Youth Programs

Is your learning pod looking for a teaching artist or drama class curriculum? Contact Education Director Miller Susen at miller@livearts.org for advice, ideas, and information, and take a look at our offerings and our Teaching Artist Index below!

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

Teaching Artist Index

Kristin Baltes is a piano teacher, flutist, vocal coach, music director, and accompanist, has been teaching private piano, voice, and flute lessons in the Charlottesville area for over 20 years. In lessons, Kristin focuses on note reading, rhythm accuracy, some theory (mostly without students really “knowing” they are learning theory), fun, interest, confidence, and musicality. She believes music lessons should be fun and not stressful so that students develop a life-long love for music, whether in singing, performing, playing the piano, or acting in a musical. Contact Kristin at kbaltes@mac.com.

Claire Chandler has taught many classes and camps at Live Arts, and has experience teaching students of all ages. She is available for one on one coaching to hone acting skills in audition techniques, monologue work, and character development, and is also available to work with home learning pods. Contact Claire at chandlercam7@gmail.com.

Victoria Clement is a New Orleans-based performer. She has been a featured singer at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, and has appeared in several Cville productions including BERNSTEIN’S MASS at The Paramount and HELLO DOLLY and WHITE CHRISTMAS at Four County Players. 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. Contact Victoria at clementvictoria92@gmail.com.

Mercedes Herrero worked as a professional actor in NYC for over 20 years. She has performed on Broadway (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) Off-Broadway (The Laramie Project, Henry V, Richard III, etc), and in Regional Theaters across the country (A Streetcar Named Desire, King Lear, etc). Film and T.V. credits include House of Cards, Law and Order, and Deception. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: UVA. Member SAG/AFTRA, AEA. At Live Arts, Mercedes has taught High Comedy, Devised Theatre, Chekhov, The Gister Method, and Contemporary Scenework. She is happy and able to help you find your theatrical voice–whether that be in contemporary or classical plays, monologues, devised theatre and to share with you simple, applicable tools to increase your confidence in public speaking of any sort. Contact Mercedes at herrmerc@aol.com.

Matthew Reynolds has lived in a variety of communities, countries, and demographics, and has thoroughly honed his communication skills and paired them with an innate generosity toward the perspectives of others. With over 15 years as a teacher in secondary education, he’s passionate about disseminating knowledge. A focus on the performing arts has tuned his ability to reach minds and change hearts through multiple avenues of learning and processing. Learn more about Matthew and his work around Crafting the Equity Lens at www.mrrconsulting.org.

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 can do private/group lessons for Acting, Audition technique, Self Taping, Public speaking, Speech Writing, Stand up Comedy, Voice and Speech, and Writing/Creating One Person Shows. In addition to this she can offer assistance with Actor resumes, Personal/Artistic statements, Bios, Press Releases, Press Kits, Branding & Social Media, and creating websites that reflect personality/style (for non-actors too). Check out her website at www.priyankashetty.com. Contact Priyanka at ps5cd@virginia.edu.

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.