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. Creative Classroom is also applicable for Card to Culture.

Questions?

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

Director of Education and Community

,

T. Blair

 

Taylor

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T. Blair

 

Taylor

she/her
Director of Education and Community

Have an idea for a creative Class?

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

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Monday
Feb
13
6:30 pm
Mon
6:30 pm
Feb
13
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Salsa for Lovers: Valentines Special

Salsa for Lovers: Valentine's Special

with Sue Young

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Pay What You Can

An evening of fun and romance! Celebrate each other with wine, chocolate, and salsa dancing. No dance experience required.

For ages 18+

Zeiterion stage, 6:30-8PM

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

Saturday
Jan
21
9:00 am
Saturday
Mar
04
10:00 am
Sat
9:00 am
Jan
21
Sat
10:00 am
Mar
4
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Modern African Dance with Mekbul Tahir

Modern African Dance

with Mekbul Tahir

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Pay what you can

In this 5 week course, you'll learn Acogny: the only recognized contemporary dance technique created in Africa. Acogny is based on traditional African dances from Senegal and Benin and Western dance techniques like classical ballet, release, and Graham technique. Acogny asks us to place ourselves inside the community and nature and encourages us to become aware of our own bodies: by feeling, touching, and enjoying them. Acogny celebrates that every body is different and talks about life and the connection between human beings and nature. Joy, play, love and music are at the heart of this technique. No prior dance experience necessary.

Saturdays, from January 21 to March 4 (no class 1/28 or 2/4). 9-10am. Zeiterion Lounge.

Ages 18+

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $10 or $5 (Card to Culture) per class at check-out.

These prices reflect our commitment to pay our teaching artists a living wage. Card to Culture pricing is available for EBT, WIC, and Connector Care cardholders to ensure that our Creative Classroom remains accessible to all. If you are not eligible for Card to Culture, you may choose between the $10 and $20 per class options on our sliding scale. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available at each price point, so register early!

Registration for the winter session has closed but, stay tuned for the spring line-up! Interested in this class coming back? Click here to tell us - and please let us know which price point is most comfortable for you.

Wednesday
Jan
25
6:30 pm
Wednesday
Mar
08
7:30 pm
Wed
6:30 pm
Jan
25
Wed
7:30 pm
Mar
8
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Beginner Ukulele

Beginner Ukulele

with Deb Sorgman

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Pay what you can

Join us for 7 weeks of musical fun learning the fundamentals of playing the ukulele. No prior musical experience is necessary.

Wednesdays, January 25 to March 8. 6:30 - 7:30pm. Zeiterion Lounge.

All ages welcome.

Need a ukulele? Call the New Bedford Public Library to rent a uke for free from their Funbrary using your library card or call The Symphony Music Shop to purchase one.

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $10 or $5 (Card to Culture) per class at check-out.

These prices reflect our commitment to pay our teaching artists a living wage. Card to Culture pricing is available for EBT, WIC, and Connector Care cardholders to ensure that our Creative Classroom remains accessible to all. If you are not eligible for Card to Culture, you may choose between the $10 and $20 per class options on our sliding scale. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available at each price point, so register early!

Registration for the winter session has closed but, stay tuned for the spring line-up! Interested in this class coming back? Click here to tell us - and please let us know which price point is most comfortable for you.

Wednesday
Jan
25
7:30 pm
Wednesday
Mar
08
8:30 pm
Wed
7:30 pm
Jan
25
Wed
8:30 pm
Mar
8
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Beyond Beginner Ukulele

Beyond Beginner Ukulele

with Deb Sorgman

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Pay what you can

Join us for 7 weeks of musical fun expanding your ukulele playing skills. Students should have completed a beginner course and be comfortable with beginner level skills.

Wednesdays, January 25 to March 8. 7:30 - 8:30pm. Zeiterion Lounge.

All ages welcome.

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $10 or $5 (Card to Culture) per class at check-out. ‍

These prices reflect our commitment to pay our teaching artists a living wage. Card to Culture pricing is available for EBT, WIC, and Connector Care cardholders to ensure that our Creative Classroom remains accessible to all. If you are not eligible for Card to Culture, you may choose between the $10 and $20 per class options on our sliding scale. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available at each price point, so register early!

Registration for the winter session has closed but, stay tuned for the spring line-up! Interested in this class coming back? Click here to tell us - and please let us know which price point is most comfortable for you.

Friday
Jan
27
6:30 pm
Friday
Feb
24
8:00 pm
Fri
6:30 pm
Jan
27
Fri
8:00 pm
Feb
24
Creative Classroom
 presents

CC Jazz History and Improvisation

Jazz History and Improvisation

with Manny Davis-Escobar

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Pay what you can

In this 5 week course, you will gain insight into the history of jazz music as well as the ways local artists have kept the legacy of jazz alive on the SouthCoast. You will explore jazz's roots in the African diaspora, the various genres that jazz has emerged from and inspired, and the ways that jazz lives on in our own city by meeting, listening to, and jamming with local jazz artists. No prior musical experience is necessary, but if you have an instrument you'd like to bring, feel free! Light refreshments will be provided.

Fridays, from January 27 to February 24. 6:30-8pm. Zeiterion Lounge.

All ages welcome.

Pay what you can! Choose $20, $10 or $5 (Card to Culture) per class at check-out.

These prices reflect our commitment to pay our teaching artists a living wage. Card to Culture pricing is available for EBT, WIC, and Connector Care cardholders to ensure that our Creative Classroom remains accessible to all. If you are not eligible for Card to Culture, you may choose between the $10 and $20 per class options on our sliding scale. Please note that a limited number of tickets are available at each price point, so register early!

Registration for the winter session has closed but, stay tuned for the spring line-up! Interested in this class coming back? Click here to tell us - and please let us know which price point is most comfortable for you.

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.

Meet your instructors

Emmanuel "Manny"

 

Davis-Escobar

Emmanuel “Manny” Escobar is a dynamic musician and educator, with roots firmly planted in Jazz, R&B and Afro-Latin creative traditions. He is a graduate of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory at Merit School of Music and Berklee College of Music and studied under Jan Berry Baker at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Emmanuel has performed and recorded with; Esperanza Spaulding, Reggie Workman, Loren Allred, Mayra Andrade, Pentatonix, Thaddeus Hogarth, Louis Cato, Roberta Miranda, Jermaine Paul, Cesaria Evora Orchestra, Grace Evora, Mika Mendes, Boy Ge Mendes, Tito Paris, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Emmanuel is an endorsing educator for Cannonball Musical Instruments, Rigotti Reeds and Syos Mouthpieces, a signed performing artist with Nightshift Entertainment - New England, adjunct faculty at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, and Music Director at Providence Country Day School.

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.

Mekbul Jemal

 

Tahir

Mekbul Jemal Tahir is an international choreographer, dancer, and teacher. He is one of the founding members of Adugna Community Dance Theatre Company, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since completing a five-year training program accredited by Middlesex University (UK) in 2001, he has been performing and teaching African contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and community dance and theatre in Ethiopia and abroad. Among others, his projects have included the 2005 Kin-Addis Project in the DRC, Ethiopia, and France, and the 2006 Can Do Can Dance Project in Hamburg, Germany. In 2007, he performed a lead role in As the Mother of a Brown Boy, which opened at Chickenshed Theatre Company in London and later traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was nominated for two awards. Most recently, he was an invited participant in two international dance workshops at L’Ecole des Sables, Toubab Dialew, Senegal, under the direction of Germaine Acogny. He is also one of the the dancers who was selected to study Germaine Acogny’s dance and certified to teach her technique. Now a resident of Massachusetts, he divides his time between work with Adugna in Ethiopia and projects in Africa, Europe, and the United States.

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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