The Third Avenue Theater School is a cooperative after-school arts enrichment program for children ages 5-18. The program is run and taught by a group of local independent teaching artists with decades of experience in their subjects, as well as in theater education for children and adults.
Participants will learn from highly-skilled teaching artists with expertise in dance, music, writing/storytelling, and production. Each student will spend time learning about all these skills during the first two weeks, after which they will self-select into a specific track to work on producing a student-created performance at the end of the six-week program.
We both value and seek to emphasize the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of producing a live performance, and it is essential that all participants spend time learning all the skills they can in order to create a more cohesive and fun creative experience! We’ll also be working with a variety of storytelling, music, and dance influences from around the world as a way to broaden horizons and concepts of what art can look like. Our goal is to provide young people with a solid foundation in the performing arts, as well as helping them create social and cultural experiences they may otherwise be unable to access, particularly at this time.
Due to COVID, this program will take place outdoors on 3rd Ave N (the only flat street in the neighborhood!). We’ll be teaching from our house, and have a spacious yard with lots of available areas for program activities. All parents must sign the COVID rules form, and all students must comply with all safety rules at all times. The final presentation of our original, student-driven Halloween play will take place (weather permitting) on Saturday, October 31st, and move from the top of the street to the bottom, culminating in a dance party and outdoor holiday gathering with trick-or-treating for the entire neighborhood!
Joshua Anderson (Music; He/His) has worked as a musical director and theater educator from Olympia to Minneapolis; most recently he spent many years as both in-house musical director and Director of Education at Bainbridge Performing Arts. He has taught for Highline Public Schools, and is also a private voice instructor with over a decade of experience with students of all ages.
Christina Collins (Writing/Acting; They/Them) is a writer, performer, and multidisciplinary artist. They received their MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in 2010, and have taught writing to all age groups both in classrooms and as a private instructor. They have taught acting at the college level, and have written and produced dozens of public theatrical performances as the Creative Director for The House of Hello, an independent company specializing in musical cabaret, comedy, and experimental works.
Keri Kellerman (Dance/Movement; They/Them) is the Executive Director of Whim W’Him Dance Company, based in Seattle. They have decades of experience working in the nonprofit arts, as well as many years of dance training and experience.
TBD (Production) If we register more than 15 students, we will be bringing on a fourth instructor specializing in production (props, costumes, etc)! We have several qualified instructor candidates, and are excited to have the capacity to include this track!
We are happy to provide more information about ourselves; we’re also delighted to talk on the phone or meet in person (socially distanced, with masks!) to tell you more and answer any questions you may have.
We welcome additional program donations to help support our scholarships, purchase materials, and provide stipends to any guest artists we may bring in for individual sessions.
Parent volunteers are essential to the program! We’ll need at least one parent per session (increasing to two if we have more than 18 students) to help check kids in, observe our strict COVID protocols (temperature taken, mask on, hands sanitized, safe distancing), help with snacks, etc. Once you’ve registered we’ll send more specific information and a sign-up calendar. In addition, we’ll need your help in other ways! If you’re crafty with hot glue or a table saw or a sewing machine, or if you have access to some specific kinds of multimedia equipment, we’ll have room on the registration form to include that info!