Michael Wiggins is a veteran teaching artist, administrator, curriculum writer, and program developer. He joins Baltimore Center Stage as Director of Education after spending five years at New York-based Urban Arts Partnership, where, as Director of Education and Special Projects, he supervised the development and implementation of arts and technology-integrated educational programs designed to close the academic achievement gap. He previously served as Education Program Consultant and Teaching Artist Trainer for The Public Theater in New York, where he designed and led Shakespeare in the Boros, a summer workshop and performance program, and wrote, directed, and co-produced the Shakespeare Shakeup, a day-long festival of performances, workshops, and games for more than 1,000 New York City public school students staged at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He also spent several years as a Teaching Artist at New Victory Theater, acted as Managing Producer at Continuum Theater Company at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and served as Artistic Director and Producer at The Mud/Bone Collective. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, and he has taught as an adjunct professor at The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York (CCNY) and The Program in Educational Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Acting MFA Program (’98).
Adena Varner, Education Coordinator, is a Baltimore native and graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts Theater Department in 2004. She earned her BA in Theater at The University of Maryland College Park in 2008. There she was in several productions including The Colored Museum, The Amen Corner, and Filthy Rich. In 2009, she was in The Girls Inside which debuted in the Capital Fringe Festival. In 2010, she wrote and directed her first play Prepare the Way and since then has written and directed several plays for the Shiloh Players including Job Under Grace, The Live Nativity Scene, Life: The Gospel According to Us, and Virtue. She is a graduate student at The Catholic University in Washington DC where she is earning her MA in Theater Education. Along with her position at Center Stage, she serves the community as a Drama teacher and director and she continues to advocate for arts integration into the public schools system of Maryland.
Cara Hinh, Education Intern, is a director and theater artist, who is originally from Indiana. She is a founding member and Artistic Associate of The Brink Theatre Co which is a collaborative effort of interdisciplinary artists dedicated to producing new works by women and underrepresented playwrights with a mission to empower diverse voices and perspectives. Previously, she was the Education Coordinator at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Recent directing credits include Sa'idah (World Premiere) at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and These Seven Sicknesses: Oedipus at Miami University.
Our Teaching Artists
Many teaching artists have worked with Camp Center Stage in years past. Here are the biographies of just some of these brilliant minds:
Maria Broom may be known as an actress for her recurring roles in HBO’s The Wire and The Corner, but she is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performance experience. A native Baltimorean, Maria has received many awards and honors including the Eubie Blake Award, the Sarah’s Circle Award, the 2004 Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist, and Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc in 2007.
Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger are professionally trained in the fine arts of Mime, Clowning, Magic, Makeup, and Costume Design. The Jokesters have been performing for audiences all over the United States with their Live Show since 1983, including 8 Command Performances at the White House for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton and a Royal Command Performance for the King of Saudi Arabia.
CJay Philip made her Broadway debut in Big: The Musical (based on the Tom Hanks film) and was in the Broadway productions of Street Corner Symphony and Hairspray. CJay is currently the artistic director of Dance & Bmore, a Baltimore based contemporary dance company that serves children by engaging entire families through dance.
D. Wambui Richardson
D. Wambui Richardson (Encounter, Young Playwrights Festival resident, Camp Center Stage) is a former Baltimore Center Stage intern and now a professional artist, directing at every level from academic theater to works off-Broadway. Wambui is currently the artist-in-residence for Coppin State University, and is an alumnus of Dillard University, The New York Film Academy, Brooklyn College, and the prestigious Drama League.
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