MAKE A SCENE
Do you love making up stories? Do you have fun ideas begging to be performed? Then this is the class for you! The teaching artist will work with students to write and rehearse a short play in just five days.
For Grades 3rd-5th:
- July 20-24: 12:30pm-3:30pm (CDT) – Northland IN-PERSON; Register at nkcschools.org
Anna Sell, a Kansas City native, is a recent graduate of Nebrasksa Wesleyan University, receiving her BFA in Directing with a minor in communications. During her time there, Anna was able to direct plays that included Tribes, Crimes of the Heart and many more. She has also taken part in many productions as a stage manager, including Death of a Salesman, and Bridges of Madison County. Anna is excited to be back at the Coterie as a Teaching Artist after having been a student with them for many years. She loves working with kids and finds joy in finding time to laugh and learn with them! Anna believes that theatre is about collaborating and learning from each other!
Anna will teach Make A Scene June 15-19 - Live & Interactive Virtual Session
Bethany Vermillion is a playwright, actress, director, costume designer, and teacher who just graduated with a BA in Theatre from Southwest Baptist University. Bethany has worked as a teaching assistant at the Starlight Theatre and an intern for Kansas City Young Audiences. During college, Bethany worked as the costume shop supervisor for her theatre, and designed costumes for four shows including Inventing Van Gogh and The Importance of Being Earnest. She also acted in several shows, including the title role in Medea, and Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. After being chosen as a student director, Bethany directed SBU’s production of Wit. Her original play, For Such a Time as This, was a regional semi-finalist for the John Cauble Short Play competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2018, and premiered on the SBU stage in April 2019. Outside of college productions, Bethany wrote, produced, and starred in a modern-literary web series adaptation of Little Women called The Attic Series. This fall, Bethany will continue pursuing her education through the Arts Leadership in Management Master’s program with Wichita State University.
Bethany will teach Make A Scene July 13-17 - Live & Interactive Virtual Session
Gabriel Livingston is a Kansas City born-and-raised teaching artist, director, stage manager, dramaturg, and writer. Locally, he has worked with The Coterie, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Smashing Frames Productions, and Astra Theatre Company. Gabriel is a graduate of University of Central Missouri (B.A., 2018) and University of Missouri--Kansas City (M.A., 2020).
Gabriel will teach Make a Scene July 13-17 - Overland Park Site
Melissa Trierweiler is an actor, director, and teaching artist based in Kansas City, MO. She is originally from Columbia, MO, where she received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College in 2016. Since her graduation she has worked as a professional teaching artist and director at many places including TRYPS Children’s Theatre Institute (Columbia, MO), Presser Arts Center (Mexico, MO), and of course The Coterie Theatre here in Kansas City! She has taught many different ages of students, ranging from three years old to college aged! She has also directed full length plays and musicals including Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Dinosaurs Before Dark: Kids! When not teaching or directing, Melissa also loves to perform onstage as an actor and singer! She has been seen in a few local productions, her favorites include The Belfast Girls at Fishtank Theatre and Mirrors: A Staged Reading with Bodhi Theatre. She has also performed at the Okoboji Summer Theatre and the Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre in Iowa since leaving college. When not teaching, Melissa can still be found working at The Coterie as a box office assistant, house manager, and peer educator with the Dramatic STD/HIV Project.
Melissa will teach Make A Scene July 20-24 - Staley High (Northland) Site
- Led by staff of trained, professional teaching artists
- Designed to engage students intellectually, emotionally, and physically
- No larger than 10 students for grades K-2 & 3-5, and 12 students for grades 4-6 and above, allowing teaching artists to see and respond to every student and encourage active participation
- Use process-based lesson plans which focus on the growth of each student individually and establish a foundation critical for all future training
- Inspire students of all ages to express themselves, occupy their imaginations, and help add structure and positivity to their week
- Challenge older students to hone their acting talents with instruction and attention from a theatre professional working in the field
- Teach important life skills that will be useful to any growing mind, whether or not acting may be in their future
- Will adhere to the health and safety protocols detailed here
- Enrollees need only to have access to a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a camera & microphone, and an internet connection
- Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate in the class for fun, interactive play