

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Discipline

  • Theatre

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Geographical Availability

  • Upstate


About


Calysta Alsborg received a bachelor of arts degree in Arts Management from California State East Bay and has extensive professional stage acting, tech, and directing experience providing her with a well-rounded foundation to teach theatre classes within the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards for Performing Arts Proficiency. Most recently, Calysta taught all elementary through high school level theater classes at Blue Ridge Christian Academy (BRCA) during which she developed a four-year progressive theatre curriculum, based on the Stanislavsky Method, for high school students along with an elementary school adaptation of the program.The classroom lessons provide a solid overall understanding of theatre terms, audience critique, stage direction and production elements while incorporating the use of classical literature, poetry, music, movement, dance and visual art.The exercises foster a specific comprehension of script analysis, script writing, the role of a dramaturg, acting motivation and acting technique. At BRCA Calysta directed main stage high/middle school productions of Euripides Medea and Moliere's one act play, The Flying Doctor adapted by her high school drama class to take place in the 1950’s.Calysta also directed a middle school performance of scenes from Shakespeare’s A Mid-Summer Nights Dream. Her 2nd grade drama class produced Sneaker Cat, based on the book Puss N Boots by Claude Barbin, and her 4th grade class presented Goldilocks and the Three Bears in movement to music from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.The 5th and 6th grade provided a pre-show performance to the high school performance of Medea, in movement of Jason and the Golden Fleece to music from Samuel Barber’s Medea.Calysta’s high school drama students also participated in an ACSI speech competition and earned Superior and Excellent awards for their monologues.When Calysta decided to take a break from her professional career to start a family she began what would become the foundations of her teaching career by volunteering as a teacher’s assistant, substitute teacher, playwright, and director at her children’s elementary school, San Jose Christian School.During this time Calysta began developing the exercises used in her lessons plans. She wrote and directed several elementary productions; The Surprise Birthday Party, Sneaker Cat, The Tree Trees, (based on the book, and The Legend of the Three Trees by Catherine McCafferty.)For middle schoolers, Calysta adapted and directed the readers theatre script, Footprints of a Pilgrim by Ruth Graham Bell into a full-staged production.In college Calysta spent four years working in technical theatre as a master electrician and assistant technical director for the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Calysta also interned as an electrician for a year with the Professional Intern Program at the Juilliard School. She began her career in theatre management as the General Manager for StageSource, an arts organization that links directors and producers with actors in Boston, MA.She then moved to San Jose, CA where she worked in development and special events for the Lort B company, San Jose Repertory Theatre and was the General Manager for Gary Palmer Dance Company.

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