Introducing: Young Artist Studio!

A ten-month intensive training program providing experienced MENTORSHIP, advanced TRAINING, and growth OPPORTUNITIES for young artists in grades 7-12 who are considering a career in theatre performance or production. 

Young Artist Studio

A comPREHENSIVE program for highly motivated students!

The 2022/23 Inaugural Year of Young Artist Studio will include the following elements:

A personal MENTOR, matched to the student based on interests, who will meet with them six times a year to discuss goals and formulate plans to achieve those goals.

ADVANCED CLASSES on Saturdays, curated to the needs and goals of the students in the Studio. 

MASTER CLASSES with industry professionals who can help students better understand theatre, as a profession.  The 22/23 Master Class schedule is still under development, but may include a class with cast members from the Broadway Tours of Come From Away and Six, technicians from the Broadway Tour of Tootsie, Faculty from the West Michigan University Theatre Department, and a circus arts class with Actors Gymnasium in Chicago.

FIELD TRIPS to Kalamazoo to see Western Michigan University’s production of The Lightning Thief and a Spring Trip to Chicago to see a show and work with Chicago Theatre Professionals.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES including a production of Elephant & Piggie’s We are in a Play on Civic’s Meijer Majestic Stage, community Cabaret productions, and a spring project chosen by students with student driven design and collaboration.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for students interested in internships, teaching assistant positions, production positions, and other leadership roles at Civic Theatre.

ADDITIONAL CLASSES in the School of Theatre Arts!  Every Studio member is entitled to one free class (or two free dance classes) in the School of Theatre Arts during the Fall and Winter terms.

APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM

Auditions and Interviews for the 2022/23 Young Artist Studio will be Thursday, July 14 from 5-8pm and Saturday, July 16 from 10am-1pm.  Interested students will need to fill out the application form and sign up for an audition and/or interview slot via Sign Up Genius here.  Applicants only need to attend ONE day of auditions/interviews.  

Young Artist Studio

The 2022/23 inaugural class will be comprised of up to 15 highly motivated, passionate, and dedicated students between the production and performance tracks of Young Artist Studio

2022-2023 Young Artists

Worth Hages

Miro Alan Alagoz

Marcus Jordan

Makenzie Allen

Mikey Winslow

Ellie Brower

Mikey Winslow

Peter Bryant

Mikey Winslow

Makayla DePriest

Worth Hages

Jayce Dykstra

Marcus Jordan

Micah Hamstra

Mikey Winslow

Salma Lefrid

Mikey Winslow

Maggie Martin

Mikey Winslow

Evangeline Ouding

Worth Hages

Isabelle Seiler

Marcus Jordan

Anne Slezak

Mikey Winslow

Avril Taber

Young Artist Studio Mentors

Worth Hages

Worth Hages

Worth's Bio

Worth Hages, originally from Tallahassee Florida, has been working for the past twenty years as a director, choreographer and teaching artist in New York City and now here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Worth directed Dragons Love Tacos, Legally Blonde Jr, choreographed Frozen Jr., Hairspray Jr., and Schoolhouse Rocks for the Traveling Troupe. Worth has been a teaching artist for The School of Theatre for the past five years and has taught many musical theatre classes as well as directed and choreographed Performance Block productions. In New York City, Worth was a teaching artist with acclaimed education theatre programs including TADA Youth Theatre, City Lights Youth Theatre, Inside Broadway, and Wingspan Arts.  As a professional actress, Worth originated the role of Amber Von Tussle in the first Broadway national tour of Hairspray under the direction of Jack O’Brien. Regionally Worth has performed at The Kennedy Center, The 5th Avenue Theatre, TUTS, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Gateway Playhouse, and was a soloist with The Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall. Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory;  London Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Marcus Jordan

Marcus Jordan

Marcus' Bio

Marcus Jordan is a Grand Rapids native who recently returned home after spending six years in NYC performing and teaching professionally. Some of his favorite credits to date include Coalhouse Walker Jr. Ragtime, the Musical, Newt Lee Parade, and Jim Porgy and Bess. Marcus attended Western Michigan University and Westminster Choir College respectively earning advance degrees in voice performance and vocal pedagogy. Marcus’ heart sings its best song when he is teaching and engaged in communal art making.

Mikey Winslow

Mikey Winslow

Mikey's Bio

Mikey Winslow grew up dancing, singing, and acting in and around Grand Rapids, MI. He got involved with the Grand Rapids Civic Theater as well as the GR Circle Theater and found a true home. Upon completion of an undergraduate theater program at Western Michigan University, Mikey moved to NYC where he’s been performing on Broadway ever since. His credits include: West Side Story, American Idiot, Wicked (Nat’l Tour), On The Town, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and most recently Hamilton: An American Musical. He’s worked as an ensemble member, dance captain, swing, understudy, and principle and has had the opportunity to work with many of his mentors including Wayne Cilento and Andy Blankenbueler. He has dealt with injury + recovery having his hip being fully replaced at the age of 31 (before joining Hamilton!) and can speak passionately about the true potential we each have inside of us. Mikey completed an MA in Educational Technology from WMU in 2022. He is a proponent for inclusion in the theater and is very excited for the opportunity to work with the next generation of theatrical humans!

Mikey Winslow

Michael Empson

Michael's Bio

Michael is an actor, teaching artist, and director based in Grand Rapids.  He’s been fortunate to perform, coach, teach, and direct across the country and internationally.  Michael is a member of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, the Michael Chekhov Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors.  Michael was last seen on Civic’s stage in Shakespeare in Love and is currently one of the mentors for Civic’s Young Artist Studio.

Worth Hages

Carrie McNulty

Carrie's Bio

Carrie is an adjunct faculty member at both GRCC and Aquinas College. Local directing credits include productions at Actors’ Theatre, Circle Theatre, Aquinas College, and Grand Rapids Community College. As a member of Actors’ Equity, Carrie has performed professionally all over the country. She holds an MFA in Acting from Penn State University. As always, Carrie is thrilled to be working with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre!

Marcus Jordan

Melissa Mondry-Sefton

Melissa's Bio

Melissa is passionate about sharing her love of movement with other artists and feels blessed to be a part of the dance faculty at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Since receiving her BA in dance from Grand Valley State University, Melissa has taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Grand Rapids Christian High School and several elementary schools and studios across West Michigan.  As a part of the faculty at Civic Theatre, she has taught ballet, jazz and tap technique as well as choreographed for SRTI and main stage productions. She is Co-Director of Grand Rapids Dance Project, a founding member/dancer at Dance In The Annex and an instructor and choreographer at Body Language Dance Company in Jenison. While continuing to further her own dance studies, Melissa regularly attends dance conventions and master classes throughout Michigan, Chicago, and New York. Melissa’s favorite thing about Civic Theatre is the community of artists that come together, sharing a love of art, humanity and creative growth.  She currently resides in GR with her husband Jesse, daughters Isabella and Colette and their adorable puppy, Shinobi.

Mikey Winslow

Caitlin Hart

Caitlin's Bio

Caitlin Hart (she/hers) holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from Aquinas College and completed the Atlantic Theater Company’s Professional Acting Conservatory in NYC. Favorite directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Broadway World 2018 Best Play Nominee), Macbeth (Broadway World 2017 Best Play Nominee), Maria Irene Fornes’ What of the Night? (West Coast Premiere; Best Acting Ensemble Ovation Nominee), Tommy Smith’s White Hot (LA Premiere; Hollywood Fringe Best in Ensemble Theatre Winner). Additionally, she has produced and directed many professional productions, new play development workshops, staged readings, short plays, etc. This past fall she made her GRCT MainStage directing debut with Lauren Gunderson’s THE REVOLUTIONISTS. She is also an Intimacy Choreographer and Casting Director. More information about her work is available at caitlinhartdirector.com​.

TUITION

Tuition for the 10 month program is $3500, payable in monthly installments of $350/month.  Tuition covers: Mentorship meetings, Saturday classes and Studio time, all Masterclasses, field trip transportation and associated classes, all production participation, internship/leadership participation, 1-2 additional classes in the Fall & Winter School of Theatre Arts Terms, and tickets to Come From Away, Tootsie, Six, The Lightning Thief, and any productions on the Chicago Field Trip.

Some classes may have required materials such as dance shoes and/or basic office supplies that are NOT covered by tuition.  Field Trip food is also not covered by tuition, but we will strive to choose lost-cost options and/or have a sack-lunch option available.

Need based scholarship is available by application during the audition/interview process, and will NOT impact your acceptance into the program.

For more information please contact Deb Wright at studio@grct.org