Young performers will build a new work guided by three skilled performing arts directors—through poetry, dance, and song. This wholly original digital presentation will reference each performer’s unique culture, family history, and identity. The session will offer an opportunity for participants to speak as artists about the foundation of a respectful community as they continue to develop their skills as singers, dancers, and actors and also as writers, choreographers, and composers. Part of this experience is putting the new work in context of other performing arts works that have delved into similar ideas like Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, In the Heights, Pacific Overtures, and West Side Story.
This original show will take its place in that historical context of art reflecting the world in which it is created.
Laura Elaine Ellis is a Bay Area producer, choreographer, performer, and educator. Currently she is producing her 16th Annual award-winning Black Choreographers Festival, for which she is co-founder; she is creating a commissioned choreographic project for Dimensions Dance Theater; performing in a brand-new work with Fly Away Productions; and she is in her 21st season as resident choreographer for California State University, East Bay, and 26th year as an educator in the Theater & Dance department of the University. This fall season CSUEB will embark on a project for live-capture performance of the powerful and relevant social justice piece Blood at the Root by playwright Dominque Morrisseau, author of Ain't Too Proud.
Peter Meredith is a pianist, composer, singer, and music educator who enjoys helping young people express themselves through music. He is currently finishing his Master’s of Music Education at Holy Names University, where he studies vocal pedagogy and the Kodály method. He is a director for the Grammy-winning Ragazzi Boys Chorus, and a piano instructor at Spindrift School of Performing Arts. He is a cantor and pianist for Grace Cathedral's Sunday evening service and is music director at College Heights Church in San Mateo and First Congregational Church in Redwood City. He also performs regularly as a jazz and salsa musician, leading the Golden Gate Jazz Trio.
Jamie Yuen-Shore is a proud alumna of the first generation of SFArtsED Players. In addition to SFArtsED, she has taught musical theater and theater education with the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, the Fulbright Program in Montevideo, Uruguay, Aim High, and where she teaches at San Francisco Day School. She served on the board of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (SFBATCO), where most recently she co-created and directed the award-winning I, Too, Sing America (Othello Jefferson). She has previously choreographed with SFArtsED for Matilda the Musical, Building Broadway, Carnival, Ragtime, Seussical™, and West Side Story.
Online via Zoom
July 20-July 31
Times: 10am-1pm daily with a resource hour available after 1pm