Category Archives: Arts education

Acting teacher needed for children and teens

L.A. Acting Workshop is looking for a teacher:

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Paul M. Wegman scholarship to be awarded

Here’s an announcement from Paul Luby, at Seminole State College, that has touched me for two reasons. Seminole State’s theater department plans to award the first Paul M. Wegman Scholarship before the curtain rises on Seven Guitars Saturday night, Feb. 5.

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‘West Side Story’ to hold chat-backs in English and Spanish

The national tour of West Side Story, opening tonight in Orlando and running through Sunday, will hold talkbacks in English and in Spanish Thursday at Barnes & Noble on Colonial Drive.

This production, directed by librettist Arthur Laurents, was noted for translating some of the dialogue and the lyrics to a couple of songs to Spanish. (In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda did the translations.) The Broadway production returned some of that language to English several months later. It will be interesting to see tonight how much of the Spanish remains on the tour.

In any case, here’s an opportunity for Spanish speakers, as well as English speakers, to mix with the West Side Story cast. Here’s the official word:

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Theater folks coming to speak at Rollins

There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.

Let’s start with this weekend and move onward:

Arts and the state of the union

Last night in his State of the Union speech President Obama talked about creating jobs. Meanwhile, Republican members of Congress are talking about doing away with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

If you think that arts jobs are real jobs, please consider writing your representative and senators and telling them so. United Arts of Central Florida tells you how to do it:

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Tony nominee to give master class in Volusia

Tony nominee Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will give a master class from 3 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 15, at Silver Sands Middle School, 1300 Herbert St., Port Orange. The cost is $25.

An addition to this info: Creel’s workshop will be in both singing and acting. He’ll also do a Q&A with the audience.

Anyone interested should contact chorus director Tosha Williams at 386-495-1465 or email her.

News you can use

Here’s a rundown of news and announcements that happened while I was away for the holidays:

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Job available at Orange County arts-ed center

A job opening at the Orange County Arts Education Center:

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Bay Street has new director for young people’s theater

Congrats to Amanda Warren, who has been appointed director of Bay Street Players’ Young People’s Theatre. Amanda, who is known for her work with her actor husband Joel, received a bachelor’s in fine arts from Cal Arts and has been artistic and education director of the Warren Theatre Company in Mount Dora for the past four years.

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Florida Children’s Rep needs teachers

Here’s a notice from Florida Children’s Repertory Theater, which needs drama instructors:

The Florida Children’s Repertory Theater is looking for Creative Drama Instructors for the Orange County Schools Extended Day Care Program. We are currently instructing in Cheney, Chickasaw, Sadler, Catalina, Englewood, Rosemont, Lancaster, Oakhill and Orange Center We  would like to add a few more instructors to our schools in need.

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Jobs forum offered for high-school theater types

For high-school kids interested in going into the theater, there’s a jobs panel offered this week:

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Cultural-arts job available

Here’s a job posting:

Prodigy Studio Assistant

Prodigy cultural arts program seeks a studio assistant for part-time work in the Orlando area.

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Arts-ed guy Scott Evans takes new arts-ed job

Congratulations to Scott Evans, director of the Orange County Arts Education Center, who built that office from its start and is now leaving to become coordinator of visual and performing arts at Orange County Public Schools.

I can’t think of a better guy to take on that job, and I know I’m not the only one to wish him the best in it.

In the meantime, Scott’s job with the arts education office is now available. For those who are interested, here’s a job description:

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Goodbye to Gail

Just a quick note to report that Gail Bartell, the veteran Orlando actor who has headed up the kids’ program at the IceHouse Theatre in Mount Dora, has left that job to become a theater teacher at Orangewood Christian School in Maitland.

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Scholarships available for Shakespeare camps

Here’s a note from Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s director of education, Anne Hering:

Thanks to the generosity of the English Speaking Union of Central Florida, Orlando Shakespeare Theater has need-based scholarships available for all Summer Camps. They are especially recruiting Gen Ed students for Shakespeare With Heart, Session 1. (Read description below.)

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Job posting: TYA coordinator at Orlando Shakes

Here’s a job available at Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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Swedberg offers classes for performers

Robert Swedberg, former general director of the Orlando Opera, again will offer a couple of classes — an opera and musical theater workshop and yoga for performers — at Valencia Community College this summer. Here’s the story:

Following the success of last year’s summer opera program, visiting artist Robert Swedberg, former director of the Orlando Opera, will return to Valencia to teach two summer classes: Opera and Music Theatre Workshop, and Yoga for Performers.

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Want to run a summer theater camp?

Here’s a temporary job for somebody who needs one:


The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center needs a paid Summer Camp Director.

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A workshop for public-school dance teachers

Here’s notice of a workshop offered by the Center for Contemporary Dance and the Orange County Arts Education Center: