Fall classes taught by Nicole Cannella -a few spots left!


Nicole Cannella

Nicole Cannella started teaching with A Work in Progress two years ago, and her classes have quickly become some of the highlights of the year for our students. She has taught everything from Maestro Classics for ages 5-18 to Creative Writing workshops to two of our Staged Readings for ages 12-18 over the years. Miss Nicole has worked as an actor, teacher, and is a published author, having combined her love for the arts and education in her first book entitled  “The Ribbit Exhibit.” She has taught acting and theatre at the YMCA, with Drama Kids International Academy, and her own “Hulabaloo and Hodgepodge Too,” which is an all-girls course combining theatre arts with history, poetry, and more. She has acted in many professional productions, including “Steel Magnolias,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Dancing at Lughnasa” and many more. Her film experience includes  “Me, Myself and Irene,” “Strikingly Single,” and “The Union,” as well as many commercials. She most recently co-wrote the acclaimed “Leaving a Mark” children’s book with Dorian Murray, also known as #DStrong. Her most valued role is that of mother of three children; Nicholas, Olivia and Noelle. Raising them with her husband Jay has been one of her life’s greatest accomplishments. Nicole is one of our most adored teachers at AWIP! Students love her classes,

This post will focus on her two fall classes she is offering, which have a few spots left…

Swinging Thru History

Swinging Thru History, Fall 2016

Last year, at the last minute, we introduced a new class that quickly filled, and quickly became one of the most popular courses we have ever offered! Where else can an acting class be a lesson in history? This year, our popular class will be broken into two age groups: Swinging Thru History for ages 9-13 and Swinging Thru History Junior for ages 6-9….however, the Junior class is currently wait listed. These classes explore some of the great real life characters in history; from Alexander Hamilton to Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln to Amelia Earhart, this class will make historical time travel to when the greats were kids – in places like the playground, the dinner table and on the bus. We will pretend to be these amazing people in history when they were young and dreaming. The class will be creative, theatrical, educational, and so much fun while learning the basics of acting. We will also have mini monologues for each student and lots of improv, crafts, and discussion.

This semester, students will get to know Michelangelo, Joan of Arc, Einstein, Eliza Schuyler, Phyllis Wheatley, King Solomon, MLK, Pulitzer, and more! A great way to supplement your homeschool education in a fun and creative way.

#OnYourToes with Poetry and Prose

Nicole Cannella, published author of poetry

Miss Nicole’s fall writing class will venture into the wonderful world of the creative word. Students will take on both historical and current issues important to each and translate them into written word, using their unique voice to offer a positive wisdom in this world . The class will culminate in a small presentation where they will showcase their original work.

Part writing class, part spoken word/ performance art, this class will not only enhance your homeschool curriculum, but encourage deep thinking, awareness, and confidence. Aimed at ages 12-18. Younger students may contact us if interested.


Want to Register? Only a few spots are open in these fall classes:

  • For more information about “Swinging Thru History” — and to register — click here! We expect it to fill within the next week, so don’t delay!

  • For more information about “Poetry and Prose” — and to register — click here! 


And if you are curious about her spring course offerings, check out her Creative Writing course and The Staged Reading of “Anne of Green Gables.”  We have something for everyone!


As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!


See you soon,

Jen Roca for all of us at AWIP


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