Creative Classroom

Classes

The Z’s Creative Classroom offers performing arts classes to learners of all ages and abilities in a variety of mediums. It’s a safe and inviting space for all to explore their curiosity and interest in the arts. To lead these classes, we’ve selected the top teachers, performers, and artists in the Southcoast. Not only do they leverage their talent and experience to bring out the best in each student, these local artists are also employed for work in their craft.

The arts are a powerful tool that deepens our connection to the world and can reveal new ways to see it. That’s why we aim to make Creative Classroom as accessible as possible with a “pay what you can” model. Choose a price at check-out and it will cover the cost of the entire workshop or multi-week course.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding any of our classes please contact our

Director of Education and Community Engagement

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Ashley

 

Moore

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Ashley

 

Moore

she/her
Director of Education and Community Engagement

Have an idea for a creative Class?

We want to hear it! We welcome suggestions for classes or workshops from teaching artists and instructors.

Wednesday
Oct
05
6:30 pm
Wed
6:30 pm
Oct
5
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Beginner Ukulele

Beginner Ukulele

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Join us for 6 weeks of musical fun learning the fundamentals of playing the ukulele with instructor Deb Sorgman. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 9

Zeiterion Lounge, 6:30 - 7:30PM

All ages.

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $40, $60 or $80 at check-out.

Need a ukulele? Check out The Symphony Music Shop.

Wednesday
Oct
05
7:30 pm
Wed
7:30 pm
Oct
5
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Beyond Beginner Ukulele

Beyond Beginner Ukulele

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Join us for 6 weeks of musical fun expanding your ukulele playing skills. Students should have completed a beginner course and be comfortable with beginner level skills.

Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26 & November 2, 9

Zeiterion Lounge, 7:30 - 8:30PM.

All ages

Pay what you can! Select $20, $40, $60 or $80 at check-out.

Tuesday
Oct
18
6:00 pm
Tue
6:00 pm
Oct
18
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Playwriting with Backyard Dramatics

Playwriting with Backyard Dramatics

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In this four-week course with instructor Elizabeth Rapoza, students will learn the basics of playwriting and scripting using themes inspired by "The Three Musketeers" through storytelling, improvisation, and character and plot development. 

Tuesdays, October 18, 25 & November 1, 8

In Zeiterion Lounge, 6-7PM

Ages 13+

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $40, $60 or $80 at check-out.

Wednesday
Oct
19
6:00 pm
Wed
6:00 pm
Oct
19
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Basics of Stage Combat

Basics of Stage Combat

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This course is a beginner’s introduction to stage combat with an emphasis on swordplay with instructors Jess Wilson and Garrett Olson.

Safety is our priority, and a prominent part of the curriculum. Students will learn basic rapier technique which draws from western fencing and eastern disciplines. This class is a prerequisite to more advanced stage combat classes which may be offered in the future.

Students must dress comfortably and be prepared to move for every class. Appropriate safety gear will be provided and must be worn at all times.

Wednesday, October 19

Zeiterion stage, 6-9PM

Ages 15+

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $40, $60 or $80 at check-out.

Pay What you can

The arts are a powerful tool that deepens our connection to the world and can reveal new ways to see it. That’s why we aim to make Creative Classroom as accessible as possible with a “pay what you can” model. Choose a price at check-out and it will cover the cost of the entire workshop or multi-week course.

Meet your instructors

Mocha James

 

Herrup

they/them

Series Curator

Mocha James Herrup holds a PhD in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. They worked for many years as a full-time professor at the Austin Community College where they also co-founded the Peace & Conflict Studies program. Currently, Mocha James writes about arts and culture for the New Bedford Scallop and teaches Social Issues and Documentary as a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston. In between Texas and the East Coast, they spent 2 incredible years in Seattle teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington at Bothell and programming and organizing with Three Dollar Bill. Mocha James has programmed with other festivals including SXSW and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and their award-winning films have been screened on the Sundance Channel, at the Walker Art Center, Northwest Airlines, and in festivals around the world. For more about New Bedford Film Society, visit newbedfordfilm.org.

Sarah

 

Mulvey

sher/her

Poetry Instructor

Sarah Jane Mulvey is a poet and writer, and co-founder of Anomaly Poetry. She is the host of a monthly open mic night at the Co-Creative Center in Downtown New Bedford. She also performs with The Collective NB. Sarah is currently serving as the City of New Bedford’s Poet Laureate.

Garrett

 

Olson

Improv Instructor

Garrett Olson is a professional working actor, director, screenwriter, film maker, and seasoned fight director/stunt coordinator for stage and screen. He is currently the Technical Director and Associate Artistic Director for the WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company, co-founder and one of the managing/creative producers for Danu Pictures, and is the former Technical Director/acting coach for the Boston Zombie Apocalypse.  An accomplished teaching artist and combatant instructor, Garrett’s classes in public speaking, acting, staged violence, and improv are crafted for students of all levels and abilities. Classes include adaptive programs to accommodate all abilities creating a truly immersive and inclusive opportunity for learning and growth.

Elizabeth

 

Rapoza

Drama Instructor

Elizabeth Rapoza is a veteran theater educator, multi-discipline performer, popular and award-winning youth playwright, and puppeteer/puppet constructor. Liz currently teaches theater courses at Cape Cod Community College and the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Liz's youth plays have been performed across the continent and in Europe and Asia. You can find many of them on Dramanotebook.com.

Deb

 

Sorgman

Ukulele Instructor

Deb picked up her first ukulele and instantly fell in love with this small but mighty instrument. Her passion for the ukulele led her to become one of the few New England teachers certified by the prestigious James Hill Ukulele Instructor Institute. A lifelong music lover, she also directs a ukulele band and has studied with musicians both local and international.

Jess

 

Wilson

Improv Instructor

Jess Wilson is a former C-level executive leader with extensive experience as an actor, tech, designer, producer, playwright, and director, and is the Artistic and Managing Director of the WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company. An experienced actor-combatant, she also works as an Intimacy Director, Fight Captain, and Safety Coordinator for stage and film. Jess is an accomplished author, consultant, executive coach, teaching artist, and speaker who conducts classes and workshops on writing, public speaking, leadership skills, and a wide range of theatre disciplines, and frequently speaks across the country on a variety of healthcare, leadership, and humanitarian topics.

Sue

 

Young

Dance Instructor

Sue Young’s passion for dance started at just 6 years old when her mom signed her up for dance classes, laying the groundwork for a lifelong love of dance. She has studied under a diversified group of instructors and is experienced in ballet, jazz, tap, Irish Step, Latin, swing and ballroom. After recuperating from open heart surgery in 2012, she returned to teaching and became The Z’s Salsa instructor in 2016. But Sue doesn’t just stay in the classroom, she’s also a Zeiterion Volunteer Usher!

Virtual Class Link

You will be emailed the link to participate as soon as you enroll. To ensure you receive this link, we suggest enrolling in one class at a time. Please use an active email address and be sure to check spam folders.

The virtual classroom will open 30 minutes before the start of class using Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account, but you will need to download the free app prior to the start of class. You can find it in the app store or visit zoom.us to download.

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The Fine Print

Class Attendance

Class Attendance

Because group classes have multiple attendees, make-ups are not available. Refunds are not available for sessions you are unable to attend.

Class Locations

Class Locations

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held in the Zeiterion lounge, located at the corner of Spring and Purchase Streets in downtown New Bedford.

Class Minimums

Class Minimums

To ensure classes are dynamic and engaging, each class has a minimum number or participants. Classes failing to meet this minimum by the enrollment deadline will not run.

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