Classes & Camps

Wild Swan Theater’s Camp DoYaWanna
Summer 2018

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.  Camps are held at our Office/Studio at 6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor.  Register  online NOW or by calling our office at 734-995-0530!

Download a Camp Registration Form here.

Adventures in Space                    Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29
Teachers: Meghan VanArsdalen & Sandy Ryder
9:30am – 12:30pm       (for students ages 6 – 10)    Cost: $175
Blast off to a world way beyond our earth!  We’ll create our own aliens and star constellations, make up our own galaxy languages, and our own commercials selling “moonbeams” and “mooncheese”—it’s guaranteed to be a week that is out of this world!

Let’s Laugh! SESSION FULL           Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13
Teachers: Meghan VanArsdalen & Hannah Schweitzer
9:30am – 12:30pm      (for students ages 6 – 10)    Cost: $175
Who doesn’t love to be silly? Campers will work on the basics of comedy by playing improvisational games, writing jokes and crafting a comedic play to perform. We will read classic funny stories and discuss what makes them funny. We will also play an abundance of energetic theater games! Having the giggles here will never be a problem!

Ferdinand the Bull                         Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20                    Teachers: Sandy Ryder & Michelle Trame Lanzi
9:30am – 12:30pm       (for students ages 6 – 10)      Cost: $175
Join us as we explore the beloved tale, The Story of Ferdinand, the bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. Storytelling, creative movement and just plain silliness are sure to make this camp a perfect experience for your young actor.

African Arts                                     Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27                    Teacher: Jaclyn Morrow
9:30am – 12:30pm       (for students ages 6 – 10)     Cost: $175
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!  

Under the Sea                               Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3                   Teachers: LeAnn Bjornrud Brunner & Hannah Schweitzer
10am – 12pm   (for children ages 4 – 6)      Cost: $125
Explore the world of what lives under the sea in this exciting camp where whales, sharks, eels, and mermaids come to life.  Perhaps a sunken ship will be found with mysterious treasure or never-seen-before creatures will take us on a journey under the sea.  Such amazing adventures await us! 

Around the World                Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10
Teachers: LeAnn Bjornrud Brunner & Hannah Schweitzer
10am – 12pm   (for children ages 4 – 6)      Cost: $125
Come globe-trot with us as we travel the world! Each day we will explore a new country—we’ll hear stories from a different culture, dance to its music, do art, and celebrate the specialness of each land!  From Brazil to Japan to India to Mexico—it is a “small world” after all!!

Stories from the Rainforest       Monday, August 13 – Friday, August 17 Teachers: Meghan VanArsdalen & Megan Wesner
9:30am – 12:30pm       (for students ages 6 – 10)      Cost: $175
Join us as we enter the world of the Brazilian Rainforest. Together we will make masks and instruments, create soundscapes, explore stories and movement of the rainforest, and bring this magical part of the world to life! 

 

MEET OUR TEACHERS:
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 sixth 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. LeAnn loves to create all kinds of art since a young age 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.

  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.

  Hannah Schweitzer is excited for her 4th year at camp DoYaWanna! She is currently receiving a BS in Film & Television and Advertising at Boston University’s College of Communication. In Boston, she performs with Liquid Fun, BU’s premier improv comedy troupe. Hannah grew up doing theater: her most notable roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Lucy in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Luisa in The Fantasticks. Aside from performing, she produces musicals with BU’s theater group, BU On Broadway. This past year, she produced Spring Awakening and Little Shop of Horrors. Hannah is passionate about teaching young people to be confident in themselves. She is a teaching intern with the Boston non-profit, Mediagirls. Here, she teaches a class for middle school girls to challenge media’s impossible beauty standards and harness the power of media for positive change.

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.