Clowns at the Circus Camp

July 16 – July 27

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State University

2201 Argonne Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218

An initiative of Sister Neighborhood Arts Program (SNAP!) in partnership with MSU’s Youth Arts Institute

Clown, juggling, magic, acrobatics, and masks — with our guest artists along with our amazing staff —  we return with our 4th year and the best kept secrets around among youth arts camps in Baltimore. Join in on the fun that everyone is talking about! At clown camp, campers will challenge their imaginations, physicality, and sense of humor and have some fun, fun, FUN. Learn/expand on basic circus skills and explore physical comedy and red nose clowning.  Return campers will further the skills they’ve learned and step into leadership roles as the group works together to create a circus showcase to share at the end of camp. Don’t miss out on the fun. Discover the magic of circus!

Goals:

  • Work together as an ensemble to create a circus showcase!
  • Create a supportive and encouraging environment as a group
  • Encourage every camper to feel comfortable exploring creatively
  • Build basic red nose clowning skills
  • Develop awareness and trust by learning solo/partner acrobatics with professional instructors
  • Tackle juggling skills
  • Explore music and dance as a means of expression
  • Discover what you think is funny!
  • Develop group creation skills with regular showings

Additional Features and Highlights:

  • Activity choices driven by the interests of young people
  • A supportive and nurturing yet challenging environment
  • Professional training in physical acting, group creation, and basic circus skills
  • Opportunities given for independent group creation
  • Final performance for parents, friends and family
  • Located on the campus of Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center

Details:

Camp dates: July 16 — July 27
Time: 9:00am — 3:00pm
Ages: 6 — 12 years; Limited Teen Corp slots: 13-15 years
Tuition:  $450
Councilors in Training: Two potential positions available for teens 15-17 years

Aftercare: Offered for an additional fee till 5:30pm

Drop off as early as 8:30am

Scholarships/financial assistance: Available based on need. (We endeavor not to turn anyone away for lack of funds.)

Online Financial Assistance Form

Email Brian Francoise at  francoise.brian@gmail.com or call 410-925-1738 with questions.

Staff:

Kolleen and Bobby Kintz are local clowns living in Pigtown and performing in both Baltimore and DC. Kolleen is a board member of Clowns Without Borders, an international non-profit that spreads joy and laughter to children in zones of crisis. The pair volunteers with CWB regularly. Kolleen traveled to Indonesia in 2012 and both traveled to Haiti to perform in November of 2013. In January, Kolleen traveled to Lesvos, Greece to perform for the Syrian refugee families. Kolleen is a graduate of Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and a protégé of Dody Disanto at The Center for Movement Theater, where she has trained regularly since 2011. Kolleen and Bobby have taught summer camps in DC, Baltimore, and Buffalo, NY for the past 4 years.

Maurice Williams (also known as Reicy) is graduated as a Theatre Arts major at Morgan State University (MSU) in spring of 2016. Maurice grew up singing in local talent shows across Prince Georges County and acting in school drama club plays. At MSU he performed Don John in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Lacy Albright in “A Prayer“ and TheatreMorgan’s annual 24 hour play slams. He served as the Vice President of the Ira Aldridge Players for two years and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He has also held an internship at Tumbridge Public Charter School as an Art instructor assistant and lead playwright in a Children’s Workshop Theatre Class. Maurice’s was the college intern for SNAP!’s Clowns at the Circus camp which sparked an interest in working with youth. He is co-artistic director of “Covenants” and a contributing playwright to the project. Maurice dedicates all of his hard work to both of his parents, whom he lost while he was attending MSU.

Brian Francoise is Director of Community Engagement at Everyman Theatre and also a OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow. He has performed, directed, or taught at regional theatres such as The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Arena Stage (DC), Center Stage, and Baltimore Theatre Project. Brian has recently trained in physical theatre, mask, clown and corporeal mime with Dody Disanto at The Center for Movement Theater (DC). Brian has led several youth FullGroupRESIZEtheatre companies in DC, Baltimore and NYC. He has been an affiliate faculty member at Loyola University Maryland and Goucher College teaching in the theatre and peace studies departments as well as teaching courses with the Goucher Prison Education Partnership program. Brian is the recent recipient of the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award (Creative Baltimore Fund) and Ruby artist project grant (Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance).

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