Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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MUSICAL THEATER: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and PERFORMANCE SKILLS
Students are encouraged to define characterization, articulation, and physical/vocal presentation. Students work on lyrics to develop an understanding of emphasis and become familiar with underscoring, as means of strengthening the communication of an intended emotion. The focus is on the intent of the words and action with music sung a cappella. This is then combined with physical movement to complete the telling of a story.
Ivy Austin is best known for her work on NPR as the vocalist and comedienne from Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Companion." After graduating from Colgate with a degree in Biology, she toured with "They're Playing Our Song" and a few years later she made her Broadway debut, in the title role of "Raggedy Ann". She has recorded over one hundred songs with The Muppets on "Sesame Street", and is particularly effective with youth and theatre in the Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs.
Marsha Perry Starkes
Marsha Perry Starkes is a multifaceted musician who combines traditional African instruments and musical forms with contemporary influences. Her recordings include Bird Lives! Through the Neo Bass Ensemble, Hit It! and Bebop meets Bass. She sings and plays the music of Africa, Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean. Marsha holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.
D’Ambrose Boyd -As a performer has shared the stage with such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Braxton, Ken Page, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Frank Langella, to name a few. He has been on the boards of many Broadway, off-Broadway, Regional and European theaters. He can be heard on many cast recordings and voice-overs for NICKELODEON. He has worked with Symphony Space as an educating artist for over 12 years.
Vickie Tanner is a writer and actress of stage and screen. Vickie is part of the original American cast of the critically-acclaimed STOMP, in addition to joining the National and European tours of the production. She acted in the world premiere of TANTALUS, written by John Barton and directed by Ed Hall and Sir Peter Hall. She holds a B.F.A in Theatre from the California State University at Long Beach, and studied the Meisner technique with Maggie Flanigan in New York City.
Eric Poindexter is an actor, singer and teaching artist who joined Symphony Space’s Global Arts program in 2016. Eric specializes in afterschool programs that concentrate on theater arts. Eric is also a cast-member of the arts collective and accompanying podcast “In Your Face-New York”, as well as a member of the Yip Harburg Foundation as an actor, singer and educator dedicated to using theatre to promote education and social change.