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Introduction to Acting 2017 (FULL)

July 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Taught by Vanessa Van Burek & Mary Claire Davis
Tuesday–Friday, July 18–21
and Monday-Friday July 24-28, 11 AM–3 PM

July 18–21 workshop will be held at the East Meredith Presbyterian Church,
July 24–28 at The West Kortright Centre
Ages 9–12; Pre-registration required
$200/$180 WKC Member

Please contact caitlyn@westkc.org to be placed on the waiting list.

Sponsored by NYCM Insurance, Clark Companies, and Frank Lumia Real Estate Plus!, with support from the Robert B. and Addie P. Thomson Trust.

The actors will focus on character development, stagecraft basics, movement, stage presence, and improvisational skills, all while developing a strong sense of tribe and passion for theater. They will present two full-dress performances at 6 PM on July 28 & 29. (Rain or shine)

NOTES: BYO lunch.
Please note: All scheduling conflicts must be cleared before registration.
Cut-off ages are as of July 2017.

Vanessa Van Burek grew up in the valley that surrounds The West Kortright Centre and holds her experience as an actor in the Shakespeare in the Valley productions as one of the most important influences in her life. Vanessa returned as the teacher of Theater Games for three years and was Assistant Director for Introduction to Acting for four years.  This is her third year as co-director of Intro to Acting. She is a founder and staff member at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School where she is also an active member of the Theatre Cooperative. Vanessa is a parent of six and an advocate for children’s rights.

Mary Claire Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she directed Closer and appeared in The Music Man, Rhinoceros, Lungs, Much Ado About Nothing, and As You Like It. The American College Theatre Festival honored her for her performance as Persephone in The Forgetting River. She has also studied acting at the Studio Theatre Conservatory in Washington, DC and the WKC’s 2002 and 2009 Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops.


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July 18, 2017
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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