Strange Trio Productions was born in the summer of 2015 by Natasha Harris,
Sam Ashdown and Marco Vega while working as colleagues at the tony-award winning
Utah Shakespeare Festival, and has since blossomed into a team of tenacious
Incipiently a writers room and short film production company, Strange Trio has
produced five short films in four different states across the country. In 2016, Strange
Trio produced You Suck Natasha, Where’s Marco and Beach Day, and two years later
produced, Bears Can’t Smell Air and Couple’a Notes. Inspired by the short films they
created, company member Sam Ashdown wrote and directed, BOB, which premiered
at the Knoxville Film Festival in 2020.
After designing and leading a successful series of online workshops for the
Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Strange Trio expanded its focus to include theatrical
development and outreach to schools and communities across the Unites States, with a
goal of making the magic of Shakespeare accessible to everyone.
Strange Trio Production’s mission is to uplift and amplify the creative voice. As a multi-race collective, it is our responsibility to create interest, opportunity, and engagement at a grass- roots level in communities that have been under-represented. Theatre is an art form for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation and it our role as educators to ignite the hearts and minds of a diverse army of young theatre artists who will shape the future of this art form.
Our Teaching Philosophy
Strange Trio Productions is guided by the philosophy that Theatre has the ability to create true empathy through storytelling. By exposing audiences to stories that are not their own, Theatre has the ability to open minds to differing points of view. Theatre provides a foundation that depends on listening to others, caring about something outside ourselves, and embracing vulnerability. More work still needs to be done in our country at a grassroots level to create interest, opportunity, and engagement in communities that have been under- represented onstage. Theatre is an art form for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation and it the role of educators to ignite the hearts and minds of young theatre artists who will shape the future of this art form.
Our role is to create an engaging, positive, and inclusive atmosphere where students feel comfortable pushing their own perceived limitations while being given the practical tools they need to build a strong foundation in their work. It is essential to present a curriculum that incorporates different learning styles and meets students at various levels of ability and experience. We approach all our teaching from a process-based methodology and strive to create a safe space for students to play, experiment, and fail boldly. Whatever the subject, students benefit from having clear guidelines and instructions, and it is our responsibility as teachers to provide clarity and allow each student the opportunity to be successful.
Overall, the goal of Strange Trio Productions is to dynamically engage students in a variety of ways and create a supportive space that fosters a community of growing artists. Theatre is in a unique position in our current climate to bring people together through storytelling and a shared experience.
What We Offer
Personalized coaching for professional or collegiate auditions, hone specific skills, and/or receive guidance on working at a professional level. Great for students, teachers, and professionals.
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