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Director / Instructor – Wayne Harris
“Storytellin with Mr. Wayne”
A weekly storytelling program that invites students to explore the stories in their family and community. Utilizing the techniques and skills needed to for traditional storytelling,
Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 7 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.
Rebecca Cervantes – Instructor
Reggeaton, Salsa, Cumbia! Students will learn Hip Hop history, make and share their own choreography, practice free styling, and work together to create a Hip Hop and World Dance show for Dia De Los Muertos; using old traditions and creating new ones to honor those who have passed in our lives.
Rebecca Cervantes has been teaching dance to kids and adults all over San Francisco since 1994. She started teaching Hip Hop at the Mission YWCA, worked with adults at Rhythm & Motion and now teaches all over SFUSD and at The Marsh. She loves bringing kids the joy of dance and creating opportunities for them to perform in community events all over San Francisco.
Bruce Pachtman – Instructor
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Verka Zaskodna – Instructor
Come and explore the world of movement stories, magical stretching,puppets, circus tricks, mime and more! Bring your imagination and let’s start!
Verka grew up in the Czech Republic. Since her young age she was passionate about reciting poetry, acting out fairy tales, putting on puppet shows and studying languages.When the borders opened up, her adventurous personality brought her among other places to San Francisco where she studied at the San Francisco Clown Conservatory and Flying Actor’s Studio.Here she also co-founded an all female clown troupe called Circus Finelli that has performed for audiences in Europe, as well as throughout the US and Mexico. After becoming a mom she realized she could share her love for theatre and circus with children at schools in San Francisco by becoming a circus arts and theatre teacher.
Harriet Trezevant – Instructor
“Movement & Mindfulness for Monsters”
Even monsters need to keep moving! This class offers a playful, engaging approach to movement and mindfulness for younger children. Students will be guided through a series of movements and poses and also get a chance to create their own and share them with the class. Trixie the pug will be helping out, or at least napping nearby.
Classes will begin with stretches, flowing into movements to get us up and about plus some vocalizations, then we’ll move to cool-down and end with settling down for mindfulness and/or a short story.
In this class, we’ll:
Learn about the benefits of exercise
Get a chance to warm up our muscles
Make up ways we imagine monsters might exercise
Practice basic yoga postures
Practice both energizing and calming our minds and bodies
Spend some time being silly together
A yoga mat or soft carpeting
Space to move- about the size of two yoga mats
Comfy clothes that let you stretch and move
Pillows and blankets or other things to make you cozy during cool-down
Harriet wrote her first play when she was six. It was about a pumpkin, a carrot and a tomato in a grocery store having a conversation about wanting to be back in the garden. Her interest in performing arts grew over the years and she studied (modern, ballet and interpretive) dance and majored in Theater in college, before taking a different path and obtaining a master’s degree in Health Education. Since then, she’s cut a wide swath through life- becoming a medical research editor, a mom, a speechwriter, a chef and a cooking teacher- but she always finds her way back to the theater. Whether teaching cooking classes or movement, Harriet’s mission is to empower children (and adults) to try new things and new ways to move, to believe in themselves and others, and to appreciate and embrace opportunities to be silly.
Holly Lampe Brosius – Instructor
“Creative Movement and Storytelling”
“Get Moving: Dance!”
Holly Lampe Brosius graduated with an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a BA degree in Dance from San Jose State University. Holly has been a professor of dance at Missouri Valley College and at many Southern and Northern California colleges.
While attending graduate school, she received a fellowship for her studies and a travel grant to research world-renowned dance teacher, Lynn Simonson. Her choreography was selected for graduate concerts and she performed with the Jazz Dance Ensemble directed by Bob Boross.
Her performance and choreography experience encompasses Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Tap for various dance concerts, musicals, and events. Holly has received awards for choreography and academics as well as recognition in competitive dance circuits.
She has studied at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop in Colorado, Millennium Dance Complex in Hollywood, CA, CLI Studios, as well as training with nationally and internationally acclaimed dance professionals in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught master classes at the American College Dance Festivals, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and at the Dance and Movement Workshop for California Dance Educators. Holly has also studied with the Online Professional Dance Institute through the National Dance Education Organization.
Holly’s musical and theatrical choreography credits are: The Wiz, Hair, Man of La Mancha, Smokey Joe’s Café, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Zombies From The Beyond, Nunsense, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wizard of Oz, Picnic, and Dark of the Moon.
Liz McAninch and Will Huddleston – Instructors
A Zoom Take on Creating Audition Pieces
Actors are often called upon to present a two-minute piece at auditions for school and summer university programs. Instead of finding a monologue written by someone else, devise your own 2-minute monologue created by you to specifically show off what you can do best. Develop your own dynamic character through writing and improvisation.
Liz McAninch along with Ron Jones, has directed the Marsh Teen Conservatory for six years as well as directing Kids Called Crazy, The Peanut Butter People and A Very Potter Musical in recent summer programs. While Director of Theatre at Mercy High School, she initiated the Women in Performing Arts (WIPA) program and directed over 80 productions. Liz taught and directed two summers at the University of Alaska Summer Conservatory Program and performed with the New Shakespeare Company and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was one of the original group of actors who toured schools in the Oregon Shakespeare’s “Actors in the Schools” program.
Will Huddleston – Will Huddleston is a professional actor, director, and playwright. Resident. As Artistic Director of the California Theatre Center for many years, he wrote, directed, and performed in more than 100 productions during his tenure. He has been Artistic Director of the VITA Shakespeare Festival, a Resident Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has directed plays at St. Mary’s College. He has performed on stage with the American Conservatory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among others. He has taught theatre at Cal State, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) and directed plays and musicals for numerous professional West Coast theatre companies and universities. He has written and published plays for young audiences that have been performed not only at the California Theatre Center but at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the South Coast Rep, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Commonweal Theatre in Minnesota to name a few. Recently directed productions include Guys and Dolls, You Can’t Take It with You, and Our Town for the Adda Clevenger School and, at CTC, The Women and two of his own plays, Ben Franklin Invents America and Pocahontas and John Smith.