West Performing Arts Academy

SPECTRA Artist
Theater Arts

Available only to Schools

WEST Performing Arts founded by Terri Steinmann, a professional teaching artist for over 20 years and a SPECTRA Artists since 2005. Terri holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Colorado. She was artist with the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theatre Company, Managing Director of the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center prior to settling in California with her family. She is Artistic Director of WEST Performing Arts, the founder of West End Studio Theatre, a Board Member of the Santa Cruz Art League and operates the Broadway Playhouse in Santa Cruz. Her programs include collaborations and partnerships with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Tandy Beal and Company and London-based Theatre Temoin.

Saki is a long time SPECTRA Artist who performs regularly with Tandy Beal and Karl Schaeffer & Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, the latter with whom she teaches MathDance workshops internationally. She
Lori Rivera was the Musical Director and voice instructor at Mt. Madonna School for 15 years. She is a professional singer, actor and director. Her one woman show, Smoke has played throughout San Francisco and the Peninsula. Currently she is performing with SoVoSó in Tandy Beal’s Mixed Nutz.

Our featured educators have over 80 years of combined experience in Arts Education in Santa Cruz County, throughout the United States and Internationally. Together, wee create cohesive programming and integrated arts curriculum as a supportive team. We live the philosophy of what we teach.


website: www.westperformingarts.com
email: terri@westperformingarts.com
phone: Terri Steinmann (831) 425-9378

Theatre For Social Change

WEST Teaching Artists work with your students on collaborative, analytical, and public speaking skills, utilizing storytelling, theatre and creative writing to empower students to become animators of their own lives.

Based on the nationally recognized literacy program, Neighborhood Bridges, Theatre For Social Change challenges students to identify the roots of social issues in a story and then work through these issues in a group setting. The program model emphasizes social and individual transformation to build bridges between people and communities. These same critical thinking and communication skills can then be translated to the much broader life canvas and the other communities our young people will encounter.

This program stems from a nationally recognized pedagogy, and is aligned California State Content Standards.

Grades 6-12 (Also available for ages 18 and older)
This program requires 10-16 weeks, two hour sessions. Also Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $75 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades 6-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Hourly fee includes all materials and teacher prep time
After School Availability: Yes

Additional Languages: Japanese, Spanish (by instructor)

Creative Learning Through Drama

Take a dramatic approach to your subjects with WEST Arts’ innovative Creative Learning Through Drama program. Tailored to enrich or supplement your basic curricula, our professional teaching artists apply the dramatic arts in an interactive way.

Applicable to any grade level or area of study, Creative Learning Through Drama:

Integrates the arts into your curriculum through active student involvement
helps students discover principles in math, science, social studies, language arts and health
shows your students how the arts express a wide range of human experiences and encourages them to make connections to their own cultural heritages
Incorporates problem solving, critical and imaginative thinking while applying to multiple learning styles

Language Arts: Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, And Oral Communication

Math: Word problems, Numbers and Operations

Science: Animals, Cycles, Rainforests, Coral Reefs, Ocean Environments, Solar System, Digestive System

Social Studies: Families, Communities, Neighborhoods, World Cultures, Native American Cultures, California History and Culture, American and World history, Civil Rights, Historical Biography

Theatrical Skills-based workshops include Shakespeare, Poetry For Performance, Playwriting, Physical Comedy, Mask Making, Stage Combat, Ensemble Building, and Improvisation.

K-12 (Also available for ages 18 and older)
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $50 - 60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

Story Drama

Have you ever wished you could go inside a storybook? Every session, we read a different book and explore elements of the story through acting, art, and interactive, multi-sensory props. Experience the excitement of drama and working as an ensemble while actively enjoying the best in children's literature.

Grades K-2nd
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $50 - 60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

Creative Movement with Saki

This class ignites the imagination as books come to life. Stories are used as a springboard to create group choreography. This class emphasizes building self-confidence and cultivating expression in a creative space. This class meets both performing arts standards and dance standards.

Grades K-5th
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $50 - 60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

Scene And Heard

Discover how the professionals act. Learn how to coordinate your voice, body, and mind while you engage in the basics of acting theory: actions, objectives, and obstacles. This class is the foundation of any acting training program, from movement and voice work to character development and scene creation. Learn acting skills by immersing yourself in interactive dramatic situations. Skills will be put to use in the study, memorizing and presentation of selected scenes from plays and literature works

Grades 3rd-12th
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $50 - 60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

Singing For Life

Group singing is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Create a school choir or prepare for a winter concert or just have fun while expressing yourself and being heard. This Vocal Technique class focuses on strengthening the voice and introduces students to singing styles, different ranges, techniques, harmonies and warm-ups. Our main aim is to build confidence, give advice and to have as much fun as possible. A cabaret performance completes the class.

Lori Rivera is a local jazz singer and was the Musical Director for Mt. Madonna School’s Ramayana for 15 years. She leads several local choirs and guest artists with SoVoSo in Tandy Beal’s Mixed Nutz.

Grades 3rd-12th
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $50 - 60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

Page To Stage: Bringing Critical Literacy Into the Classroom

Terri Steinmann and Company

Description: Literature is brought to life in a real, meaningful way as through the study of narrative, dialogue, character, plot, circumstance, and relevance. Page To Stage

A comprehensive program, Page To Stage provides high quality, multi-discipline arts instruction to students. Teachers and students will receive weekly lessons in multi-discipline arts instruction. A guided process of Page to Stage will begin with a piece of text relevant to the California State Standards at each grade level and will culminate in a rich performance with dance, song, theatre and visual arts.

Schools can select from our prepared curricula or align with core curriculum.

Page To Stage has demonstrated success with individual grade levels and can be integrated to include all grade levels for a school wide production.

Page To Stage can also be adapted to accommodate ESL and migrant programs. Spanish instruction and bilingual scripts available.

This residency requires a minimum of 10 one-hour workshops

Grades K-12 (Also available for ages 18 and older)
Requires: Classroom, multipurpose room or stage
Fee structure: $60 per hour for classroom based instruction for grades K-12. For adult classes, contact artist for dates and other details. Materials Fee: Materials fees and teacher prep determined by each workshop

ENCORE!  A literary enhancement program

Encore! Workshops are designed to compliment the WEST Performing Arts productions, which include assemblies and field trips to professional shows. Teachers receive a Study Guide packet with materials, which include:

Pre-show information and theatre etiquette
A plot summary of the play
Detailed information on the play’s themes
Critical Thinking discussion topics
Games, Activities and Writing exercises to reinforce the material

Following the performance, the professional artists lead a theatre workshop with your students on site (if a field trip) or at your school. All Field Trip performances include a post show talk back with the actors and production staff. Often students are allowed to explore the stage and studio.

2010/2011 Productions that offer Encore!

Sherlock Holmes (Teen Acting Company) – October 2010
Nobody’s Home: A Modern Telling of The Odyssey – November 2011
Tomas And The Library Lady – February 2011
The Little Prince – March/April 2011
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Peer Modeling, assembly only) – May 2011

For more information about WEST theatre productions, assembly performances and field trip bookings, visit WESTperformingARTS.com

Grades K-12
Classroom, multipurpose room or stage if workshops held at school. Field trip Encore workshops take place on the WEST stage.
Fee structure: $14 per student for field trip performance, study guide and workshop for grades K-12. Assembly workshops are 40 min. and cost $50 per classroom added to the performance fee. Some free performances available, please inquire with the artist. Materials Fee: Included in Fees.
* Please note Tomas And The Library Lady is a bilingual play (English/Spanish). The Little Prince is a multilingual play (English/Spanish/Japanese/American Sign and French) Bilingual workshops available by prior arrangement.

Creative Play

Creative Play is an exceptional arts class for budding young artists. Bring classical literature for children to life through experiences in creative dramatics, music, visual art and movement. Class emphasizes building self-confidence and cultivating expression in a creative environment. Creative Play facilitates a love for literature and learning in a gentle and fun environment.

Appropriate for Children
Fees: vary

Stories On Stage

Stories On Stage introduces students to the sequence of a play/story, vocal and physical control, and story creation incorporating music and movement. Students explore the vocabulary and fundamentals of theatre and performance. Each student is encouraged to express themselves with inspiration from popular children’s stories and authors. The theatrical experience is enhanced by the creation of scenery, costumes, props, masks, and more.

Past themes have included The Lorax, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Appropriate For Children
Fees: vary (partial scholarships available)

PlayLab

PlayLabs are artistic experiments working with original or adapted stories. Together we re-imagine literature. Students explore story lines, characters, dialogue, and character movements to foster a deeper understanding of each theatrical element and the role it plays in a performance. Students are allowed the freedom of artistic expression and play an active role in the creative process. PlayLabs are enhanced by sets, lights, costumes and all the theatre magic we can create.

Past themes have included Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Peter Pan, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lord Of The Rings, Harriet The Spy, The Secret Garden, Star Wars, Alice In Wonderland, Wizard Of Oz, and The Princess Bride.

Appropriate for Children and Teens
Fees: vary (partial scholarships available)

Special Interest - Performing Arts

Special Interest classes focus on a particular style or genre of performing arts. Qualified and expert Guest Instructors work with students on original works for the stage. Playwriting, Music/Voice, Dance/Movement, Poetry, Shakespeare or other period Style, Sketch and Improv are all potential themes. Students and instructor decide on the production value of their unique work of art. Creative expression by the students is not only encouraged, but serves as the basis of each work created.

Past special interest classes have included certification classes in stage combat, juggling, circus, mural making, Playwriting, Poetry, Commedia/Eccentric Performance, Capoeira, African Drumming.

Appropriate for All Ages
Fees: vary (partial scholarships available)

Singing For The Stage

This Vocal Technique class focuses on strengthening the voice as a tool for musical theater. This Coaching style workshop is excellent for all young singers and X factor hopefuls! The workshop gives each participant the opportunity to focus on the expertise needed for successful musical theater; singing styles, different ranges, techniques, harmonies and warm-ups. Our main aim is to build confidence, give advice and to have as much fun as possible. Private coaching is also available by special arrangement.

Appropriate for All Ages
Fees: vary (partial scholarships available)

Comedy IMPROV Club

GOT FUNNY? Good! This class encourages all things made up, outlandish and silly. The class will focus on short form theatre games and scene work in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Be creative…think on the spot…see the world in a completely unique way. Spontaneous play and ensemble work drive this course. The Santa Cruz community is rife with Improv troupes - and this is where they get their start! There is a public performance at the end of the 10 week session. This class requires a minimum of 10 participants to run - so tell your friends to come out and PLAY!

Appropriate for All Ages
Fees: vary (partial scholarships available)

Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars (Teen Company)

Synopsis: Out in the damp London streets, at the river wharf, and in his comfortable flat at 221-B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes is at work on a puzzling new case. In addition to his faithful friend Watson, Holmes has enlisted the cooperation of some ragged street urchins known as the "Baker Street Irregulars." Together they investigate the appearance in London of a derelict cargo ship and the poisonous giant rat of Sumatra, a royal kidnapping, the eruption of Krakatoa, and a pair of lethal pygmies.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars is a rich mélange of familiar Homesiana and unlikely historical coincidences bound together in a slowly accelerating mystery of labyrinthine dimension.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Playing October 2010
Audience recommendation: 9+
School and Public performances available. Visit WESTperformingARTS for exact dates and times.

Nobody’s Home: A Modern Retelling Of The Odyssey

Synopsis: Ulysses has survived the war, but the journey home will be his hardest test. Turbulent storms and fantastical monsters stalk him at every port, and what should be a joyous voyage--his homecoming--becomes a nightmare more torturous than the conflict he has left behind.

Grafted Cede and Theatre Témoin collaborate with WEST to present an exploration of post-war trauma and the soldier's journey home in this modern retelling of The Odyssey.

"Highly physical, inventive and engaging, this is exciting new work with a strong central concept that takes mythic inspiration to explore post-traumatic stress to great effect." ~ Three Weeks, London

Playing November 2010
Audience recommendation 14+
School and Public performances available. Visit WESTperformingARTS for exact dates and times.

Tomas And The Library Lady

Synopsis: Our story is based on the inspiring true story of a Texas born migrant boy, Tomas Rivera. Unable to read English, Tomas is terrified of school. Not until his introduction to the library and to the compassionate Library Lady does Tomas find refuge. Thanks to a nurturing family and a librarian who takes time to care, a young migrant boy discovers the joys of books, a new language and writing. Spanish words and songs are sprinkled throughout, and the play can be understood by both English- and Spanish-speaking theatergoers…

Tomas and the Library Lady is Jose Cruz Gonzalesʼs stage adaptation of Pat Moraʼs book, based on the story of Tomas Rivera, son of migrant workers. Pursuing a career in literature and academia, ultimately he was named the youngest chancellor of the University of California-Riverside—and the first Hispanic.

Audience comments:

“Perhaps the best play I have ever seen…thank you for telling MY story…ALL of our story.”

“This was the best play I've seen in a LONG time and it was possibly the best play for kids I've ever seen. Even my 1 year old sat silently transfixed the entire time. If you at all can, go! “

“Thank you for bringing bilingual plays to Santa Cruz.”

“My daughter came away from the play totally inspired! Thanks so much -- it's such a treat for kids to see plays so well acted and produced in such an intimate space.”

Playing February 2011
Age Recommendation: All Ages
School and Public performances available. Visit WESTperformingARTS for exact dates and times.

The Little Prince

Synopsis: The Little Prince is a fantasy about a pilot, stranded in the Sahara, who meets a small boy from another planet. The boy, who refers to himself as a prince, is on a quest for knowledge. The little prince asks questions of the pilot and tells the pilot of life on his own very small planet. This story is told in a simple fashion, as children's stories typically are, but it is not really a children's story. It is a story of a grown-up who has almost forgotten what is important. It is the story of the pilot's reconnection to his own sense of imagination and wonder. It is the story of the re-opening of the pilot's heart. This is a multilingual play.

Playing March/April 2011
Age Recommendation: All Ages
School and Public performances available. Visit WESTperformingARTS for exact dates and times.