Billy Horn is coming back to Stages this summer to teach Theatre and Performance!
Billy has over two decades of experience in the entertainment business and 15 years experience working professionally in Theater as an actor, director, composer and playwright. He has appeared onstage in theaters in Buffalo, New Jersey and New York City, and he is currently the Founder and Artistic Director of the Patchwork Theatre of Niagara located in the NACC. His curriculum will include brief history of theatrical traditions, acting and audition lessons, as well as scene work with other students.
Introducing a great new class to Stages! We’re pleased to introduce our campers to Ms. Bre, who will be teaching creative writing this summer!
Breanna Leslie-Skye is a current Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature at Cornell University and works as a writing instructor for first-year college students. She earned a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies in 2017 from Columbia University. She is proudly from Niagara Falls, New York, and has been a fiction-writing enthusiast since she was able to put a pencil to paper. Breanna appreciates all genres of writing but has always been partial to fantasy and sci-fi—among her favorite childhood book series were A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and K.A. Applegate’s Remnants. This is Breanna’s first time being a part of Stages; she is thrilled and honored to join in!
Creative Writing: This course will help students explore the many ways we can tell stories, including fiction, traditional poetry, spoken word, memoir, and even fanfiction. There’s no right or wrong answer to what the best way to tell a story is—that’s for each of us to discover for our ourselves! Whether you want to polish up your funniest story about cooking eggs for the first time or dream up a planet full of dragons in space, this course will support all voices. We will collaboratively practice techniques such as creating characters, building settings, and writing conflict, and we will reference examples of great literature and media to help us out. Finally, we will practice orating our writing pieces to share aloud with an audience!
Miss Caedyn is back in action at Stages Summer Camp and is so excited to open her studio to campers again this year!
Caedyn Metz is an established artist best known for her captivating paintings featuring the Niagara landscape. Primarily an oil painter, trained by impressionist master Ylli Haruni, Caedyn spends much of her time exploring and painting en plien air with the Niagara Painters. She also shares her love of community and fine art in doing large scale street murals in chalk or acrylic at local and international festivals.
Caedyn is inspired by the simple beauty found in everyday experience and the rich history of WNY. Recently she has completed a series of murals and large scale paintings in celebration of the 125th birthday of Niagara Falls.
Currently her work can be seen on the walls and in her studio at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center as well as as on Old Falls Street, and the Niagara Factory Outlet Mall, Niagara Falls, USA.
She is so happy to be returning to Summer Stages Camp to teach the Painting and Set Design classes!
Painting- Campers will create paintings both indoors and out. They will learn how to paint plein air and capture light and movement in their work. We will have fun with unique studio techniques that go beyond the brush such as pouring, blow painting, splattering, combing, palette knife applications, and our hands. We will also use outdoor chalk and pastels to paint our walkways for our Camp’s chalk festival! Painting includes drawing and sketching and we will spend some time working with dry media.
Set Design- Students/Campers in this class will build and design the background scenery for the stage and create necessary props for the performers. They will learn some carpentry skills, trompe l’oeil, ergonomics for the stage, safety with props, and basic sewing. They will also have a fun workshop on theatrical make up!
Cecelia Barron, returning Dance Teacher for Stages! Barron, who recently was nominated for an Artie award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, is ecstatic to be back at NACC’s Stages summer camp for another year. She would like to offer a safe, inviting, and fun space for the students taking her class and attending camp. In her class the students will have the ability to express emotions and storytelling through dance and movement. Skills to be earned by the end of the summer are technique, discipline, and confidence.
Stages Summer Camp is offering another new class this summer, Clowning!
David Lewis AKA Boomer the Clown started working professionally as a clown 18 years ago. David and his wife met on a mime troupe which was started by a graduate of Marcel Marceau’s school, and they started a mime and clown service in Bolivar Missouri where they lived. There was a short hiatus when David went to Tanzania with his wife and children to start a school for needy children on the small island of Zanzibar. Boomer made an appearance on the island a time or two. 🙂 David now runs an acting studio here at the NACC called “Renaissance Hands” that offers various classes.
Clowning: A clown is a very special creature, they love everyone and only want to see you happy. The clowning class will help you understand some of the history of clowning as well as the different types of clowns. You will be encouraged to discover which type of clown best matches your personality and performance style. While learning the performance skills that every clown needs you will also discover your inner clown’s personality, name and face.
Stages Summer Camp is pleased to welcome Kacy Carbone as our new voice teacher!
Kacy Carbone is a classically trained vocalist and clarinetist. She graduated in May 2017 with a BA in Music from Buffalo State College. At Buffalo State, Kacy double majored in Clarinet and Voice, and additionally to her musical studies took course work in educational methods, Italian, German, French, acting methods, and an independent study in vocal literature. Kacy acted as a teacher assistant in Vocal Pedagogy for freshman voice majors and has been teaching multiple instruments at Matt’s Music since October 2016, and her students ages range from 5-60 years old!
She has been part of numerous ensembles including BSC Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Elmwood Swing Choir, Westminster Church Choir as a section leader (2015-2016 season) and has subbed for the Alex Renee Band and the Ladies First Band. She has also participated in musicals with companies such as Theatre of the Mist. Kacy had the distinct honor of winning Buffalo State’s Young Artist Competition in April 2017. She was fortunate enough that this was her second solo feature with the BSC Philharmonia Orchestra, the first as the Soprano soloist for Faure’s Requiem in Spring 2016.
This will be Kacy’s first time teaching voice and techniques for the singer-actor for the Stages Summer Camp at the NACC and she is so excited to start this exciting new opportunity!
This year we’re excited to welcome back Ms. Meagan!
Meagan McCormick is excited to return for another summer at Stages summer camp as the sculpture and craft teacher.
Miss Meagan a New York State certified art teacher and has spent the last four years teaching in a Catholic School in Buffalo where she teaches pre-k through 8th graders. She not only put together two art shows a year she is also responsible for the school-wide Christmas show that ties in with the drama club performance.
Meagan worked on MA at Niagara University and was able to research the collection of the Castellani Art Museum and make connections with artwork to enhance the learning of other subject areas, her lessons can be found on the Castellani website. She has been able to a lot of collaboration with bother her regular teaching job as well as in the Stages summer camp setting.
Miss Bebe is back in action this summer at Stages!
Shawambie See Yuen from SUNY Buffalo State College where she was able to study all forms of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, black dance, plus many more.
Although she didn’t get to study dance until college she has been dancing/ teaching for over 15 years; it has always been a passion of hers. Through her years of teaching, performing, & learning she has been exposed to various styles of dance but she would say her speciality is Hip Hop or Afro Carib.
Back in 2012 & 2013, she taught children ages 5-16 hip hop at a summer camp, Camp Olmsted, located in Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Since then she had been teaching adults until last year when she joined the NACC Summer Camp family as a dance instructor! Miss Bebe loves the kids and can’t wait for this summer!
Gus Posey, our security man, will join us again this summer! He’s very excited to welcome back our students! As an artist, performer, technician, and all around renaissance man, Gus does it all and the NACC is very lucky to have him!
Rachel Macklin Olszewski is Program Director at the NACC, and returning as Camp Director in 2018. Camp is Rachel’s most favorite time of the year, she truly enjoys crafting a special schedule of classes and adventures each summer.
Rachel graduated in 2012 from Niagara University with a BFA in Theater Performance. In 2015 Rachel attained an MA in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo. Rachel is also pursuing an MPA in Nonprofits from Buffalo State. Rachel still acts and sings on stage when she can find the time, most recently she starred as “The Raven” in Patchwork Theatre’s production of Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe.
Currently, Rachel serves on several boards in Buffalo/Niagara, including nonprofits Big Easy in Buffalo, which brings New Orleans musicians to WNY, and Post-Industrial Productions of Buffalo, a new theatre company that just completed it’s innagural season. When she’s not at the NACC, Rachel works at the University at Buffalo in the Theatre & Dance Department managing Graduate Programs. At the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center she manages art exhibitions, children’s classes, performances, programs, lectures, workshops, and events. It sounds like a lot, but she doesn’t mind because she gets to spend every day making visual and performing arts accessible to everyone, which is truly what she loves to do.
Pictured right to left: Rachel M. Olszewski (Programs/Rentals/Exhibits), Kelly Buckley (Development/Marketing), Laurie Martelli (Finance)