1:30pm-2pm: Sign-In, brief orientation
2pm-3:15pm: Masterclass #1
3:15pm-4:30pm: Masterclass #2
4:30pm-5:45pm: Masterclass #3
6pm-8pm: Pizza/Dance Party!
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Wolfbane's 1st Annual Theatre Exchange!
Who: Students in Grades 9-12; Heritage, Appomattox, Appomattox Christian Academy, Jefferson Forest, EC Glass, and Amherst.
*If you do not belong to one of these high schools, but wish to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Heritage High School
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017; 1:30-8pm
Tickets are $25 and include masterclasses, dinner, and t-shirt!
meet your teachers
business of acting
Ken Arpino is a New York based actor, writer, and improvisor with over 10 years of industry experience both in-front and behind the table. Off Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding (starring Anthony Wilkinson) and The Christmas Rose (starring Jane Seymour). Broadway National/International Tours: Mamma Mia, Legally Blonde: the Musical, and Hairspray. Proud member of AEA. Ken is the creator, writer, and star of the acclaimed original comedies The Queens Project (starring BJ Gruber and Trey Gerrald) and The Assumption of Mallie (starring Clay Aiken and Keala Settle). He will also appear in the new Starz original web series Boys vs Girls premiering in the fall of 2017. Ken is an Emerson College graduate with a degree in Marketing Communications and Arts Management. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance casting agent with Finn Hiller Casting in Los Angeles (Iron Man, Case 39) and a variety of regional theaters all over the US. He is also a graduate of the advanced study comedy program at the Upright Citizens Brigade for both improv and sketch writing. He can be seen performing around New York with his indie teams Bowflex and MixTape.
*For the class: please bring in your headshot and resume if you have one
Christine Yepsen holds a BA in Theatre Arts Production focusing in Stage Management and Design. After graduating she worked in the exhibits department of the local children’s museum, Amazement Square, assisting in the design and revitalizing of more than 10 exhibitions. She has since worked as a Stage Manager in regional theatre, and as an ASM in an original production in New York. She has also done costuming in NYC for a web series and several independent theatre companies, including Animus Theatre Company and Mathew Lilliard on his New York Directing debut, Collected Shorts by Tennessee Williams. In 2015 she received two nominations for her costume and mask designs from the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for her work in Glory Kadigan’s original play, When The Party’s Over. Generally Christine can be found assisting the head designer of Daniel’s Floral’s and Events in creating elegant centerpieces and decor for premiere parties and events in locations from Manhattan to Connecticut.
Jake Cornell is a comedian, improvisor, and actor living in New York City. He has performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT, and Reckless Theatre. Jake has studied under Gavin Speiller, Billy Merritt, Don Fanelli, Patrick Clair, Keisha Zollar, Patrick Noth, Johnna Scrabis, Shaun Diston, and Christian Capozzoli. His team, Funky Hard Beats, will be performing at UCB Cagematch later this year. Jake is also a host of Your Voice is So Funny, a podcast talking to queer people about who they are and what they do.
Amy Northup is an Actress, Director, and Teacher based in NYC. She is the Associate Artistic Director for Animus Theatre Company, as well as an actor in the company. She is thrilled to be back with Wolfbane, having spent two summers with them as Vanda in Venus and Fur, and Lady M in Macbeth. She can be seen in the upcoming Eli Roth's web series 'Violet', and was recently featured in Theresa Rebek's 'Funeral Play', directed by Pamela Adlon. She made her NYC Off- Broadway Directorial Debut alongside Matthew Lillard, Assistant Directing a series of Tennessee Williams' short plays.
Amy has taught Linklater Voice and Acting both in New York and at her alma mater, Virginia Tech.
*For the class, please prepare a brief classic or contemporary monologue
musical theatre prep
Born and raised in Appomattox, Virginia, Dustin Williams is the founder of Wolfbane Productions and now resides in New York City. After graduating from Lynchburg College with a degree in Theatre, Dustin moved to NYC where he studied at the William Esper Conservatory, with a focus in Meisner technique. Dustin has had the pleasure of directing productions across the country from NY to LA and he has worked with many of America’s top performers.
Dustin founded Wolfbane in 2008 and since then has had the pleasure of directing over a dozen Wolfbane productions. He also adapted the scripts for Wolfbane’s MacBeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In New York, Dustin directs for It Gets Funnier’s "The Queen’s Project" web series and is a youth educator at Hunting Learning Center.
Coming from the Central Virginia area, Dustin finds it imperative to introduce students to the world of performance entertainment and hopes Wolfbane can play an important role in the lives of these students.
*For the class: please prepare a 32-bar selection of the musical theatre or pop song of your choice