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Act Out With Alex

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize a world we aspire to.” – Willem Dafoe

Glendale Arts Productions and Jennifer Berry are proud to partner and educate the theater artists of the future with Act Out with Alex, a professional performing arts summer program for youth ages 12-17 at the Alex Theatre, taking place between June 20, 2016 and July 22, 2016.

A performing arts education has many benefits:

  • Self-Confidence
  • Imagination
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation
  • Collaboration
  • Concentration
  • Problem Solving
  • Physical Fitness
  • Fun

For more information, click on the tabs below or email ActOut@AlexTheatre.org.

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What is Act Out with Alex?
Act Out with Alex is a program for students ages 12-17 interested in all aspects of theater including dance, voice, drama, and playwriting. Participants will be exposed to an immersive, hands-on, mentor-driven intensive led by a professional artistic staff and will participate in weekly Master Classes with industry professionals.

Over the course of five weeks, the students will form an ensemble and will perform a new original contemporary musical entitled BE! on stage at the historic Alex Theatre at the closing of the program. As part of Act Out’s “narrative in the community” project, participants will also interview an older generation of artists in the community and create original pieces that will be showcased at the Alex upon the conclusion of the program.

Who are the creators and presenters of Act Out with Alex?
Act Out with Alex is a program of Glendale Arts’ GAEdu division. Glendale Arts is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to integrate the arts into the identity, growth, and economic vitality of the City of Glendale by presenting programming and creating partnerships that benefit youth, patrons, artists, organizations, and businesses in the community and at the Alex Theatre.

GAEdu, through programs such as Act Out with Alex, is dedicated to providing future generations opportunities to explore the arts and help build self-confidence, imagination, empathy, cooperation, concentration, and problem-solving skills.

Act Out’s Artistic Director, Jennifer Berry, is an award-winning playwright, performer, and director. Well-versed in directing operas, Jennifer has also directed productions of Carmen, Othello, and Salome, in which she created original script adaptations incorporating dance and music. Born and raised in Glendale, Jennifer started her theater training as a teen and now is delighted to give back to the same community that fostered her growth as a young artist by creating Act Out with Alex. Visit jenniferberry.net for press and more information.

Who should Act Out with Alex?
The program is designed for students entering the 7th-12th grades in Fall 2016. Act Out embraces beginning theater students, as well as those with advanced experience, and values an enthusiastic and creative spirit with a desire to learn the art and craft of professional level theater.

When does Act Out take place?
The five-week program runs Mondays-Fridays between 8:45am and 4:00pm from June 20, 2016 through July 22, 2016 (with the exception of the 4th of July). The student ensemble performance of BE!, which will be open to the public, takes place on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Alex Theatre.

Where will Act Out be held?
Act Out will be housed at the historic Alex Theatre, a registered historic landmark that is celebrating 90 years as the City of Glendale’s center of arts and entertainment this season. The 1,413-seat performing arts and entertainment center hosts a year-round schedule of music, dance, theatre, film, and cultural programming and is owned by the City of Glendale and operated by Glendale Arts. The Alex is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd. in the heart of Downtown Glendale.

Some classes and workshops will be held at off-site locations. Detailed locations and corresponding schedules will be available prior to the start of the program.

What makes Act Out with Alex different?
This program offers the combination of a professional performance opportunity at an established theatre with a storied history and a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Act Out also gives participants access to instruction from accomplished working artists via the Master Classes portion of the curriculum, in addition to a narrative and community project.

What are Act Out’s attendance requirements and policy?
Act Out with Alex is a participatory program that focuses on developing participants’ skills and talents in a team environment. Students who are active participants will benefit greatly from their day-long drama, dance, voice, and writing workshops and will be better prepared for the final performance on the Alex stage.

As such, students are required to attend daily and up to one absence only will be excused. In the case of an absence, homework will be assigned in order for the student to be prepared to return as a part of the ensemble. Extended absences for vacations cannot be accommodated. The program will be closed on July 4th.

Does my child have to audition?
Yes! Don’t be nervous, Act Out holds auditions to assess the students’ unique skills and talents. Students will be asked to prepare a piece that truly reflects their individual artistry. Whether it be a monologue, song, dance, poetry reading, juggling or just conversation, students should pick something that they enjoy performing.

How will the daily curriculum be structured?
Classes take place in the morning. Acting and jazz dance will be offered every day, while other classes vary by day. Rehearsals for BE! will be held every afternoon in order for students to have adequate time to prepare for the production.

Does my child get a snack and lunch break?
Yes, there will be a snack and a lunch break during the course of each day. A daily snack will be provided. Glendale Arts can provide lunch for an additional fee. Students with special dietary concerns and/or allergies are encouraged to bring their own snacks/lunch.

What is the cost of participating in Act Out and what does tuition include?
Tuition for Act Out is $1,950 – that’s just $78 per day.

Act Out provides students with professional instruction and an immersive experience in the theater arts in a world-class venue. In addition to an invaluable experience, students receive seven hours of supervision daily and snacks.

The cost of the program is competitive when considering not only its benefits, but also the cost of individual drama, dance, voice, and writing classes.

Does Act Out offer financial assistance?
Glendale Arts is committed to providing students with access to quality and affordable arts education programming and will make a limited number of partial and full scholarships available to participants needing assistance. You may inquire about scholarship eligibility and availability by contacting Jennifer Berry at 818-243-2611 x10 or jberry@glendalearts.org.

How do I enroll my child in Act Out?
You can enroll your child in the program by completing the registration form below. Hard copy or digital applications can be requested by emailing actout@alextheatre.org or calling 818-243-2611 x10.

Applicants will be required to submit a Teacher Reference Form along with the application. The referring teacher does not have to be a theatre arts teacher.

When is payment due?
Act Out requires a $250 non-refundable deposit to be submitted with the program application. Glendale Arts will defer the deposit for participants applying for scholarships until eligibility is determined.

Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Glendale Arts and mailed to 116 West California Avenue, Glendale, CA 91203.

What is the deadline to register?
Applications will be accepted until June 13th. Act Out accepts a maximum of 40 students annually. Once the maximum number of applicants has been reached, additional applicants will be added to a waiting list in the order the application is received.

Who can I contact with further questions?
Please contact Act Out Artistic Director Jennifer Berry at 818-243-2611 x10 or jberry@glendalearts.org with further questions or assistance.

Jennifer Berry

Jennifer Berry, Act Out with Alex Artistic Director
Born and raised in Glendale, Act Out with Alex Artistic Director Jennifer Berry is an award-winning writer, creator and director.

Ms. Berry’s plays have been produced and staged all over the world, garnering awards and honors. Most recently, her play The Maid’s Daughters was recognized as a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2016 National Playwrights Conference.

The themes of Ms. Berry’s work most frequently revolve around liberation and empowerment in the context of women, work and family. She aims to create plays and projects that inspire, entertain and move people to think in new ways. She also has a passion for projects for and about teens navigating the 21st century.

Ms. Berry is a member of the Playwrights Union and has been featured in publications such as MS. Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. She has made several television appearances discussing theater and the intersection of community participation. She was also a talk show host on KPCC 89.3, Southern California’s NPR. Creating all of her own content, she interviewed the most distinguished figures in American theater, visual arts and literature on the show.

In addition to her work as a writer, Ms. Berry is also an educator. She serves on the part-time faculty at California State University Northridge in both the Creative Writing, Theater and Women’s Studies Departments.

Ms. Berry is also the Founder/Artistic Director of two artistic training and community projects: The Prayer Project for Kids, a merging of art and spirituality that brings all children of all religions into dialogue about prayer, peace and spiritual values, and Act Out with Alex, a teen performing arts training program housed at the historic Alex Theatre and produced by Glendale Arts. Jennifer started her theater training in Glendale as a teen and now is delighted to give back to the same community that fostered her growth as a young artist by creating Act Out with Alex.

For a comprehensive list of credits and reviews, please visit Ms. Berry’s website at www.JenniferBerry.net.

Dear Act Out Students:

Everyone always asks me why I love working with teenagers, and I always give the same answer: “They know how to be truly alive.”

Emotions are big when you are teens. But so is life! Life is big, messy, bold, and beautiful. So is theater! That’s why I like to combine the two.

I want you to be young and powerful. I want you to be who you are when you come to Act Out with Alex.

Act “it” out, dance “it” out, write “it” out, and perform “it” out. Each of you gets to figure out what your “it” is.  The “it” is your essence, your spark. The “it” is your feelings: joy, sadness, anger, disgust, and delight. The “it” is your spirit!

Every summer, my amazing staff, guest artists, and I will take each of you on a journey! The journey begins with your first morning class and ends with a big performance and a party.

You will have a blast! Why do this if you don’t have fun?

You will make new friends!

And most importantly, you will get to be big, bold, young, and powerful.

Just what the world needs!

With respect for all you are and will be,

Jenny
Artistic Director
Act Out with Alex

Jennifer Berry – Artistic Director

Jennifer BerryAct Out’s Artistic Director, Jennifer Berry, is an award-winning playwright, performer, and director. Well-versed in directing operas, Jennifer has also directed productions of Carmen, Othello, and Salome, in which she created original script adaptations incorporating dance and music. Born and raised in Glendale, Jennifer started her theater training as a teen and now is delighted to give back to the same community that fostered her growth as a young artist by creating Act Out with Alex. Visit jenniferberry.net for press and more information.

Lindsay Aldana – Musical Director

Lindsay AldanaMs. Aldana has participated in a number of musical theater productions. First as a keyboardist she performed under director David Aks at Cal State Northridge with musicals ranging from Avenue Q to Sweeney Todd. After graduating she continued as a musical director for theB Productions and would go on to tour in Orange County and San Diego. She also accompanies the choir at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church and has for the past 5 years. She has recently taken up organ, and has become the LCPC organist for the past two years. Graduated with her Bachelors in Piano Pedagogy from Cal State Northridge in 2013, she enjoys teaching piano in her spare time. She is currently attending USC for a Graduate Certificate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts.

Alana Cheuvront – Dance Instructor + Choreographer

Alana CheuvrontAlana is a performer, dancer, and theatre artist living in Los Angeles. She has worked with several theatre companies as an actor, dancer, and stage manager in the Los Angeles area. As a dancer, she choreographed several dance theatre pieces at Cal State Northridge where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Performance. Her favorite piece she choreographed and performed in was showcased in a Tom Petty rock musical show Boulevard. Alana recently choreographed a production of Godspell for “B” Productions and performs and choreographs for the LA cabaret troupe “The Rockababies.” Favorite performance credits include The Caucasian Chalk CircleBoeing Boeing, Polaroid Stories, and Wonderful Town. Her most recent show Shine Darkly, Illyria with Fugitive Kind Theater just finished at the McAdden Theatre in Hollywood where she showcased her aerial pole dance skills. She is overjoyed to be creating choreography for an original musical!

Adriana Sevahn Nichols – Guest Artist, Master Class | Performance

Adriana Sevahn NicholsAdriana Sevahn Nichols is an award winning actress and playwright.  Her solo show, Taking Flight, named by the Daily News as “one of the 10 best plays of the year,” was awarded a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Award, Spencer Cherashore Fund Award, and the audio CD was a finalist for a 2008 Audie Award. Adriana has appeared in guest-starring roles on TV which include: Law & Order, The Unit, Sex & The City, and Law &  Order: Criminal Intent. Theatre highlights include: The Children (Boston Court), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Repertory), The Clean House (South Coast Repertory), Anna in the Tropics (South Coast Repertory, Coconut Grove Playhouse), Two Sisters and a Piano (The Public Theater, South Coast Rep), Henry V (Shakespeare & Co.), Indian Ink (ACT.) As a playwright, Adriana has created, developed, and performed her work across the country, including Sundance Theater Lab, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman, Stages Theatre, INTAR, and The Lark Playwright Development Center. Her plays have been published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, and Northwestern Press. She is the recipient of the 2008 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. Night Over Erzinga, her most recent play, and a finalist for the William Saroyan Playwright’s Award, inspired by her Armenian grandparent’s survival of the Genocide, in 1915, has had critically acclaimed productions in Chicago, at Silk Road Rising, San Francisco, at Golden Thread, and New York, in a BareBones, at The Lark. The play was translated into Armenian and produced by Yerevan State Youth Theater as part of the 100 year Anniversary of the Genocide. Her biggest passion is bringing theatre and youth together, having experienced, first hand, how art can save lives. She has taught nationally, and internationally, at the Goodman Theater, ORRAN in Yerevan, Armenia, University of California Santa Barbara, Virginia Tech, Smith College, CalArts. She has led the Summer Acting Conservatory, for teenagers, at UCLA, with H. Richard Greene from 2013-present where she trains the students in Improvisation, Acting, Voice, and movement and directs them in a play. She is working on her next play and a collection of personal essays.

Elisa Nixon – Guest Artist, Master Class | Dance

Elisa NixonElisa began dancing, using the the fireplace hearth as a stage, as soon as she could walk. Beginning with many years of classical training in the San Francisco Bay Area, she soon expanded to several other styles of dance and specializes in formulating pieces that are a vehicle for story telling and emotional expression, inspired by character, imagination and music. Elisa eventually went on to a fantastic career performing in musical theater productions all over the country. Her stage credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, and the lead in Act Out with Alex Artistic Director Jennifer Berry’s After, All at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Anthony Rich – Guest Artist, Master Class | Acting

Anthony RichAnthony Rich is a television director with a long list of credits to his name. He is best known for directing over 175 episodes of the popular, award-winning CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory. Anthony received a DGA Award nomination for The Big Bang Theory in 2014 in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series category. Additional recent directing credits include Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong; CBS’s 2 Broke GirlsMom starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney; and Hot in Cleveland starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick.

Sarah Tuft – Guest Artist, Master Class | Playwriting

Sarah TuftSarah Tuft’s plays have been produced or developed at Geffen Playhouse, EST’s Lexington Center, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays At Nine, Public Theater, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Vineyard Theatre, 24 Hour Plays at BAM, among others, with actors including Billy Crudup, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Cynthia Nixon, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shalhoub and Kathleen Turner. Her plays have been published by Playscripts and produced by community and academic theaters across the U.S., in Canada and Germany. Sarah’s blogs have been published in HuffPost, Indiewire Women and Hollywood and The New York Times. Sarah’s directed at the Cherry Lane Theatre and a 24 Hour Play at the Atlantic Theater. Her short films have screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, LA ShortsFest, Lake Placid, Clermont-Ferrand and aired on IFC. Sarah received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, founded the New-York based director’s lab, DnA, and is a member of Film Fatales and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Sarah’s latest plays, written for 365 Women A Year, include MARVEL(OUS) MONICA and PATTI SMITH, P.I., which just premiered at Monster Box Theater in Detroit. For more, go to sarahtuft.com

Julianne Homokay – Scene Study | Playwriting

Julianne Homokay began her career as a performer after graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts from Point Park University. After a year in the Pittsburgh cast of Nunsense, many silly theme park shows, dinner theatre gigs too scary to mention, and a stint in a hen suit, Julianne turned to writing, completing an MFA at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and going on to work as a literary manager, actor, and dramatist at several LORT theatres back East.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Julianne has worked as a writer, director, and actor at many 99-seat plan theatres and spent seven years on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Currently, she serves as Managing Director of North By South Theatre Los Angeles and works as a musician at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale. She has taught a variety of theatre disciplines at the Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh, UNLV, Pasadena City College, and High Point University in North Carolina, among others. She is represented by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

Corky Dominguez – Acting Instructor

Corky DominguezCorky Dominguez has over thirty years theatre experience as a producer, director, choreographer, performer, educator and is an advocate for youth oriented theatre programs. He has worked with many professional theatre companies and educational institutions including: Center Theatre Group, Geffen Playhouse, California Youth Theatre, Teenage Drama Workshop, CASA 0101 Theater, Inner-City Arts, 24th Street Theatre, Camp Bravo, Yad B’ Yad Jewish Youth Theatre, Palos Verdes Children’s Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Living Literature Colors United, The HeArt Project, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), California Academy for Liberal Studies Charter Middle School, and Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics.

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