Let’s Stay Engaged, Creative, and Mindful!

JPAS Connect is designed to add structure and creative fun to our JPAS kids’ days. Join us remotely and let’s hang out!

⭐Virtual Summer Experiences Are Available⭐
Online Classes and Workshops

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Virtual Summer Experiences
Online Classes and Workshops

Using theater games and improv as our creative play our actors will learn the art of drama while improving their imagination, creativity and social skills.

 Instructor:  Avra Aron

Date: Tuesday, July 14 – August 4
Ages:  4-6
Time:  1:00 – 1:30
Price:  M $60     NM $75

In this live, virtual class, children will connect with others as they create art together. There will be plenty of creative freedom within the parameters of each project. Students will have time to share their processes in order to learn from each other and excel to the best of their ability. A variety of 2D and 3D materials will be used. A supply list will be provided.

Instructor:  Susan Stein

Date: Wednesdays, July 15 – August 5
Time:  4:00 – 5:00 pm
Ages: 5-12
Price: M $100 NM$125

Inspired by the “Be Your Own Producer” Course for Creatives, join Ashley Kate (Broadway TV/ Film Actress, Producer & Children’s Theatrical Director based in NYC) for this highly creative class for the one-of- a-kind kid!

Calling all CREATIVE KIDS who have more than one artistic interest: writing, acting, singing, arts & crafts, playing music – you know the kind, the ones who can’t sit still! Class list of activities include:  Claiming your artistic identity, imagination station, storyboarding, the writer’s room – how to make your own TV show, expression confession, mini pitch and an independent artistic project.

Instructor: Ashley Kate Adams (Netflix’s UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT) & Producer of AKA Studio Productions (Rules of Cool, Mulligan)

Date:  Monday – Friday, July 20 – July 24
Ages:  8-15
Time: 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Price:  M $225 NM $285

*Bring Your Lunch J

Limited to 12 students per class

Designed for new students and returning students in this personalized on-camera acting class. During this hands-on six week class students will learn on-camera techniques and how to tell your story in front of the camera.  Practice using monologues and commercials to create your very own videos for professional critique and discussions.  Culminates with an agent showcase! Open to all skill levels.

Instructor:  Linda Leonard (Broadway National Tour of Cats, Numerous credits in theater, TV & Film – Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Abroad)

Date:  Thursdays, July 9 – August 13
Time: 4:30 – 5:30pm
Ages:  9 – 15
Price:  M $135 NM $160

 Limited to 8 students per class

Learn the art of the monologue in this exciting and fun class! Each student works closely with the instructor and uses her personal archive of hundreds of monologues to find a piece they are passionate about. From that point on, each student performs in every class by working in-depth with their chosen monologue. Using Adler Technique, students learn how to use emotion and action to achieve their character objectives, and evolve their stage performance skills. Students also develop their vocal technique, characterization skills, physical acting prowess, and ability to work with text. At the end of the class, each student has a performance ready monologue, ready to take on auditions!

 Instructor:  Avra Aron, published writer, global acting and writing teacher and Tish school of the arts graduate.

Date: Wednesday, July 15 – August 5
Ages: 9 – 16
Time: 1:30 – 2:30pm
Price:  M: $100  NM:  $125

Limited to 8 students per class

In this exciting three-week online workshop, students will learn how to create their own television show and web series from brainstorming an idea through writing a script through filming and post-production.

Students will not only create the content as a team, they will be given exciting tasks and writing prompts to keep them engaged throughout the week. Students will also get to know exciting things about production and the secrets & lingo that goes with “being on set”.

Instructor: Ashley Kate Adams (Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Producer of AKA Studio Productions (Rules of Cool, Mulligan)

Mondays & Thursdays, April 20 – May 7
Closed for Passover: 4/16 class will take place on 4/17

  • Ages: 8 – 11 (2 – 3 pm)
  • Ages: 12+ (4 – 5 pm)

Member: $75
Non-member: $100
Limited 12 people per class

During this hands-on six week class, students will learn on-camera techniques and how to tell your story in front of the camera. Practice using monologues and commercials to create your very own videos for professional critique and discussions. Open to all skill levels.

Instructor: Linda Leonard (Broadway National Tour of Cats; numerous credits in theater, TV, and film – Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and abroad)

Tuesdays, April 21 – May 26

  • 4 – 5 pm
  • Ages: 10 – 15

Member: $75
Non-member: $100
Limited to 8 people

Create your own play in this fun and engaging class! Through creative exercises, brainstorming sessions, improvisation, character work, workshopping, and more, students write a play together as a group. Students learn all about the different elements which are required to write a play, and find their own creative voices and visions.

Instructor: Avra Aron; published writer, global acting and writing teacher, and Tisch School of the Arts graduate.

Sundays, April 19 – May 24

  • 1:15 – 2 pm
  • Ages: 8 – 11

Member: $75
Non-member: $100
Limited to 10 people

Write your own play and learn the fundamentals of playwriting! In this class, you will learn how writers play with elements of character, dialogue, plot, conflict, and more. Through in-class writing and weekly assignments (which are fun and engaging), students will find their own creative voices and visions.

Instructor: Avra Aron; published writer, global acting and writing teacher and Tisch School of the Arts graduate.

Sundays, April 19 – May 24

  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12+

Member: $100
Non-member: $125
Limited to 8 people

We offer a variety of virtual private lessons ranging from dance to singing to many different instruments. Lessons available in packs of four, in either 30-minute or 1-hour sessions. All four lessons must be used within three months of purchase.

  • Acting
  • Bass
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Singing

Go from Guitar Zero to Guitar Hero in an encouraging environment.  Students will break down the guitar, learn to play by ear and build a strong skillset in 4 weeks.   They will learn the names of the notes, how to tune, strum, play simple chords by ear and musical internals, the foundation of ear training.  By the end of the class students will have learned basic chords and melodies from some of their favorite songs.  Singing along is encouraged!

Instructor:  Eric Keyes

Date: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 13 – Aug 5
Ages: 8 -15
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Price: M $150  NM $188

*meets twice a week.

Limited 8 students per class

Instructor Bios

Ashley Kate Adams (AKA Studio Productions): is an award-winning Actress & Producer who made her Broadway Debut at the age of 23 in Tony Award Winning Revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. She has appeared on television in UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NETFLIX), ROYAL PAINS (USA), RULES OF COOL (FULLSCREEN), can be heard in TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO), THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES (HBO)  in LOGAN LUCKY, GEMINI MAN & seen in films such as PITCHING TENTS (Hulu), 1 Message (Dish Network) & stars in the upcoming short film LOVE. She recently won the Best Actress Award at the 2018 New York Theatre Festival for the play LOVE and originated the role of Carole in “A Christmas Carole: A One-Woman Show”. Off-Broadway & Regional Credits include the Culture Project, Paper Mill Playhouse, NYMF, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, MTC and more. Proud Motion Capture Performer for Rockstar Video games, featured in RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 & GRAND THEFT AUTO V: ARENA WARS. She started her Production Company, AKA Studio Productions, in 2011 and their work has been selected for over 150+ film festivals. TV Properties include: MULLIGAN (2018 LA Film Festival, 1st Place Flickers RIIFF) , RULES OF COOL (FULLSCREEN), CAPITAL ADVICE (ITV Fest) & Films include: ACE (Toronto Inside Out Fest), photo op (Winner SENE Film),  and the upcoming film’s BLINDSIGHT (LA Shorts) & ABSENT MIND (Toronto International Shorts). She inspired and Co-Produced the feature film BEAUTY MARK which was an official selection of the LA Film Festival in 2017 and was distributed by the Orchard. Her feature film BOY HERO is slated to film in Fall of 2020 in Co-Production with Pigasus Pictures.

Avra Aron is a writer, actress, and teacher. A graduate from the Stella Adler Conservatory at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she spent the last eight years working abroad in London where she directed various plays and musicals, including one which was shown at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also directed students in preparation for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts examinations. Her writing has been published in literary journals, including one which was listed as a Notable Special Issue of 2018 by ‘The Best American Essays 2019.’ She was a finalist for the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize.

Linda Leonard has been a professional director, choreographer, teacher, actor (AEA,SAG/AFTRA), singer, and dancer for over 45 years, here in the Metroplex and in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and abroad. Linda was in the Broadway national tour of Cats. Linda has directed or choreographed for WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Echo Theatre, CitiRep, and Theatre Three to name a few in Dallas and Fort Worth. Linda was the Education Director for WaterTower Theatre (3 years), is a professor at KD Conservatory, and her credits include award-winning roles such as Ann Richards (Critics Forum and Column Awards) and Aurora in The Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Leon Rabin, Column and Critics Forum Awards). Linda also has numerous credits in film and television, and is represented by The Horne Agency in Dallas/LA, and directed a web series about autism, “Saving Hope”, which premiered in March of 2019. Linda is dedicated to the process of creativity, nurturing, and empowering young artists in every aspect of the arts.

Susan believes everyone can benefit from creating art, regardless of whether they are “good at it”. Her Art Experiences Classes allow students to express their individuality through their artwork and succeed to the best of their ability. As learners create, they build important life skills including problem solving, brainstorming, inventive thinking, working together, pride, persistence, intuitiveness, hand-eye coordination and so much more!

Today’s world requires constant innovation and problem solving. The creative thinkers of today will be the successful, happy people of tomorrow. Through artmaking, even adults can increase their brain capacity leading to clearer thinking, new ideas and fresh perspectives. Making art is proven to be therapeutic, reducing stress and improving focus.

Susan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has 20 years of teaching experience. She loves nature, travel, museums, reading, learning, music, collecting hopping toys and shopping for art supplies.

In Eric Keyes you not only have a great teacher but a doer. Eric has performed all over the world and has put out 6 albums of original music including his last Solo album “Back in Blue”

He has recorded with guitar greats Allan Holdsworth & Clint Strong. Eric teaches by example so you can learn to trust your ears and your instincts. He has a completely original method called “The Invisible Guitar.” Using this method students learn in a fun, encouraging environment that will inspire them to be the best they can be.

JPAS online classes and workshops are going to be amazing. Children will learn from and work with some of the finest industry professionals. Kids and teens, get ready to be in touch with your inner artist, build your confidence, learn skills, and have fun along the way.

If you have questions, please contact J Performing Arts Space Director, Alise Robinson, at arobinson@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7140.

Mindful Moments

Come hang out with our JPAS Director, Alise Robinson, weekly for her live Facebook mindful moments. We also have some cool mindful and creative activities to keep our JPAS kids feeling inspired and centered, under our Random Acts section below. Please circle back to our Facebook page after engaging, and share with us your experience and works of art.

Fridays at 12 pm via Facebook Live, beginning Monday, March 30.

All recorded facebook live videos will be archived here.

Random Acts

Grab a microphone or a hairbrush, put on your favorite song, and perform it to either your family or your imaginary audience – like Madison Square Garden! One song? Forget that…create a whole musical set! This is your concert.

Choose either a Broadway song or one of your favorites and create your own dance moves to it. Remember to tell the story!

Create a show theme, your own show, decide on a subject to talk about, and introduce your favorite guest!

Write a poem in first person as your favorite musical theater character.

In a short monologue, address the world and tell them what you believe is the most important. How can we:

  1. Maintain peace
  2. Help Each Other
  3. Save the planet
  4. You choose a topic

Write a short song about what’s most important to you! Or write a silly song. Costumes are and dancing are encouraged ♥️.

Choose two stuffed animals in your house and write a short play. Don’t want to use stuffed animals? Create two imaginary characters. You might even be the third character in your play!

If you were [insert Disney Character] (any character or even yourself), what would you say to the world right now about working together to help solve the Corona Virus? Write a monologue, rehearse, and video-record it.

Write your best poem (or rap) teach everyone something or just express yourself ♥️

  • How should we treat each other?
    • Why should we treat each other with kindness ♥️

Go outside, pick a tree, and decorate it! Use yarn, make pictures, use recycle scraps – be creative. This tree will bring you joy and hope. Take pictures and post!

Create your favorite Lion King character, imaginary or any other character you like, in your own way. Put your spin on it! A puppet, a drawing, a sculpture, a mask, a painting, a costume, and make it “come to life”!

If you have an empty journal to use, claim it. If not, grab some copy paper, fold it in half, staple at the fold, and create your own. Want a cover? Take construction paper, fold it in half, and put the copy paper in the center and staple. Bam – now you have a journal! This new journal is the place you can write down all of your thoughts, feelings, and dreams. It’s for your eyes only, unless of course you want to share. Try to commit to three minutes of writing a day. If you don’t feel like writing, express yourself through drawing. This is about you!

Grab a notebook or a few sheets of paper and make a list of 100 things to be happy about – big or small things. Decorate the list and hang it on your wall!

Take out your markers, colored pens, pencils, and paper. Write yourself a love letter. Tell yourself all the things you want, need, and deserve to hear. Be your own best friend.

What magical things can you do? Write them down, decorate, and create your magical landscape.

What would you like the world to be? Use your magazines and/or Pinterest to create your perfect world! Or Draw it. Color it. List everything it needs to have. Make up stuff you always wanted. Don’t hold back.

Enjoy these fun activities and please circle back to our Facebook page after engaging and share with us your experience, videos and works of art. Click on a title to expand for more information.

Activity Studio

Come hang out with our JPAS Director, Alise Robinson, weekly for her live Facebook mindful moments. We also have some cool mindful and creative activities to keep our JPAS kids feeling inspired and centered. Please circle back to our Facebook page after engaging, and share with us your experience and works of art. Click on a title to expand for more details!

Live Events

Wednesdays at 4 pm starting Sunday, March 29.

Fridays at 12 pm via Facebook Live, beginning Monday, March 30.

Fridays at 4 pm starting Friday, April 3.

Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm starting April 2.

Join us for our weekly talent show. Everyone can join us to watch, and those who want to participate, click here to sign-up for your slot. If you sign-up please have your “act” prepared ahead of time and music cued for your performance time. Aim for three minutes per person. Each week a new sign-up form will be posted on Fridays.

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