Spotlight On: Media Arts; Poetry; Stage Management, Sewing + Yoga!

We had an excellent Open House this past week, meeting lots of great new families and students! We can’t wait to get started on Tuesday with classes.


This post will focus a spotlight on the few classes we have left with openings: Media Arts, Poetry, Stage Management + Yoga! These are all amazing classes. Read below for more details!

New – just added this week and already filling up fast!!

Media Arts Crash Course for ages 10+

In this class we will explore Digital Media Art through video, photography, and a little bit of graphic design. Students will gain a solid foundation in these fields by both gaining technical knowledge and learning creative technique. Classes will have a discussion and lecture time as well as the opportunity to do lots of hands on work.

This class will be led by our Media Director, Cole Paul.

Cole Paul

Cole Paul is the current Media Director for A Work in Progress Productions, as well as the assistant director, and design assistant for Newsies, the current main stage production. He has had quite a bit of experience in Film production and Photography, well as some graphic design both independently and through AWIP. Cole has taken some workshops in film and photography and is also passionately self taught. His short film and some other video work can be found on Vimeo and his photos can be found on his Instagram. Cole also has quite a bit of experience teaching and working with kids; having been a Karate teacher, a camp counselor, and a staff at an after school program. Cole is also no stranger to the stage both in and out of AWIP. 

Click here for more information and to register!

Also, just added– Sewing classes with Miss Pam!

Fall Sewing Scene (Levels 1+2)

Fundamentals of sewing machine basics to familiarize a new seamstress with operation, basic tools needed for sewing as well as pattern language and construction.  Must provide basic supplies; machine available for rent. For ages 10+ (younger ages allowed with permission from instructor).

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Recreational Yoga with Heather Brown for ages 12+

This class will be an excellent way to introduce students to the practice of yoga. Students will stretch and tone muscles, release chronic tension, de-stress and refresh. Yoga also helps to calm restless thought, cultivate concentration, support mental clarity and confidence. Classes begin with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare for yoga postures. The heart of each class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance your body. No previous yoga experience required. These classes will focus on the physical benefits of Yoga.

Heather Brown

Heather began her training with Boston Ballet and continued with Ballet Theatre of Boston performing as a member of Youth Works. Through college, she was able to continue her study of ballet with Rockford Dance Company of Illinois and became a part of the Celonia Modern Dance Company of Beloit. At that time, she also started teaching beginner ballet to the mostly modern dance population of Beloit College. She has performed in a broad range of classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Wreath of Memories. She has been performing with Spindle City Ballet since 2008 and started teaching ballet and modern in 2011. In 2013 she decided to rededicate her life to teaching and creating dance. She is currently teaching ballet and modern in several schools in the New England area and performing on occasion with Freedom Dances. Her most recent choreography was performed as part of the aMaSSiT program at The Dance Complex in Boston. She is looking forward to another great season with A Work in Progress.

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Poetry+Prose: Creative Writing with Author Nicole Cannella!

Whitman, Dickinson and Yeats… Oh My!

This poetry class will not only highlight some of the world’s most notable poets by studying their works through the fun of improv and spoken word- it will allow your students to pen some poems themselves!

Poetry is not for the meek- we are gonna have fun and dig deep- learning to think on our feet as we bring some of these poetic pieces to … life ! This class will culminate in a staged reading of the students collaborative work as well as readings of some of the great poets of all time.

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Stage Management with Professional Stage Manager, Melissa Lamb

Stage Managers are one of the most important (and highest paid) positions in a theatre company. Before rehearsals, their job is to set up audition schedules, organize paperwork, and work with the producer and director at forming the production team. During the rehearsals, they set up schedules, attend weekly production meetings, and act as a voice between the director, producer, and design team. During the production, the director and producer step aside and the stage manager is in charge of the show! Everything from when to open the curtain, to how the crew carries out props, to all the of the lighting and sound cues are the full discretion of the stage manager. In this class, we will learn about how to set up a stage management notebook, how to organize and manage large groups of people effectively, as well as learn the technical aspects of theatre (lighting and sound), and how to call cues during a show. There will be an opportunity (TBA) for the students to practice their skills at a small show. This course is required for anyone who wants to enter the stage management intern positions in the spring production. Taught by Melissa Lamb.

Click here to learn more and to register!

And although we highlighted these classes, there are still a few spots left in Junior Tap, Creative Dance, Acro, and Classical Ballet. Lots of opportunities to get moving this semester!!


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

#learngrowshine and enjoy the start of homeschool!

Miss Jen, for all of us at AWIP

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