Why are Performing Arts important?
Performing Arts increase the opportunity for learning through:
● communication and expression, leading to improved self-esteem ● teamwork ● developing both sides of the brain ● thinking outside the box ● increasing problem-solving techniques
Learning is a process; it never ends.
Such is the approach for Venice Theatre’s education programs. We offer a “no shortcuts,” high-quality theatre training program with topnotch, caring instructors. We also offer classes that are fun for all involved.
Graduates of our program—now more than a Murray Chase decade in progress—are currently enrolled in prestigious theatre schools such as The New Executive/Artistic Director School in New York and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. They are also teachers, medical students, working actors, theatre technicians and emerging writers. And each one will tell you that Venice Theatre camps and classes afforded them some of the most fun they’ve ever had. Whatever career young people pursue as adults, they will be more successful as a result of our arts education programs. They will be more creative, more disciplined, more conscientious…and more fun to be around. Be a part of the process. It never ends.
VENICE THEATRE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH DEPARTMENT STAFF SANDY DAVISSON, Director CANDACE ARTIM, Assistant Director BRAD WAGES, Lead Staff Instructor RONALD MYROUP, Playwright in Residence/Staff Instructor KRISTOFER GEDDIE, Director of Diversity
MEET OUR STAFF & INSTRUCTORS Sandy Davisson Director of Education/Outreach
Sandy received an M.F.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from State University of New York and an MFA in Directing at FAU. Although she has taught pre-K through adult, she has enjoyed the grade 2 through 5 students the past couple of years. She finds great joy in watching the students grow in confidence and communication as they move through the classes at VT.
Candace Artim Assistant Director of Education/Outreach
Candace is administrator for all of the theatre classes and teaches students in grades 6-8, teens and adults. She holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of South Florida. Candace began teaching acting in 2001 at Booker High’s Center for the Performing Arts. Her expertise lies within bringing the character to life through the actor.
Brad Wages Lead Instructor
An award-winning actor, director and choreographer, Brad's work has been seen across the United States and Canada. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and served as assistant director to Broadway directors Fran Soeder and Joe Layton. He has been seen in a number of national theatre tours and national commercials. He is thrilled to call Venice Theatre “home” and to have the privilege of guiding the next generation of young actors to the stage.
Ron Myroup Playwright/Staff Instructor
Ron is a former professional child actor. This gives him a unique advantage in teaching. As Venice Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, Ron writes short skits and plays for our showcases tailored to your child’s needs. With degrees in Communication and Literature, and a minor in World History, Ron is able to teach more than just the basics of acting, improvisation and writing.
Eric Berkel Musical Theatre
Eric returned to Sarasota in 2004 after 10 years with the world famous Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas as a dancer and personal onstage assistant. He has choreographed and danced in many local musicals as well as performed in several national tours. Eric worked for Disney for many years as a Kid of the Kingdom at the Orlando and Tokyo, Japan theme parks.
Amy Blake Grade K-2/Beginning Theatre Grade 3-5
A tap dancer with the Silver Foxes, Amy has been a fixture at Venice Theatre for many years. She has been involved with Troupe in a Trunk for several years to bring the experience of live theatre to pre-school and elementary students.
Lori Gaddis Musical Theatre
Lori holds a degree in Music Education from Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and a Masters in Theology from Trevecca University. As a member of Singing Hoosiers, she recorded and performed with the Cincinnati Pops and received a Grammy nomination for the recording, The Music Man. She has taught voice, piano and choir and directed musicals for 15 years in Indiana public schools, and has held music directorships in churches for 20 years.
Becky Holahan Dance/Musical Theatre Becky is the director of the Venice Theatreâ€™s Loveland Follies, an actor and choreographer. She taught Creative Dramatics for many years at VT, and has been teaching dance for decades. She is a NIA fitness instructor and Ageless Grace Educator.
Peter Ivanov Adult Acting
Born on the Ringling Brothers Circus, Peter was a child acrobat who became an Asolo Theater MFA graduate and an 18-year professor of theatre at Colorado Mesa University. He was Founding Artistic Director of the former TheatreWorks company, and is well-known to local audiences for his many acting and directing credits. He has directed six plays at Venice Theatre and he is delighted to return as a teacher.
Mary Kelly Acting/Readers Theatre/Storyteller
Mary J. Kelly MFA, has 25 years’ experience as a professional actress, storyteller, and creativity consultant. Her holistic instructional method incorporates the arts as skill-building tools and draws on both oral and written traditions. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in theater education and a master of fine arts, both from Arizona State University.
Peter Madpack Audition Prep
A New Jersey native, Peter has been working as a Music Director and Vocal Coach since 1991. He is currently the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Venice. He created the St. John’s UMC Community Playhouse, Hazlet, NJ in 2005 which stressed high quality in the dramatic arts. He has also served on the faculty of the Count Basie Theatre, Redbank, NJ as well as many community and professional choral ensembles.
Gladys M. Varga Pre-K/Creative Dramatics Teacher
Gladys is a master story teller and arts integration specialist. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English Literature and Library Science. In 1995, Gladys’ passion for story telling expanded to include creative drama and teaching programs. She has been a teaching artist for Arts Councils in Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties, as well as for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Kuniko Yamamoto Origami Theatre
A native of Japan, Kuniko performed professionally in Osaka. She came to the US to study with Tony Montanaro, then toured with Leland Faulkner’s Light Theater presenting ancient Japanese tales with shadows and magic. Since creating her solo show, she has appeared at Epcot Disney and The Kennedy Center, National Storytelling Festival, touring from native villages in Alaska to proscenium theaters in Florida.
Meet the teachers and learn about all of the exciting classes VT offers!
Friday, January 18, 2013 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Call 486-8679 for more information.
If you would like to audition in for a show at Venice Theatre, go to VeniceStage.com and click on AUDITIONS. You’ll find some FAQs about the process of auditioning at Venice Theatre as well as the full season schedule. Of course, you can always call the Education/Outreach Department with specific questions. (941) 486-8679.
U PCOMING A UDITIONS Our Town
January 6 & 7, 2013
How to Eat Like a Child February 23 & 24, 2013
A Christmas Carol A festive annual tradition at Venice Theatre now in its 13th year, this musical version of Dickens’ classic tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he reflects on his past, present and possible future.
December 19 - 22, 2012
How to Eat Like a Child
This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give lessons such as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room and how to laugh hysterically.
May 9 - 26, 2013
Did You Know?
Venice Theatre offers outreach programs that bring theatre to our community.
Troupe in a Trunk
Adults acting for children - Venice Theatre produces and performs a full touring production every year. 8,400 elementary and pre-school students in the community are exposed to live theatre through Troupe in a Trunk.
Performing arts provide students with skills that carry over to academic and social development. Venice Theatre is proud to partner with area schools and organizations (including Epiphany Cathedral School, Island Village Montessori School and Venice High School) to provide arts education for their students. Through these partnerships, more than 8,000 students are exposed to performing arts as part of their school experience.
The Silver Foxes
Venice Theatre’s seniors entertain audiences throughout the community with music, dance and comedy. They also present their annual variety show every spring. Come see all the fun of The Silver Foxes Follies March 20 - 24, 2013.
The Loveland Players
Venice Theatre’s partnership with The Loveland Center has proven to produce the best shows in town. Adults with developmental challenges stage a delightfully fun show for all. Don’t miss The 18th Annual Loveland Follies May 30 - June 2, 2013.
PAYMENT & R EGISTRATION
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First: Select Your Camp/Class
PRE-K THRU GRADE 2 □ Pre-K □ K-2 GRADES 3 THRU 5
□ Act 1 □ Act 2 & 3
GRADES 6 THRU 8 □ Act 1 □ Act 2 □ Act 3
MUSICAL THEATRE □ Audition Prep Ages 8-16 □ Musical Motion Grade 3-8 □ Teen & Adult Dance
□ Grade K - 2 □ Grade 3 - 8
SPRING BREAK CAMP
$225 $235 $235 $115 $235 $150 $145 $145
□ Playwriting & Directing □ Readers Theatre Grade 6-12 □ Page to Stage Grade 6-12 □ Origami Theatre
ADULTS □ Audition Prep: A Behanding... □ Audition Prep: Second Samuel □ Storyteller □ Creative Dramatics
$150 $225 $240 $280 $50 $50 $150 $150
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Americans for the Arts www.artsusa.org/public_awareness
● to go on to higher education ● to be elected to class offices ● to win attendance awards
AND 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY:
● to be recognized for academic achievements ● to win awards for writing ● to participate in math/science fairs
Students who participate in the ARTS are 4 TIMES MORE LIKELY:
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Published on Nov 20, 2012
Published on Nov 20, 2012
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