Residency Activities for Heart of America

Heart of America cast and director are professional artists and experienced educators. They are available to teach master classes in storytelling, circus arts, dance, playwriting, ensemble acting, as well as in creating community-based theatre as part of a residency at your arts center, university, or organization. Classes can be tailored from beginning to advanced, and from children to adults. Here is a partial list:

Performance, Playwriting, and Community Collaboration Workshops

We Are All Immigrants: In this workshop we explore and share personal family stories and reflect on how family stories strengthen our understanding of our multicultural society, the immigrant experience, and American history. Led by Helen Stoltzfus, director and co-creator of Heart of America. Appropriate for elementary, high school, or college level classes in Multicultural Studies, Heritage, Immigration, American History, or related subjects.

Creating Your Own Heart of America: A workshop for community members and artists who want to bring the stories of their own community to the stage. A how-to workshop on collecting oral histories, discovering the art forms unique to your community, and working collaboratively to create an original performance work. Led by Helen Stoltzfus, director and creator of Heart of America. 

Latin Dance, Jazz Dance, Hip-Hop, Modern: Master class with dancers.  Students are introduced to the cultural framework, musical dynamics, rhythms, and footwork of these dance forms – alone or in combination.

Circus Arts (Optional with aerial art performance): Introduction to basic circus skills, from acrobatics to aerial arts (including silks and static trapeze). Strict safety standards enforced.

Black Swan Arts & Media can tailor a workshop specifically for your community. Contact us!