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Introduction to Acting 2019

Tuesday, July 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$200 – $450

With Vanessa Van Burek & Mary Claire Davis
Tuesday–Friday, July 23–July 26, at the Meredith Historical Society
Monday–Friday, July 29–August 2, at the West Kortright Centre
11 AM–3 PM

**This workshop is currently FULL. Please contact us for information about the wait list.

Ages 9–13

Taught by YPTAW alumnae Vanessa Van Burek & Mary Claire Davis, the actors will focus on character development, movement, stage presence, and improvisational skills, all while developing a strong sense of tribe and passion for theater. The two-week workshop culminates in two full-dress performances at 6 PM on  August 2 & 3 as part of the Shakespeare in the Valley event.
Music direction by Anaar Desai-Stephens.

$200 WKC Member registration
$230 Non-Member registration
$300 Extra Love (includes registration)
$450 True Believer (includes registration)

Help us thrive, not just survive!
The West Kortright Centre values accessibility, representation, and diversity of incomes, geographies, cultures, abilities and more. This year, we invite those who can to support the program at a higher level in order to keep the general registration fee low. (We recognize that even the basic fee is a stretch for many families and continue to offer need-based scholarships.)

Learn more about WKC membership here.
Make a donation of any amount to the Nancy Fales Garrett Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops Scholarship Fund here.

• Pre-registration required
• There is a $2 registration fee added to each workshop fee at checkout.
• We will follow up with a registration form via email.
• All scheduling conflicts must be cleared before registration.
• Must be 9 by the start of the workshop
• Bring your own lunch
• Shakespeare in the Valley T-shirt included!

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 seventh 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 ManRhinoceros, 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. This is her second year as co-director of Introduction to Acting.


Tuesday, July 23
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
$200 – $450
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West Kortright Centre
49 West Kortright Church Road
East Meredith, NY
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