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 Center Stage in years past. Here are the biographies of just some of these brilliant minds:
Zipporah Brown is a working actress and teaching artist in Baltimore City. She graduated Cum Laude from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2015 where she earned her BA in Theater. As part of her studies, she was also able to study abroad and complete a January acting intensive at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Upon graduation, she returned to her home in Baltimore County and has just recently relocated to Baltimore City. During this time, Zipporah has been a teaching artist for different theaters and their programs including Center Stage’s Young Playwrights Festival and Camp Center Stage. She has also acted in several plays with various theater companies in Baltimore and surrounding areas. A few recent acting credits include the DC One Minute Play Festival at Round House Theatre, Promenade: Baltimore at Single Carrot Theatre, and Harry and the Thief at Strand Theatre. Zipporah is humbled by her past, delighted about her present, and excited for her future. She is grateful for the unique opportunity she has to help create and facilitate the space in which children express their theatrical talents and proclivities.
Hannah Fogler, a native of Houston, Texas, knew she wanted to do theater when she was eight years-old. Now, 20+ years later, she is making her dreams come true by freelancing as an actor, stage manager, makeup/SFX artist, and teaching artist all over the Baltimore/DC area. Hannah holds a BA in Theatre and Psychology from Goucher College and an MAT in Secondary Theatre and English from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Some of her favorite credits include: Stage Managing Macbeth and The Three Musketeers at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Stage Managing a regional tour of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Concert, performing as Creon in Antigone with Glass Mind Theatre, and designing Makeup and SFX for Evil Dead: The Musical with Red Branch Theatre Company.
Marshall B Garrett
Marshall B Garrett is a freelance director and teacher based in the Baltimore area, and a graduate of Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare & Performance program. He has spent the last several years working and teaching mostly outside of Maryland, and has recently joined the BCS teaching artist staff. Over the past decade, Marshall has fulfilled many roles in regional theaters: actor, stage/production manager, designer, director, and, of course, teacher. He has worked with the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp and Newark Arts Alliance Camp Imagine.
Miranda Rose Hall
Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore. She has developed and produced her plays around the region and at Baltimore Center Stage. Sam French will publish her 10-minute play What Happened at the Dolphin Show later this year. Miranda is currently Resident Playwright and ensemble member with LUBDUB Theatre Company, a New York-based theater company, and on faculty at Georgetown University. She has taught playwriting as a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University and as a teaching artist with Arena Stage, Young Playwrights Theater, the O'Neill Playwriting Program at Yale, and the Young Playwrights Festival. She graduated with her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Baltimore Center Stage is excited to welcome Teaching Artist Katie Mack!
Andrew Stromyer is a professional teaching artist based out of Baltimore. He graduated in 2013 from Towson University with a BS in Theatre Studies with a focus in Theatre Education. When he is not teaching through Baltimore Center Stage, he can also be found at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore where he serves as director for the Junior Theatre Production Company’s performances.
Susan Stroupe is a theater maker who specializes in devised and non-traditional theater practices. She has worked as a performer, puppeteer, and teacher all over the country with many different communities. Now based in Baltimore, she works primarily as a director, as an Artistic Associate with Submersive Productions (Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, HT Darling's Incredible Museaum) and with many independent companies including The Strand and Iron Crow. She is a continuing associate of Philip Arnoult's Center for International Theatre Development. Susan received her BA from Macalester College and MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has worked with Center Stage's Education Department as a Teaching Artist since 2013.
Khaleshia Thorpe-Price has worked in arts education since 2000. As an artist, she co-wrote A Journey with Jazz, an interactive performance experience for young audiences, for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. She performs in this production with the Wolf Trap Jazz Trio. She has served as the host for the Music Box Family Concert Series with members of the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and has directed performances in the Folger Shakespeare Children's Festival. As a teaching artist, Khaleshia has facilitated residencies and workshops for children and adults for many arts organizations including Wolf Trap, Arena Stage, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Young Audiences of Maryland, Folger Shakespeare Library, Shakespeare Theater Company and M-NCPP. As an arts manager, she has coordinated workshops and residencies for thousands of students and educators in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She partnered with many organizations including the United States Department of State, the National Portrait Gallery, and ZERO to THREE to provide unique arts learning experiences for all ages. In addition, she managed enrichment and academic afterschool programs for DC Public Schools. She earned an MA in Arts Management from the University of Central Florida and a BA in Theater Arts from Morgan State University.
Jacob Zabawa is an actor and theater educator. He has worked as a teaching artist in the Education Department for the past three years after beginning as an intern at Camp Center Stage. When he is not in the education office you can find him in the Prop Shop, where he has worked for the past two years as an overhire artisan. Jacob is a company member of Baltimore Annex Theater where recent performance credits include The Shattering Frame and 1-800-Mice. He is a graduate of the Goucher College Theater and Peace Studies programs.
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