[Skip to Content]

whARTon at Home Fall Sessions

Join Wharton Institute for Arts & Creativity Staff for a variety of classes in the performing arts.

After a successful summer, our virtual classes are back for the fall! With courses aimed at all interest levels, you will have the opportunity to learn from and create alongside professionals right from the comfort of your own home.

Classes occur weekly from October 12 - the week of November 16, 2020, at just $35 a series.

Participants will need access to a video device (i.e. a laptop, tablet, or phone) and internet service.

Register Now


Sip & Sing

Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 7-8pm

Grab your favorite beverage for a virtual cabaret, sharing music and the joy of singing from the comfort of your own home. Participants will be given a “prompt” from host Kelly Stuible-Clark, and then all members will prepare a song to sing for the “class.” Participants will get feedback from fellow singers, and technical advice/coaching from Kelly. This is a low-pressure, welcoming and fun way for singers of all abilities to connect musically!

Schedule

  • Week 1: Your Signature Song
    • Bring your absolute favorite showtune to share with the group
  • Week 2: Oldies
    • Chose a song from the past- Great American Songbook, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway’s Golden Age
  • Week 3: Jukebox
    • Taking a look at Jukebox musicals- shows that use a recording artist’s catalogue for inspiration to create a musical
  • Week 4: A Night at the Movies
    • Musicals have had a long history of success on the big screen, with beautiful scores. Whether it’s an adaptation of a stage show or something completely original, share your favorite from Hollywood!
  • Week 5: Miscast
    • How about a role you wouldn’t traditionally be cast in? Have some fun thinking outside the box!
  • Week 6: Viewer’s Choice
    • This is a “free space” where you have one last chance to bring music that you really love.

Host Bio: Kelly Stuible-Clark

Kelly Stuible-Clark holds a Master of Opera and Musical Theatre Performance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Bachelor of Science in Music from Central Michigan University, and has worked professionally as an actor, choreographer, music director, and musical theatre teaching artist in Michigan and Illinois. Currently the Manager of Musical Theatre Programs for Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts & Creativity, Mrs. Stuible has held adjunct faculty positions at Saginaw Valley State University, Lansing Community College and was an instructor with Dynamics Music School in Lansing, MI.


Improv

Students grades 7-12
Mondays, 4-5pm

Cooped up in the house and looking for a creative, collaborative outlet? Wharton Center for Performing Arts’ online Improv Class Series is a fun way to connect from your living room and try Improvisation. No prior experience is necessary for this entertaining and informal introduction to some of the basic skills of improv.

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll learn games & exercises in a supportive environment during each 60-minute session. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone - pants are optional.

Schedule

 

  • Week 1: Agreement & Yes, And

Jump right in by learning the first and second rules of Improvisation. Saying “Yes,” or agreeing to the reality established by our fellow players, begins the collaborative process of creating a scene. The “And” is where we add more information, advancing the scene forward.

  • Week 2: Make Statements

The third rule of improv is avoiding questions. Learn to make statements to avoid forcing your partner to fill in the information or do all the work. Take creative risks - there are no mistakes in improv, only happy accidents.

  • Week 3: Scene Structure

Establish the who, what, and where at the top of a scene. In other words, specific relationships, emotions, activities, and locations provide important details that help build a story.

  • Week 4: Adapting

Making strong, confident choices and being ready for adjustments. Being changeable while staying committed to the scene.  

  • Week 5: Trusting Your Instincts

Learn to be more observant and react honestly in the moment. Identify the first unusual thing that happens in a scene. Explore and heighten ideas.

  • Week 6: Characters

Create interesting characters that have a strong point of view and are authentic.
 

 

Host Bio: Sarah Hendrickson

Sarah Hendrickson is an Academic Specialist of Improvisation and Acting with the MSU Department of Theatre, an Artist in Residence for Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts & Creativity, and a proud alumnus of Michigan State University, receiving a Master of Arts in Theatre. As a member of SAG/AFTRA, Sarah has worked as a professional improviser, actress, instructor, and producer on TV and in Chicago performing with many theaters, including The Second City in their Music House Ensemble and on Norwegian Cruise Line. She has facilitated workshops and collaborations across MSU, including Lyman Briggs College, Broad College of Business, and College of Arts and Letters, as well as creating arts residencies in middle and high schools throughout Michigan.
 


Early Childhood Music Classes

Birth—age five
Weekly 30 minute music enrichment classes
Two different class will meet on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 11-11:30am
Held via closed zoom room (password protected)

Taught from a music learning theory perspective, children and their caregivers will sing songs and chants in various tonalities and meters. Children will also move their bodies to music using a Laban movement approach. At its core, the philosophy of music class is that every child can make music and have fun doing it!

Host Bio: Ben English

Ben English has a bachelor’s degree in Family and Community Studies from Michigan State University. He also holds a Level 1 certification in Early Childhood Music through the lens of Music Learning Theory. Ben is currently the Community Engagement and Special Projects Manager at Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and the owner and founder of Munchkin Music Makers, an early childhood music studio. 


Contemporary Musical Theatre Dance

Ages 13+
Fridays, 4-5pm

Teaching artist and choreographer Debbie Williams will lead a six-week session focusing on dance styles from Broadway’s hottest choreographers: Andy Blankenbuehler, Sergio Trujillo, Casey Nicholaw, Sonya Tayeh, and more!

Participants will need access to a device with a large enough screen to watch (tablet, laptop, or ability to plug into a tv is ideal) and space to move

Host Bio: Debbie Williams

As a professional actor/singer/dancer, Deb Williams has performed in National and European touring companies of A Chorus Line, The Rocky Horror Show, and Grease. Favorite regional credits include, West Side Story (Cherry County Playhouse) 42nd Street, Tommy, Brigadoon (Seaside Music Theatre) and The Snow Geese (Meadow Brook Theatre). Choreographer/Director credits include Cabaret at the JET, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love at Meadow Brook Theatre as well as regional productions of A Chorus Line, Forever Plaid, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Nunsense II, The Rocky Horror Show, and Baby. Her choreographic work can also be seen in the films Liberty’s Secret, and The Last words of Henry Ford, both filmed here in Michigan. Currently she is choreographing Mamma Mia at Henry Ford College and Working at Meadow Brook Theatre. Debbie also teaches at the Rochester School of Dance, Peanut Gallery Players, and Lake Orion Community Schools Dance Team.


Creative Movement

Grades K-3
Mondays, 4-4:45pm

Teaching artist and choreographer Jocelyn France leads this class for youngsters interested in exploring dance. Basic technique will be combined with moving through space, using movement to tell a story, and finding characters in your body for a fun and introductory look at dance.

Participants will need access to a device with a large enough screen to watch (tablet, laptop, or ability to plug into a tv is ideal) and space to move

Host Bio: Jocelyn France

Jocelyn France holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Denison University and previously worked as the Artistic Director of the Franke Center for the Arts Children's Theater in Marshall, Michigan. In addition to her work for the Franke Center, Jocelyn has worked at numerous regional theaters including Cornwells Dinner Theatre, where she is the staff choreographer and has directed, performed in, and choreographed over 32 shows, and Tibbits Theatre in Coldwater, MI, where she performed, choreographed and taught summer theater programs. Most recently she worked in the Chicagoland area, where she choreographed Joseph… Dreamcoat, Oliver, and Hello, Dolly! Jocelyn is also a Teaching Artist for our Disney Musicals in Schools program.

Audition Workshop

Ages 18+
Wednesdays, 7-8pm

Join instructors Bert Goldstein and Sarah Hendrickson as they lead an in-depth look at auditioning for plays and TV commercials. For actors of all abilities and experience levels, this course will help you prepare for upcoming auditions in a variety of formats.

Weeks one through three will focus on preparing a theatrical monologue and putting that audition on video. Each student will be personally coached by the instructors. Weeks four through six will address auditions for TV commercials and actors will have the chance to work with real commercial copy and present it for feedback. At the final session, Detroit film and TV casting director Carrie Ray will join the class to meet all the actors and give feedback and advice.

Host Bio: Bert Goldstein

Bert Goldstein has served as Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Michigan State University since 2008.  As a Director, Mr. Goldstein oversees all Institute educational programming that includes exposure to musical theatre, playwrighting, teacher training, performances for families and students, and collaborations with students and faculty at MSU. Under his leadership, the Institute serves close to 30,000 learners of all ages across the state of Michigan in a wide variety of venues. Mr. Goldstein has produced and directed several productions on behalf of the Wharton Center ranging from programs for elementary school audiences to plays for adult audiences. These have included Theory of Mind, Garden Of Joy, The Shape Of A Girl, Master Harold And The Boys, Re-Entry, Among The Darkest Shadows, Thrill Me: The Leopold And Loeb Story, I And You, and Lungs.

Prior to his employment with the Wharton Center, Mr. Goldstein was the Director of education for the two- time Tony Awarding winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for twelve years. He directed and produced for the Playhouse over 40 productions for young audiences that toured the region.

Host Bio: Sarah Hendrickson

Sarah Hendrickson is an Academic Specialist of Improvisation and Acting with the MSU Department of Theatre, an Artist in Residence for Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts & Creativity, and a proud alumnus of Michigan State University, receiving a Master of Arts in Theatre. As a member of SAG/AFTRA, Sarah has worked as a professional improviser, actress, instructor, and producer on TV and in Chicago performing with many theaters, including The Second City in their Music House Ensemble and on Norwegian Cruise Line. She has facilitated workshops and collaborations across MSU, including Lyman Briggs College, Broad College of Business, and College of Arts and Letters, as well as creating arts residencies in middle and high schools throughout Michigan.

Questions about any of our fall offerings? Contact Kelly at [email protected] or (517) 884-3166.

Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis for all the above classes. Space is limited. Apply early to guarantee your spot.

Sponsored by Capital Region Community Foundation's Youth Action Committee and Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Institute 300 ppi small.png