Inspirational Programs for Young Aspiring Performers
New Village Arts (NVA) is a cultural hub for Carlsbad and North County San Diego, with award-winning theatre, local music, vibrant visual arts and thriving education and outreach programs. This summer’s hit production of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY sold out nearly every show in its 6-week run.
While theatre is the main focus of the company, NVA has an expanding series of education and outreach programs to serve all members of the community. Below, we highlight five of those programs.
NVA has been providing professional theatre experiences in the local high schools for more than a decade. The latest program is VERBITAS: a documentary theatre project held last year at Sage Creek High School and the Army and Navy Academy. With VERBITAS, students choose a topic relevant to their lives that they would like to explore through theatre. They then conduct interviews in the community to deepen their understanding of the topic. Under the guidance of NVA’s professional teaching artists, they put the interviews together into a performance inspired by actual people and real events. NVA will be returning to Sage Creek High School and the Army and Navy Academy this year, and expanding into El Camino High School.
NVA also brings Shakespeare into local schools, most recently with productions of ROMEO & JULIET and AS YOU LIKE IT at Sage Creek. NVA’s directors lead students through a full production of a Shakespeare play, bringing the magic and mastery of language to life.
For the younger students, NVA offers Aleta Barthell’s KIDS ACT. With weekly acting classes for students ages 4-17, this unique program focuses on original storytelling, Shakespeare and improvisation. Camps are offered year-round.
A program born out of KIDS ACT and local actor and teacher Samantha Ginn, MONDAY NIGHT LIVE! is an improvisation class for special needs teenagers. The program was expanded into a full production of THE LITTLE PRINCE in July. This production, sponsored by the National Foundation for Autism Research, the Nordson Foundation, Centre ARTES at Cal State San Marcos and the City of Carlsbad Arts Office, was a fantastic collaboration between professional designers, directors, actors, musicians, the students and their neuro-typical peers, and was performed at the Dove Library to enthusiastic crowds.
A new program starting in the fall will be MINDFUL THEATRE, an improvisation class for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Research has shown that those individuals have about 35 seconds of short-term memory available, and that improvisation classes are a highly successful way to keep the brain as active as possible. newvillagearts.org