Classes and Camps

Entertainment. Engagement. Education.

SUMMER 2022 COURSES

Join us for one or more week-long camps this July, for students in 6th-8th and 9th-12th grades. Need-based scholarships and discounts for two-camp packages are available.

COLLABORATIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE | Rising 6th-12th Grades

In this week-long session, students will work with a team of industry experts who will take students on a journey from play to performance. This session will explore contemporary performance using the fundamentals of preparing a monologue or scene, mask, and puppetry. As an ensemble, students will step into the mindset of constructing the world that surrounds them while they act. We’ll highlight the importance of collaboration between actor and designer with a hands-on section where they learn to design for theatre. This fast-paced Acting session will culminate in a sharing of highlights from the week.

Students with interest in acting or design should apply. No previous theatre experience necessary.

Dates: July 11th – 15th, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $350*
Grades: Rising 6th – 12th
Location: The Rep, 601 Main St, 72201
Showcase: Friday, July 15th at 4:00 p.m.

TO REGISTER
No audition required.
Email [email protected] to register.
Class size is limited.
Students are required to attend all classes, including the final showcase.
Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.
One week before classes begin, students will receive a welcome email detailing class specifics.

*Full and partial need-based scholarships are available upon application. Payment plans are also available. To apply, please email [email protected]. All applications are due by May 24th, 2022 and are processed on a rolling basis. If you are applying for a scholarship, do not also register online.

MUSICAL THEATRE | Rising 6th-8th Grades

In this week-long session, students will work with a team of industry experts to explore the genre of musical theatre. This week is perfectly suited for students who are passionate about musical theatre, excited to collaborate with peers and professionals, and interested in expanding their theatre skill set. With a balanced combination of training, rehearsal, and performance, students will participate in daily acting, dance, and singing exercises, applying these skills in an exciting showcase presented at the end of the week for friends and family in the Black Box.

Dates: July 18th – July 22nd, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $350*
Grades: Rising 6th – 8th
Location: The Rep, 601 Main St, 72201
Showcases: Friday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m.

TO REGISTER
No audition required.
Email [email protected] to register.
Class size is limited.
Students are required to attend all classes, including the final showcase.
Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.
One week before classes begin, students will receive a welcome email detailing class specifics.

*Full and partial need-based scholarships are available upon application. Payment plans are also available. To apply, please email [email protected] All applications are due by May 24th, 2022 and are processed on a rolling basis. If you are applying for a scholarship, do not also register online.

MUSICAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY | Rising 9th-12th Grades, plus 2022 high school graduates

In this collegiate-style, one-week summer session, high school students will learn from out-of -town Broadway professionals in a combination of acting and musical theatre training, rehearsal, and performance. Daily core classes in acting, dance, and musical theatre will challenge students to explore the nuances of theatre technique, and elective courses will grant students an opportunity to choose specialized areas of study. The session culminates in the development of an original showcase, combining acting and musical theatre pieces, performed in the Black Box for family and friends.

This session is ideal for students who are passionate about theatre, excited to collaborate in a pre-professional environment with peers and industry experts, and looking to grow and develop as artists. Demonstrated interest in theatre in the form of a recommendation letter or resume with prior experience required.

Dates: July 25th – July 29th, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $400*
Grades: Rising 9th – 12th (2022 high school graduates welcome)
Location: The Rep, 601 Main St, 72201
Showcases: Friday, July 29th at 4:00 p.m.

TO REGISTER
Email [email protected] to register.
Please provide a demonstrated interest in theatre, in the form of a recommendation letter or resume with prior experience upon registering.
Class size is limited.
Students are required to attend all classes, including the final showcase.
Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.
One week before classes begin, students will receive a welcome email detailing class specifics.

*Full and partial need-based scholarships are available upon application. Payment plans are also available. To apply, please email [email protected] All applications are due by May 24th, 2022 and are processed on a rolling basis. If you are applying for a scholarship, do not also register online.

TECHNICAL THEATRE | Rising 9th-12th Grades

In this week-long session, this summer’s technical Theater camp features an expansive 5 day experience focusing on the many aspects of putting on a play at The Rep. Each day students will focus on a different area of study of technical theater such as lighting, construction, painting, props, costumes, and sound. Students can expect a classroom study structure in the morning with a more in depth history of craft before that afternoon being able to get a more hands on experience with the staff working on their next upcoming project. This program is geared towards High school age students who are interested in finding out more about what it really takes to put on a play and the true workings of the backstage.

Dates: July 25th – 29th, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $350
Grades: Rising 9th – 12th
Location: The Rep, 601 Main Street, 72201

TO REGISTER
No audition required.
Class size is limited.
Students are required to attend all classes, including the final showcase.
Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.
One week before classes begin, students will receive a welcome email detailing class specifics.

*Full and partial need-based scholarships are available upon application. Payment plans are also available. To apply, please email [email protected] All applications are due by May 24th, 2022 and are processed on a rolling basis. If you are applying for a scholarship, do not also register online.

MEET THE FACULTY

(in alphabetical order)

DORSE  BROWN

Dorse Brown began his dance career at the age of 7 in his hometown of Little Rock. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a minor in Dance. While training, Brown received a Young Artist Talent Scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival and also had the opportunity to appear and compete on the 5th season of the television show, So You Think You Can Dance. He is so honored to have trained and danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Dayton, Ohio from 2011-2015. While in the city of Dayton, he was able to reach the community by leading various hip-hop cyphers and participated on hip-hop Culture panels. After Dayton, Brown moved to Nashville, TN where his traveling opportunities continued with guest artist residencies at various universities and companies. He went back to his hip-hop roots with a Royal Caribbean Cruise line contract, giving him the chance to train and perform as an Aerialist while being a hip-hop soloist. Brown also completed a Specialty Performer contract with Cirque Dreams Productions on Norwegian Cruise Lines. He recently was selected for the Emerging Black Choreographer Incubator presented by Mojuba Dance Collective and was a dancer in the production of Fire Shut Up In My Bones to help open the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-2022 season. Currently, he’s in his first season with Camille A. Brown and Dancers. Traveling to so many different places fulfills his dreams and passion and he gives all of the glory and honor to God and thanks to his wife, family, and friends for their continuous support.

KEVIN ALAN BROWN

Kevin Alan Brown is an actor, director, and teaching artist based out of Durham, NC, and Washington, DC. He is so happy to be back at The Rep this summer! He directed Forever Found for Education at The Rep two years ago. He was a resident teaching artist at The Rep for 3 years. He has spent the last year as the Upper School Performing Arts teacher at Excelsior Classical Academy in Durham. Some of his Arkansas credits include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, and the Doctor in Macbeth. He is co-artistic director of Red Key Dance Theatre with his wife, Robin Neveu Brown.

REBEKAH BRUCE

Rebekah Bruce is a conductor, music director, pianist, and vocal coach based in NYC. Ms. Bruce has most recently been seen as a solo pianist at The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway and in Los Angeles. She was Music Director of the First National Tour of Mean Girls and has worked on a number of productions and concerts in NYC as a pianist and MD. She is currently playing in the orchestra at Company on Broadway. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Ms. Bruce previously served on the music faculty at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music. She can be seen performing and teaching across the country, and maintains a private voice studio in NYC, coaching primarily musical theatre and opera. @rebekahnbruce

BRIDGET DAVIS

Bridget is a Little Rock native, and an alumni/founding member of The Rep’s young artist program. She was most recently seen on The Rep’s stage as Lucinda in Into The Woods, Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet, and off stage works as The Rep’s Education Associate. Other performance credits include: Sally Brown (National Tour: A Charlie Brown Christmas), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), Sandy (Grease), Sophie (Mamma Mia!). She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University.

DAVID GOODLOE

David is an actor, teaching artist, and storyteller born and raised in Chicago and who has been acting professionally for over a decade. He has appeared on Chicago Med and Chicago PD (Wolf Films/Universal Television), Proven Innocent (20th Century Fox), D.I.N.K’s (Sole Productions), Thanks Mom (Breakwall Pictures LLC), Perceptions and Morning After (Acestroke Productions). Theater credits include Rastus and Hattie (audio-play, 16th Street Theater), Defiance (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), Skin for Skin (The Agency Collective Theater), for my brothers… whenever i may find them (Step Up Productions), The Improv Play (InFusion Theatre), A Fool Such As I (eta Creative Arts), The Last Saint on Sugar Hill ( MPAACT Theatre), and Between Legs and Open Ears (Black Ensemble Theater). He has worked with various production companies such as August Jackson Agency, Draft/FCB, Twist, T2 Studios, Back Ally Films, Crossroads Films, One at Optimus, Mothlight productions, and Elkhorn Entertainment. See more of David on IG: @thereeldavidgoodloe or www.davidgoodloe.com

LEANN JONES

Leann Jones is a prominent collaborative pianist in the Little Rock area. Known for her versatility in style and repertoire, Ms. Jones has worked with every major theater in central Arkansas. She enjoys collaborating with both professional and local theater productions. In 2019 and 2020 she had the privilege of playing second keys for the national touring companies of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Wicked when they performed at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock. At The Rep, Ms. Jones’ credits include Sister Act and Mamma Mia! Additional central Arkansas theatre credits include Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Murry’s Dinner Playhouse), Annie, Into The Woods, Seussical, and The Wizard of Oz (Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts), My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Bare: A Pop Opera (The Weekend Theater), and A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Pippin, and The Sound of Music (Argenta Community Theater).

At UA Little Rock Ms. Jones works as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. She is the primary accompanist for UALR Choirs, Opera Workshops, and Vocal Arts Festivals. Her UALR credits include The Magic Flute, Four Saints in Three Acts, Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Telephone, Il Matrimonio Segreto, and The Fantasticks.

Ms. Jones serves as organist at Christ Little Rock and Park Hill Christian Churches in addition to keyboardist at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in North Little Rock. She accompanies numerous high school and middle school choir concerts in the central Arkansas region throughout the school year and is a sought-after pianist for Region choral festivals. Leann maintains a private piano studio and also teaches at Little Rock School of the Arts and Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts.

In her free time, Ms. Jones enjoys performing as a soprano singer and soloist. She studied voice with Julia Lansford, David Niederbrach and Ferris Allen. She has sung with choirs at Arkansas State University and UA Little Rock and performed with the Topeka Festival Singers, The Arkansas Symphony Chorus, Yuletide Singers, The Arkansas Symphony Chorale, and The Arkansas Chamber Singers.

LAUREN A. LUSK

Lauren Ayn Lusk is a scenic designer, artist, and educator residing in Little Rock and she is thrilled to be teaching at The Rep for the first time. After earning her B.A. in Drama from the University of Arkansas, she attended Indiana University where she earned her M.F.A. in Scenic Design. For the next 3 years, she was the Resident Scenic Designer and Charge Artist for Midland Community Theatre in Midland, TX. While at MCT she designed and painted over 30 productions including her national award-winning scenic design of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Since moving back to Arkansas, she has been the Assistant Director of Drama for Arkansas Governor’s School at Hendrix College for two summers and she has designed productions for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Children’s Theatre, and for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Currently, she is proud to be the Stagecraft Teacher, PAC Manager, and Thespian Troupe 7955 Director for Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. Lauren is grateful to her husband and kids for their support in all of her endeavors. www.laurenaynlusk.com

EMILY SWENSKIE

Emily Swenskie, a native of West Virginia, is thrilled to be joining the educational team at Arkansas Repertory Theatre this summer. She recently graduated with her MFA in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University, where her thesis “Becoming Wendla Bergman” in Spring Awakening the Musical was focused on the repercussions of misinformation from the lack of proper education and how it can affect someone’s mental and physical health. In her free time, she enjoys singing, kayaking, and exploring the Natural State with her husband and their dog. She is excited to become more involved in the arts throughout Arkansas.

KATHERINE TANNER SILVERMAN

Katherine Tanner Silverman (she/her) is thrilled to make her return to Arkansas Repertory Theatre this summer. This will mark the fifth education program she’s been a part of since 2004. It’s a huge honor. As an artist, Katherine has embraced a renaissance theatre career holding various positions including director, education manager, stage manager, instructor, actor, and producer all before moving to Chicago. She holds an M.F.A. in European Devised Performance from Columbia College Chicago, a program that included 10-months of intensive study with Arthaus-Berlin in Germany. She served as 2020 Festival Director for The International Voices Project during its first virtual season. During the Pandemic she directed selected scenes from the new play Sita Burning by Ajitha Ready for Chicago Dramatists. She co-devised Hindsight 2020, a show with an international cast, directed by Rebecca Haley Clark and produced by Those Women Productions. Most recently, Katherine was seen performing as Catherine in Erasing the Distance’s storytelling series in March 2022. Katherine has developed a new solo performance based on Lady Macbeth’s descent into hopelessness titled Lady M, co-devised I Consent with Sheryl Williams, and is currently developing Of Water and Wings conceived from writings by Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk with the Mentalhaus ensemble. Katherine is a co-producer for a new, 24-hour devised theatre festival called Collab24 which closed its inaugural festival in July 2021. Katherine is an educator with Chicago Dramatists and Beverly Art Center’s outreach program where she brings theatre classes to Chicago Public Schools all over the South Side. In her current performance research, Katherine explores the intersections of the living and metaphysical spaces in dialogue with our bodies dubbed “the eternal space.” You can follow Katherine’s theatrical adventures on IG by following @tannerbackstage and @mentalhaus or stay updated on what’s happening in Mentalhaus at www.mentalhaus.org

ALLISON STODALA WILSON

Allison Stodola Wilson has been performing professionally around the world for over 15 years. She got her start at Shuffles and Ballet II in Little Rock and attended Butler University receiving her BFA in Dance Performance. Allison performed with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular for 3 years and was part of the original Moscow cast of the Broadway show 42nd Street. She has trained at Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project as well as the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet. Other favorite shows are Guys and Dolls, Carnival (Papermill Playhouse), and All Night Strut (Marriott Lincolnshire). She has also performed locally at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre (Gypsy, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, Evita). For nearly two years, Allison performed aboard Holland America Cruise Line, where she was the Dance Captain. She has performed in and choreographed for Ballet Arkansas’s The Nutcracker and every summer teaches and choreographs for the Pulaski Tech’s Charts Academy. In addition to being a mom of two boys, ages 4 and one and a half, she is a full-time instructor and director of tap, ballet, jazz, and musical theatre at Shuffles & Ballet II.

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE

Tuition payment plans, as well as full and partial need-based scholarships, are available upon application. For more information, or to request an application, email [email protected]

COVID-19 SAFETY POLICY

All students will be required to present proof of up-to-date vaccination against COVID-19. We can’t tell you exactly how things will look in the months ahead, but we do feel confident we will be able to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for everyone. We appreciate your patience as we continue to make adjustments based on the newest information and guidance from government officials and public health experts. Please see that you have read and are willing to comply with our COVID-19 safety protocols.

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