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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

Nicole Lewis

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Niki Lewis is an accomplished performing artist in theatre, opera and dance. A former member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing , Ms. Lewis’ vocal students have been awarded highest state and national honors. Students from her private studio have received
college scholarships and gone on to perform in opera houses across the nation and around the world. Lewis was the founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Authentic Community Theatre (ACT), a multi-generational theatre company committed to creating original work via partnering
professional artists with community creators. Niki dreamed up teaming ACT and Washington County Public Schools with the support of former School Superintendent, Dr. Betty Morgan, in order to create The Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA) which produced seven original music
and theatre works devised from classic literature. Norton Juster, author of the children’s classic, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” described Lewis as “an irresistible force” for bringing his timeless classic to life. Ms. Lewis served WCPS on the steering committee to create the mission and
curriculum for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts under the leadership of Dr. Clyde E. Harrell. Niki Lewis has spent a lifetime in love with collaborative creation through the arts. She has written, directed and performed interactive-storytelling in the parks of Washington County
through the generous support of the Nora Roberts Foundation. Lewis served as a Master Teacher for the Maryland State Department of Education for Maryland’s Artistry in Teaching Institute (MATI) and Maryland’s Center for Creative Classrooms (MC3). She was also a member
of the Maryland State Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, a Wolf Trap Creative Arts Team Member, the Arts Infusion Specialist for Washington County Public Schools, and a commissioned playwright for the National Endowment for the Arts . As the Founder and
Artistic/Executive Director of Authentic Community Theatre, Niki penned the original mission statement for Authentic Community Theatre, “to use the performing arts as a catalyst towards responsible social change and enhanced community cohesion.” She has lived by her creed,
which is to inspire, explore and unite an authentic community through creative play, exploration and excellence. This has led her to working with community agencies in order to provide meaningful arts experiences for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
These agencies include The Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), various Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc.’s, The Community Foundation of Washington County, The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild, Washington County Health Department, The Washington County
Arts Council, The Berkeley County Arts Council and The Maryland State Arts Council.

Ms. Lewis holds an Advanced Certification and Masters’ Equivalency in Theatre, Music and Psychology. She has taught dance at South Hagerstown High School where she created a rotating performance repertoire and annual, vertically-aligned school-wide festivals. Ms. Lewis
has taught elementary music and middle school general music and choir. Niki’s education includes a BA in Psychology from Shepherd University with a minor in Theatre , M. ST. candidate, Drama in Education , Trinity College, Dublin Ireland; MA
Coursework in Vocal Performance , Shenandoah University, Acting , West Virginia University, Early Childhood Education , Hood College, Frostburg State University; University of Phoenix. Niki’s specialized training includes: Orff Shulwerk , George Mason University; Contact Improv
with Liz Lerman ; Critical Response with Liz Lerman and John Borstel , Process Drama/Applied Theatre , New York University with Tony Goode and Warwick Dobson ; Drama in Education with Dorothy Heathcote; Structure in Spontaneity with Cecily O’Neill , Voice with
Barbara Stenger , Jackson Sheets , Sharon Christman , Ruth Drucker ; Acting with Ed Herendeen of The Contemporary American Theatre Festival , Dance with Carla Perlo of The Dance Place .

Niki’s performance highlights include: a principal role in the Washington, DC debut of Die Tote Stadt by Korngold; singing as a soloist with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra; singing as a fellow soloist with Metropolitan Opera Soloists, Sharon Christman and Michael Forest; winning
NATS Eastern Regional Finalist at Columbia University and singing as a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. Her honors include multiple South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) hiring successes, a scholarship and stipend to WVU for an MFA in Acting and a scholarship to
Shenandoah Conservatory for an MA in Vocal Performance. Niki’s fondest memories include singing for Marvin Hamlisch, having Gian Carlo Menotti sign her score of The Medium and getting a hug backstage from Leontyne Price.
Mrs. Lewis’ favorite roles include Agnes in Agnes of God , Mary Warren in The Crucible , Marjorie in Extremities , Maggie in A Chorus Line , Sally Bowles in Cabaret , Lucy in The Telephone , Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz , Hansel in Hansel & Gretel , Frasquita in Carmen
and Monica in The Medium. Niki Lewis is a mom of a big family who likes to ride their bicycles in the mountains of Western Maryland. As the proud daughter of a brick mason and a dancer, she tells her kids, in the words of Henry David Thoreau,
“If you have built castles in the air, your work is not lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”           

 

 

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

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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.

 

Ed Schubel 

Theatre Adjunct Teacher

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Ed Schubel sings with Pratt Street Power, an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed barbershop quartet based in Baltimore, MD. Considered to be one of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s premier vocal quartets, the group came together in early 2016 with the intention of entering the International Youth Barbershop Quartet contest in Nashville, TN. In their first contest together, they were crowned the 2016 International Youth Quartet champions and labeled by the Harmonizer magazine as one of the BHS’s “young powerhouses of today.”
Pratt Street Power has been invited to lead numerous youth camps across the country, and has worked with the Harmony Foundation to support their mission of enriching lives through singing by attending youth outreach events for young singers and encouraging young people to sing. Beyond their participation in these events, the quartet has also experienced international competition success. In 2019, they entered the BHS International Open competition in Salt Lake City, UT and placed 8th in the world. Later that year, they competed in the Mid-Atlantic District competition and won 1st place.
Ed holds a BFA in Theatre & Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas where he was a student of mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle. In addition to teaching and performing with his quartet, Ed is a freelance vocal arranger specializing in barbershop, jazz, and a cappella styles.

 

 

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.