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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 Fall Online Classes and Workshops ⭐
 are Available

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Check back frequently, as we will be adding more cool and fun things!

Virtual Fall Online Classes and Workshops

ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS

Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams is back for a one day Be Your Own Producer JR . Workshop!

After the smashing success of the #BYOP Jr. Summer Camp, #BYOP Jr. is back to encourage your kids to create their own materials this August! Join Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams for this exciting and interactive 1-day workshop online!

For 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, story boarding, 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: Sunday, August 23
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $80 | Non Members  $100

Join Broadway’s Ashley Kate Adams for a 1-day workshop on building your training towards Broadway and landing the roles you desire. We will work on audition prep, making a great first impression in a mock audition and end the workshop with a Q & A about all things Broadway!

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

Date: Thursday, Oct 15
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 p
Ages 9+
Price: Members $50Non Members $65

ONLINE CLASSES

Taught by TV and Movie Actress Linda Leonard with special Guests appearances from Casting Directors and Agents

Lights, Camera, Action!   Learn and develop on-camera acting techniques that are used in television, commercials and in films. Not matter your skill set this class will be tailored to individual students abilities!  The class offers real world experience and helps actors to be comfortable working on-camera.

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

Date: Thursdays, September 24 – November 12
Time: 4:30-5:30 p
Ages: 9 +
Price: Members $180 | Non Members: $225

Learn the art of acting in this course! Students are trained to become actors, and taught how to develop vocal, improvisation, characterization, and physical acting skills, all while having tons of fun and gaining performance experience. The course culminates in a virtual showcase during the last week of class, in which everyone gets a chance to shine and show off all their new skills!

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

Dates: Wednesday, Sept 30 – November 18
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p
Ages: 9+
Price: Members $180 | Non Members: $225

Have fun and connect with others while playing games that cover the wide range of the performing arts! All games are specifically designed to be enjoyed online. Students expand their skill set while having fun, playing everything from drama games to rapid-fire writing competitions to Broadway trivia tournaments!

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

Dates: Thursdays, October 1 – October 22
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages: 8+
Price: Members $85Non Members: $108

Calling all Creative Kid’s and recent #BYOP JR. Graduates, #BYOP JR. is back with Ashley Kate Adams! 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 featuring new materials and an exciting weekly course!  Awesome class for kids that 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, story boarding, 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)

Dates: Tuesdays, September 29 – November 17
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Ages: 8+
Pricing: Members $295 | Non Members $370

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

Dates: Monday,  October 5 – Nov. 23
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Ages 8+
Pricing: Members $150 | Non Members $188

Artistic Staff

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.

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.

Sakura Brunette hails from the land of moose, mounties and maple syrup. She has been costuming for 9 years. In 2015, she graduated from McMaster University with a BA in Art History and Theatre & Film. Shortly after graduating she relocated to Texas. Her recent credits include, Noise’s Off, Comedy of Tenors, Mamma Mia, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, Southern Exposure, Move Over Mrs. Markham and Lion King, JR. 

 

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.

Contact J Performing Arts Space Director, Alise Robinson for a complimentary one-on-one consultation to help determine which JPAS classes are perfect for your child! Set up your appointment:  arobinson@jccdallas.org or 214-239-7140.

We’re also offering In-person classes, click here to learn more.

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 ♥️
Examples:

  • 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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