Spark your creative energy this spring!

Is there an artistic pursuit you've been wanting to explore? Are you looking to energize your free time or learn new theatre skills? Our virtual enrichment workshops on Zoom offer a way to enjoy crafts, design and performance activities while learning from professional theatre artists. Choose from a variety of interests and skill sets, from writing and storytelling to craft-making and painting to dance and performance. Spring into something new and fresh in a fun and supportive environment! (Adult workshops are also available.)

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Lightning in a Bottle: Sparking Performance Through Improvisation

Thursdays, April 22, 29, May 6 & 13
5:30-6:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 9-12 / Grades 3-6
Cost: $60

Be in the moment and become a performer through the fundamentals of improvisation! In this four-session workshop, learn to prime your improvising muscles, build the skills necessary for thinking on the spot, and practice for performance. Unlock the improviser within — in a creative, supportive and safe environment. (Participants will be asked to fill out a brief questionnaire prior to the first session. During sessions, participants should be dressed in comfortable clothing that allows them to move freely.)

Phineas_Clark Headshot WebInstructor: Phineas Clark
Phineas is an actor, improviser and voice actor. A native New Englander, he made his professional debut at age 17 at the Peterborough Players while concurrently training with Kathy Manfre at Mission: Improvable and subsequently the University of Minnesota Acting Program. Now, with 15 years of professional experience upon which to draw, Phineas teaches and utilizes improvisation as a foundational element of the actor's toolkit.

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Let’s make some NOISE! Pop/Rock Musical Theatre Singing

Thursdays, April 22, 29, May 6 & 13
4-5 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-6
Cost: $60

Sing your favorite pop/rock song or your favorite pop/rock song from a musical! Learn skills that will help you find your groove, how the decade of the song affects your storytelling, how to embody your character and era within the musical, and how to apply them for your next audition for that jukebox musical or simply to have fun singing them! Let’s make some noise! (Supplies needed include an extra device to play your YouTube karaoke track and lyrics if needed. You can sing a whole song, or a cut of a song, meaning a verse and a chorus.)

Joanne_Javien Headshot WebInstructor: Joanne Javien
Joanne is a voice teacher, Broadway actress and singer, mother, wife and advocate for human rights and working parents in the arts. Joanne owns her private practice called JJ VOICE STUDIO in New York City. She leads with focus on her students’ strengths, diversity and uniqueness, and believes now more than ever to make change and make noise. She is a member of Opera America, National Association of Teachers of Singing and Actors’ Equity Association. Performing credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (as Alice – first national tour), Mamma Mia (as Donna – Cape Fear Regional Theatre), The Secret Garden (as Ayah – Arden Theatre), South Pacific (as Bloody Mary – Music Theatre of Wichita, STAGES St. Louis and Westchester Broadway Theatre), Miss Saigon (as Kim, Gigi and Ellen understudy – Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY), Les Misérables (as Eponine – North Shore Music Theatre), Avenue Q (as Christmas Eve – Adirondack Theatre Festival) and The King and I (as Tuptim – Ogunquit Playhouse). Visit JoanneJavien.com and Instagram @MamaJo_JC.

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Dance Sampler: Jazz Funk | Whacking Dance | Hip-hop | House Dance

Saturdays, April 24 and May 1, 8 & 15
1:30-2:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 9-14 / Grades 3-8
Cost: $60

Join us for this exciting sampler of four dance styles! The worlds of jazz dance and hip-hop collide in jazz funk, popular on tours with artists like Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. Characterizations, emotional storytelling and arm movements combine with a disco-dance style called whacking. Express your inner confidence by learning the essence of hip-hop, groove, bounce, flow, rhythm and energy. And get your movement on with house dance — an urban street dance style that uses rhythm, footwork, tap and African dance movements.

Instructor: Michael Louis Jones
Michael is a dancer, choreographer and storyteller, born in Clearwater, Fla. Growing up, he was inspired by the great showmen Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr. and the Nicholas Brothers. He admired them, and in his late teens he began dancing. His biggest dream was to be onstage. He graduated from the University of South Florida, earning a BFA in Choreography and Performance, and he was a 2014 National Finalist at ACDFA. He’s worked with Celine Dion, Ben Vereen, Norwegian Cruise Line, Timber Lake Playhouse, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Broadway Theatre Project, and many others. To him, there’s a symbiosis relationship between the music, the lyrics and the dance. In fact, where words fail, you sing. Where singing fails to express, you dance.

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Basic Makeup for Kids!

Saturdays, April 24, and May 1, 8 & 15
3-4 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-6
Cost: $60

Explore your imagination by painting your face! Learn all about mixing colors and how to use brushes, and create four different looks: a clown, an animal, a character copy (like a superhero or cartoon character) and a zombie look. A supply list will be sent to students prior to the course. Supply List: Please purchase this Luxtaka Face Paint Kit. Participants should also have paper towels, Q-tips and makeup remover available.

Instructor: Melanie Mortimore
Melanie is a freelance costume, puppet, hat designer/maker and artist in the Cincinnati area. She taught college theatre for 20 years and is the current resident costume designer for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill production series.

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Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Using the Animal Kingdom as our Fuel for Improvisational Playwriting

Saturdays, April 24, and May 1, 8 & 15
Noon – 1 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 9-14 / Grades 3-8
Cost: $60

Playwriting often includes prompts, script readings and pressure-cooker time limits—but we'll put our ideas right into action! In this physical theatre-based approach, we begin with the body and voice in live play. Using the world of the animal kingdom for our creative fuel, this four-session course teaches the playwriting concepts of character creation, character relationship, conflict, objective, structure and form through an exploration of embodied improvisational play.

Walter Blake_Taylor Headshot WebInstructor: Walter Blake Taylor
Blake is a recent MFA recipient in Devised Performance from The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and The University of The Arts. They are also an alum of the National Theater Institute and Transylvania University. Located in Lexington, Ky., they are working to bring physical theatre and ensemble-creation practices to their home region. They are currently a Creative Consultant for Tates Creek High School’s Drama Department in Lexington and are consulting for other various artists and their ventures. Along with their educational work, they are also working on their own projects with longtime collaborators in the region and beyond.

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Audition Technique: You Got This!

Monday, April 26
4-6 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 12-18 / Grades 6-12
Cost: $30

“Hello, my name is Tyler, and I will be performing…” Oh no! My mind went blank! Does this sound familiar? You're not alone. Luckily, there are smart and efficient ways to get more comfortable with auditioning. In this workshop, get a crash course in what to say, how to enter the room and even how to set up your phone or computer for a virtual audition — all in a supportive and welcoming environment.

Tyler_Dobies Headshot WebInstructor: Tyler Dobies
Tyler (he/him) is a performer, writer and teaching artist based in New York City. As a writer-performer, Tyler has developed, written and performed three original one-person shows, including The Role of Other, which was created during his tenure with the 2017 Intiman Emerging Artist Program in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, during his time at NYU, Tyler studied performance under the renowned and award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith. He is a founding faculty member for Building Voices of the Future, a summer voice intensive for high school students to increase their skills as vocalists and storytellers. Tyler holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Pacific Lutheran University and a MM in Vocal Performance: Music Theatre from NYU. Find out more at www.tylerdobies.com.

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Creating Worlds Onstage: An Introduction to Scene Design

Tuesday, April 27
4-6 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 10-14 / Grades 4-8
Cost: $30

Have you ever wondered about how the set is designed for a show onstage? Why is it abstract or sculptural? Or why is it realistic? What story is the set telling? Explore the design process of creating scenery for the stage and how to think like a scenic designer. Discover the tools and rules a scenic designer uses to tell a story and create an environment onstage!

Tamara_Honesty Headshot WebInstructor: Tamara L. Honesty
Tammy is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Kent State University. Tammy’s designs have been seen on stages from Off-Off Broadway to the Midwest. Her designs have earned recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally. A few of her favorite designs include An Evening with Groucho at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Merchant of Venice at Cleveland Play House, the Midwest premiere of Becky’s New Car and the world premiere of Family Ties at the Human Race Theatre. Tammy has been a scenic artist for 30 years. Most recently, she and a student team at Kent State painted a nearly full-scale 3D-printed replica of Pio Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry statue that was on display at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. She currently serves as the Vice President of Education & Training for USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology). Tammy is a member of USA Local 829 as a scenic designer.

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Craft Corner: Puppets!

Wednesday, April 28, and Friday, April 30
4–5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-6
Cost: $45

Bring animal puppets to life! Learn different introductory techniques to make basic puppet friends. In the first session, learn to make a finger mouse puppet and a rabbit marionette. In the second session, learn to make a handkerchief puppet and paper-stick or shadow puppets. View the supply list, which all participants will need to purchase separately.

Instructor: Melanie Mortimore
Melanie is a freelance costume, puppet, hat designer/maker and artist in the Cincinnati area. She taught college theatre for 20 years and is the current resident costume designer for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill production series.

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Writing and Performance: Introduction to Spoken-Word Poetry

Monday, May 3
4-6 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 12-18 / Grades 6-12
Cost: $30

Learn the art of spoken-word poetry! This workshop is composed of one, two-hour class. The first hour focuses exclusively on writing, with topics like learning what makes a spoken-word piece compelling, effective literary tools to use and writing practices. The second hour focuses on performance with instruction on analyzing what makes a strong performance and with the opportunity for students to share work and receive feedback.

Nesha_Ruther Headshot WebInstructor: Nesha Kriv Ruther
Nesha is a poet and teaching artist from Takoma Park, Maryland. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an English degree and specialization in Creative Writing, she’s a member of the 10th cohort of First Wave, the nation’s only full-tuition scholarship program awarded to select students with a background in arts and activism. She was a member of the 2016 DC Youth Slam Team and competed in the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival. She went on the facilitate Brave New voices in 2018 as a member of FutureCorp. She was a 2016 YoungArts winner in spoken word, a 2016 winner of the DC Commission of the Arts Larry Neal Writing Award, a 2017 winner of the Mochila Review Writing Award (which was judged by Nikki Giovanni) and a 2020 winner of the University of Wisconsin’s Eudora Welty Fiction Thesis Award. She has been commissioned to write and perform multiple spoken-word pieces for the National Education Association and has had work published in NarrativeNortheast, Angles Literary Magazine, Beltway Quarterly and more.

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The Joy of Scene Painting

Tuesday, May 4
4-6 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 10-14 / Grades 4-8
Cost: $30

Have you ever wondered how to take something that’s completely flat and make it look like a three-dimensional object? Or wondered if you can use only three colors to mix any color you desire? Explore a variety of painting techniques that can be utilized to create a wide range of trompe l’oeil (to fool the eye) effects that scenic artists use onstage to make the sets come to life.

Supplies Needed
Paper and paint (acrylic or watercolor). Paintbrushes are helpful if you want to try the techniques during class. You can also just watch and learn. Using artist paintbrushes will work to try out these techniques on a small scale, like half of a piece of paper. Using house painting brushes (two inches wide or larger) will work if you want to work on a larger scale, such as 11 inches x 17 inches.

Tamara_Honesty Headshot WebInstructor: Tamara L. Honesty
Tammy is the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Kent State University. Tammy’s designs have been seen on stages from Off-Off Broadway to the Midwest. Her designs have earned recognition regionally, nationally, and internationally. A few of her favorite designs include An Evening with Groucho at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Merchant of Venice at Cleveland Play House, the Midwest premiere of Becky’s New Car and the world premiere of Family Ties at the Human Race Theatre. Tammy has been a scenic artist for 30 years. Most recently, she and a student team at Kent State painted a nearly full-scale 3D-printed replica of Pio Fedi’s Liberty of Poetry statue that was on display at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum. She currently serves as the Vice President of Education & Training for USITT (United States Institute of Theatre Technology). Tammy is a member of USA Local 829 as a scenic designer.

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Craft Corner: Costumes!

Wednesday, May 5, and Friday, May 7
4–5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-6
Cost: $45

Making costumes uses lots of different skills! In these two sessions, explore just a few of them. In session one, learn drawing and painting exercises so you can get those ideas out of your head and onto paper, and learn how to make a simple face mask out of a paper plate. In session two, take your skills even further and learn how to make a creature hat out of some craft foam and a baseball hat or sun visor. View the supply list, which all participants will need to purchase separately.

Instructor: Melanie Mortimore
Melanie is a freelance costume, puppet, hat designer/maker and artist in the Cincinnati area. She taught college theatre for 20 years and is the current resident costume designer for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill production series.

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Craft Corner: Props!

Wednesday, May 12, and Friday, May 14
4–5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Ages 8-12 / Grades 2-6
Cost: $45

In any play, there are lots of props and objects that help tell the story creatively! Learn how to think of objects and items as important pieces of the world onstage and make props that could tell a story of their own. In session one, learn to make a vase of paper flowers. In session two, learn to make some prop cookies made of salt dough that can be microwaved to dry. View the supply list, which all participants will need to purchase separately.

Instructor: Melanie Mortimore
Melanie is a freelance costume, puppet, hat designer/maker and artist in the Cincinnati area. She taught college theatre for 20 years and is the current resident costume designer for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill production series.

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