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McBurney, Christine via NEohioPAL neohiopal at lists.neohiopal.org
Fri Mar 10 07:14:17 PST 2017

*The Shaker Heights High School Theatre Arts Department presents the
thirty-fifth festival of new plays, written, directed, performed and
co-produced by students, Stages 35: Shaker New Plays Series, March 15, 16,
17 & 18 at 7 PM with a 9:15 PM show on Friday, March 17 in our intimate
black box theatre, Stage 3.* Six one-act plays will be presented as part of
a full season of theatrical events, which began with *Urinetown *and
concludes with *Nevermore: A Spring Ensemble Show*, in April.

Two programs, part of our "Giving Voice" series, the Ninth Grade Theatre
Experience and New Stages, have proven to be successful and enriching
opportunities for the students and educators who have been a part of
them. These programs utilize teachers within the school and artists within
the greater community to foster a cooperative, creative environment in
which students’ ideas and writing are shaped into performed and published

"Giving Voice," celebrates these two programs and the processes which
created them, has over the years, enjoyed success in multiple arenas: three
major education conferences; dozens of productions at professional theatres
including Cleveland's Dobama Theatre and The Blank Theatre in Los
Angeles; and in 2016, publishing in *A Race Anthology *(GTK Press)

*The New Stages 35 Bill*
*Aaah! The Floor Is Lava!*
Written by Ruby Gibson '18
Directed by Sydney Keller '17
Assisted by Louis Schwartz '17
With: Anna Walker '18 and DJay Wilson '17

Written by Nora Spadoni '17
Directed by Sheila Scanlon '17
Assisted by Simon Trubek-Pence '17
With: Jamie: Franklin Potiker '17
Mallory: Margaret Bartimole '18
Vida: Sarah Manuszak '17

*I Spy*
Written by Gus Mahoney '17
Directed by Isabela Carroll '18
Assisted by Noa Immerman '18
With: Farhaanah A. Alim '20 and Carl Berner '17

*Out the Window*
Written by Toni Watterson '18
Directed by Harlan Friedman-Romell '19
Assisted by Elena Sola '17
With:  Sydney Fieseler '18 and Miles McCallum '19

*Pass the Gravy*
Written by Samira Colbert '18
Directed by Natalily Kyremes-Parks '19
Assisted by Connie Smith '19
With: Lillian Baum '17, Monet Bouie '19, Brian Johnson '17, and Rose
McCandless '17

*Yellow Buttons*
Written by Olivia La Rue '19
Directed by Max Rotatori '17
Assisted by A’Dasia Hart '20 & Cory Henderson '18
With:  Anna Sternberg '18 and Izzy Wang '17

*The New Stages 35 Production Team*

*Production Manager*
Amelia Bayless-Marr '17

*Assistant Production Managers*
Sydney Blunt '18
Kathrine Fridlund '18

*Sound Designers*
Hallie Dial '19
West Ivary '18

*Costume Assistant*
Kailah Wilson '18

*House Manager*
Rose Solomon '19

*Alumni Guest Artist Videographer & Photographer*
Davionne Gooden '16

*MOM Gallery Coordinator*
Gabby Holt '19

*Concessions Team *
Kyla Lawson '17, Manager
Arielle McTier '17

*Flower Cart*
Hadas Marcus '17

*Graphic Designer   *
Dialleta Wilson '17

*Light Board Operator*
Anna Halldorsdottir '17

*Sound Board Operator*
Quinn Scanlon '20

Harlan Friedman-Romell '19

*Shift Crew*
Allison Osborne-Nurse '18
Izzy Ilijasic '17
Kay Petrovic '18
Skylar Biggerman '19
Alicia Benson '20
Isaiah Steiner '19

*Theatre Management Classes*
Amelia Bayless-Marr '17
Sydney Blunt '18
Hallie Dial '19
Katherine Fridlund '18
Shemiah Hooper '19
Noa Immerman '18
Natalily Kyremes-Parks '19
Morgan Neeson '19
Allison Osborne-Nurse '18
Katja Rode '19
Sheila Scanlon '17

*Tickets* may be purchased at  <http://%20www.tix.shaker.com/>
www.shaker.tix.com Online sales will close at 1pm daily on each day of the
production. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office one hour before
each performance.

Please note that New Stages performances typically sell out, and due to the
size of the space, there is no standing room.  We request that you kindly
return any unused tickets so that we may seat those on the waiting
list. There are no refunds.

If you are a Patron at the Associate level, your two complimentary tickets
can only be reserved by calling the Box Office at 295.4287 and leaving a
voice mail for our Box Office Manager, Barrie Sandman. If you aren't
already a Patron and would like to play a role for Shaker Theatre Arts,
please call Department Chair Scott J. Sumerak at 216.295.6357.

*A Brief History of New Stages*
New Stages, now in its thirty-fifth continuous year, was developed out of a
playwriting class then taught by Shaker Theatre Arts Department founder,
James Thornton, in 1983. Playwriting Program Director Christine McBurney
believes "New Stages provides artistic leadership opportunities in a safe
and guided learning environment for students that is a uniquely
co-curricular experience in a high school. Students work closely together,
learn to problem solve, think theatrically, take risks, and collaborate
effectively.  If you ask Shaker Theatre alumni what their most memorable
moments in the theatre arts program were, they will most likely recall
those moments shared in New Stages. To my knowledge, no other high school
in the country has a new play series of this design." The theatre
management class researched the archives to discover that since its
inception in 1983, at least 2,107 students have participated in the
creation of new works for the theatre through New Stages.

*Stage 3 *
Stage 3, Shaker Heights High School’s intimate black box theatre, was the
vision of student Amy Silberman, ’81. In her senior year of high school,
Amy designed a basic concept for turning the downstairs area of the
auditorium into a usable performance space.  This design for a "black box"
translated itself into the Stage 3 Theatre the following year and has since
been the home for New Stages, as well as various classes, senior projects,
and special student productions. An arts scholarship has been established
in her memory to be awarded yearly to a Shaker junior who has distinguished
themselves in the arts.  Stage 3, dedicated in her memory, is the perfect
venue for New Stages, seating only 65 people and usually selling out every

This year’s New Stages provides working and learning opportunities for 55+
students (and growing as we add additional staff): playwrights, directors,
assistants, actors, technicians, designers, producers, and managers. Every
new Broadway season since 1991 has included one or more Shaker Theatre alum
in major New York productions. In addition, Shaker Theatre alums hold
positions in every area of professional theatre and the entertainment
industry. Among others, some New Stages alumni include film director, David
Wain <http://davidwain.com/> '87, (Wet Hot American Summer), TV writer and
producer, Carter Bays <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Bays> '93 (How
I Met Your Mother) and TV writer, Laura Jacqmin <https://laurajacqmin.com/> '00
(Grace & Frankie).

*Shaker Theatre Alumni Greetings from Broadway!*
Click on this link
<https://www.facebook.com/pg/ShakerTheatre/videos/?ref=page_internal> for a
link to a special video greeting and New Stages shout out from three Shaker
Theatre alumni, Michael McElroy '85, Andrew Kober '02, and Max Chernin '08.
All three are performing together in the Broadway production of SUNDAY IN
<http://www.thehudsonbroadway.com/whatson/sunday-in-the-park-with-george/> and
sharing the same dressing room at the newly renovated Hudson Theatre!

*Shaker Theatre Arts Students Published in A Race Anthology*

A 2016 Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City
 includes a piece written by Shaker Theatre Arts Department's Advanced
Ensemble and members of the Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR). The
book, edited by RA Washington (of Guide to Kulchur) and Dan Moulthrop (CEO
of The City Club of Cleveland), includes a variety of perspectives on the
issue of race in the Cleveland area.

In 2012, then-Ensemble director Erik Johnson initiated a piece for the
annual Spring Ensemble show to celebrate Shaker’s ongoing efforts at
integration. Poet Katie Daley, a frequent guest artist in the program
collaborated with ensemble students and SGORR members to talk and write
about their experience of integration, race and racism at Shaker. Their
freestyle were then performed in the 2013 Spring Ensemble Show, The Golden
World.  The piece, "What It’s Like," appears in the anthology.

*Shaker Theatre Guest Artist Program*
The program has a long history of hosting Guest Artists. Recent visits and
workshops have included:

   - Jamie Babbit <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0044803/> ’89, Film & TV
   - George Brant <http://georgebrant.net/index.html>, Playwright
   - Josh Brown <https://inletdance.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/joshua-brown/>,
   Inlet Dance Theatre
   - Geoff Bullen <https://www.rada.ac.uk/about/rada-staff>, Assistant
   Director at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
   - Max Chernin <http://www.maxchernin.com/>, '08, Broadway actor
   - Eric Coble <http://ericcoble.com/>, Playwright
   - Kary Dornetto <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1058228/news?year=2006>,
   - Judyann Elder <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0253068/> '66,
   Actor/Director & Founding Member of Negro Ensemble
   - Jennifer Estlin <http://jenniferestlin.com/>, '83 namesake of the
   annual Shaker Foundation Award, Owner and President of the Annoyance
   Theatre Company, Chicago
   - Jose Antonio Garcia
   <http://www.greenshirtstudio.com/tag/jose-antonio-garcia/>, Suzuki
   Movement Coach
   - Seth Gordon, <http://www.repstl.org/principal_staff/#gordon> Associate
   Artistic Director at the Cleveland Play House (former); current Associate
   Artistic Director, St. Louis Repertory Theatre
   - Arlo Hill  <http://www.arlohill.com/>'04, Broadway Actor
   - Betsy Hogg <https://www.betsyhogg.com/> ' 06, Broadway Actor
   - Ben Karlin
   <http://www.playbill.com/person/b-bales-karlin-vault-0000123978> ’07,
   Broadway Stage Manager
   - Jason Kaufmann <http://www.jasonekaufman.com/>, Actor/Director
   - Andrew Kober <http://www.andrewkoberonline.com/>, 02, Broadway actor
   - Magpie <http://www.magpiemusic.com/>, musicians
   - Michael McElroy
   <https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/drama/1124716798> ’85,
   Tony-nominated Actor
   - Halle Morse <http://www.hallemorse.com/> ’05, Broadway Actor
   - Mick Napier
<http://www.secondcity.com/people/chicago/mick-napier/>, Founder
   and Artistic Director of the Annoyance Theatre & a director and artistic
   consultant for The Second City
   - Annika Sheaff <http://www.annikasheaff.com/AnnikaSheaff/Home.html>,
   Pilobolus Dance Theatre
   - Andrew Staton <http://andrewstaton.com/>, Stunt Coordinator
   - Matt Thornton
   <http://aguadulcedance.blogspot.com/p/matthew-thornton.html>, ’92,
   Pilobolus Dance Theatre

and Associate Guest Artists

   - Wendy Kriss <http://www.mamaitheatreco.org/#!wendy-bio/cu9k>, Movement
   Specialist & Director
   - Katie Daley <http://www.katiedaley.com/>, Poet
   - Harold Crawford <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0186786/>, Costume
   - Melissa Freilich <http://melissafreilich.weebly.com/>, Fight

*Shaker Heights High School Theatre Arts Department Faculty & Staff *

   - *Scott J. Sumerak*, Theatre Arts Department Chair and Ensemble Program
   Director who teaches Stagecraft, Junior, Advanced, and Senior Ensembles and
   has taught Theatre Management and Theatre Exploration.
   - *Christine McBurney <http://www.christinemcburney.com/>*, Playwriting
   Program and Shakespeare Learning Program Director who teaches Dramatic
   Literature & Writing, Theatre Management, Junior Ensemble, Theatre
   Exploration, and ESL, and has also taught Film as Art, No Fear Shakespeare,
   Improvisation, Shakescenes, Acting, and IB Theatre Arts. Department Chair
   - *Erik Johnson ’98*, Ensemble Program Director 2005-2015, is currently
   on leave of absence perusing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University
   of Oregon.
   - *Chuck Tisdale*, Technical Designer and Auditorium Manager.
   - *Barrie Sandman*, Box Office Manager & Shaker Theatre Alum parent.
   - *Elaine Bayless-Marr and Deborle Richardson-Bouie*, Shaker Theatre
   Support Co-Presidents.

*Shaker Theatre* includes 8 daily classes and a production season including
multiple main stage performances and four “showcase” performances/events.

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