Michael Wiggins is a veteran teaching artist, administrator, curriculum writer, and program developer. He joins Baltimore Center Stage as Director of Education after spending five years at New York-based Urban Arts Partnership, where, as Director of Education and Special Projects, he supervised the development and implementation of arts and technology-integrated educational programs designed to close the academic achievement gap. He previously served as Education Program Consultant and Teaching Artist Trainer for The Public Theater in New York, where he designed and led Shakespeare in the Boros, a summer workshop and performance program, and wrote, directed, and co-produced the Shakespeare Shakeup, a day-long festival of performances, workshops, and games for more than 1,000 New York City public school students staged at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He also spent several years as a Teaching Artist at New Victory Theater, acted as Managing Producer at Continuum Theater Company at the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and served as Artistic Director and Producer at The Mud/Bone Collective. He is the author of The Teaching Artist Sutras, and he has taught as an adjunct professor at The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York (CCNY) and The Program in Educational Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Acting MFA Program (’98).
Kristina Szilagyi, Education Coordinator, earned a BA in Theatre Studies and Comparative Literature from Wellesley College and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Locally, she has worked with Single Carrot Theater, Variations Project, and the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. Kristina served as a member of the Board of Directors for Boston-based GAN-e-meed Theatre Project, where she focused on creating opportunities for playwrights. Her work as a playwright and educator has continued as a guest artist at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Rachel Varley is the Community Programs & Education Intern. Since graduating, Rachel has worked in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Teaching Artist for K-12 and Directing Intern at Civic Theatre, an Assistant Director for Actor’s Theatre, the Audience Development Assistant for Circle Theatre as well as a community performer. Outside of the theater Rachel worked as the Farm and Volunteer Coordinator for Well House, a nonprofit that provides community style housing to combat homelessness. Most recently she worked as a lead teacher in development of free after school theater classes for low income families. As a teacher she especially loves storytelling, plays with music, and collaborative ensembles.
Our Teaching Artists
Many teaching artists have worked with Camp Center Stage in years past. Here are the biographies of just some of these brilliant minds:
Maria Broom may be known as an actress for her recurring roles in HBO’s The Wire and The Corner, but she is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performance experience. A native Baltimorean, Maria has received many awards and honors including the Eubie Blake Award, the Sarah’s Circle Award, the 2004 Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist, and Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc in 2007.
Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger are professionally trained in the fine arts of Mime, Clowning, Magic, Makeup, and Costume Design. The Jokesters have been performing for audiences all over the United States with their Live Show since 1983, including 8 Command Performances at the White House for Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Clinton and a Royal Command Performance for the King of Saudi Arabia.
CJay Philip made her Broadway debut in Big: The Musical (based on the Tom Hanks film) and was in the Broadway productions of Street Corner Symphony and Hairspray. CJay is currently the artistic director of Dance & Bmore, a Baltimore based contemporary dance company that serves children by engaging entire families through dance.
D. Wambui Richardson
D. Wambui Richardson (Encounter, Young Playwrights Festival resident, Camp Center Stage) is a former Baltimore Center Stage intern and now a professional artist, directing at every level from academic theater to works off-Broadway. Wambui is currently the artist-in-residence for Coppin State University, and is an alumnus of Dillard University, The New York Film Academy, Brooklyn College, and the prestigious Drama League.
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