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Theatre

In the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Theatre Department we have three courses of Study: Acting, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre. The Theatre Department provides a comprehensive preparation for students in all 3 theatre concentrations. The members of the department will study the skills that are necessary to prepare for a college education in the theatre arts.

program of studies

ACTING

GRADE 9

  • Acting 1/ Improvisation
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Movement and Dance
  • for Actors
  • AS Ensemble 1

GRADE 10

  • Acting 2/ Improvisation
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Technical Theatre for
  • Actors
  • AS Ensemble 2

GRADE 11

  •  Acting 3-Scene Study
  • Audition/Portfolio
  • Theatre History
  • Voice and Speech
  • AS Ensemble 3

GRADE 12

  • Acting 4-Style
  • Portfolio/Senior Project
  • Theatre History
  • Voice and Speech
  • AS Ensemble 4

MUSICAL THEATRE

GRADE 9

  • Acting 1/ Improvisation
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Dance for MT 1
  • Priv. Voice for MT
  • MT Ensemble 1

GRADE 10

  • Acting 1/ Improvisation
  • Music Fundamentals
  • Dance for MT -2
  • Priv. Voice for MT
  • MT Ensemble 2

GRADE 11

  • MT Techniques 1
  • Audition/Portfolio
  • Dance for MT – 3
  • Priv. Voice for MT
  • Sight Sing/Piano
  • MT Ensemble 3

GRADE 12

  • MT Techniques 2
  • Portfolio/Senior Project
  • Dance for MT – 4
  • Priv. Voice for MT
  • Sight Sing/Piano
  • MT Ensemble 4

TECHNICAL THEATRE

GRADE 9

  • Acting 1/ Improvisation
  • Technical Theatre 1
  • Scene Shop 1
  • Technical Ensemble 1

GRADE 10

  • Technical Theatre 2
  • Scene Shop 2
  • Technical Ensemble 1

GRADE 11

  • Technical theatre 3
  • Theatre History
  • Portfolio Projects
  • Technical Ensemble 3
  • Scene Shop 3

GRADE 12

  • Technical Theatre 4
  • Theatre History
  • Portfolio/Senior Project
  • Technical Ensemble 4
  • Scene Shop 4

 

faculty

Ruth Ridenour

Ruth Ridenour

Ruth A. Ridenour has been a working Arts Educator since 1976 after graduating from Frostburg State College in Maryland, (Frostburg University) with a  B.S. Degree in Music Education.  She received her M.A., of Liberal Arts, at Western Maryland College (McDaniel College) in 1984.  After teaching 2 years at North Potomac Junior High she transferred to Williamsport High where she remained for 31 years . While at WHS she was a choral music and drama teacher-director where she produced and directed no less than 140 stages shows in her tenure and where she founded the first Show Choir in Washington County, Maryland The SophistiCats.

In 1993 she was selected as Teacher of the Year for Washington County Public Schools.  In addition she has been awarded the “Golden Apple” award 3 times from the local school system.  She received a Maryland Senatorial Citation twice for Productions that she has directed and for her work in teaching.  Although her degree is in vocal music education, she is a certified teacher of Drama and over the years she has fostered a huge passion for Theatre working not only in education but in one of the longest running registered “ little community theatre” companies in the country; Potomac Playmakers.

In 2001, Ruth worked on the First Generation Study Group—a committee formed to study new directions for the WCPS system.  From this study the idea for the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts was born.  In August of 2009 BISFA opened and Ruth Ridenour was selected as the Lead Theatre Instructor. According to Ms. Ridenour, being hired at BISFA has given her a place where she can foster the talents of those students who share her passion for theatre.

“I have always tried to make my students feel good about themselves in the Arts programs I have taught and directed, and in my memory they will always be special.  Touching the life of another human being is Gods Greatest Gift.  My only prayer is that I’ve touched the lives of others and lived a life of sharing”
- Ruth Ridenour

           

Dale Stein                

Theatre Adjunct Teacher

Dale Stein

Dale Stein’s work has focused on writing and performance in professional theatre for over 30 years, both in New York City and Washington, DC. She was an invited member of New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects; an arts collective supporting and developing new work in theatre. She was a founding member of Smallbeer Theatre; a professional company for new plays in Wash, D.C.  Dale performed her original material with Garrison Keillor’s live radio show at Lamb’s Theatre, Manhattan Punchline Theatre, West Bank Theatre in NYC and The National Theatre and Blues Alley in DC. Her one-person show, A FRESH OF BREATH AIR, directed by Christopher Ashley (currently Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse) was nominated for two 1991 Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Lead Actress). Dale performed A FRESH OF BREATH AIR at venues 1991-2004 including New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, The National Theatre, Baltimore’s Theatre Project, Playhouse 125, Metro Stage, Round House Theatre and on tour. Dale is recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Solo Theatre Performance Grant (top award).  She wrote and performed for the Maryland Public Television comedy series “Crabs”, Village Gate Late Night Comedy and for WPGC morning drive radio. She was writer for two Helen Hayes Awards Shows presented at the Kennedy Center. STEP UP TO THE PLATE is a one-act play for young audiences Dale co-wrote with Jacalyn Kalin, published by Pioneer Drama. Most recently, Dale has performed A FRESH OF BREATH AIR at The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts; Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA; and, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Dale’s teaching includes acting workshops presented in conjunction with A FRESH OF BREATH AIR. She taught theatre-related workshops for Montgomery County, MD’s Phoenix program for at-risk students. Dale worked with Fairfax County, VA’s Office for Children where she designed and implemented theatre workshops for adults and a multi-disciplinary Artist-In-Residence series for children. Dale taught acting at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and also developed and implemented a multi-disciplinary arts program for the George Mason University Summer Academy. She consulted and taught with the Comedy Club of Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, Silver Spring, MD. Dale was an adjunct teacher for the Barbara Ingram Creative Writing program (2015-2016) and continues to coach acting privately.

Dale received her BA from Pennsylvania State University. Additional studies include Acting with Franchelle Dorn in Wash. DC, Acting with Wynn Handman in NYC and Voice with Margaret Riddleburger in NYC. Dale is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Equity and The Dramatists Guild. 

 

Nicole Ruark

Theatre Adjunct Dance Teacher

Ruark

Nicole Ruark has had the honor of performing and choreographing throughout the country as well as internationally.  Her performance credits include roles in The Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, How to Succeed and Sweet Charity.  She has extensive experience as a director and choreographer for universities, regional, and touring companies including such productions as: Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Swing It! (national premiere), and Once on this Island. Having staged ballets for professional companies world-wide, Ms. Ruark’s work has landed her several awards including Top Honors and Outstanding Choreography at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York and Outstanding Contemporary at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland as well as gold and silver medals at the New York City Dance Alliance.  Recently, she traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia as the choreographer for the international premier of Jane Martin’s Talking With.

Ms. Ruark is also a sought after instructor, teaching workshops throughout the country. She is on the faculty of the reknowned Broadway Theatre Project under the direction of Ben Vereen and a teaching artist at Imagination Stage in DC. She currently oversees the musical theatre program and student acting company at The Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center in Frederick. 

Having graduated from The American University with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre, Ms. Ruark was a scholarship student at The Joffrey Ballet School and is the recipient of the Herbert R. Brent Scholarship, the Herb Edelman Acting Award, American University’s Outstanding Musical Theatre Performer award, and the Greenberg Scholarship for the Performing Arts.

 

Lynn Litzinger        

Theatre Adjunct Teacher

Info coming soon

 

Shannen Banzhoff

Theatre Adjunct Teacher

Shannen Banzhoff

Info coming soon

 

Kathleen Bell            

Theatre Adjunct Teacher

Kathleen Bell

Kathleen Bell, Soprano, holds Vocal Performance degrees from University of Miami and Florida International University.  Kathleen has traveled extensively throughout Europe performing in Denmark, Germany, Austria and Italy in Voice recitals, the Amalfi Coast Music Program in Maiori, Italy, and as “Adele” in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with the Rome Festival Orchestra.  Ms. Bell has been a featured soloist with the Miami Symphony, the Miami Oratorio Society, the Hispanic Lyric Theatre, the Miami Civic Chorale, the Middle Saxony Orchestra in Germany.  Roles include “Violetta” in Verdi’s La Traviata, “The Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro “Lizette” in Puccini’s La Rondine, “Adina” in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amour, “Miss Warblewell” in Mozart’s The Impressario and the “Mother Superior” in The Sound of Music.

Ms. Bell has been an educator at all levels of vocal study and genres since 1991.  Past positions include voice instructor at Miami Dade College, the New World School of the Arts, Barry University and SOBE Arts. In addition to her work at Barbara Ingram, Ms. Bell is also a voice instructor at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, Doctoral Teaching Assistant and Janette Ogg Voice Lab Manager at Shenandoah University, Adjunct Voice Instructor and director of the pop acapella group “Baldwin Charm” at Mary Baldwin College. 

Currently Ms. Bell is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Pedagogy at Shenandoah University with special interests in vocal health and Contemporary Commercial Music styles.  Her research on the effect of drinking high pH water on self-reported symptoms of acid reflux and correlating changes in acoustic voice measures with symptoms of acid reflux has been presented at the International Symposium of the Voice Foundation in Philadelphia. Ms. Bell is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Omikron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi National Honor Society and is the technology advisor and board member of Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing. 

Ms. Bell is passionate about helping her students develop to their full potential as singers, musicians and human beings.   She feels blessed and honored to work with such talented young people over the years.  Past students have been NATS winners and accepted to prestigious music programs such as Manhattan School of Music, California Technical Institute, Cleveland Institute of Music, Howard University, New School in New York, Berkley School of Music in Boston and Reina Sofia Conservatory in Madrid, Spain.