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Altria
American Express
American International Group
Ameriprise Financial
AON
Arch Insurance Group
Archer Daniels Midland
Assurant Inc.
AT & T
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Avon
AXA
BAE Systems
Bank of America
Best Buy
Boeing
Boston Scientific
Bromelkamp Company
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Butterball
Caterpillar, Inc.
Centre
CenturyLink
Charles Schwab
CIGNA
Citigroup
Clariant Corporation
CNA
Coca-Cola Company
Coldwell Banker Burnet
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Costco
Covidien
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Deluxe Corporation
Diversified Pharmaceutical
Dorsey & Whitney
Eaton Corporation
Ecolab
Eli Lilly & Company
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Equitable Foundation
Exxon Corporation
Fair Isaac
Farmers Insurance
Fingerhut
FMC Technologies Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Frederic W. Cook & Co.
Gannett
Genentech
General Electric
General Mills
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Glaxco, Inc.
GMAC RFC
Grainger
H.B. Fuller
Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson
Hartford Group
Home Depot
Honeywell, Inc.
Houghton Mifflin
HSBC Financial
IBM Corporation
ING
Johnson & Johnson
Jostens
Kmart Corporation
Kohl's Department Stores
Kraft Foods
Land O'Lakes
Macy's
Maritz
McKesson Foundation
McKnight Foundation
Mead Corporation
Medtronic
Meredith Corporation
Merrill Lynch
Microsoft
Mid-Continent Enginerring Inc.
Minnesota Mutual
MoneyGram
Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney
Motorola Inc.
New York Life Insurance
Nuveen Investments
Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.
Philip Morris Companies
Piper Jaffray & Company
Pitney Bowes
Prudential
Quaker Oats Company
RBC Dain Rauscher
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Ryan Companies
Saint Paul Foundation
Securian Financial Group
Sprint - Nextel
Starbucks Corporation
Stuart Management Corporation
Sun Microsystems Foundation
Tapemark
TCF
Tennant Foundation
Thomson Reuters
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Time Warner
Toro
Travelers
Tyco Electronics
U.S. Bancorp
UBS Financial Services
Unilever-Bestfoods
UnitedHealth Group
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Verizon
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WCCO
Weyerhauser Company
Xcel Energy
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Which Camp is Right for Me?

Each summer camp is a unique experience with a different approach to theatre and different learning outcomes. Use the icons to help choose the right style of camp for your family (camps may have more than one icon):

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Camps Schedule
For families participating in camps at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, CTC offers Extended Care for campers entering Kindergarten and older. Before and after camp, your child will participate in free play and organized activities with CTC’s education staff.

Pricing for Families attending CTC Camp: Note: We have limited discounted week passes available each week of camp. The per day price will still be available once discounted week passes are sold out.
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General Camp Information
  • Grades refer to Fall 2016
  • AM and PM camps may be purchased together to create a full day which includes a supervised lunch hour. Please note, this option is not available for Ages 4-5 camps.
  • Extended Care is available for those entering Kindergarten and older. For more information or to register, please see the “Extended Care” tab of this page.
  • We will not hold camp on Monday, July 4th. Camp will be four days long that week (July 5-8).
Cancellations
  • You will receive a refund minus a $25 cancellation fee for Academic Year Classes or $50 cancellation fee for Spring Break/Summer Camps if you cancel at least two weeks before your class/camp begins.
  • No refund or credit will be issued if you cancel less than two weeks before your class/camp begins.
  • Tuition for classes/camps cannot be transferred between sessions or to mainstage tickets.
  • No refund or credit will be issued if a student is registered for an age inappropriate class/camp and TAT staff determine it to be an unsuccessful fit.
Discounts
  • 10% off tuition if, in the same order, you register more than one student in your household or register a student for more than one camp. Some restrictions apply.
  • 15% off tuition for current CTC 6 Play, 3 Play A, 3 Play B Subscribers. Discount not valid for Preview, Opening Weekend, or Pick Subscribers. Some restrictions apply.

Inclusion Statement
As part of CTC’s commitment to access and inclusion, at Theatre Arts Training we make intentional choices in our classroom practices to make sure we are a welcoming space for peoples of all ability, ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Our program includes need-based scholarships, all gender restrooms, introductions with preferred pronouns, and a faculty happy to work with families to meet students’ individual physical, learning, and social needs. If there are ways we can be welcoming to your family, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Code of Conduct
In order to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, we do not tolerate any form of physical or verbal abuse, harassment, vandalism, or the use of any illegal substances. Any behaviors found in violation of this policy will be addressed and the student may be asked to leave classes/camps. No refunds will be issued in the event that the Code of Conduct is violated.

Tuition, Payment Plans, and Scholarships
We accept check, credit card, and money orders. A two-payment option is available only when using a credit card by phone. Need-based scholarships are available through the ACT Pass program until all funds are allocated. To apply, please visit childrenstheatre.org or call 612.874.0400.

Pick Up and Drop Off
Students in classes/camps for Grades 3 and younger must be dropped off and picked up at their classroom. Students in classes/camps for Grades 4 and older may be dropped off and picked up at the Stage Door.

No-Nut Policy
To ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella).

Medical Emergency
If we are unable to contact a parent or if time does not permit, 911 services will be used. All expenses incurred are the responsibility of parent/legal guardian.

Photos and Videos
CTC (and its designees and agents) has permission to utilize my student’s image, likeness, actions, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or at, the class/camp in any medium or content for any purposes, including commercial or promotional purposes, without further authorization or compensation.

Electronic Device Policy
Students are not permitted to use phones or other electronic devices during camp. Students may be permitted to use such devices during breaks or before/after camp; however, while at TAT, students are not permitted to make calls, text, or use social media. (Students are always welcome to contact their families through the TAT office at any time.) Any photos or videos taken by students or families at TAT are for private use only, and may not be posted online or through social media. If a student is observed using their phone or electronic device in violation of this or any other TAT policy, they may no longer be permitted to use their device at any time while at TAT.

Free Child Admission for TAT Students
Each TAT student is eligible for one free child admission per TAT session, regardless of number of classes or camps. For TAT academic year and summer camp registrations, complimentary admission is available for select public performances.
Free child admissions are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all performances are available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Free child admissions cannot be booked online or via e-mail and must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Once tickets have been booked, there are no exchanges available. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class/camp cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.
You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your free child admission, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es)/camp(s) for verification of eligibility.

Parent Handbook
How many students are in each class/camp?
Academic-year class sizes range from 10-16 students and summer camp sizes range from 16-25 students. These sizes are dependent upon the age group and content. Please know class size maximums are strictly enforced to ensure the best possible learning environment for your student. Register early to secure your spot. All classes/camps are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Who are the faculty?
All of TAT’s faculty are professional educators and artists. Our teaching artists work all over the Twin Cities with organizations such as Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Penumbra, Pillsbury House, Mixed Blood, and our very own mainstage acting company, among others. We regularly run background checks on all faculty. For more information on specific teachers, please see the “Meet the Faculty” tab of this page.

What should I bring to class/camp?
Students in all classes/camps should wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable jumping, crawling and rolling in. Additionally, some classes/camps include messy art projects.

Students are encouraged to bring water bottles, and are welcome to bring a healthy snack to have during the class or camp session. If students are registered for a full day camp, please pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration, nor a microwave. Please note: to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have a strict no-nut policy for both peanuts and tree-nuts (including hazelnut products such as Nutella).

For dance and movement classes/camps, please wear clothing that won’t inhibit movement. The more clearly the teacher can see your student’s body joints, the more easily the teacher can give technical feedback. Please dress in layers as our studios can be cool in the beginning of class and warm by the end. Hair should be pulled back and out of your student’s face. Please remove all dangling jewelry. Most dance classes require bare feet unless otherwise noted.

Toy weapons of any kind are not allowed in any of our classes or camps.

Are camp ages based on rising or completed grades?
Camps are designed for rising grades, i.e. the grade your student will be entering in Fall 2016.

What if my student wants to be in a younger or older class/camp?
We understand that some students thrive in an environment including students either younger or older than their peer group. However, if you choose to enroll your student outside of their age group, and either you or TAT faculty find it an unsuccessful fit, no credit or refund can be issued. If space is available in a different age-appropriate class/camp, we can switch your registration.

Can I try a class/camp before I purchase?
If there is still space in an academic year class, you are welcome to audit the first day. If you like it, you can then register with the Ticket Office. Please let the TAT office know if you are planning to audit a class. Please note: many of our classes fill up and the only way to ensure a spot is to register in advance. Auditing is not available for summer camps.

Is there a play at the end of class/camp?
TAT is a process-based program focused on building theatre and life skills. With the exception of Lab Collective and Masterclass: Acting Technique, all classes/camps end with a sharing which showcases the work students have done which may include favorite games and exercises, student-generated work, or rehearsed scenes. We do offer a handful of by audition performance programs throughout the year including Junior Company, Senior Company, Junior Intensive, Junior Showcase, and Senior Intensive.

Do you have camp the week of July 4th?
In 2016, we will have camp the week of July 4th, but we will not hold camp on the holiday itself. Camp that week will be four days, meeting July 5-8.

How can my student perform on the mainstage?
For select mainstage productions, CTC casts young actors ages 10+. TAT is not responsible for scheduling auditions or casting for the professional mainstage season. To find mainstage audition opportunities please click here.
To help families prepare, Theatre Arts Training offers workshops tailored to each show’s unique audition requirements. Watch the website and your email for details about upcoming Audition Workshops.

Can I drop off my student early?
TAT offers Extended Care for students participating in summer camps at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Extended Care is available for campers entering Kindergarten and older. Before and after camp, your child will participate in free play and organized activities with CTC’s education staff. Extended Care is available from 8-9:30am and from 3:30-5:30pm.

TAT is unable to provide supervision before or after school-year classes. Please arrange for punctual drop off and pick up.

How do I get my free child admission?
Each TAT student is eligible for one free child admission per TAT session, regardless of number of classes or camps. For TAT academic year and summer camp registrations, complimentary admission is available for select public performances.
Free child admissions are subject to availability and restrictions. Not all are available. Book early for best choice of dates and seats; complimentary tickets cannot be booked in VIP seats. Free child admissions cannot be booked online or via e-mail and must be booked at least 48 hours prior to your date of choice. Once tickets have been booked, there are no exchanges available. Complimentary tickets will be rendered void in cases of class/camp cancellation. All tickets will be held at Will Call.
You will not be issued a physical voucher. To book your free child admission, please call the CTC Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and mention your student’s name and class(es)/camp(s) for verification of eligibility.

Where do I park?
The MIA offers paid parking for the public in all of its lots. Please note that there is a 1/2 hour free grace period in the parking ramp for drop off or pick up, but after that the cost is $5 for the first 2 hours and $1/hour thereafter (max $12/day). If there is Event Parking, the cost will be $7 for the first 5 hours. Limited free street parking is available surrounding the theatre, so please factor this into your travel time.

RAMP PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:
The Parking Ramp is located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South.
During Event Parking, this parking lot is credit card only:
  • Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level), this is your payment ($6) for parking. The exit gate will be open when you exit.
  • If you are taking advantage of the 30 minute grace period during event parking, be sure to also insert your credit card into the exit machine upon leaving (even if the gate is open); this lets the machines know you were in the facility for less than 30 minutes.
During times that are not Event Parking:
  • To pay with cash: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level. Do not insert a credit card otherwise that will be your payment method. Take your ticket to the Kiosk on Level 1 when you leave to pay for your parking. Insert paid parking ticket into the exit machine upon leaving.
  • To pay with a credit card: Insert your credit card into the machine to enter into the ramp (any level) Insert your credit card (same card as you used when you entered) into the machine on your exit from the ramp to pay for your parking.
  • To utilize the 30 minute grace period: Take a ticket on your way into the ramp on any level, and insert the same ticket into the exit machine upon leaving. If it has been less than 30 minutes, the exit gate will open without requiring any payment.
LOT PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:
Parking Lots are located at 25th Street & 3rd Avenue South and 24th Street & 3rd Avenue South.
  • Park your car and walk over to the machines at the entrance to the lot.
  • Enter in your car license plate number.
  • Choose the duration of parking time you would like to purchase.
  • Insert credit card or cash to pay for your parking.
  • Keep your ticket as your receipt.

How it works


You must be a current ACT Pass-holder to qualify for tuition assistance. All ACT Pass-holders will automatically receive a Theatre Arts Training tuition discount.

STEP ONE: Apply for the ACT Pass

STEP TWO: Within 1-2 weeks, receive notification by email of Act Pass eligibility, and if accepted, your scholarship tuition discount (determined by financial need).

STEP THREE: The ACT Pass email contains instructions for applying your ACT Pass scholarship to a TAT class or camp. We recommend registering within 24 hours of receiving your award email, as scholarship funds are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. I can’t find the ACT Pass email; how do I access the scholarship link?
A. Please call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400 and the email may be re-sent.

Q. How do I register for more than one child? What if I know we want to take a class or camp in every session?
A. You may only register for one student, one class, and one session at a time. If you would like to register for an additional class or camp, an additional session or another child in your household, please click ‘re-set’ in the upper right hand corner of the class page, return to your ACT Pass email, click the appropriate link and proceed. Note: Act Pass holders are eligible for 2 classes per student per session.

Q. What if my child’s first choice class or camp is full?
A. When a class or camp is full, a waitlist will be posted. Please join the class or camp waitlist and register for a second choice class or camp. If space becomes available, we will be able to transfer your scholarship to your first choice class or camp.

Q. What if all scholarships funds have been allocated for a session?

A. When we are out of funds for a given session, we start a Scholarship Waiting List. If more funds become available, we will issue additional scholarships. To join the Scholarship Waiting List, use the links in your Act Pass acceptance email.

Q. My student is interested in an audition-based program. How does that work?

A. Sign-up for an audition. If cast, call the ticket office to apply your scholarship to program tuition. If you would like to hold a spot in a non-audition class or camp in case you are not cast, please register and pay. If cast, we can transfer any paid tuition toward the cost of the program in which you were cast. Please note: being an Act Pass holder will not impact casting decisions.

If you have questions about class availability or scholarship needs: CTC Ticket Office 612.874.0400
If you have questions about class content: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Theatre Arts Training or call 612.879.5699.
JOSEPH CLARK
Joey teaches theater and music to help his students discover sides of themselves they never knew existed and open their eyes to the endless possibilities of collaboration and imagination. In addition to CTC, Joey chairs the Musical Theatre program at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and works with older adults through MacPhail School of Music's "Music for Life" & "Sing for Life" Programs. Joey serves as master teaching artist/mentor with ARTSAGE MN, a training ground for artists interested in teaching the aging population. Working with students age 3 to 101, he continues to learn from his amazing students every day. Outside of the classroom, Joey is an active performer, director, and musical director in the Twin Cities.

LAURIE DEHMLOW
Laurie teaches early childhood theatre classes because she delights in opening the door to a new world and then allowing the children to be her guide as they explore the possibilities. Children's imaginations are free from the restraint and clutter of adult realities and she has often been humbled by their wisdom. Her job is to give children the tools to explore their curiosity, express their creativity and share their stories. Along the way they grow in confidence, communication skills and self-awareness.

LAURA DELVENTHAL 
Laura works in theatre, because she believes in the beauty and importance of ensemble - the art we create in collaboration is always the most evocative, the most influential, the most true. This belief is echoed in her work as a teaching artist. In her classroom, she strives to create a community of artists, who with mutual respect and trust, help each other to grow, explore and create. With a sense of joyful play, we discover new ways to express actions, emotions and characters using our bodies, our voices and our imaginations. We all have stories to tell, and whether her students are toddlers or teenagers or adults, they work together to become stronger, more honest storytellers.

ANNIE ENNEKING
Annie is a dancer, actor, musician and theatrical violence consultant/choreographer. She has performed in the Twin Cities in various capacities for twenty-seven years, and got her start at Children's Theatre Company Conservatory School. Annie teaches physical theatre, stage combat, and acting at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and with Children's Theatre's Neighborhood Bridges Program. 

SARA FEINBERG
Sara believes strongly that theatre has an essential place in children's lives. All children are born wired for play. They use play and imagination to understand their lives, and how to communicate and interact with their peers. It is important that children continue to train their brains to play and to create. Sara believes children should be leaders in the creative process. She serves only as a guide to great imagination, crazy wonderful stories and incredible movements children are able to express once they are encouraged to let themselves shine. 

LAURIE FLANIGAN
Laurie is influenced by the work of Viola Spolin, the mother of improvisation, and her son Paul Sills, the founder of Second City and creator of Story Theatre. She believes in the power of play as a way of unlocking intuition and the importance of working together, creating an ensemble to tell a story. Laurie is a collaborator at heart; she loves to make discoveries in the process of rehearsal and thrills when young actors do the same. Through theatre games and storytelling, her class plays together in a safe and free environment - learning to give and take, supporting their fellow players and trusting their intuition.

JOHANNA GORMAN-BAER
Johanna is constantly inspired by the unbridled honesty young students bring to the classroom. Theatre is a fantastic medium for any age group to experience ownership of their own ideas and artistic opinions - every idea is valid and every voice is important. Bringing these values into group play challenges the imagination to grow beyond the individual, creating small artistic communities in every class.

JASON HANSEN
Jason is a music director and composer in the Twin Cities. He counts himself fortunate to work with some of the greatest young talent at CTC! Having grown up in the Twin Cities, and attended Children’s Theatre productions and classes as a child, he is thrilled to work at a place that is so special to him. He primarily works with actors and singers of all ages to tell a story through their songs, especially in the context of theatrical productions. It is exciting to work with large casts and focus on listening to one another and create a stunning ensemble sound. He is comfortable with a wide range of styles and most often he works with the cast of a show to learn and polish the songs and make them dramatically and musically exciting for the audience.

MARYA HART
Marya Hart is a pianist, music director and composer based in Minneapolis, whose work has appeared on many area stages. With Matt Jenson, she creates music and lyrics for "Fidgety Fairy Tales: The Mental Health Musical," now in its seventh season. She has taught at Children's Theatre Company since 1999, helping singers find their voices and explore new music, and has created original music for dozens of classes and camps at TAT. Marya stresses the basics with her students--how to breathe, how to produce a sound, how to make yourself understood. She loves to analyze music and lyrics to figure out what makes them work and to bring them to theatrical life. When she writes music for classes, she involves students in creating music and lyrics as much as possible.

MATT JENSON
Matt has been very inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Children have hundreds of languages with which they express themselves, so he looks for opportunities to explore the many languages that theatre uses to tell stories (acting, dance, music, puppetry, costumes, sets, props, and so on). We follow the interests of the students, all the while looking for opportunities to teach theatre techniques and skills that will support their exploration. The creative process is complex and messy, especially when you are working democratically with an ensemble of 16. It is in the complexity and messiness that unique opportunities for learning occur. He also believes that he is a fellow creator and collaborator with the class. He doesn't know all of the answers ahead of time. He has past experience that he can offer to guide the group as they make their creative decisions, but answers are for the group to discover. 

ANTON JONES
As an interdisciplinary theatre artist, Anton Jones has devoted his career to fusing his experience as a playwright, director, theatre educator, composer/sound designer, and dramaturg into his own unique approach to the creation of live performance. In 2004, he was teaching theatre appreciation and playwriting at the University of Iowa while working closely with Hip-Hop Theatre Pioneer and Guest Artist Will Power by writing the program notes and acting in Will's production of The Seven. Four months later, he was adapting lyrics and composing/performing original music for a production of Good Person of Szechuan while finishing rewrites of his own play Waking Nicodemus which was going into production the following Spring. Another 4 months passed and he was holding his MFA from the University of Iowa Playwright's Workshop and relocating to Minneapolis. In 2006 & 2008 he was recipient of the Playwright's center/Jerome Foundation Many Voices Residency where he developed The FUNeral a fusion of Hip-Hop Theatre and Commedia Dell'Arte. He has directed for Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Climb and Illusion Theatre. As a theatre educator he has taught at The Guthrie, Penumbra, Mixed Blood, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Imagination Stage (MD).

MEGAN KELLY HUBBELL
Megan Kelly Hubbell is a musical theatre graduate of Millikin University with a dance minor. She works as a voiceover talent, on camera and on stage throughout the Twin Cities. She is a staff choreographer for Benilde-St. Margaret schools, Fridley Middle and Jr High schools, Spring Lake Park HS, Armstrong HS, Roseville Area HS, and choreographs for various theaters including: Children’s Theatre Company, SOAR Arts, Theater in the Round, Eat Street Players, Applause Community Theater, and is a faculty member of St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Megan has tons of energy and loves highly physical movement! She believes if you practice the way you perform, you’ll perform at an even higher level. Don’t give up. You are capable of great things!

TAOUS KHAZEM
Taous Claire Khazem has worked as a theatre artist teaching and performing in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, France and Cameroon. In addition to the Children's Theatre she has taught at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, The Walker Art Center, SteppingStone Theatre, Stages Theater and COMPAS. She has toured her one woman play "Tizi Ouzou" to Portland, Seattle, Bemidji, Ann Arbor and Washington DC. In the Twin Cities she has performed with Theatre Unbound, Pangea World Theater, Interact Center, Off Leash Area, Frank Theatre and Savage Umbrella Taous holds a certificate from the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and a B.A. from Macalester College.

SUZY MESSEROLE
As a director, playwright, performer and teacher, Suzy Messerole has been working in the Twin Cities for the past 15 years. She is the co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre and a faculty member of St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artist. She is passionate about every student having access to theatre training and she believes that every class is an opportunity for students to express themselves fully and completely. Viola Spolin and Ann Bogart are big influences on her curriculum – especially the importance of theatre exercises that build over time and allow room for growth.

NANCY NAIR
For as long as she can remember, Nancy has felt the most alive, the most powerful, the most present while moving her body freely in space. In an open place, she had the ability to transform into anything: a shipwrecked pirate, a dolphin who might save her, a shooting star touring the universe, a bubble, or a mouse! She has spent her life pursuing that love, and searching out opportunities to express herself through dance and theatre. As an adult she has found a new flowering of her childhood passion - watching that same seed blossom in the beings of her students. Every time Nancy teaches a class, she is in awe of the creative process. Sheer brilliance is inevitably unleashed in children when they are given the chance to be heard and seen, when they are given a container for their imaginations. She is always humbled and honored to be a facilitator in this very important work. Exploring and expressing our humanity through storytelling, dance and song is a great gift we can give to all our children.

JESSE SCHMITZ-BOYD
Jesse Schmitz-Boyd resides in St. Paul, MN. Jesse has been teaching dance and movement since 2003 and at CTC since 2012. He performs locally with Alternative Motion Project and Off- Leash Area: Contemporary Performance Works. Jesse holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. At UWSP, he danced featured roles in Susan Marshall & Company’s Other Stories and Billy Siegenfeld’s god of dirt. Jesse toured with the Chicago-based RE|Dance Group upon graduation. His original choreography has been presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Movement Arts Day, The Ritz Theatre and ACDFA regional conferences. Presently he teaches at several Minnesota studios including Children's Theatre Company, Zenon Dance School and Ballare Teatro. In his free time, Jesse enjoys science fiction television, gummy worms and croquet.

JEN SCOTT
Jen Scott is a Twin-Cities based performer, teacher, playwright and musician. She teaches at Children’s Theater Company, the Brave New Workshop, Park Square Theater, and has been an artist in residence at Pillsbury House + Theater. Things she loves about improv: that anyone can do it, that any idea is a good idea, that we have to work together, that we have to work towards agreement, that if you're being honest, you're being funny. Plus, it's theatre! And it's amazing amounts of fun.

REED SIGMUND
Reed is an actor who has spent the past 14 seasons as a member of the Acting Company at Children's Theatre Company. He loves creating a classroom environment which encourages the students to make bold, creative choices while reacting and living in the moment onstage. Using extremes in dynamics, he hopes to help students create wild yet truthful characters who can work together to tell amazing stories.

ED WILLIAMS, JR.
Ed has performed at several theatres in the Twin Cities area. At the Children's Theatre Company, audiences saw him in Reeling and Honk. In 2007 he received an Ivey Award. Edward is also a Creative Dramatics/Theatre Specialist for the St. Paul Public Schools. He believes in empowering students to make clear character choices and exploring the characters wants and needs.

IAN ZAHREN
Ian Zahren is in his second year of teaching at CTC. After musically directing the junior schowcase “Madeline and the Gypsies,” Ian returns to take on another year at CTC! Originally hailing from Iowa, Ian holds a degree in Musical Theatre from Point Park Conservatory. He has made it a personal mission in his life to help young people reach their fullest potentials, using theatre as the means to do so. Ian continually works as an actor and educator throughout the Twin Cities. His credentials range from Off Broadway to International Tours to local Equity Theatres such as The Old Log Theatre and Mixed Blood. Ian currently also teaches at The Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists and The Youth Performance Company.

CHRISTINA ZAPPA
Chris has been a theatre arts educator for 15 years. She relishes working with students from an early age and in tandem with parents. She believes the life skills learned and discovered through the dramatic arts are invaluable tools as students begin to create social connections and build self-confidence and awareness of the world around them. As a teaching artist, Chris strives to encourage in her students individual decision making abilities, development of theatrical skill sets and to inspire in them a passion for the arts in all forms.

EMILY ZIMMER
Emily Zimmer has been enchanted by the theatre and other art forms her entire life. She began performing and teaching at CTC in 2002. Since, she has learned volumes about how to use stories as a way to explore ideas, build community, experiment with change and act out characters. She studied dramatic arts at Macalester College and traveled to Switzerland to go to clown school with the renowned Pierre Byeland. She has performed on the CTC stage, with Frank Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, at La Jolla Playhouse, Dixon Place in NYC and a variety of other venues. She is also the Artistic Director of a theatre program for children called The Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House Theatre.>

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