Linda Bruning is a professional actress and director based in both her hometown of Wynot, Nebraska and Minneapolis. Linda has worked with professional theater, community theaters, colleges and schools all over the United States and Canada. She has a Master Degrees in both Arts in Education and in Technology Leadership. Linda has also been a contributing writer for the national professional magazine Teaching Artist Journal . Through her work as a residency artist, Linda seeks to promote a love and understanding of the arts, teach problem solving and creative thinking, and enrich lives. She is especially interested in reaching smaller Nebraska communities or rural areas that have limited access to the arts.
She offers a number of different thematic residencies:
The Bully Project for Grades 3-8
This residency carries a message of hope, as students dramatize scripts that explore different types of bullying, along with ways they might actively respond. Residency activities include a final performance with set, costumes, and props provided by Linda. She also provides support materials for teachers to use following the residency.
One Acts for Grades 3-8
Residency sponsors may choose between two different one-act plays, The Reluctant Dragon or Twelve Dancing Princesses. These residencies may accommodate up to 50 students, and are suitable for after-school or summer programs. These plays include costumes, props, sets, music and dance rehearsed for a final performance.
Shakespeare’s Life and Times – Grades 9-12
This residency introduces high school students to the life and times of Shakespeare. During the week students learn about Shakespeare’s language and poetry. They write original sonnets, learn a Renaissance dance, play medieval games, make models or houses using straw and mud, and create masks to wear to the Romeo and Juliet Ball.
Creative Dramatics – Grades Pre-K -12
Students use creative dramatics games and exercises, improvisation, and role playing. This residency provides opportunities for students to explore imagination, creativity, problem solving, and team work.