Sacred Heart School for the Arts offers classes designed to teach the basic concepts of acting and theatre through age-appropriate exercises and games. Students develop the three basic tools of the actor: voice, body and imagination.
As a performance based school, all students in Beginning, Intermediate and Youth Drama classes have the opportunity to participate in full-length, staged productions that are performed at the Ursuline Arts Center or the SHSA Recital Hall.
Students in the fall and spring session of Beginning Drama produce a showcase at the end of each semester. Students in Intermediate and Youth Drama each produce two shows a year. Participation in productions help the student cultivate their creativity, develop value in practice and perseverance, and advance in teamwork and leadership skills. To view a list of current productions and past productions, please visit SHSA Performances.
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Below is a brief listing of Drama Classes traidtionally offered in the Fall and Spring.To view a complete description of each course and class times, please view the SHSA Course Catalog.
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- Fairy & Folk Tale Theatre (ages 4-6)
- Beginning Drama (grades K-2)
- Intermediate Drama (grades 3-5)
- Youth Drama (grades 6-8)
- Costume Design (ages 12 and up)
- Technical Theatre Apprenticeship (ages 12 and up)
Ms. Crawford is Chair of the Drama Department of Sacred Heart School for the Arts. She is a playwright, an arts educator, performer, a certified Kundalini yoga instructor and sometime filmmaker. She has taught theater since 1992 starting as a teaching artist with the Kentucky Arts Council and then with various organizations in Chicago, working with all ages and abilities to create theater. Her specialty is curriculum integration through project based work, creating four or five original pieces a year with the students at Sacred Heart Schools- most recently The Tapestry Room for Intermediate Drama. Her stage plays include an SHSA premiere Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, published by Eldridge Publishing, Prelude: The Life and Work of Katherine Mansfield, Missing Memaw, Mama: A play for Voices, The People Could Fly and dozens of plays for children. Her plays Voyaging, a dance theater piece about Darwin’s world changing voyage on HMS The Beagle, The Unembarrassed Mind, about the explorer Sir Richard Burton, and Goldbrick , which features the music of Jon Longford, were created collaboratively with Stephan Mazurek. Her work for adults has been performed in Chicago, Louisville and Edinburgh, Scotland, while her children’s play have been performed throughout the U.S. She produced and directed a full length documentary UnderKentucky Skies: 25 Years of the Kentucky Music Weekend for KET and has worked as associate producer on Morgan Atkinson’s documentaies: Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard, The Last Days of Thomas Merton & Beargrass Creek: A Life Story. She is currently working on a novel version of The Tapestry Room and a brand new mystery play for Youth Drama titled Hyde & Seek.Loren Crawford holds a B.S. in Theater Arts from Northwestern University and has completed all coursework for a Masters in Liberal Studies, also at Northwestern.
Ms. Fischer is the public relations and marketing director of the local artist-run ensemble theatre company Looking for Lilith, which re-examines history from women's perspectives and creates and produces original plays. A Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS) grad, Ms. Fischer received a bachelor’s degree in performance studies with a minor in Latin American studies from Northwestern University. After graduating, she spent a year in Chile studying and teaching acting as a Fulbright Scholar. Ms. Fischer apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City to act and teach for six years. She also worked as a teaching artist with the Early Learning Through the Arts Team at City University of New York's Creative Arts Team, exploring social justice issues and developing literacy skills through interactive drama curriculum with 3-7-year-olds. Ms. Fischer is a certified instructor in Alba Emoting (TM), a psycho physiological emotional induction technique used in theatre, therapy and other areas.With Looking for Lilith she has helped create, produce and/or performed in all of its original works, including producing and performing in their tours, and has participated in their Faith Stories Project in Guatemala. She is a proud member of Alternate ROOTS: an organization, based in the Southern U.S., of artists committed to eliminating oppression in all its forms.
Gerald Kean is the Sacred Heart School for the Arts technical and scenic director. He is also director of the Ursuline Arts Center. Mr. Kean has extensive experience working in set production in television, video and theatre. He started in the entertainment industry as a set dresser on the ABC mini-series,Innocent Victims. He also worked on the FX series,Beyond Belief, before returning to Kentucky. Mr. Kean’s set designs can also be seen at the Stephen Foster Drama Association or on tour with the Blue Apple Players. Mr. Kean has been with SHSA since 1995. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Francesconi Award of Integrity, the highest honor bestowed on an employee of Sacred Heart Schools.
Letitia Usher (Miss Tish) is a Colorado native who graduated cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Murray State University in 1994. In 2009, she earned a Masters Degree from the University of Louisville in Counseling. She is a Master Storyteller, Certified Teacher and School Counselor who has over 20 years experience in Theatre Education. She has worked professionally as an actress, storyteller, scenic painter, carpenter, and stage manager. Ms. Usher has taught theatre/storytelling and literacy building programs to young people in multiple states, including; California, Colorado, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
One key skill that will move students forward in life is the ability to speak publicly with confidence. In drama we work towards that skill as they play games and take on characters to perform. Then they build on that by working together to create a community on the stage of actors working towards a common goal. As we move through the steps of rehearsal students learn to rely on one another and themselves to be prepared and to take many voices to create one message; a tall tale, a fractured fairy tale, or a script of their own making becomes a team effort. And before they know it, they are exploring, creating, learning, supporting fellow cast members and entertaining the audience.
Undergrad English/Drama UK, Masters UK, Secondary Eng Ed. Taught Eng and Drama at LexCath, my alma mater, directing two mainstage shows each year. Involved in community theater, having performed last June for Bunbury, two roles in Women on Fire and will stage manage their first 2015 fall production, The Two Musketeers by Jon Jory; also have twenty years experience in Lexington community theater, stage manager, actor, director, workshops and state wide tours. Happy to be back in the classroom and the theater.