Purdy is a national award-winning playwright, who has been producing
children's theatre and writing children's plays since 1970.
original scripts are the foundation on which CTW's colorful, productions
are built. Her dynamic energy and exceptional creativity enliven
every play; her empathy brings out the best in the casts; her inability
to accept mediocrity in herself or those she “touches”
has brought the theatre and film worlds hundreds of talented young
performers. All of this is brought about because of Diane's intriguing
I want my children to genuinely get into their roles. How can any
cast member develop a strong characterization if he or she's named
Girl One or Boy Two? All of my characters come onstage from living
a real life and will continue living “a real life” after
the final curtain falls. My four birth children, five perfect grandchildren
and thousands of other-than-birth children are the driving force
behind my creativity and my reason for being. Of course, I'm still
trying to decide what I'll be when I grow up.
• B.A. Theatre Arts
• B.A. English
• Teacher Certifications K-12
• Screen Actor’s Guild (S.A.G.)
• American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
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PURDY CHILDREN'S THEATRE WORKSHOP, INC
(A not-for-profit organization)
Purdy’s Children's Theatre Workshop's drama by doing method
of training was created to give any child, aged 4 to 18 who is interested
in becoming an actor, the opportunity to perform, while also giving
each child the capability to apply the theatre techniques taught
to enrich his and her daily life.
drama by doing training, created in 1970 by founder Diane Purdy,
is structured, beginning with a scripted play and ending in a fully
staged production performed before an audience.
accomplish this, cast members develop characterizations: learn lines,
stage movement, blocking, diction, projection, picking up of cues,
plus touch on the various backstage and front-of-the-house aspects
cast member is guaranteed an integral role in an original script
written by Ms. Purdy. The scripts are created to enhance and stretch
each child's potential as an actor, and to guarantee an in-depth
role without the pressure of auditioning. All children's plays are
treated as major productions with appropriate costuming, sets, lighting,
props, sound effects and staff.
children rehearse in a repertory type atmosphere as most remain
in the same weekly workshop from one semester to the next, thereby
establishing a friendly, stable, comfortable, non-competitive environment
which enables everyone to blend in, share and express his and her
theatre training is the one of the organization’s missions.
During the past thirty-plus years, many CTW cast members have become
members of Equity, Screen Actor's Guild (S.A.G.) and American Federation
of Television and Radio Artists (A.F.T.R.A.).
CTW graduates now work in professional positions, i.e.: Broadway
stage-fencing choreography, voice-overs, print modeling, cabaret
entertaining; related backstage fields, i.e.: television assistant
producer, stage crew member, box office staff; drama teachers.
Purdy's vision is the theatre’s driving force. All staff members
are trained by Ms. Purdy, who was educated at the University of
Massachusetts and Emerson College. She’s an accredited English,
speech and theatre teacher; newspaper theatre reviewer, adjudicator;
national award-winning children’s playwright; New England
Theatre Conference honored director and actor, Executive Board Member
of Emerson College New England Alumni Chapter.
staff members are made up of adults, who have responsible careers
in the outside world yet offer their areas of expertise in directing,
sewing, set design, make-up, sound, lighting, teaching, music collaboration,
business administration, finance, and just plain muscles.
Ms. Purdy acknowledges that while most children may never become
professional actors there is much to be gained by having been a
member of the CTW theatre family, such as:
- The fear
of speaking in front of an audience vanishes. Being able to comfortably
speak in public is a valuable tool in one's adult life.
- Cast members
increase their reading skills due to the fact that they are able
to see the script “come to life” during each rehearsal,
thereby improving the ability to visualize.
- Acting requires
discipline if the show is to be successful. Actors must learn
lines quickly, listen carefully and react to other cast members
while working together as an ensemble.
Es” - emotional contact felt between: actor to actor, actor
to audience, audience to actor show cast members how to relate
to others in their daily lives.
and teachers have credited the workshop with dramatic improvement
in school performances, both academically and behaviorally.
builds self-confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing better
than the audience’s applause/laughter to give one an instant
reward for a job, “well done!”
- Making friends
from diverse backgrounds and other communities with whom one shares
a common bond - “putting on a play” - have led to
- The original
scripts incorporate creative use of language which is the reason
why college-bound cast members credit the workshop with their
high A.C.T., S.A.T. and P.S.A.T. scores.
provides its drama by doing training for young people, while also
bringing cultural opportunities to the underserved by creating more
community involvement through corporate sponsorships and private
Deacon's quick wit and gentle manner make him an instant hit with
both kids and adults. As a singer/songwriter and recording artist,
John has delighted children throughout New England with his original
music and humor. JD has won several songwriting competitions and
was a finalist at the prestigious Kerrville ‘New Folk’
Songwriting Competition in Kerrville, Texas. John strongly respects
the insights and individuality of children and his music is always
self-affirming, creative and fun. A father of three, he credits
his children for the limitless source of material and inspiration
in his music. John is a staff songwriter for Diane Purdy’s
Children's Theatre Workshop.
Deacon’s Musical Releases:
Don’t Live Under The Bed” recorded under the Acoustic
Cove label. Original songs include; “Vegetables Bring Out
The Best In Me”, “Holes In My Pockets Money in My Shoes
Blues”, “Blue Tick Dog” and others. This is a
great hit with kids and was particularly recorded to be “parent-friendly”.
Available in CD ($12.97) and Cassette ($9.00), and includes shipping
within the continental US. Accept U.S. Checks or Money Orders made
out to “Acoustic Cove Publishing”. Also available at www.cdbaby.com/cd/jdeacon.
P.O. Box 1539
Duxbury, MA 02331
THEATRE VIDEO- EDUCATIONALFAMILY VIDEOS
A colorful, character-filled fantasy in which two young girls save
the world by discovering - "READING FOR PLEASURE" (55
child's attitude toward reading is of such importance that, more
often than not, it determines his scholastic fate. Moreover, his
experiences in learning to read may decide how he will feel about
learning...and even about himself as a person. Family life has a
good deal to do with the development of a child's ability to understand,
to use, and to enjoy language."
In his above
quote, Bruno Bettelheim, the noted child psychologist, identifies
the importance of developing a positive attitude in children toward
reading. Learning to read is important; but of equal importance
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the written word is one of the most essential things a parent can
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Dream is a unique video in that it is, on one hand, an engrossing
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blocks, such as, dyslexia or poor vision--physical impediments to
the learning process.
Age: This family
video may be enjoyed by the whole family, but is especially aimed
at students, grades three through eight. A verbatim script is included
in the $14.95 price.
DAY THE CLOWNS CRIED
The touching tale of how the clown castle "family" endures
the loss of a loved one through - "LOVE AND LAUGHTER"
today's culture, the role of the schools/libraries in the education
of our children is undergoing a great deal of change. The question
as to whether or not the classroom should be the setting for instruction
in areas of moral or social education has brought about intense
discussion. While many people feel that moral issues belong at home
in the capable hands of parent, there is a widening circle of opinion
that calls for society to become more involved.
One social issue
that has often been ignored at home and in the community is the
subject of death. Death carries with it a vast amount of historical
repression--embarrassment, denial, anger, hidden grief--that continues
even in today's enlightened environment.
Using a delightfully
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bewilderment of loss and explores the ensuring growth in dealing
with death in a manner that is neither morbid nor maudlin. Through
this, viewers are then able to express their own experiences with
death and loss, thus expanding their self-awareness.
family video is of benefit to a variety of students in all grade
levels and disciplines (e.g.-high school psychology/curriculum-wide
dramatics/etc.) it is specifically aimed at children, grades three
through eight to be viewed in its entirety or to be shown in two
sections with question and answer sessions following. Lesson plans
are included in the price of $14.95.
INVESTMENT IN A CHILD'S FUTURE!
Family Theatre Video is:
Most children learn best when they realize it the least. FTVideos
are designed to teach by showing not telling.
Our videos are based on delightfully original stories featuring
performances that are assured to please.
It is a fact that a child will watch a new video over and over
again. Each viewing of an FTVideo brings new understanding and
Using entertainment instead of a lecture, FTVideos place understanding,
compassion, and morality where they belong, right up front.
PART OF THE FAMILY!