A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
As summer is here, and our mainstage musical season begins, we are also finalizing plans to start the busiest season in our Education Program. Our Summer Session offers a variety of classes for students ages 7 to 18 and are taught by a roster of Teaching Artists dedicated to engaging students in becoming a more versatile Musical Theatre performer.
I am so proud to be working with an organization where students are encouraged to look at the process of being a Musical Theatre Performer. That is not to say that process (taking classes) is more important than product (being in a production) or vice versa, in fact, both hold the same value. To put it in sports terms, you wouldn’t practice all week and then not play the football game on Friday night, nor would you just play the football game without practicing beforehand.
It is my belief, that to be a successful theatre artist you must balance your artistry with both process and product and the process should be just as varied as your production experience.
Process is where you learn new techniques, hone the existing tools in your actor’s tool box, dive deeper to explore your craft even further, and grow and mold your unique artistry, allowing your performances on stage to be much more dynamic and to tell a more realistic story for the audience to experience. It’s where you build the strength both mentally and physically to ensure that you are flexible, versatile, and pave a pathway for longevity as an artist.
Product is the culmination of all your hard work. It’s where you can breathe as an artist and stretch your performance muscles in collaboration with other artists. It is where you can create, rehearse, reflect upon, refine and focus on shaping a specific character, giving you a chance to see the growth of your work and the effectiveness of the tools you have acquired. It is, how some actors have described, the cherry on top!
Our conservatory style program provides students various avenues in which they can approach Musical Theatre. In each class, we emphasize the importance of having a solid foundation in each discipline, while challenging students to go beyond their capabilities and build upon that foundation, further developing integral life skills inherent in the values of theatre: collaboration, critical thinking, empathy and self-discovery, skills that translate to their life off-stage.
Our Summer Session weeklong classes offer a fantastic opportunity for your child to start or build upon their Musical Theatre skills. Students can choose to come for just the morning or afternoon, or for the entire day. Each class is different from morning to afternoon, week to week and provide a sequential curriculum plan to ensure that your student is receiving a wide-ranging learning experience. Whichever way you choose to spend the summer with us, your child is sure to grow as a Theatre Artist.
We encourage you to register today to secure your spot in our Summer Session classes. Please note we are currently running two discounts (cannot be combined):
• Multi-Class Discount: 5% for registering for 2 or more classes at once.
• Sibling Discount: 10% off second registration when registering 2 siblings.
We are also offering a special deal for students who choose to come for the entire 6 weeks:
• Sign up for the FULL SUMMER! Price - $2400: Includes all six Summer Sessions with both morning and afternoon classes each day (total of 12 one-week classes). Excludes Seussical, Jr. Summer Intensive.
Discounted registrations must be purchased over the phone (number below).
If you have any questions in regards to the program or particular classes, please contact the education department at 978-232-7200 ext. 7289 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Education
LLOYD WOODCOCK (Director of Education) is a Theatre Educator/Arts Administrator with over 13 years of experience building theater education programming and curriculums. He holds a Bachelors in Theatre Arts and a Masters in Educational Theatre and has worked with various theaters in the Boston area, most recently as the Director of Education at Wheelock Family Theatre. Prior to relocating, Lloyd lived in NYC where he taught for various theater organizations such as TADA! Youth Theatre, Wingspan Arts, The Forum Project and the Henry Street Settlement. Lloyd also served as the Theater Coordinator for the NYC Department of Education where he managed the Shubert/MTI Broadway Junior program.