WELCOME TO 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.
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A comPREHENSIVE program for highly motivated students!
The 2023/24 Young Artist Studio will include the following elements:
A personal MENTOR, matched to the student based on interests, who will meet with them three 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.
MASTERCLASSES with industry professionals who can help students better understand theatre, as a profession. The 23/24 Masterclass schedule presented throughout the year will include 3-6 Masterclasses on various topics ranging and presented by professional theatre artists, currently working in the field. Previous Masterclasses included: Acting for the Camera, Partner Dancing, Performing Shakespeare, and Choreography and Voice with the casts of the Broadway Tours of Six and Come From Away.
One FIELD TRIP to Chicago to participate in Masterclasses and a show AND At least one Field Trip to a College/University Theatre Program and/or a Professional Theatre Company.
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES include a winter Cabaret, rehearsed and performed on Civic’s Meijer Majestic Stage and an opportunity to perform in Civic’s 23/24 Theatre for Young Audiences production.
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.
OTHER PERKS for Studio members include: Studio Nights at GRCT Mainstage shows, Senior Resources, Use of Civic Spaces (at designated times), Professional Headshots, Access to Music and Script Library, Access to Civic professional staff for questions and guidance and Studio Swag.
Tuition for the 2023/24 program is $4000 for the entire ten month program. Monthly payments of $400 (spread across 10 months) will be accepted. Tuition covers: Mentorship meetings, Saturday classes and Studio time, all Masterclasses, Field Trip transportation and all classes, all production participation, internship/leadership participation, 1-2 additional classes in the Fall & Winter School of Theatre Arts terms and tickets to Touring Broadway shows and any productions on the Chicago Field Trip. A limited number of need based scholarships are available and applications can be requested upon acceptance into the program. Scholarship Applications are due by June 30th. There will be a MANDATORY ORIENTATION for parents and students on Thursday, August 10th from 5-8pm.
Need based scholarship is available by application during the audition/interview process, and will NOT impact your acceptance into the program.
2023/24 Young Artists
Anthony Puente Aguillera
2023/24 Young Artist Studio Mentors
Worth is a director, choreographer, and teaching artist. At The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Worth directed and choreographed Elephant and Piggie, We’re in a Play and Dragons Love Tacos and choreographed Frozen Jr., and Hairspray Jr. for the mainstage. Worth has directed and choreographed numerous School of Theatre Art’s Performance Block productions as well. Worth has served as a teaching artist for the past six years at The Civic Theatre and spent the past year working as a mentor and teacher for the inaugural Young Artist Studio. While living in New York City for thirteen years, Worth was a teaching artist with acclaimed educational theatre programs including TADA Youth Theatre, City Lights Youth Theatre, and Wingspan Arts. As a professional actress, Worth originated the role of Amber Von Tussle in the first national tour of Hairspray. Regionally, Worth has performed at The Kennedy Center in D.C., The 5 th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and sung as a soloist with The Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory and attended The London Academy of Dramatic Arts.
At Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Josh has been seen on stage, off stage, and in the pit! Josh is proud to have been a part of Ragtime (Keys III), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie, and The Little Mermaid (ensemble). His most recent music director works include Kinky Boots and Mary Poppins at Civic Theatre, plus Legally Blonde and Jersey Boys at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. When they’re not in the theatre, they love to accompany and coach the MT students at Western Michigan University, as well as teach voice students through the Grand Rapids Voice Collective.
Amy is a dance artist, choreographer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Dance in the Annex (DITA) – a Grand Rapids based modern dance collective. DITA regularly hosts master classes, produces large-scale concerts, and creates live and dance-film works that are site-specific with an emphasis on process. DITA collaborative works regularly take place at 337 Project Space, Avenue for the Arts, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and SiTE:LAB. DITA was awarded the Time Based Juror Award for their piece respirador (breather) at ArtPrize 2014. In 2015 Amy was awarded the ArtPrize 2015 Fellowship for Emerging Curators and was the YWCA Tribute Award Honoree for the Arts. Amy has served on faculty at Grand Valley State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and is a regular guest artist and choreographer at studios, schools and universities around West Michigan. Amy is currently on faculty at Michigan Ballet Academy, Grand Rapids Community College and Civic Theatre.
Annelise (she/her) is a Grand Rapids native who has recently returned to town after many years in Chicago and Madison, WI. Since earning her BA in Theatre from Purdue University and her MFA in Acting at UW-Madison she has built a career as an actor, director, educator, and coach of voice, text, and dialects throughout the Midwest. Favorite projects include originating the title role in Muse of Fire’s Queen Margaret (Chicago), playing Prospero in The Tempest at Commission Theatre (Chicago), directing Gruesome Playground Injuries with Theatre In All the Wrong Places (Madison) and directing Sez She and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at Aquinas College. She currently teaches in the theatre department at Aquinas College, and this summer she can be seen onstage at Actor’s Theatre playing the title role in Witch.
Melissa is passionate about sharing her love of movement with other artists and is excited to start her 2nd year with the YAS program 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, several elementary schools and studios across West Michigan and will begin teaching at Zeeland High School in their dance department this summer. 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 a founding member/dancer at Dance In The Annex, recently performing in “Blocking out the Darkness” and an instructor and award winning 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.
Kristina McCloskey is a Director, Intimacy Director and Theatre Educator based in Muskegon. Kristina has taught Core Acting (6-8, 9-12) and recently directed the 2023 Performance Block play Little Women with the Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts. Other directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Ghostlight Theatre, Benton Harbor), Miss Holmes (Muskegon Civic Theatre), Something Rotten! (South Bend Civic Theatre), and Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight, Chicago). Some recent Intimacy Direction credits include: Something Rotten! (GRCT), RENT (Muskegon Community College), Cinderella (Muskegon Civic Theatre) and Merry Wives of Windsor (Grand Valley State University). Kristina is a passionate advocate for consent-centered spaces as well as interactive, immersive theatrical experiences. More at kristinamccloskey.com.