Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Education Open House at Steel River Playhouse

The Steel River Playhouse is more than just the region's premier theater venue.

It is also a school, where voice, acting and other theater-related classes are taught.

Classes and private lessons include things like:

  • movement and music; 
    The education open house will be held
    both Saturday and Sunday.
  • creating characters; 
  • improvisation;
  • acting for the camera;
  • ensemble performance
  • Broadway dance

to name just a few.

Classes and lessons are held for all ages.

An open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., is your chance to check out what Steel River has to offer in terms of education, and you can check it out absolutely free.

Refreshments will be served and you can even try a lesson or class for free.

Aileen McCulloch
Perhaps you can also meet Aileen McCulloch, Vagabond Acting Troupe’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director, who was recently hired as Steel River's educational director.

McCulloch has spent nearly 30 years teaching, directing, and developing educational arts programming at a number of arts programs throughout the region, including Vagabond, the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy, and Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also works part time as the Middle School Theater Teacher at the prestigious college preparatory institution, The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA.

McCulloch was specifically brought on to revitalize Steel River’s educational arts program and guide the company in the final steps to become a leading educational theatrical program in the region.

“Our education department is strong, but we expect that Aileen will give it the organizational push it needs to take it to the next level of outreach and program building,” said Leena Devlin, Managing Director of Steel River Playhouse, wrote in a post on Steel River's web site. 

“The stronger our educational programs, the better we can be in developing Pottstown as a hub of arts and culture for the Tri-County Region. The future of the arts is in our children, and Steel River wants to give them all the opportunities that we can,” Devlin said.

Steps have also already been taken to expand home school daytime offerings, and to bring more theatrical production workshops to Steel River.
The playhouse is located at 245 E. High St. in Pottstown.

You can learn more about Steel River here, on their web site.

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