2020 SUMMER

FESTIVAL & SCHOOL

Ohana Arts, in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Theatre & Dance presents the 2020 Summer Festival and School this June and July.  The program provides a unique opportunity for students ages 5-18 to study with world-class faculty and guest artists from around the country in music, dance, and drama through intensive 3, 4, and 6-week programs.

 

ARTS. LOVE. PEACE.

Be the kind of young artist that can INSPIRE OTHERS, CONNECT PEOPLE, and CHANGE THE WORLD.   Grow your skills and learn from some of the most exciting instructors in the industry.    Be amongst some of the best talent in the world, the kindest of hearts, and friends who not only love what you love, but who wholeheartedly want to create memories of a lifetime with you.   Join us at 'Ohana Arts this summer, a haven in the pacific where we spread love and peace through the universal language of the arts. 

 

 

6-WEEK MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAMS

For students completing grades 3-12

MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE/PRE-COLLEGE

ACADEMY (6-Weeks)

For students completing grades 3-8 (Musical Theatre Intensive)

For students completing grades 9-12 (Pre-College Academy)
 

Dates:
June 15th – July 26th, 2020** (Wk. 6 Productions: "Peace On Your Wings" (Special pre-selected touring cast) & "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" (Gr. 9-12)

June 15th -- August 2nd, 2020** (Wk. 7 Production:  "The Music Man Jr" (Gr. 3-8)

Days/Times:
Mon.-Fri. 8:00am-4:30pm from June 15th-July 3rd AND

Mon.-Sat. from 8:00am-4:30pm July 6th-26th** (For Week 6 Productions:  "Peace On Your Wings" (Special pre-selected touring cast) & "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" (Gr. 9-12) OR

Mon.-Fri. from 8:00am-4:30pm July 6th-Aug. 2nd** (For Week 7 Production:  "The Music Man Jr" (Gr. 3-8)
**NOTE: The class/rehearsal schedule from July 20th-August 2nd depends on what production the student has been placed in.  Official program end dates will vary based on the student's assigned production.  


Tuition and Fees:  $1850

Registration Deadline:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $350 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by May 15th, 2020.

Program Description:  Students completing Grades 3-12 are invited to register for the Ohana Arts Musical Theatre Intensive, which is our flagship commuter day-camp program that meets daily, Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm from June 15th-July 3rd, and Monday through Friday (or Saturday)** from July 6th-26th (or August 2nd)** (**NOTE: The class/rehearsal schedule from July 20th-August 2nd will vary depending on what production the student has been placed in.  Official program END dates will also vary based on the assigned production). The program is geared for students who have some experience in the performing arts or display a strong interest.  Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The day is structured so that students take technique-building classes each morning in Acting, Dance, and Music for the first three weeks, and rehearse for the the annual Ohana Arts Summer Musical Showcase in the afternoons.  Students are placed into classes by age group and experience.  

 

Students completing grades 9-12 will be placed in the "Pre-College Academy" where they will take advanced 90-minute classes designed and taught by faculty from some of the nation's top conservatories and university musical theatre programs including the University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, and Walnut Hill School of the Arts.   See pre-college faculty list >> 

 

The Summer Musical Showcase features various solo and group dances, original works, and collaborative musical numbers from a wide variety of musical genres.  There will be one performance of the Summer Musical Showcase on July 3rd, 2020.   In the last three weeks of the program, students will rehearse approximately six hours a day for a fully staged musical production, which will be professionally staged either in the 600-seat Kennedy Theater or the 150-seat Ernst Lab Theatre on the University of Hawaii Campus (both newly renovated).  In addition to music, dance, and acting technique classes, participation in the Summer Musical Showcase and Musical Theatre Production, students in the Musical Theatre Intensive Program will also partake in:
 

  • Weekly private voice lessons (Five 30-minute lessons), culminating in a voice recital on July 18th & 19th 

  • Two electives over the course of the summer

  • Opportunities to perform in camp coffeehouses/open mic sessions, and participate in discussions with special industry guests.

  • Lunchtime activities and games

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.
 

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Announcements

8:20 AM - 11:30 AM Intensive Classes (Weeks 1-3)  

                                 Morning Rehearsals (Weeks 4-6)

11:30 AM-12:00 PM  Lunch

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Lunchtime Activities/Elective

1:00 PM-4:30 PM Afternoon Rehearsals

LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

May 15th - Tuition Balance Due

May 17th or 24th - Call Back Auditions 

June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

June 15th - First Day of Program

July 3rd - Musical Showcase Production

July 18th-19th - Voice Recitals 

July 24th-26th -  Musical Theatre Productions - Performance Weekend #1* ("Peace On Your Wings" and "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee")

July 26th - 27th-  Musical Theatre Productions -Performance Weekend #2* ("Music Man Jr" )

*Students will be assigned to a production that performs on either Weekend #1 OR Weekend #2.

MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

(6-Weeks, Afternoons-Only) 

For students completing grades 8-12

M-Fri, 1:30-4:30 PM • June 15th-August 2nd, 2019

Tuition and Fees:  $1250

The 6-Week Musical Theatre Production Workshop open to students completing grades 8-12 as of June 2020. 
 

Students who participate in this program will experience the full rehearsal process leading up to performances of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - SCHOOL EDITION (tentative) .

 

Registration Deadline:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by April 15th, 2020.

 

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.

LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

April 15th - Tuition Balance Due

May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

May 17th or 24th - Call Back Auditions 

June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

June 15th - First day of program

July 30th-Aug. 2nd-  Musical Theatre Production ("Heathers School Edition") Performances

 
 
 

3-WEEK MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAMS

MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP (3-Weeks) 

For students completing grades 3-8

M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM • June 15th-July 3rd, 2019

Tuition and Fees:  $1250

The Musical Theatre Techniques Workshop is a 3-week program open to students who will have completed grades 3-8 as of June 2020.  Students enrolled in the program will take 55-minute classes each morning in Acting, Dance, and Music and rehearse for the the annual Ohana Arts Summer Musical Showcase in the afternoons.  Students are placed into classes by age group and skill level.   The Summer Musical Showcase features various solo and group dances, original works, and collaborative musical numbers from a wide variety of musical genres.  There will be one performance of the Summer Musical Showcase on July 3rd, 2020 on the Kennedy Theatre stage.   In addition to morning classes and rehearsals, students in the Summer Musical Theatre Techniques Workshop will partake in:
 

  • One elective class

  • Opportunities to perform in camp coffeehouses/open mic sessions, and participate in discussions with special industry guests.

  • Lunchtime activities and games

Registration Deadline:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by May 15th, 2020

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Announcements

8:20 AM - 9:15 AM Intensive Class #1 - Acting 

9:20 AM - 10:15 AM Intensive Class #2 - Dance 

10:15 AM-10:30 AM Mid-Morning Break

10:35 AM-11:30 AM Intensive Class #3 - Music 

11:30 AM-12:00 PM  Lunch

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Lunchtime Activities/Elective

1:00 PM-4:30 PM Rehearsal for Musical Showcase

LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

May 15th - Tuition Balance Due

June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

June 15th - First day of program

July 3rd -  Musical Showcase Performance

MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUES (PRE-COLLEGE) (3-Weeks) 

For students completing grades 9-12

M-F, 8 AM-4:30 PM • June 15th-July 3rd, 2019

Tuition and Fees:  $1250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Musical Theatre Techniques Workshop is open to students completing grades 9-12 as of June 2020.  This intensive program is geared for experienced students who have a strong interest in pursuing the performing arts in college or as a career.  The Ohana Arts Summer Pre-College Academy will provide a curriculum to include courses that students would experience in a musical theater college program, including scene study, acting through song, musical theatre dance techniques, monologues, repertoire & song choice and more.  Academy faculty will also be teaching a comprehensive college prep and audition techniques workshop which will provide students with insights on how to prepare for video prescreen auditions, will share specifics of what various college programs are looking for in prospective students, and will go into the differences between university, conservatory, and liberal arts musical theater programs.  Students will also learn audition skills, such as dancing in heels, learning how to select one classic and one contemporary monologue appropriate for each student, and how to prepare/perform a 16-32 bar cut of a chosen audition song.  

The Ohana Arts 2020 pre-college Musical Theatre Techniques faculty are professors at Boston Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and Walnut Hill School of the Arts.  See faculty list>>

Classes will culminate in a final performance on July 2nd, 2020, and participation in the Summer Musical Showcase on July 3rd, 2020 on the Kennedy Theatre stage.   
In addition, students will take part in: 

 

  • One elective class

  • Opportunities to perform in camp coffeehouses/open mic sessions, and participate in discussions with special industry guests.

  • Lunchtime activities and games
     

Registration:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by May 15th, 2020

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.

 
List of Important Dates: 

  • May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

  • May 15th - Tuition Balance Due

  • June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

  • June 15th - First day of program

  • July 2nd -  Pre-College Performance

  • July 3rd - Musical Showcase Performance

MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (3-Weeks) 

For students completing grades 3-12

Dates:
July 6th – July 26th, 2020** (Productions: "Peace On Your Wings" (Special pre-selected touring cast) & "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" (Gr. 9-12)

July 6th -- August 2nd, 2020** (Production:  "The Music Man Jr" (Gr. 3-8)

Days/Times:

Mon.-Sat. from 8:00am-4:30pm July 6th-26th** (For Week 6 Productions:  "Peace On Your Wings" (Special pre-selected touring cast) & "25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee" (Gr. 9-12) OR

Mon.-Fri. from 8:00am-4:30pm July 6th-Aug. 2nd** (For Week 7 Production:  "The Music Man Jr" (Gr. 3-8)
**NOTE: The class/rehearsal schedule from July 20th-August 2nd depends on what production the student has been placed in.  Official program end dates will vary based on the student's assigned production. 

Tuition and Fees $1250

The Musical Theatre Production Workshop is a 3-week program open to students completing grades 3-12 as of June 2020. 
 

Students who participate in this program will experience the full rehearsal process leading up to performances of a fully staged musical.  In addition, students will take part in: 

 

  • One elective class

  • Opportunities to perform in camp coffeehouses/open mic sessions, and participate in discussions with special industry guests.

  • Lunchtime activities and games

 

Registration Deadline:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by May 15th, 2019.

 

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.

 

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Announcements

8:20 AM - 11:30 AM Rehearsals

11:30 AM-12:00 PM  Lunch

12:00 PM - 12:50 PM Lunchtime Activities/Elective

1:00 PM-4:30 PM Rehearsals

LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

May 15th - Tuition Balance Due

May 17th or 24th - Call Back Auditions 

June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

July 6th - First day of Program

July 24th-26th -  Musical Theatre Productions - Performance Weekend #1* ("Peace On Your Wings" and "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee")

July 26th - 27th-  Musical Theatre Productions - Performance Weekend #2* ("Music Man Jr")

 
 
 

4-Week Junior Musical Theatre

Production Workshop

Students Completing Grades K-2

NEW!! JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE

PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (4-Weeks) 

For students completing grades K-2

Dates:
June 15th-July 12th, 2020

Days/Times:

Mon.-Fri. from 8:00am-11:30am (Ending times may vary during the final week of July 6th to prepare for performances the weekend of July 10th-12th, 2020).

Tuition and Fees $1250

The Musical Theatre Production Workshop is a 4-week program open to students completing grades K-2 as of June 2020. 
 

This new program is designed to give young students a hands-on introduction to the world of musical theatre.  Students will learn basic skills in the performing arts, to include fundamentals in acting, dance and music.  The program emphasizes the development of important life skills including teamwork, communication, self-expression, and poise.  Students who participate in this program will experience the full rehearsal process leading up to four performances of a fully staged musical, "FROG AND TOAD KIDS" (tentative) on July 10th-12th, 2020.

 

Registration Deadline:  Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of initial registration in order to secure a spot in the program.  The remaining balance is due by May 15th, 2020.

 

Placement Auditions:  Students are required to attend placement auditions prior to the start of the program.  These auditions are for class and production placement only, and do not affect a student's enrollment status.   Audition requirements and schedule will be sent out in late April.

LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES

May 9th - Placement Auditions for all registered students

May 15th - Tuition Balance Due

May 17th - Call Back Auditions 

June 14th - Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting

June 15th - Program Begins

July 10th-12th -  Musical Theatre Production ("FROG AND TOAD KIDS") Performances

 

*Registration opens in early February

2020 ARTISTIC STAFF

(PARTIAL LIST - Please check back for updates)

CAROLYN  CHUNG  (Ohana Arts Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director)

Director, "Peace On Your Wings"

Directing Advisor, "Frog and Toad KIDS"

Carolyn Taira is the resident stage director for the Ohana Arts summer musical theatre production workshop. She was born and raised in Mililani, Hawaii, where her passion for theatre began at Kipapa Elementary School with inspirational teacher, Mrs. Yvonne Toma. Carolyn attended Mililani High School and went on to receive a bachelor of arts degree in Drama from the University of Portland. Her principle instructors were acting professors Ed Bowen and Mindy Logan and voice professor Jill Sotero. She has performed in productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweet Charity, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Crucible and The Wiz. Carolyn is currently the drama teacher and production coordinator at Mililani High School/Central Theatre Arts Academy.  She has also directed more than a dozen musicals through Hongwanji Mission School and Ohana Arts. Her most recent work includes Hairspray, Little Mermaid JR., Footloose, and Peace On Your Wings.

 

JENNY  TAIRA  (Ohana Arts Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director & Executive Director)

Music Director, "Peace On Your Wings"

Music Director, "HEATHERS School Edition"

Music Directing Advisor, "Frog and Toad KIDS"

Peace On Your Wings composer and co-bookwriter Jenny Taira is known in Hawaii and beyond for her work in several genres, including musical theater, pop and choral music.  She and singer Laurie Rubin recently formed the pop duo, PureLand, and she is songwriter and producer on their album, Summer Night in Winter. Jennifer is co- founder of Musique à la Mode Chamber Music Ensemble and the Music at the Bowery Series in Manhattan’s East Village. As a clarinetist and pianist, she has performed extensively throughout the United States. Recent performances include concerts at Ravinia Festival; Stanford University; The 92nd Street Y in New York City; Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble Masterworks Festival; Carnegie Hall; The Kennedy Center; the Greenwich Music Festival; National Press Club; the State Department and French Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Ruth Eckard Hall in Tampa, Florida; West Chester University and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, California. Career highlights include receiving top prizes in the Hennings-Fischer Foundation Young Artist Competition and Kingsville International Competition, as well as a solo performance with the Burbank Philharmonic. She has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Hawaiian Band. She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including a full fellowship to study at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. A graduate of Yale University and Northwestern University, Ms. Taira is one of the co-founders of Ohana Arts and serves as Executive & Co-Artistic Director.


LAURIE  RUBIN (Ohana Arts Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director)

Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach

Peace On Your Wings lyricist and co-bookwriter Laurie Rubin is an author, motivational speaker and acclaimed mezzo-soprano who performs in a variety of genres, including classical, pop, and musical theater. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini praised her “compelling artistry,”“communicative power,” and the “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities” of her voice. Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed described her as “a young mezzo-soprano whose voice is darkly complex and mysteriously soulful and who adds intense emphasis to every word of text.” Laurie has performed with the likes of conductor John Williams and opera star Frederica von Stade. She has given concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and the White House, among others, presenting programs that tell her unique story through music. Her album Do You Dream In Color? was release in 2012, the same year as her memoir of the same name, published by Seven Stories Press. The title track of the album, co-written by Laurie and composer Bruce Adolphe, premiered in its orchestral version in a performance she gave at the International Human Rights Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland and in a performance she gave with the LA Chamber Orchestra. Laurie is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Ohana Arts. In 2013, she embarked on anextensive North American concert and book tour.  She and composer/producer, Jenny Taira form the pop duo PureLand. Their first single and music video, “The Girl I Am,” was released in March 2014.

CANDACE BROWN
Director, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Acting Instructor, Musical Theatre Techniques (Pre-College)

Candace Brown is Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston Conservatory, a member of the Actors' Equity Association, and is a Boston based-actor, director, and voice and dialect coach. Regionally, Brown has performed with Lyric Stage Company, Cape Rep Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theater, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Bristol Valley Theatre Company, and Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. In addition, Brown has directed several productions for the Conservatory, including the Boston premiere of Theory of Relativity in 2016.

Prior to teaching at Boston Conservatory, Brown held positions as head of voice and movement at Wheaton College and voice and speech instructor in Brandeis University's M.F.A. acting training program. Additionally, Brown earned tenure at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she taught voice, movement, and scene study, and directed musical productions and plays for five seasons. Brown is the owner and operator of VoiceWorks in Milton, Massachusetts, and coaches acting and voice privately in and around the Boston and New York area

CYNTHIA KORTMAN WESTPHAL

Music Instructor, Musical Theatre Techniques (Pre-College)

Cynthia Kortman Westphal has been an associate professor of musical theatre at the University of Michigan for 15 years.  In addition to her teaching, she continues to stay active in the Broadway and regional theatre community.  Most recently, she music directed the first North American tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Come From Away.  Throughout 2018-19, she conducted nearly 500 performances in over 30 cities across the United States and Canada.  She was an original company member of The Lion King on Broadway where she was associate music director, conductor, and keyboard player for seven years. In 2011-2012, she was associate music director for the Broadway production of the Tony-nominated A Christmas Story—the Musical. In addition, she music directed the first national tour of A Christmas Story, and played keyboards for the shows' run at Madison Square Garden. Other Broadway credits include: The Gershwins Fascinating Rhythm (music supervisor, music director, conductor) and Miss Saigon (keyboards). Regionally, in 2016, she music directed Man of La Mancha at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, where she was part of the first ever all-female creative team in the history of that historic theatre. Additional regional credits include: Hartford Stage Company and Arizona Theatre Company (The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm), The Goodman Theatre in Chicago (Randy Newman's Faust), and North Shore Music Theatre (Shrek). Ms. Westphal toured as a pianist with opera singer Andrea Bocelli on two U.S. tours and has also worked as an orchestral pianist with Eos Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Flint Symphony. As a keyboard player for Broadway National Tours in Detroit, she has played for such shows as Wicked, In The Heights, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde, Sister Act, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, The King and I, and Annie. Of the over 50 musicals she has music directed, additional favorites include: She Loves Me, 1776, Carousel, Company, Caroline, or Change, Ragtime, and The Who’s Tommy. Television appearances include Good Morning America, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Rosie Show on OWN, and Great Performances: Copland's America on PBS. She can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning cast album of The Lion King and the Grammy nominated album Celluloid Copland with Eos Orchestra. At the University of Michigan, she has developed new musicals with the band Air Supply, and with Glenn Frey of the Eagles. She is also a Certified Master Teacher in Estill Voice Training.

KIRSTEN MCKINNEY

Dance Instructor, Musical Theatre Techniques (Pre-College)

Kirsten McKinney joins us from The Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. Before that Kirsten taught for 23 years at the highly acclaimed Walnut Hill School for the Arts near Boston, MA. There she assisted in the development of their 9-12 musical theater acting and dance curriculum and served as the Musical Theater Community Director for over 10 years. Recently, her production of 9 to 5 , in which she was the director/choreographer for The Kinkaid School earned 10 Tommy Tune Nominations including Best Direction, Best Choreography and Best Musical. Kirsten is an award- winning choreographer with an extensive list of direction and choreography credits. She served as the resident choreographer for SpeakEasy Stage Company for over 10 years and was a guest artist and /or lecturer in dance for Boston College, Emerson College, Harvard University, The Boston Conservatory among others. She received a Tony Nomination for Excellence in Theater Education and holds her B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory.

BREE KALE'A PETERS

Director, "Heathers School Edition"

Bree Kale’a Peters is a 5th generation local, who was born and raised on Oahu. Her passion for theatre started at a very young age, and over a long professional career, she grew into a multi award winning Director and Producer. She now serves as the Executive Artistic Director for Hawaii ArtSpace (HA) a new non-profit performing arts organization on Hawaii Island, that produces unique, original, local works. Prior to this new position, Bree worked on Oahu at many venues including Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Manoa Valley Theatre (MVT). Her nearly forty year association with MVT saw her rise from running the box office, to becoming the Production Manager, to being the Artistic Director, and Associate Producer for hundreds of productions. Her directing resume includes such productions as Frost Nixon, Tommy, Peter and the StarCatcher, Shear Madness, Avenue Q, and Fun Home. Some of her favorite onstage roles have included Rizzo in Grease, Constance in The Constant Wife, Barbara in August Osage County, and Martha in Whoʻs Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Theatre has always been, and will always be her passion and her life. For more information on Hawaii ArtSpace, or to get involved, please visit hawaiiartspace.com  

DANIELLE HANNAH BENSKY
Choreographer, "Peace On Your Wings"

Danielle is a Manhattan native who regularly grande Jetés her way across New York City’s, Upper East Side, where she currently resides. She has choreographed/staged over 30 full scale musicals in addition to various other original works for The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF), Stagedoor Manor, York College (CUNY) and the Afterwork Theater Project in conjunction with the 14th street Y. This is Danielle’s 4th year working for Disney Theatricals. Starting with the company in 2011 as a performer for Disney Cruise Line, Dani has since moved to the theatrical events department. Most recently, Dani has concluded productions of Rent, Once on this Island and All shook up. Her favorite past projects include but are not limited to Carousel, Cabaret, Dreamgirls, Les Miserables, Spring Awakening and a new work that was created specifically for NYMF with TONY winner Lena Hall. She can be found teaching at The Harbor Conservatory, Just Off Broadway Academy and Elements fitness studio. Dani’s training consists of all styles and genres from The Joffrey Ballet School, Alvin Ailey, New Jersey Ballet, Professional Perforning Arts School (PPAS) and the Neighborhood Playhouse. She was a 2010 Princess Grace Award nominee and is staffed as an adjudicator for the OnPoint National Dance Competition.

NICHOLAS BROWN

Director, "Music Man Jr"

Acting Instructor, MTT Workshop Grades 3-8

Nicholas Brown is a Theatre for Young Audiences MFA Candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He graduated from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina in May of 2017 with degrees in Marketing and Theatre for Youth. He currently works as the Director of Publicity at Kennedy Theatre. Previously he has worked for a musical theatre conservatory program called Musical Theater Center in Charleston, South Carolina as well as the Spoleto Festival, USA. In addition to working in offices, he can be seen performing onstage in local theatres. Recent on-island credits include Man 3 in Diamond Head Theatre's "A Gentleman's Guide to Lover and Murder", Nick the House Manager in Kennedy Theatre Late Night's production of "Tony the Fantastic Fireman!", an Officer in Kennedy Theatre's "Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies", and as Nate in a play reading of Paul Donnelly's "Memorial Day" at Kumu Kahua Theatre. Off-island credits include Angel in the College of Charleston's production of "Rent", Demetrius in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Pedrolino in a new production called "Lovers and Players", and more.

JACKIE DOWSETT

Choreographer, "Music Man Jr"

Dance Instructor, MTT Workshop Grades 3-8

Jackie Dowsett was born & raised in Honolulu, growing up dancing at Hawaii State Ballet, 24-VII Danceforce & early years with Punahou Dance School, where she also graduated from. She left for Dallas, TX, receiving her BFA in Dance Performance & Elementary Education at Southern Methodist University (SMU) & became a professional dancer soon after, living in NYC, LA, Las Vegas, & Miami. She retired from performing & came home to Hawaii after touring as a back up dancer for Cher in '14 & was blessed with a baby girl in early 2017. Prior to the 6 years dancing for Cher, she “kicked it up” as a Radio City Rockette for 6 seasons, did multiple Musical Theater productions during her time in NYC, & also danced in numerous films & on TV in LA, including being a “Cheerio” on the first 3 seasons of Glee. She enjoyed dance doubling for Cher in “Burlesque” & Cameron Diaz in “What to Expect when You’re Expecting.” Jackie has loved teaching, coaching, & choreographing around town, where it all began, with the next generation of young performers who are eager to learn & grow their love for the performing arts! With dedication & hard work, dreams can come true!

SHANNON WINPENNY

Instructor, Evening Improv

Shannon Winpenny has been an educator in performing arts for over 15 years. With multi experience in different forms of theatre. Shannon studied at the Second City in Chicago where she honed her craft in improv and comedy writing. After opening her own theater in 2008, Shannon began to direct at other theaters as well as teach. Currently she teaches performing arts at Momilani Elementary, St. Louis and Diamond Head Theater. She also loves performing and can see her on local stages and TV. Shannon is a proud recipient of two Po’okela Awards.

 
 

STUDENT LIFE

When not in classes or rehearsals, Ohana Arts students have many options for socializing and fun.  Students can participate in camp-wide activities such as movie nights, weekly open mic/coffeehouses, relays and games, ice cream socials and more.  Students in the academy programs will have the opportunity to explore some of Oahu's most beautiful sites on "Wind Down Wednesday" and "Sightseeing Sunday" excursions.  

Typical excursions may include:

Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

Lanikai/Kailua Beach

Sea Life Park

Hanauma Bay

Kuualoa Ranch

Haleiwa Town/Waimea Bay

Waimea Valley

Dole Cannery

Waikiki Beach Walk & Fireworks

Ala Moana Center

Pearl Harbor

Iolani Palace

Waialua Obon Festival

Secret Island

Kaneohe Sandbar Island

 

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Please note:  Ohana Arts will not be able to provide dorm access for the 2020 Summer Session.  

Ohana Arts students will be assigned to a double room with a roommate in one of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa dormitories.   Our dedicated residential staff includes a director of residential life, live-in nurses, and a team of energetic counselors who will work together to create a fun and safe living environment for students living away from home.  Counselors will assist students with developing independent living skills while they are away such as doing regular laundry, keeping their room tidy, daily personal care, getting enough rest and eating healthily.  

Students this year will be staying in Hale Aloha, the University of Hawaii at Manoa “freshman” dorm.  Each double room has two extra-long twin beds, two desks, two closets, and two dressers.

 

Students will eat breakfast and dinners in the dormitory dining hall and lunch at Kennedy Theatre through the Ohana Arts caterer.  Dining hall options are wide-ranging and include gluten-free and vegan options at every meal.

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CALENDAR

Please download the PDF Calendar

for your selected program

(The master Google Calendar below will update at a later date):

6-Week Musical Theatre Intensive Program (Gr. 3-8)/Pre-College Academy (Gr. 9-12)

3-Week Musical Theatre Techniques Workshop (Gr. 3-8) & Pre-College (Gr. 9-12)

Musical Theatre Production Workshop, 3-Weeks, Gr.3-12

6-Week Musical Theatre Production Workshop (Afternoons-Only) Gr.8-12

Junior Musical Theatre Production Workshop, 4-Weeks, Gr.K-2

 

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