Students will learn how to tell their own stories and find their creative voice through performance, creative writing, or any other unique outlet they choose! This interactive class will enhance performance, creativity, and communication skills.
Penny Russell; Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Penny is a teaching artist and performer based in the DC/Baltimore area. She has worked as a writer, director and performer with the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre since 1994, and performs with Good Life Theatre, where she just completed a three year run at Wolf Trap. Other favorite performing companies include Bread and Puppet Theater, The Other Opera Company, Adventure Theatre, and The Puppet Company at Glen Echo.
Penny teaches puppetry workshops throughout the DC/Baltimore region and beyond, including workshops as far away as Scotland. She is a regular teaching artist for the Wolf Trap Institute and also sings with the Swing Set Trio and the Roland Cumberland Orchestra.
With ArtStream, Penny has teaches classes in schools and other provider organizations for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). She also leads workshops in self-advocacy.
Annetta Dexter Sawyer (Teaching Artist/MD Cabaret Assistant Director)
Annetta is a graduate of Rutgers University and American University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Communications and her Masters in Performing Arts for Dance & Theatre, respectively.
She is honored to foster self-expression and self-worth with students through poetry, performance, dance, yoga, and visual arts. She has also worked for Arts for the Aging, teaching healing movement, healing stories, theatre improvisation and visual arts. Annetta feels that her well-rounded experience and understanding of the arts as a healing tool aligns well with ArtStream’s varied programming, including its military hospital program, Allies in the Arts.
Teaching Language Arts and Moving Arts for Arlington public schools, Annetta has been awarded as a poet-in-residence for The Arlington Humanities Project. She is also a member of the MCPS Teaching Artist Roster through the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and she teaches for The Folger Library’s Secondary Shakespeare Festival bringing The Bard to DC public schools. In addition to her artistic work with children, Annetta is also on the Fine Arts faculty at Trinity University and works locally in the DC region as a freelance performing artist.
Annetta is the Assistant Director/Choreographer for the Maryland Cabaret, she teaches Practicing Performance, works with the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, co-teaches Theater Arts classes at The Katherine Thomas School, and gives Drama & Story-Telling classes at the DC JCC.
Annetta believes strongly in arts integration and mixed-ability integration. She is proud to work with the unique, progressively productive theatre, and exceptional organization that is ArtStream.
Online via Zoom
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