Youth Programs

SUMMER @ LIVE ARTS SUMMER CAMPS FOR AGES 4 TO 17 ARE STILL ENROLLING!

TREASURE TRUNK TV with Edwina Herring

Enjoy a package of ten 20-30 minute TREASURE TRUNK TV episodes crafted and hosted by veteran teacher and performer Edwina Herring! Each episode is designed to kindle your child’s imagination, inspire their creativity, and brighten their day. In each session your child will read a story with Edwina and play along as she leads games, sings songs, and hosts the famous teddy bear dance parties.

Parent reviewers of the videos rave, “My three children are so tickled by Edwina! Their favorite part is probably the dance party, (they adore watching the stuffed animals get down), but all of her work is wonderful!” And, “Edwina’s episodes are so much fun! It’s amazing what she is able to express through a tiny screen. I’m just as riveted as my daughter.”

Subscribers will get an email with ten links to enjoy in their own homes at their convenience. For ages Pre-K, Kindergarten, and up. TREASURE TRUNK TV makes a great gift!

Instructor: Edwina Herring
Time: Whenever!
Dates: Starting when you pay, and good forever!
Tuition: $75

JAZZ FOR THE MUSICAL THEATER DANCER with Lainie Powell (Ages 7+)

Jazz for the Musical Theater Dancer class, taught via Zoom, will encompass all basic jazz steps, from pas de bourres to jazz squares, and build upon that technique to learning how to complete pirouettes and leaps. During the course of the session we will start learning basic Musical Theater dance combos which will build in difficulty during the duration of the session. The curriculum of the course will furnish kids with the fundamentals of jazz dance, so that they’re ready to prepare for future Musical Theater endeavors and dance classes.

Instructor: Lainie Powell
Time: Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm
Dates: 7/8 to 8/12, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-20 participants, Ages 7+

Lainie Powell is a dancer, actor, and Musical Theater performer who is no stranger to the Live Arts stage! Lainie began the start of her performing career in Live Arts summer musicals, which led her to pursue acting professionally and to get a degree in acting, from Pace University (Class of 2019). She has performed Off Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Lainie is a current dance teacher at The Orange School of Performing Arts, and she travels around the country for Star Dance Alliance working with dancers nationwide.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUDITIONS FOR KIDS with Victoria Clement (Ages 8+)

An introduction to auditions for kids. This workshop, taught via Zoom, is to help young actors properly prepare for any upcoming auditions, and learn about audition “best practices” in general. We will learn how to choose and prepare audition material, slate, (aka a brief introduction at the start of your audition), harness nervous energy, and find your confidence in the audition room.

Instructor: Victoria Clement
Time: Thursdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dates: 7/16 to 8/13, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $55
5-10 participants, Ages 8+

Victoria Clement has been a performer since she was 7 years old. She has been a featured singer at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, and has appeared in several local productions including, Avenue Q, Young Frankenstein, Bernstein’s Mass, Hello Dolly, and White Christmas. Victoria was also a singer with Charlottesville’s Big Ray and the Kool Kats. She previously served as the Acting Coach at The Center for Vocal Study in Charlottesville, VA. While working with her students, she found a love for helping others find joy in preparing for auditions and acting through song. During this time she successfully prepared multiple students for both college and local theater auditions. Victoria has also worked with several local theaters including Four County Players (Summer Camp-Audition Preparation,)Live Arts (Summer Camp- Choreographer,) and Playmakers of Baton Rouge (Summer Camp- Choreographer.)

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

WRITING THE 10 MINUTE PLAY FOR BIPOC WRITERS with Gama Valle (Ages 13+)

In this class, offered via Zoom, we will use the playwriting process to turn our experiences within our own communities into stand-alone short plays. We will discuss how to flesh out an idea, outline a play, develop and fictionalize characters, and how to write a script in the right format. This class will be a safe space to share our work and productive feedback.

Instructor: Gama Valle
Time: Thursdays 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Dates: 7/16 to 8/13, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $55
3-5 participants, Ages 13+

Gama Valle is a Puerto Rican director, playwright/screenwriter and freelance casting professional. He holds an M.F.A in Directing from The New School and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of New Light Theater Project Collective in NYC. www.gamavalle.com

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

ACTING I: NON-WESTERN APPROACHES TO *VIRTUAL* MONOLOGUE STUDY with Ti Ames (AGES 13+)

Unlike acting techniques made popular by Western theater, Africana-based techniques are based on emphasizing community, whether that be working with an ensemble or by oneself. Even in the age of online theater, Non-Western approaches to the art form can be made even more accessible by encouraging actors to make informed, natural choices based on what is given to them in theatrical text. No need for a scene partner! In this fun and intensive class taught through Zoom, young actors will engage with call and response and rhythm to inform how to work with any type of theater or performance. They will then apply these techniques to monologue work. The class content will largely be based on actors’ interest—from Shakespeare to August Wilson, no play is off limits! The class will culminate in a recorded performance. Any and all are welcome!

Instructor: Ti Ames
Time: Mondays, 5pm-6pm
Dates: 7/13 to 8/10, 5 class sessions
Tuition: $55
4-8 participants, Ages 13+

Ti Ames grew up in Charlottesville and fostered a love for theater through Live Arts summer camps starting at the age of 9. They are a recent graduate of Oberlin College with a double major in Africana Studies and Theater. Ti is a member of the Charlottesville Players Guild and directed an acclaimed sold-out production of RENT at Live Arts in 2019. In Summer 2020, they are thrilled to teach for Live Arts Comedy Camp, direct their own adaptation of MACBETH at Shakespeare Camp, direct Musical Theater Showcase Camp, and more! Ti also teaches locally at The Front Porch Roots Music School, and coaches private clients.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

STAND-UP AND DELIVER: Develop Your Own Original Stand-Up Routine with Priyanka Shetty (Ages 16+)

Ever dreamed of being a stand-up comedian? In this class, taught via Zoom, you will learn how to write and deliver your own stand-up routine. By the end of the workshop, you will have new material to test out which could mark the beginning of your career as a stand-up comedian!

Instructor: Priyanka Shetty
Time: Fridays, 5:30-6:30pm
Dates: 7/17 to 8/21, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
6-15 participants, Ages 16+

Priyanka Shetty is an actor, playwright, and solo performer. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Virginia and served as a Faculty member at the University of Virginia, Department of Drama. Priyanka is currently touring with her one-woman show THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM which was most recently performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and will make its Fringe Premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021. www.priyankashetty.com

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

DIRECTING LAB with Kelli Shermeyer (Ages 16+)

In this class, offered via Zoom, teens will learn how to read plays like a theater director, with an eye for big ideas and structures, as well as casting and design. Students will work with contemporary plays, practicing script analysis, concept development, and communicating with actors. We will also talk about how directors can contribute to ongoing equity work in the theater.

Instructor: Kelli Shermeyer
Time: Tuesdays, 5pm to 6pm
Dates: 7/14 to 8/18, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
4-10 participants, Ages 16+

Kelli Shermeyer is an experienced theater director and dramaturg, with a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary literature and fifteen years of experience working with theater artists of all ages in professional, community, and educational settings. She’s directed and produced theater in Charlottesville, Orlando, FL, and her hometown, Newark, DE, and frequently collaborates with writers and dramaturgs across the country. Kelli believes that everyone should have the opportunity to cultivate a joy-giving and exploratory artistic practice, and she tries to create environments that support other theater-makers in creating their best work.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

WRITING FOR ACTORS AND OTHER PERFORMERS with Anna Beecher (Ages 16+)

Acting takes a unique leap of empathy, the ability to understand another character and inhabit their mind. Dance takes an embodied understanding of shape, flow, tension and release. Music requires a sense of rhythm and cadence, rise and fall. All of these qualities are also present in writing. This is a workshop for performers, (of any experience level), who’d like to try channelling their creative skills onto the page. Over the course, taught via Zoom, we will use exercises in imagination, movement, improvisation and rhythm to create original prose, poetry and experimental texts.

Instructor: Anna Beecher
Time: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Dates: 7/15 to 8/19, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-12 participants, Ages 16+

Anna Beecher is a theatre-maker, writer, and storyteller from the United Kingdom. Her theatre work has been presented at New York’s Lincoln Centre and at leading contemporary venues in the UK including Young Vic, Southbank Centre and The Lowry. As a storyteller and spoken word artist, Anna has performed at venues from Glastonbury Festival to the Royal Albert Hall. She also writes fiction and her first novel will be published next year. Anna is a graduate of London’s BRIT School for the Performing Arts and UVA’s Creative Writing MFA.

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

ACTING THROUGH SONG with Victoria Clement (Ages 16+)

In this class taught through Zoom, students will learn how to analyze the meaning of a song they bring to work on, develop an understanding of character, setting, and plot in the context of their song, and apply lessons learned through performance. They will be expected to take part in a collaborative process with other students and give/receive feedback to/from other students.

Instructor: Victoria Clement
Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dates: 7/14 to 8/18, 6 class sessions
Tuition: $65
5-10 participants, Ages 16+

Your registration for the class is not complete until you have:

  1. Paid for the class in our ticketing system
  2. and filled out the online Google registration form

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more and apply at our financial aid page.

Questions about Live Arts Educational programming? Please contact Education Director Miller Susen at 434.977.4177 x100 or miller@livearts.org.