Education & Outreach

The Garfield Center For The Arts runs Educational Outreach programs throughout the year, offering seasonal workshops for youth and adults.  

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ADULT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS – CLICK HERE

A Youth participant involved in Garfield Center programming is referred to as a PLAYMAKER.
GCA educational programming engages the whole PLAYMAKER- physically, mentally and artistically – providing practice in the areas of improvisation, movement, character development, self presentation, script building, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving. 

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Open to new faces and veteran Playmakers, this after school program offers a broad introduction to the world of theatre and acting, with a focus on warm-up games, improvisation and performance. Students will have the opportunity to showcase short scenes on stage at the GCA for a First Friday audience in April!

The class is lead by Tess Hogans, a native of Chestertown and a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a bachelors degree in Theatre and Dance Studies. Tess works as a drama teacher for The Maven Academy in Annapolis, and is an actor/director/volunteer at the GCA.

 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

DATES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 4 – April 3 (with a showcase on April 4).
TIMES: 4pm-5:30pm.       AGES: 13-18.
TUITION: $120.00 (some scholarship support available)

To register your child please contact Lucia Foster or click here to complete the form online.

 

 

PLAYMAKERS AT CAMP:
2 FANTASTIC Summer Programs:  Theatre Camp & MUSICAMP

Playmakers Summer Theatre Camp at The Garfield Center For The Arts is provided for youth in two different age groups (see details below). The summer camp program runs 5 weeks, culminating in an original final production that includes all participants.

Playmakers Summer Camp 2014: July 7 – August 9- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Mondays – Thursdays
Ages 8-10: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Ages 11-15: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fridays*
Ages 8-10: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Ages 11-15: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Final Productions: August 8 @ 7pm & August 9 @ 3pm – $5 suggested donation

*Friday sessions are longer to accommodate the incorporation of  the Hedgelawn Performance Series -

Hedgelawn Performance Series and PLAYMAKERS:

Each week, exciting multi-cultural performers introduce Playmakers to a variety of theatrical arts. Playmakers interact with Professional Artists who provides three Fridays of interactive entertainment, plus conversion, interaction and education directly with Playmakers.

Hedgelawn Performance Series and EVERYONE ELSE:
These shows are open to everyone, so friends and family can attend too!
Dates: July 11, July 18 & July 25. All shows begin at 1pm. (Tickets are $5 for non-campers)

Click here for Playmakers Camp Registration Form.

Note: The Federal government provides a dependent care tax credit for items like day camps.  IRS Publication number 503 may be downloaded via the IRS web site at www.irs.gov.  In addition, IRS Form 2241, “Child and Dependent Care Expenses,” which needs to be completed along with your IRS Form 1040, provides information on calculating the amount of your federal credit.

PLAYMAKERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

If you would like to contribute to the Playmakers Scholarship Fund to help send a child to Playmakers Camp we will happily accept your donation!  Donations in any amount can be made out to Garfield Center for the Arts – please be sure to specify in the memo that the donation is for Playmakers Camp.  Or you can make a donation online via PayPal by clicking on the donation button below:




 MUSICAMP

– Directed by Julie Lawrence & Team-
August 11-15
9am-3:30pm
Final Show: August 15 @ 7pm
Registration Fee: $175

MUSICAMP is an intensive one week program for students aged 8-14 that will allow students to experience all parts of being in a musical!  Campers will participate in acting, singing, movement, set design, and costume creation.  Camp will run Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 3:30p.m. and culminate in a performance on Friday evening .  Because of the concentrated form of this week, campers MUST attend every day of the 5-day Camp as well as Friday evening.

-  For more information, or to register for MUSICAMP, email LUCIA 

PLAYMAKERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

If you would like to contribute to the Playmakers Scholarship Fund to help send a child to Playmakers Camp we will happily accept your donation!  Donations in any amount can be made out to Garfield Center for the Arts – please be sure to specify in the memo that the donation is for Playmakers Camp.  Or you can make a donation online via PayPal by clicking on the donation button below:


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PLAYMAKERS IN THE SCHOOLS

The Garfield Center for The Arts collaborates with Kent County Public Schools  to provide after school enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students. The semester-long sessions include practice with improvisation, character development, movement, script-work, teambuilding, critical thinking and communication skills. Each student group prepares a public performance for family and friends.

Playmaker collaborations with other local schools include Wye River Upper School, Kent School and Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.

PLAYMAKERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Some Playmakers are active in the Prince Theatre’s Teen Theatre Troupe. The troupe’s first project, Stories of Our Elders, engaged teens in collecting stories from community elders and devising theatre pieces to share the stories with audiences.

The Prince Theatre also engages Playmakers in collaborating with community groups on individual performance projects. Past collaborations include programs with the Kent Family Center, Phenomenal Women, C-300, African American Heritage Day and most recently in our Improv Night Showcase and First Friday events.

ADULT PROGRAMMING

Adults interested in playwriting meet in the Kohl Lobby on the first Monday of every month to participate in the Live Playwrights’ Society which creates a workshop environment for testing and improving scripts (www.liveplaywrightssociety.org).

Novice and experienced adult actors are encouraged to participate in our Improvisation Workshops. Workshops are offered free of charge.

OUTREACH PROGRAMMING

The Garfield Center for the Arts has a troupe of actors and musicians who are available for outreach programming. Contact Lucia for more information about contracting adult or youth Playmakers for off-site events (lfoster@garfieldcenter.org).

 

Youth programming for 2014 is supported in part by funding from: 
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