Areas of Study
As An Institute Participant You Will...
Possess a sound,
historically-based knowledge and appreciation for the real-life person
upon whom the popular image of "jolly old St. Nicholas" is
Learn what the "Christmas
Spirit" is, and how to more effectively allow that influence
to dramatically improve your Santa characterization.
Explore how getting in touch
with your "inner child" enriches and enlivens the development of your
unique Santa character through the use of humor and improvisational
Master the use of physical,
non-verbal communication skills in creating a truly convincing, magical
Employ effective verbal
communication skills that incorporate proper breathing, word
articulation, vocal color, voice pacing and projection
Confidently draw from
improvisational techniques that will empower you creatively address "the
unexpected" in your role as Santa.
Internalize the dynamics of
a typical Santa visit, while learning simple techniques that will reduce
potential pitfalls that can frequently occur.
Learn to become an active
listener and effectively respond to common children's questions with
ease and poise.
Benefit from the world's
first symposium dedicated to the integrated cross-training of
individuals to portray both St. Nicholas and Santa
Confidently employ simple
techniques related to the appropriate use of makeup and beard care
(whether traditional or "real" bearded).
Astutely assess the
advantages and limitations of a variety of Santa / St. Nicholas
Benefit from the collective
wisdom of Santas from across North America in a warm, informal
100 Key Points
Every St. Nicholas & Santa Claus Should Know About ST. NICHOLAS
(But Probably Doesn’t)
Key Points Every St. Nicholas & Santa Claus Should Know
You will receive a framed
Certificate of Merit during a special St. Nicholas Institute Awards
Banquet, upon successful completion of the formation