Teaching Artist reflects on Summer Camp

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"Creating with my students is always a joy, but to be a part of something we created together is truly a magical experience. To see their faces light up when I donned the fabulous wig of 'Frenchie' (pictured) was one of the highlights of my summer experience. Not only were we teaching our students the process of artistic collaboration, but I had the opportunity to show them that even when acting assignments change, anyone in the cast can step up and continue to make the show shine!" --Patrick Jackson, Summer Camp Teaching Artist

Teaching Artists come together to reflect on Summer Camps at American Stage

Our Teaching Artists got together for a camp wrap-up party! We shared funny stories and heartwarming moments from our 9 weeks leading summer programs for grades K-12. What an amazing adventure! 

Our Teaching Artist party discussions led us to notice the transformative power of live theatre. We witnessed so many young people discover more about themselves and others, build confidence, and hone their creative voices. 

Thank you to all the amazing artists and teachers who empower young people, and make our community stronger.

Now we begin lesson planning for fall classes!

Musical Theatre Camp ignites emotional, intellectual, and creative growth

What an awesome musical theatre camp we had over these past 3 weeks! Four age levels of ensemble productions performed at the Palladium Theatre, and we're so proud of our teams of young artists. Our professional teaching artists guide students through a collaborative artistic process that ignites emotional, intellectual, and creative growth. And it showed in all 4 performances last night!

We are so grateful for the support from Creative Pinellas that allows us to provide professional development for our teaching artists. They each have their own unique process and expertise, so our training sessions inspire our already-amazing teaching artists to explore various educational methods and artistic techniques, as well as provide best practices in conflict resolution, and inclusion for neurodiverse students.

This photo was taken during the dress rehearsal of our K-2nd grade group performing FREDDIE THE FROG AND THE JUNGLE JAZZ with teaching artists Mikayla Philips and Ava Zisman.
 

Fun Learning Under the Sea!

Our Acting Explorers: Under the Sea class (grades K-2) created and sketched their sea creature characters! After making these cool drawings, they sat down to discuss, and brainstorm character names. Miss Sarah's schedule is on the board and keeping everyone looped into the fun with concepts explored in our Teaching Artist training, like the story structure prompts listed in blue ink. You'll also see the acronyms CROW, as students are learning the essential elements of any story: Characters, Relationships, Objectives, and Whereabouts. There is so much "fun-learning" this week in Under the Sea!