Classes & Camps

Wild Swan Theater’s Camp DoYaWanna
Summer 2017

Wild Swan Theater drama camps are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater.  Our main goal is that every camper has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp feeling successful.  With a new theme every week, activities will include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way.  Some weeks will also include craft activities such as making props and costume pieces.  Register online for camps now!  Camps are held at our Office/Studio at 6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.

Let’s Pretend                                  Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30
Teachers: LeAnn Bjornrud Brunner & Sandy Ryder      Cost: $110       
10am – 12pm                           (for children ages 4 – 6)
We’ll put on our “pretending caps” this week and see where our imaginations take us! Storytelling, creative movement and just plain silliness are sure to make this camp a perfect experience for your young actor.

Rainbow Crow                                  Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14
Teachers: Sandy Ryder & Michelle Trame Lanzi        Cost: $185               
9:30am – 1pm                         (for students ages 7 – 10) 
Many Native American Peoples tell stories of the brave crow, who brings fire back to earth, but only the Lenape people tell of the Rainbow Crow, a bird with extraordinarily beautiful feathers.  According to the legend, the animals on earth are bewildered when snow first falls.  Their excitement turns to fear as the snow grows deeper and the wind blows harder.  How Rainbow Crow receives the gift of fire from the Sky Spirit and what happens to his brilliant feathers as he flies back to earth with it are part of the legend that we will explore this week.

Once Upon a Time                            Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21                    
Teachers: LeAnn Bjornrud Brunner & Sandy Ryder                 Cost: $110    
10am – 12pm                                     (for children ages 4 – 6)
Using some of our favorite stories and nursery rhymes as a starting point, we will go to a world where anything is possible!  Storytelling, creative movement and just plain silliness are sure to make this camp a perfect experience for your young actor.

Trickster Tales                                    Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28                   
Teacher: Rachel Costantino & Sandy Ryder                           Cost: $160                 
9:30am – 12:30pm                             (for students ages 6 – 10)
Nothing up our sleeve but fun and stories of trickery and trouble!  We’ll bring trickster tales from around the world to life and meet many a clever animal—foxes, rabbits, monkeys, and spiders, just to name a few.  Plus, we’ll create our own stories to act out.  We promise plenty of tricks and treats!

African Arts                                        Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4                 
Teacher: Jaclyn Morrow                                                  Cost: $160
9:30am – 12:30pm                            (for students ages 6 – 10) 
Explore the many forms of storytelling and art from Africa.  We’ll get creative with visual art projects inspired by different African countries.  But that’s not all—we’ll learn traditional drumming and songs from West Africa.  Then, we’ll let the beat spread from our hands into our bodies and have fun learning traditional West African dance!  

Broadway Bound!                             Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11             
Teachers: Rachel Costantino & Lauren Mounsey       Cost: $160      
9:30am – 12:30pm                           (for students ages 8-12 )
5,6,7,8! Time to dive into the world of musical theater. Students will learn to express emotion and objective through song while also learning choreography in the style of Musical Theater. Each day will consist of dance technique, theater games, crafts, music rehearsal, and choreography rehearsal. The session will conclude with a showcase on Friday! 

It’s Greek to Me!                     Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18                        Teacher: Michelle Weiss                                      Cost: $160
9:30am – 12:30pm                (for students ages 8 – 12)
Angry Gods, spiteful wives, tricky deals, and high emotions abound in the birthplace of Western Theater. We will explore the history of theater through the works of the Ancient Greeks! We will look at the role of the Chorus, the layout of the Amphitheatre, make our own character masks, and do scene work using translated texts. The week will then culminate in the students creating their own original piece in the style of a Greek Tragedy! Anything can happen when the Gods walk with mortals!

Camp Information and a Registration Form which can be mailed in to Wild Swan Theater can be found here.

Sandy Ryder  Sandy Ryder,
the Co-Artistic Director of Wild Swan Theater received her BA in Theater from the University of Michigan in 1975. She is well known throughout Michigan for her acting, storytelling, and teaching skills. Sandy has created dozens of roles for Wild Swan productions as well as for other theater companies including The Purple Rose, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, and Redbud Productions. She is a master teacher of acting and improvisation. She has led hundreds of drama workshops making theater accessible to deaf, blind, mobility impaired, and developmentally impaired young people. Sandy has also customized theater classes for students ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.

  LeAnn Casey Brunner is thrilled to be teaching again this summer. This will be her fifth year with Camp DoYaWanna. She received her BFA in Theatre and Minor in Dance from Wayne State University and toured with No Feare Shakespeare through college. After that she traveled the world with Missoula Children’s Theatre for three years performing The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Pinocchio, and Beauty Lou and the Country Beast. From a young age, LeAnn loved to create all kinds of art and enjoys passing it on to the youth of today. She dreams of one day starting a theatre summer camp for children with special needs. 

  Rachel Costantino has been singing/dancing/annoying her mom for over 20 years and holds a BFA in Musical Theater from Oakland University. She also holds a certificate of completion from The Hydrama Classical Greek Theatre Training Program in Hydra, Greece. Professional credits include Wild Swan Theater: Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte). The Michigan Shakespeare Festival: Cymbeline (Imogen), Hamlet (Player Queen), and The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn). The Huron Playhouse: Don’t Dress for Dinner (Suzette), The Drowsy Chaperone (Ensemble), The King and I (Eva/Palace Dancer), Carousel (Featured Dancer), and Bye Bye Birdie (Gloria/Ensemble). The Purple Rose Theatre Company: Talley’s Folly (Sally Talley u/s) and Steel Magnolias (Shelby). Dance credits include choreographing for such productions as AntigoneUnder MilkwoodBritish Invasion, and We’ve Got Dancin’ To Do. Rachel has also danced for The Detroit Dolls and Kid Rock.

  Jaclyn Morrow has worked with ArtSmart Nashville as a theater, dance, and visual teaching artist.  She’s also worked with Voices, out of Nashville, a program that teaches cultures through their arts.  In Michigan, Jaclyn has taught with the YMCA, Ann Arbor Art Center, Chelsea Youth Theatre, and the Plymouth Community Arts Council.  She has also appeared in Wild Swan Theater’s productions of Drum Me a Story and Under the African Sky.  Jaclyn has performed and studied West African drumming and dance with Like Water Drum and Dance and is currently with the Tree of Life Drum and Dance Society.

  Lauren Mounsey  is thrilled to be teaching for Wild Swan. She first joined the Wild Swan family last spring when she directed the heartwarming classic, Charlotte’s Web Since that time, she directed Wild Swan’s production of A Christmas Carol as well. Lauren has spent most of her professional career as a Resident Artist at the Purple Rose. Most recently, she made her professional directing debut there when she directed The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. Predominantly working as an actor, Lauren has appeared in such shows as 2AZ (Kelly), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Lovers, Liars and Lunatics (ensemble), and 33 Variations (Clara). Behind the scenes Lauren has served as an apprentice and had one of her short plays produced in the Purple Rose Spring Comedy Festival.

Michelle Lanzi Michelle Trame Lanzi spends her days managing Wild Swan’s touring program as well as appearing in many of their productions. In her 25+ years with Wild Swan, Michelle has appeared throughout the state of Michigan in hundreds of performances—everything from Eeyore in A Honey pot of Pooh Stories to the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. She has worked with other local theater companies, portraying Karen in Plaza Suite with The Phoenix Players, Marta in Ann Arbor Civic Theater’s production of Waiting for the Parade, and as Susie in Redbud Productions’ Wit. In addition to performing, Michelle has worked as a stage manager for the University of Michigan (where she received her degree), Virginia Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Spoleto Festival USA.

smMichelle Weiss headshot Michelle Weiss is an Ann Arbor native and a theater educator. She got her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston and came back to share the love in Michigan. She is currently a manager at Pointless Brewery & Theatre and teaches after school at Estabrook Elementary through EMU Bright Futures. She can’t wait to return to Wild Swan for her second year of Camp DoYaWanna!