The Public Theater announces a new series of virtual offerings to keep you connected to the arts during the 2020 COVID lockdown. You are invited to join them for their first week’s byPUBLICdemand events. Click on each link to get registered for a specific class. All classes will be presented through Zoom.
The Public Theater says: “The byPUBLICdemand virtual offerings are our way of staying on mission and being of service to our community. By offering projects/activities for artists while engaging our citizens with (free and modestly priced) courses and activities, we are doing what we can to to be part of the solution during troubling times.”
Wednesday, April 22nd
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Public Prep Virtual Studio: Grades 4 – 5 (Free)
Intro to Costume Design with Michael Ciaramitaro
Have you ever wondered what it takes to design the costumes you see on The Public stage? Join us to learn the basics of costume sketching, how to match a character to their costume, how costumes are made, and tips from its very own costumer, Michael Ciaramitaro. Click here to register.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Virtual Studio: Meet the Artist (Donations)
Kick back and enjoy some time with theater artists. Ask questions and find out about their story — what makes them motivated, specific techniques they use, and more about them and the craft they love. This week, join the Public in welcoming local theater artist David Nanny in the virtual studio! Find out his favorite recipe and how he is managing work/life balance. David is the Theatre Arts Supervisor for NISD as well as a successful performer, director, husband, and father. David was most recently seen in All is Calm and directed The Public’s production of Elf the Musical this season. Click here to register.
Thursday, April 23rd
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Public Prep Virtual Studio: Grades 6 – 8 (Free)
Acting Technique with Ariel Rosen
This class will cover acting basics and methods to begin or continue your relationship with theater. Learn how to warm up your voice, mind, and body, how to connect a character to emotion, and explore various popular acting methods. Click here to register.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Staff Roundtable (Free)
Visit with The Public Theater staff and learn about how we operate and what makes us unique. This week, join George Green (CEO /Artistic Director) for a COVID-19 discussion. Find out what our days are like, what we are evaluating, and what plans we are discussing. Click here to register.
Friday, April 24th
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | Public Prep Virtual Studio: Grades 9 – 12 (Free)
Vocal Training and Pedagogy with Jaime Ramirez
Vocal health and technique are paramount as a musical theater actor and this class will go through the ways to keep your voice in shape, make the most of your breath, and discover your most powerful sound with professional music director and teacher, Jaime Ramirez. Click here to register.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Virtual Studio: Encore Lounge featuring Emily Villarreal ($5)
Emily is a feisty, belting, mezzo- soprano raised in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. She’s a graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY where she studied under distinguished instructors including Broadway and television actors Diana Canova and Brian McManamon. Emily is currently cast as Alice Murphy Understudy/Ensemble/Dance Captain in BRIGHT STAR with The Public Theatre. Previous credits: A Doll’s House (Kristine), Shrek! The Musical! (Gingy/Sugarplum Fairy), and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pippi). Click here to register.
Saturday, April 25th
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Virtual Studio: Encore Lounge featuring Tregoney Shepard ($5)
Credits include: BROADWAY: (Madame Thenardier) Les Miserables, (Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress) Phantom of the Opera. NATIONAL TOURS: (Midwife/u/s Madame Morrible) Wicked, (Mrs.Brill) Mary Poppins, (Madame Thenardier) Les Miserables, (Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress) Phantom of the Opera. REGIONAL: (Clairee Belcher) Steel Magnolias, (Doris Wallis) Silly Cow, (Madame Thenardier) Les Miserables, (Vi Moore) Footloose, (Witch) Into the Woods, (Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn) The Music Man, (Mrs. Lovett) Sweeney Todd, (Mrs. Brill) Mary Poppins, (Mrs. Medlock) The Secret Garden, (Ado Annie) Oklahoma, (Mrs. Peachum) The Threepenny Opera, (Wicked Queen) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, (Angela) Honky Tonk Angels, (Queen Isabella) Christopher Columbus, (Sally Phelps/Ms. Watson) Big River, (Wanda/Diva/Badger) Six Women with Brain Death, (High Priestess) Aida, (Mother) Hansel and Gretel, (Countess) Marriage of Figaro, (Zita) Gianni Schicci. Directing/Musical Direction and Choreography credits include: Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Children of Eden, Seussical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls. Tregoney has performed her one woman show, “Bigger is Better,” in New York, Chicago and L.A. and has appeared in cabaret rooms across the country. She has her Masters in Musical Theater and Opera Direction and Doctorate in Vocal Performance. Tregoney has taught private coaching for Singer/Actors in NY, CT and AZ, coaches Master Classes in Music Theater across the country and often runs musical theater programs for youth. She currently resides in NYC. Click here to register.
Sunday, April 26th
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Virtual Studio: CENTERSTAGE Encore Lounge featuring Gabe Carlton (Donations)
Gabe Carlton is very excited to perform for you! Previous credits include: Mary Poppins (Ensemble, TPT), Newsies (Buttons, TPT), Anything Goes (Billy Crocker, Clark HS), and Matilda (Scary Big Kid). He’s grateful for every oppurtunity here in San Antonio. Gabe thanks his family, teachers/mentors, and Christ for for their support and guidance. Click here to register.