Expression in the Arts

August 26th - August 30th

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Expression in the Arts - Summer Program

“My goal as a teacher is to teach young people how to translate their many creative thoughts and feelings into art in a safe, healthy environment. These skills of communication, compassion, and community will be a part of every aspect of their lives.”
-Livi Perrone, Creative Director for Riverside Theatre Arts and program mentor

This one-week program focuses on the creative side of performance arts. Our mission is to teach young artists the invaluable skill of self-expression. The program is split into three distinct facets; expression, mentoring, and presentation.

Students will have time allotted each day to learn fun creative exercises that will help them find inspiration. The second aspect of the class will be lessons with professional mentors that have mastered specific arts such as improv, songwriting, playwriting, and visual art. The third part of the program is based on refining their artistic ideas into a final presentation. Each individual student will have the opportunity to present an art piece that they have developed with the help of the program mentors and teachers. These pieces will be presented for the parents and families on the final day of the program.

Ages: 2nd - 12th grade
Dates: August 26th - August 30th
Price: $175

Each age group will meet at a different time of day to insure that they're working at a level that is appropriate for them:

2nd-4th grade: 9am-12pm (8am drop-off available)
5th-8th grade: 1pm-4pm
9th-12th grade: 5pm-8pm


Playwriting and Directing

Songwriting for the Stage and Beyond

Comedic and Dramatic Improv

Self Portraits in Visual Arts

2018 Master Class Descriptions

Playwriting and Directing
How can we take a story and bring it to life on stage? Over the course of our class together we will learn how to create and build a new, bold, and exciting piece of theatre both individually and as an ensemble. Students will have the opportunity to direct, to act, and to adapt their own stories.
Taught by Brooke Garfinkel (read her bio below)

Songwriting for the Stage and Beyond
This course will educate about the art of songwriting, lyric form, and sensory writing through prompts and interactive learning. Students of all levels will learn how to compose alongside a young professional musician. At the end of the class, each child will have participated in a songwriting experience that will expand their musical knowledge.
Taught by Ameliarose Allen (read her bio below)

Expression Through Movement and Dance
In this movement class we will be exploring the importance of the use of the breath. Breath informs movement quality as well as emotional quality for actors, and we will be discovering new tools to help us use it. We will also be exploring new ways to express ourselves through movement utilizing improv, group movement exercises, and the View Points.
Taught by Caitlin Ort (read her bio below)


Master Teachers

Some of last year’s master classes were taught by:

Brooke Garfinkel - Brooke Garfinkel just graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Montclair State University in May. She has worked on both the east and west coasts as an actress and as a teaching artist. Select past acting credits include the world premiere of Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors (Yasmine), Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth), The Winter’s Tale (Perdita), and Misalliance (Hypatia). As a teaching artist she has had the privilege to work with Marin Shakespeare Company, Riverside Theatre Arts, and George Street Playhouse, where she currently continues to teach throughout the summer and school year. For more information, feel free to check out her website

Ameliarose Allen - Ameliarose has been writing music since she was nine. At 16 years old she has already been hired to compose music for a corporate promotional video, and one of her songs “Comet” was used in a PSA for The National Road Safety Foundation. Her music has also been used as underscoring in local radio commercials. Ameliarose is also a professional actor who has worked at Regional theaters in New York, New England & New Jersey. She is also a news anchor on TV’s Emmy Award winning “Teen Kids News” (airing in NY on channel My9). Ameliarose continues to write and record her music and performs often either solo or with her band Antic!.

Caitlin Ort - Caitlin is a NYC based actor originally from Collegeville PA. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College in 2016. While at Ithaca College, Caitlin was the Artistic Director of Rock Hard Modern Dance Company, as well as the teaching assistant to Norm Johnson who taught Movement for the Stage. Previous credits include, Elf the Musical National Tour (Deb U/S)**upcoming, A Charlie Brown Christmas National Tour (Frieda), Jesus Christ Superstar (Bristol Riverside Theatre), South Pacific (Texas Family Musicals), and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit U/S) at (Utah Festival of Opera and Musical Theatre).