Wild Swan Theater’s Camp DoYaWanna
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.
PLEASE NOTE: We are finalizing details for our 2018 Summer Camps– we hope to have everything published by the end of February. Thank you for your patience!
MEET OUR TEACHERS:
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 Antigone, Under Milkwood, British 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 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.
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!