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SUMMER CAMPS

FROM GREEK MYTHS TO STAGE

A world of imagination, with ancient myths waiting to be told

International Youth Theater Production Camp AGES 7 and up June 23 – July 3, 2014 Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria VA

Questions: ambassadortheater@aticc.org

Picture walking through the door of the Masonic temple in Alexandria, VA and finding yourself in ancient Greece surrounded by masks and ancient Gods and Goddesses! That will be the experience of every camper as we help them tell some of the most popular and loved stories of western civilization: Greek Myths! Children will learn to use their whole body to transform into various characters, opening their minds to endless possibility. As they develop these skills within themselves, they will also learn to listen to one another and work as a team during scene work and theater games. Professional instructors will also teach them projection, memorization and other skills necessary to perform in theater. Ultimately the campers will be given the tools to perform  for an audience where they will have created everything, from the characters themselves to sound effects and even living set pieces, with their own imaginations.

Register for Summer Camp on Line

Please choose the age group Voyagers: 7-9 years old Explorers: 10 + Children ages 7 and up will enjoy a two week camp at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater in Alexandria, Virginia, and  will experience mounting a final showcase production. Ambassador Theater offers two weeks summer theater production camp, which uses international literature as a platform for artistic creation and performance. ATICC camp provides a well-rounded production experience from a multicultural standpoint, ending with a showcase. Through both individual work and teamwork the students will open their minds to endless possibilities. Professional instructors guide them through scene work, theater games, and activities in projection and movement. The students will design their own costumes and prop pieces and learn about all technical aspects of the theater production including creating posters and playbills for their performances.

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Scenes of Love, Marriage, & the Battle of the Sexes

                       In Partnership of the Embassy of Spain 
And SPAIN arts & culture  SpainLLENO

Ambassador Theater presents

Happily Ever After

by Cristina Colmena

Directed by Hanna Bondarewska

Featuring

Karin Rosnizeck as She

Doug Krehbel as He

March 12 – 30, 2014
Preview: 03/12 at 8PM
Opening: 03/13 at 8PM with a reception after the show
Friday, 03/14 Special Q&A with the author, Cristina Colmena after the show
Thursday, March 27 World Theatre Day Celebration after the show!

SHOWS:Tues – Sat at 8PM
Sunday Matinee at 2PM
at FLASHPOINT
916 G Street NW
steps from Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

BOXOFFICE: InstantSeats

CAST AND CREW

Choreography of Tango by Francesca Jandasek and Dan Istrate

Ligths by Stephen Shetler

Costumes by Basmah Alomar

Sound and Visual Effects Design by David Crandall

 

 

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Synopsis

One and one not always equals two. The couple and its complicated arithmetic through three stories where characters want to be happy but they don´t know how. When you get stood up, when you wake up beside a stranger, when after thirty years you don´t know what to speak about. The loneliness of sleeping alone and of sleeping with someone.

About the Author

cristina2 (2) (427x640)Cristina Colmena, writer and playwright born in Spain, has lived in New York since 2010. She has published a book of short stories, La amabilidad de los extraños (The Kindness of Strangers), and several of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines.  Her plays, Typing  and Happily Ever After, were included in the New Plays from Spain series as part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism and has worked as a director and screenwriter for television. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Literature.  She is also a contributor of articles and film reviews for various publications.

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Our Mission

ATICC's mission is to build international cultural awareness, provide a high standard of repertoire based on close relations with the diplomatic and cultural representatives of different countries in the United States, and develop interactive educational programs for the youth of the District of Columbia, DC Metro area, and around the US.

Ambassador Theater is committed to raising cultural awareness and opening a cultural dialogue on the international level.  "I was at a loss at how to make it a reality, however.  A tying together of people from all across the world is no easy task. After all, there are over six billion people in the world today.  But as I learned, sometimes all you need is one. Standing at about three feet high was my impetus for ATICC: my four year old student, Thomas. One day, following an acting lesson, Thomas overheard me discuss my dreams with his parents, and began fiddling with his pockets. Pulling at the side of my skirt, he looked up at me and said, “I want you to start a theater,” and held out a single, crumpled one dollar bill in the palm of his hand. Thomas became our first official supporter, but it was not that dollar that meant so much, it was something much more profound and timeless that this young boy demonstrated that day:  passion.” Hanna Bondarewska

Ambassador Theater  International Cultural Center (ATICC) was founded in December 2007 by Hanna Bondarewska, a Polish-American actress and director and it was incorporated January 22, 2008 in Washington DC as a non-profit organization 501 (c) 3 to serve the DC Metro community as international cultural center divided into two major components: Ambassador Theater with all its theater productions, staged readings and bare-bone productions and International Cultural Center with all educational programs, lectures, play-reading workshops and special events.

ATICC  aims to create stimulating center that inspires dialogue between individuals and cultures. We feel that living in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country gives us a unique resource and opportunity to explore theater from around the world.  We want to create theater that reflects this multicultural richness, giving voice to people who have not traditionally been represented on the American stage.  We feel that producing work from across the globe makes for richer, more interesting art and makes those involved – whether as artists or audience members – richer citizens of the world, as well.

A bit of a look at historical facts:

ATICC's first endeavor was to create the Ambassadors of International Culture program, which provides in-school, curriculum-based drama instruction to elementary school students. With the partnership of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Embassy Adoption Program and DC Public Schools, Ambassador Theater taught students at Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington D.C. about Polish history and culture using a variety of performing and visual arts techniques.

The program culminated in the creation and performance of an original play based on the material the students had learned called “Poland the Beautiful: An Imaginary Flight.”  This play was performed by students at their school, at the Embassy of Poland, and at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and Krakow during a twelve-day trip to Poland.

2009 was a year of exciting expansion for Ambassador Theater. The company launched both its Main Stage and Bare-Bones series. Full productions included “Out at Sea” by Sławomir Mrożek, directed and designed by Hanna Bondarewska and “Hopa Tropa!” conceived and directed by Lilia Slavova.  “Hopa Tropa! was selected to be performed as part of the 2009 Kids Euro Festival at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center, the Shakespeare Theater, the Embassy of France and Arc Theater in Washington DC. Our Bare-Bones productions included Forefathers, Part II by the “Bard of the Polish stage,” Adam Mickiewicz, and “Farewell to Arden: Last Toast of Madame Helena,” an adaptation of Émigré Queen by Kazimierz Braun.

Ambassador Theater kicked off 2010 by inaugurating our New Work in Development series with “Not My Label: A Journey of Discovery” by the writer known as Rula.  This one-woman show not only gave Ambassador Theater the opportunity to support the creation of a new work, but also to share the perspective of an Arabian women, a perspective that is not frequently heard in American theater. Our first Main Stage show of 2010, Summer at Nohant” focused on the tumultuous relationship between French writer Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin, in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Polish composer’s birth. This production was said to have demonstrated Ambassador Theater’s “skill and enthusiasm” by DC Theater Scene.  Two Bare-Bones shows followed: “The Country House by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the famous Polish playwright’s birth and An Evening with Maurice Maeterlinck: The Death of Tintagiles and The Miracle of Saint Anthony”. Our last show of the year, “The Little Prince was enthusiastically received by critics and audience members alike.

In January 2011, we opened a production “Under the Shadow of Wings, which was a double bill” “The Death of Tintagiles” by Maurice Maeterlinck from Belgium and “Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore from India.  This production brought a lot of attention from the media and opened up and developed our partnerships with the Embassy of Belgium and Embassy of India as well with the cultural representatives and scholars—specialists in Indian and Belgian theater.  In addition to the show, we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth at the Embassy of India. The Embassy of Belgium hosted our Opening reception celebrating 100th Anniversary of Nobel Prize Winner, Maurice Maeterlinck.

In March, ATICC opened The Literary Café at the Kosciuszko Foundation. Our first meeting of the cafe celebrated International Women’s Day with an Evening of Poetry and Music, "A Woman's Sigh." The Literary Café was a great success and subsequent meetings in May and June were “Love Explained all to me” as well as Miłosz and His Life Travels, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Nobel Prize Winner, Czesław Miłosz.

As part of our New Work Series, we produced a special stage reading of a new musical, Called Up To Lifeby local writer, Art Levine, blending the sounds of klezmer and Yiddish theatre with Hasidic storytelling.

This summer we offered two youth theater camps as part of our program, Ambassadors of International Culture. In July, we explored the Ancient Culture of Egypt at Source. The kids participated in all aspects of theatre production, from acting games to creating costumes, and the camp ended with a wonderful performance of “The Life of Hatshepsut” on Source’s main stage. The second camp was in the Dupont Circle Historic District at the Kosciuszko Foundation exploring the Polish Culture through poetry and art. The kids’ final presentation included the poems and songs performed for their families.

Development of the ATICC structure

Another way in which Ambassador has been making strides is in the development of its infrastructure.  In addition to the partnerships and friendships with the embassies of Poland, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Egypt, India and China, the theater has established new partnerships with the Kosciuszko Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation, Institute for Education, Gallery Beau SeJour, Hoffman Boston Elementary School and Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.   We have increased a number of our Honorary Board and Literary Advisory Board to help us to rich out to broader audience and gain more ATICC's supporters.  We have opened up a Literary Cafe at the Kosciuszko Foundation with the evenings of poetry and music, staged readings, lectures and cabaret shows.

Ambassador launched its Dream Maker Campaign in response to receiving a challenge grant from Mercator XXI.  Finally,  Ambassador received notice this year that it will become Helen Hayes Awards–eligible beginning in January 2011.  This recognizes the completion of its second year as a fully operational professional theater company serving the Washington, D.C. area.

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For Better or for Worse?…

For Better or Worse? – Cristina Colmena’s Look at Love Arithmetic in Happily Ever After

by Eliza Anna Falk
14 February 2014

TICKETS ONLINE   

‘Till death do us part’ – is the dream worth dreaming?

Valentine’s Day is as good a time as any to reflect on love’s complications, especially as the event, by putting a spotlight on happy couples, inadvertently draws attention to those unlucky or disappointed in love. Cynicism around declarations such as’ ‘till death do us part’ is on the increase, especially in the western world where high divorce rates deter many from tying the knot. However, despite love’s tricky nature and significant shifts in sexual and marriage behavior in the last decades, love and relationships continue to be of primary importance to majority of western population. With the desire for romance and companionship comes a wish to know how to attract and keep a ‘perfect match’, a wish so intense it drives us to look for advice promising what’s best for us. A new paradigm of ‘amour’ based on self-love and positive thinking has emerged in recent times, supported by the ancient ’Law of Attraction’ telling us that  ‘we attract what we are’ and that in order to be loved we have to first learn how to love ourselves.

Cristina Colmena’s* compelling dark comedy ‘Happily Ever After’, which has its world premiere on 13th of March at the Flash Point Theatre in DC, delivers a valuable opportunity to reflect on love and its challenges, and to learn from mistakes made by unlucky lovers.  The Ambassador’s Theatre production directed by Hanna Bondarewska, starring Karin Rosnizeck and Doug Krehbel, promises a truly entertaining event with high emotional resonance. The play centers on three male-female scenarios: young lovers destined to part; a promising one night stand which fails to blossom; and keeping appearances after thirty years of marriage. All three relationships are sabotaged by the inability of the characters to act on their true needs due to fear and insecurity, a behavior an average adult can most likely relate to. “These scenes are only snapshots of love stories, or better said, “un-love” stories”, says the author, who also writes, that the characters “could be anyone of us at some moment of our lives: we recognize these people, sometimes they even say the same things that we say.

‘Alliance of two against the world’ or genuine love?

There are various theories explaining why true love is hard to find and why it can go wrong. Many postulate that barriers to happiness stem from people not knowing themselves and not being able to feel and give unconditional love. “Unless you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will think of it as fate” claimed Carl Jung, one of the most prominent psychoanalysts representing a belief that because true human identity is a result of unconscious processes and thoughts, it remains hidden from awareness. Alternative explanations of the phenomenon have been offered by a number of 21st century scholars blaming globalization and corporatization for depriving us of individuality and independence, and thus robbing us of opportunities to find out who we really are. This may explain the growing popularity of the ‘new age’ tools and techniques, such as meditation, yoga and spiritual life-coaching, aiming at revealing our true or higher selves and sorting out the subconscious obstacles blocking the way to genuine and fulfilling relationships.

In his 1956 book ‘The Art of Loving’, a social psychologist and psychoanalyst Erich Fromm postulates that life in a free market economy robs people of their true identity and takes away their ability to see themselves as autonomous beings able to love themselves. When we become ”commodities” in “a well-constructed profit-making machine”, we lose our creativity and self-expression essential for true love and become lonely and insecure, he says. Fromm further claims that such damaged and needy individuals look for love and companionship with another to be able to cope with the daily pressures and loss of ‘self’. As a result, the formed partnerships are only a form of an” alliance of two against the world”, which is mistaken for “love and intimacy”. Such ‘empty’ love often leads to disappointment, emotional and physical infidelity and divorce, despite rewards obtained in exchange for contribution to economic production, such as access to material goods and comfortable lifestyle.

‘Misunderstandings’ – A true love gone wrong?

‘Misunderstandings’, the first act of Colmena’s play, invites us into the lives of a young couple (possibly not yet transformed into ‘commodities’ and hurt by a string of failed relationships), struggling with the end of their union and the hopes of its possible resurrection. While mistakenly waiting to meet in separate cafés they regress to the past presenting us with flashes of highs and lows of their tumultuous passionate union, underpinned by a powerful mysterious bond keeping them together against all odds. Despite their strong attraction and mutual hope to re-unite, the lovers do not reach out to each other and as a result lose out on what could have been a chance to build on their genuine connection and turn it into a fulfilling union. Who said that true love was easy, especially if you are young, inexperienced and insecure? If only they were not crippled by the fear of rejection and called each other instead of taking it for granted that “the other one did not care”. A mistake easily avoided, provided we have maturity and confidence to act on our true desires…

“Don’t take it personally”- I have had enough of ‘empty’ love

We are presented with another ‘what if’ in the second act titled ‘Don’t take it personally’. The story gives us an insight into the minds of two chance lovers in their 40’s feeling awkward the morning after. The female turns out to be a veteran of one night stands who openly regards love as “a very painful disease” and does everything in her power to entice the man to leave her place, despite his attractiveness and willingness to stay. She nips a possible relationship in the bud convinced that every union is doomed to fail. “So…you call me, we go on some dates for a while, and then we have a relationship, and then maybe marriage, maybe children, and then divorce, of course”(…) “It’s not my fault…too many disappointments. Finally I’ve learned”, she says, bringing Fromm’s theory to life. But there is chemistry, she lets him stay longer, they talk and laugh, yet it is not enough to conquer their fears and cynicism – they part as strangers and fail to take a chance on happiness. If only he had asked for her number, if only she had asked him to stay, maybe they would have started dating, “got married, maybe they are now happily ever after”.

‘Melodrama’ – One plus one equals loneliness

The third act, ‘Melodrama’, portrays a couple in their 60’s celebrating 30 years of marriage. The husband and wife feel tired, bored and old, yet are too powerless due to insecurities and fear of change to try and improve their miserable existence.  For the sake of peace and quiet and by avoiding arguments and pretending everything is all right, they maintain their ‘alliance of two against the world’ whilst their feelings of self-unworthiness and unhappiness with each other continue to deepen. They say “It’s better not to tell the truth, to keep quiet, to smile even if you feel like saying go to hell…”. For the sake of the children and stability, they resign themselves to the life of loneliness, lies and psychological decline, resorting to silent outbursts of anger and accusations in order to cope and keep themselves sane. Crisitna Colmena paints a scary picture of what lack of love and respect for oneself and each other can do to people who despite their relatively young age by 21st century standards, deprive themselves of happy and stimulating lives they deserve.

‘I do’, but death has nothing to do with it

The author’s choice to present three age groups symbolic of a lifetime worth of romantic vicissitudes and focus entirely on unhappy side of love does not necessarily  fill one with optimism, especially those who are still waiting to experience couples’ bliss. Nevertheless, the play’s message is clear – if you keep sitting on a fence and do not overcome your fears and insecurities, happiness may never come. Seeing the dark and almost grotesque side of the unhappy marriage in ‘Melodrama’ is depressing enough to make one think that it should never be too late to start seeing ourselves as deserving quality life.   Seems that maturity, experience and opportunity have a lot do with how we approach our lives post middle age. If we are strong and determined enough to find courage to start questioning why our lives are shallow and depressing, we are bound to start finding answers and at least attempt to act on them. Self- love does not mean that we become selfish and cold, it simply means that we embrace who we are and start caring about our own happiness believing that an entitlement to a fulfilling life is as much ours as it is everyone else’s.

It is comforting to know that what is called “gray divorce revolution” has put a stop on “till death do us part” amongst Americans 50 and older. No longer a part of capitalist profit making machine and tied down by financial and family commitments, the retirees have more time to review their romantic and family relationships, take stock of their lives and make changes or new plans and decisions, if needed. New York Times article dated September 20, 2013 quotes statistics showing that the divorce rate among people 50 and older has doubled since 1990, with most being initiated by women. Nowadays, expectations of healthy 50 and 60 years old across the western world are often for much more than a mediocre marriage, with people expecting fun, friendship, passion and as little melodrama in their lives as possible, unless it is seen on screen or stage, and is as enjoyable and entertaining as ‘Happily Ever After’ by Cristina Colmena.

* Cristina Colmena, writer and playwright born in Spain, has lived in New York since 2010. She has published a book of short stories, La amabilidad de los extraños (The Kindness of Strangers), and several of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines.  Her plays, Typing  and Happily Ever After, were included in the New Plays from Spain series as part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism and has worked as a director and screenwriter for television. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Literature.  She is also a contributor of articles and film reviews for various publications.

Get a Taste of our Studio Classes: Free Workshop After the Show This Weekend!

Help your child develop self-confidence, reading-comprehension and self-expression skills, through games, movement, voice and acting exercises!

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURES!

Exciting drama and art classes at the Convergence Lab Theatre, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302 Ambassador Theater’s Studio taught by renowned director and acting coach, Lilia Slavova!
 Winter Semester starts Jan. 20th

INFO/REG ONLINE
Free workshop Jan 19th (immediately after the 5 pm show): 

DIONYSIA: Celebration of Greek Culture (a family-friendly show) at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 19th

TICKETS ONLINE: $15-30:

Workshop is free! 
CONTACT: ambassadortheater@aticc.org

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER AND ITS PROGRAMS

Ambassadors of International Culture

The District of Columbia is unique among American communities in its great concentration of embassies and international dignitaries. Despite only being a few miles away from these great resources, many students within and around the District of Columbia have little knowledge of the world outside their neighborhoods. Through the Ambassador of International Culture program, we hope to make these resources more accessible to urban students and enrich the students through interaction with persons of different cultures.

Under the program, the Center forms a close relationship with one of the District of Columbia’s many embassies, both to help tailor the interactive learning program to the selected culture, and to provide students with a hands-on opportunity to interact with persons from that culture. Working together, the Center and the embassies can create an environment that allows for students to gain a greater cultural understanding than through either resource alone.

For instance, as a result of 2007/2008 embassy adoption program with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the students in the program had the opportunity to travel to Poland to give a performance at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw at the special invitation of the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczyńska. This program gave the students an opportunity to exchange ideas, not only amongst themselves and with instructors, but also with persons who are members of the culture that the students were studying at a given time, and provided for further cultural enrichment of the students by immersion in Polish culture through the duration of the trip.

Interactive Learning Method of Teaching

Each year, we will explore a different international culture. The Center will promote the culture and help the students learn through two interconnected programs – the Interactive Learning Method and the Embassy Adoption program. The scope of the interactive learning is not limited to theater and drama.
We will provide a special educational program of interactive learning that is specially designed to help teachers and students better comprehend cultural artistic compositions and find the joy in discovering new customs through art, music, dance, song, crafts, cooking, theater games, and performance.

The Center is devoted to working with young students to increase their social skills, reading comprehension, movement, and speaking skills. In addition, we also incorporate more traditional teaching techniques, such as lectures, reading, and demonstrations.

 ATICC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS:

Ambassador Theater Studio Classes

Ambassador Theater offers studio classes exploring international literature and drama through movement,voice and  improvisation. Through Ambassador Theater’s unique international cultural exchange, the students have the opportunities to experience Art and Drama in both enriching and innovative ways, sure to inspire both individual and collaborative growth in years beyond.  Classes, taught by highly experienced professionals from all over the world, are available for three age groups: Globetrotters (4-6 years old), Voyagers (7-9 years old), and Explorers (10 and up).  

Ambassadors of International Culture Outreach Programs

Ambassadors of International Culture is an interactive educational program, which exposes students to a variety of cultures through theater. The Ambassador Theater brings resources from local embassies to help provide students with enrichment activities, allowing them to become well-educated global citizens and interact with international leaders of today.  Showcased in their artwork, theater games and performance, this program connects to the students’ studies in school, improving their overall academic performance, reading and comprehension skills, and concentration and memorization ability.

Summer Theater Production Camps

Ambassador Theater offers two different summer camps, both of which use international literature as a platform for artistic creation and performance.  Both camps provide a well-rounded production experience from a multicultural standpoint, ending with a showcase. Through both individual work and teamwork the students will open their minds to endless possibilities.  Professional instructors guide them through scene work, theater games, and activities in projection and movement. Children ages 4-13 will enjoy a two week camp at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater in Alexandria, Virginia, and teens ages 12 and up a will experience mounting a three week full scale production at the Source Theater, in Washington, DC.

Special Workshops and Educational Lectures:

  • Play-reading Workshops: Ambassador Theater’s play-reading workshops offer the opportunity to discover plays from all over the world and tap into the various cultures within them.  Through these readings, participants get the chance to collaborate with esteemed designers, directors, playwrights, and actors from all over the world and discuss the plays on a deep, thought-provoking level.
  • Workshops with International Guest Artists: Ambassador Theater’s Guest artist workshops offer exciting openings into the world of artists and scholars from all over the globe. Experts in their fields, the topics of these workshops range, including a variety of different styles in acting, play-writing, directing, and production. Using lectures and question and answer settings, participants will learn the specific style of the speaker and relate that knowledge into their own work and beyond.

Internship Program

Ambassador Theater International Cultural Center is offering special internship programs for talented students to provide the students opportunities to learn more about the workings of the theater in many areas:

  • Production and House Management
  • Technical Support in the Set Construction, Costumes, Props, Lights and Stage Managment
  • Marketing and Development
  • Acting Internships

 

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Ambassador Theater Studio Classes

Exploring International Cultures Through Theater and Art!

Ambassador Theater offers studio classes exploring international literature and drama through movement, voice and improvisation. Through Ambassador Theater’s unique international cultural exchange the students have the opportunity to experience Art and Drama in enriching and innovative ways, inspiring both individual and collaborative growth. Classes are taught by highly experienced professionals from all over the world such as Award-winning director Ms. Lilia Slavova and others. The classes are available for three age groups: Globetrotters (4-6 years old), Voyagers (7-9 years old), and Explorers (10 and up). Register and Pay On-Line Through INSTANT SEATS

“A new experience where imagination and education come together.”

EXCITING ART AND DRAMA CLASSES FOR KIDS 4- 18 years old

At the Convergence Lab Theater in Alexandria VA

Join Ambassador Theater in discovering the beauty of children's international literature and culture, explore nursery rhymes, songs, fables and walk through the adventures of many famous characters from the most admired stories. The classes are taught by a professional,  acting coaches and artists, whose main focus will be movement, speech and basic acting skills with fun theater games and will finish with a final showcase at the Convergence, THE LAB Theater, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302 We also offer exciting Art Classes that help the kids connect with what they learn about in their drama classes. They are able to understand how theater is a true collaboration of all art forms and will focus on making some props, parts of the costumes they will use in their performance, learn about the genre and style used in the play and culture they are studying, and more. We also offer special private classes on Mondays, and Wednesdays!

Wednesdays, May 7 – June 11, 2014 

12 WEEKS OF CLASSES BOTH ART AND DRAMA CLASSES are offered one day a week, Mon or Wed :

45 minute DRAMA or ART CLASS: $120

60 minute DRAMA or ART CLASS:  $140

90 minute DRAMA CLASS: $160

PACKAGE SPECIALS: 

Combo of both Art and Drama Classes 90 minute CLASSES (45 min each of ART and DRAMA): $460 for GLOBETROTTERS

2 hour CLASSES (60 min ART and 60 min DRAMA): $270 for VOYAGERS

2.5 hour CLASSES (60 minute ART and 90 min DRAMA): $300 for EXPLORERS

(To Register for Combo classes scroll down under Drama Classes and choose that option, in the message specify which day you want the child to be registered for) Early Registration by January 5, 2014 – 15% off, (code: earlybird) 

ART:                                                                              DRAMA: 

  • 4:15 – 5:00 PM: Globetrotters (4-6 years)         5:00 – 5:45 PM: Globetrotters (4-6 years)
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Voyagers  (7-9 years)                6:00 – 7:00 PM: Voyagers  (7-9 years)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Explorers  (10 and up)               7:00 – 8:30 PM: Explorers (10 and up)

You may pay by check written to Ambassador Theater and send it at 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC (please e-mail Hanna at ambassadortheater@aticc.org to request the registration form to send you payment by check) 

or Register and Pay On-Line

We also offer private classes: Pay on Line or by check written to Ambassador Theater (You need to schedule the classes in advance)

Success in Auditions with Lilia Slavova at Convergence Lab Theater, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302
 
Part of the "Smart Actors-Stupid Choices" Series
 
Learn to make strong, specific and memorable choices for your monologue and cold reading while you get introduced to powerful audition techniques.
Lilia Slavova’s direct, personal, honest and practical approach comes from years of experience as an award winning actor ,director, choreographer, puppeteer and published author. Member of SAG, AFTRA ,Equity, Lilia has been attending the Actor’s Center and the League Auditions for the last 15 years in a casting capacity; this and her international theatrical experience makes her ideal coach for helping you achieve your auditioning and professional goals.
Lilia’s work with preparing students for colleges is fantastic since the success of her student entering the collages of their choice is 100% plus the scholarships they receive!
 
TESTEMONIES FROM HER STUDENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO READ!

Mondays, Wednesdays: 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00PM, 8:30 PM

Half an hour: $35

One hour: $70

A package of 3 classes: $200

A package of 5 classes: $335

A package of 12 One hour classes: $840

A package of 12 Half Hour classes: $420

Contact us with any questions using our online  form or email us at ambassadortheater@aticc.org.

You may pay by check written to Ambassador Theater and send it to: Ambassador Theater, 916 G Street, NW. Washington DC 20001 

You may also Register and Pay On-Line

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