Thanks in large part to support from the Guilford Fund for Education, we were able to offer free classes to nearly 400 Guilford public school students in theater, dance and music in 2019. While the pandemic is limiting things this year, four festival artists—backed by a $3,300 grant from GFFE—will teach at least six free workshops and master classes at Guilford High School and Adams Middle School.
Schedules are being worked out, but initial plans call for playwright Emily Breeze to teach classes in Adaptations, Women in Musical Theatre and Being a Freelance Artist to Theatre Arts students at GHS; wind player/composer Skyler Hagner to teach jazz arranging and performing to members of the GHS Band; and members of Dimensional Dance to lead a workshop based on their play “Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris: Whole-Souled Women” for students at GHS and Adams. These classes will be for students only.
Festival artists Thomas/Ortiz Dance, Iddi Saaka and Julie Fitzpatrick will lead workshops for the public, respectively, in Taylor Dance Technique; West African Dance, Tradition and Culture; and Creating a Community Spoken-Word Piece. They’ll take place on the Guilford Green and at the Shoreline Ballet studio on Route 1. Find the public workshop schedule here.