Students at the Northern Marianas College are using comedy to help improve their public speaking skills in an acting / performance workshop conducted by experienced comic performer and educator, Russ Mason, M.S.
Mason says that many are fearful of getting up before a group of people yet everybody is a “goofball” with their friends. He believes that by having people make fools of themselves it will allow them to eventually open up more.
“We play a game called Village Idiot, as well as other games, to loosen everybody up. Because, so long as people are shy, afraid or self-conscious, they will be constricted in everything they do – not just in the workshop, but also in life.”
“With that, they will have a surge of self-confidence and have more fun in life,” Mason added.
Carleen Mosses, a nursing student at NMC, describes her experience so far as “Scary at first but the activities we participated in helped all of us open up. It’s a cool way to help people with their public speaking.”
The workshop is offered free of charge to all NMC students but those interested are encouraged to attend as soon as possible since class size is limited to the first 20 people.
The Acting/Performance Workshop is currently held at the NMC Student Center, every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and will run from now until November 22. For more information, please contact Luis John Castro at 234-5498 ext. 1251 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.