Regionally, Angie has performed at the Barrow Theatre in Franklin and as a mime for Grove City Art Walk and Strawberry Days. In 2015, she became the GC Art & Theatre Camp Director, as well as President of the Grove City Artworks board. She plans to continue expanding her class offerings and to create inspiring, fun, family friendly student and professional level performances for the community to enjoy.
I am currently the President of the board of the Grove City Arts Council, as well as founder and director of Outta Theatre in Grove City. The latter is my full time job. I teach private piano and voice, as well as theatre, mime, and home school music classes. I started Outta Theatre to bring the performing arts into Grove City and I joined ArtWorks in order to network and help build relationships and bridges that will create a larger more supportive arts community here.
My inspiration comes from both my passion for creativity and my passion for making a difference in people’s lives. I love to see a child light up with excitement as he listens to a new kind of music for the first time. And I never get tired of seeing someone go from being reserved and fearful to being full of confidence and life – all because they learned how to break out of their comfort zone to perform on stage. That is something that changes a person forever. Art (music & theatre specifically) brings out the best in someone; it opens their eyes to show them who they truly are and sets them free.
The Grove City Arts Council (aka ArtWorks) started a summer Art & Theatre Camp 6 years ago. This is my 3rd year as director of the camp. It is a very large undertaking, but such an important opportunity for the kids in our community. It is coming up July 17-21, so a lot of time is focusing on getting ready for that. Last year we had over 80 kids enrolled. This year we are not at that number yet, but enrollment is still open, so I am hopeful that families will continue to take advantage of this experience.
This year we are offering classes in Creative Writing, Musical Theatre, Kids Theatre, Physical Theatre, Ceramics, Yarn Arts, Mosaics, Watercolor, Dance, Puppet Creations, Beach Art, and SENSE-ational Art for preschoolers. We are also offering an extension camp the week of July 31 at Grove City High School – it’s Wheel Throwing taught by Chris Bauer, one of the district’s art teachers. It’s an exciting time.
On top of that, as director of Outta Theatre, I am also organizing a 3 day Piano Olympics Camp in the morning and Singing Olympics Camp in the afternoon July 26-28. It’s going to be a high-energy, fun way to explore piano and singing technique.
Outta Theatre has been doing Kids and Teen shows regularly for almost 5 years now, and now it’s time to start branching out into adult theatre, as well. I would love to start an annual tradition of holding a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre weekend. We are holding auditions for our first Murder Mystery play on June 30 for ages 16 & up.
Art is the most powerful way to open the door into unreachable places inside of someone’s heart. I’ve seen people who struggle with self-image absolutely blossom as they discover the freedom of creative expression. Art can help bring healing. It is about celebrating life, exploring ideas, facing fears, connecting people, embarking on adventures, communicating truth, and coping with loss. It makes us laugh and cry because art is at the core of what makes us human.
After my first year at Mimeistry (a performing arts school in California), we spent a month in Switzerland for a mime performance tour. Afterwards, two friends and I decided we would hop over to Italy for 3 days. Those 3 days would make a great movie! We stayed at a monastery college in the middle of nowhere and no one spoke English. Two days in a row the monks drove us to the train station just in time for us to MISS the train. We had to wait a couple of hours for the next one. On top of that, the trains went on strike our last day and we almost missed the last one back to where we were staying. We literally had to run to catch it and then we had to guess what transfers to take because it was different than the original trip. In order to get to the airport on our last day we had to pay one of the monks to give us a ride. We also got sick while we were there and by the time we touched down at LAX – I had completely lost my voice and couldn’t make a sound for the next 5 days. It took weeks for my voice to fully recover. And that is only a little bit of the story.
I am in between binge-watchings at the moment. Most recently would be The Flash.
What is the worst job that you had while working through your degree and what would you tell your past self now?
My worst job was actually after I graduated from both Grove City College and Mimeistry International. I was trying to get a theatre performance company started with 2 other friends with whom I went to school in California. We all had 2 jobs on top of trying to get bookings and traveling whenever we could – we performed in several states, but not consistently.
I started working as a substitute teacher AND I worked at the outlet mall cleaning the food court and the restrooms. It was a temporary job, but I thought I had descended into the pits of eternal punishment. It gave me an amazing appreciation for all of those hard working folks out there who continue to clean those places so that we can enjoy them. And I could tell you disgustingly funny stories about that time! If I could jump in a time machine and talk to myself, I would mostly say “Suck it up! This is only temporary and it will give you some great stories to tell. We all have to do whatever it takes to reach our dreams.”
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