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Below is a list of teaching artists in the state of Michigan. This list is to be used as a reference. Please contact Teaching Artists individually for professional references. If you are a teaching artist interested in being included in the database, CLICK HERE for the application.
MikeRiley St Clair
Animal Encounters Inc. was created by certified teachers in 1989. Formerly known as Science Discovery Shows, Animal Encounters has entertained and educated more than 2 million people with their animal shows throughout the country, including presentations at schools, bookstores, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, fairs and festivals.
Theatre, Visual Arts
Puppet ArtDetroit Wayne
Puppet Art offers two outreach programs. The first is Journey with Puppets touring productions at workshops that come to schools. Offered by Puppet ART to schools with mobile versions of some of their most accessible productions as well as puppet making workshops, and puppet presentations.
Also available is Puppet Art Residencies. This is the most in-depth puppetry-in-education program. These take place at Puppet ART and at the schools involved in the residencies. Residencies are designed to assist students and teachers in their own puppet production projects. The residency teaches children about puppetry while focusing on language arts and literacy skills. The activity of creating a puppet production incorporates many literacy related tasks--selecting a story, rewriting it and developing a script, making the puppets and the props, creating characters’ roles, rehearsing and finally presenting the show to a variety of audiences.
Cultural, History, Theatre
Ring of Steel Action TheatreDexter Washtenaw
The swords of heroes walk into your classroom with a display and/or workshop of theatrical fighting along with a collection of over seventy historical weapons (safely dulled), wearable armor, and combative props from well-known movies. Presentation is tailored to class type (Theatre, English, Humanities, History, or Foreign Language) and includes a lecture on the historical context of theatrical combat, safety techniques that protect performers, and presentation of selected scenes from classic plays or duels between historic character types.
Rosie Chapman - The StorytellerWashington Macomb
Rosie Chapman, a.k.a. Miz Rosie, is a teacher, performing artist, author and school social worker who thrills audiences of all ages with storytelling. Her interactive performances are truly educational and entertaining. Life lessons and social skills, folktales and fairy tales are just a few of the shows she brings to the stage. Her one-woman shows of Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Madame C.J. Walker, Marian Anderson and Soujourner Truth are unforgettable. Multicultural stories from Africa, North America, Australia and more are accompanied with songs and African instruments.
Chapman also offers storytelling training workshops for both children and adults, as well as professional development sessions for teachers and others.
Scheer Genius Assembly ShowsWalled Lake Oakland
To call Doug Scheer just a magician would be an injustice. Scheer Genius Assembly Shows use magic and Las Vegas-style illusions to entertain, but they are a far cry from a typical magic act. Magic Castle Newsletter calls Scheer "One of the World's Best Children's Magicians." In the category of school performer Scheer is at the top of his field. 12 shows are available from Character Education including Diversity, bully-proofing, and Leadership skills to Science and math and even Democratic values. See videos of all programs on our website.
Sheepshank Sam, Old Time Michigan LumberjackRomeo Macomb
Sheepshank Sam is an old-time Michigan shanty boy lumberjack who, using historical information sprinkled with tall tales, transports audiences back in time to a lumberjack camp in the northern Michigan woods during the late 1800s. Participants learn how trees were felled, cut into logs, skidded out of the woods, decked on sleds, stacked along rivers, and floated to sawmills throughout Michigan.
Cultural, History, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music
Sheila Grazino and Neil Woodward as Matter & GhostChelsea Washtenaw
Sheila Graziano and Neil Woodward pay tribute to the ghosts of their folk arts ancestors by performing the music and dances that are the foundation of their traditions. These Michigan artists are well known for their entertaining and educational performances of traditional and original dance, songs and folk music. Together as Matter and Ghost, the pair performs dances from England, Scotland, Canada and the Appalachian Mountains, accompanied with tunes and stories reflecting the historical settings of the steps.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Vocal Music
The Cook Arts CenterGrand Rapids Kent
The Cook Arts Center send artists, dancers, actors and musicians into schools toteach their specific area of expertise to students in order to supplement the currentcurriculum for teachers and/or to do something fun for events/parties/special activities.
The Dorfman Foundation Youth Theatre JET Y.E.S.West Bloomfield Oakland
JET Y.E.S. (Youth Education Services) has been presenting entertaining and educational plays in Southeast Michigan schools for the last 17 years. Their three current plays address the timely issue of bullying at age-appropriate levels. For elementary school students.
The Floyd J. McCree TheatreFlint Genesee
McCree Theatre is willing to travel with its violence prevention play, Graffiti Chronicles. It is an excellent violence prevention play with music, geared towards urban elementary students, 8 - 12 years of age.
Graffiti Chronicles is a fast moving, highly energetic play that presents a deep learning experience for youth in a highly entertaining manner. The play tweaks the emotions of young audiences in talking about youth who have succumbed to gun violence in the City of Flint in an effort to steer young audience participants away from violence on an emotional level. The play also stresses the need to strive for a very high value system that is anchored in self-love.
In addition, the play demonstrates conflict resolution tactics. Graffiti Chronicles has been performed to more than 4,000 students in the Greater Flint, MI area over the past three years to rave reviews from teachers, students, and parents.
The Hillberry TheatreDetroit Wayne
The Hillberry Theatre offers Engage With the Stage and is available upon request. Graduate students can come to the school to present a lesson plan that prepares students to see the play they are signed up for or they can also discuss career opportunities in theatre.
Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music
Tunes n Tales by TriciaLaingsburg Shiawassee
Tricia Kjolhede is an extraordinary entertainer and much, much more. Tunes n Tales by Tricia combines the fun of musical expression with 30 years of classroom experience and knowledge of young people.
Valarie van HeestHolland Ottawa
Award-winning author, member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and dynamic presenter Valerie van Heest shares the fascinating stories of the Great Lakes shipwrecks and her expeditions to discover and document them. With a passion for all things creative, van Heest offers a wide variety of programs designed for adults and children alike that enlighten, inspire, and offer a deeper look at Michigan.
Dance, Instrumental Music, Theatre, Vocal Music
Wharton Center for Performing ArtsEast Lansing Ingham
An artist-in-residence is a professional performer with a dual role as a "teaching artist." During a multi-day stay on campus and in our community, an artist-in-residence shares his or her expertise and insights on creativity during close interaction with youth and lifelong learners.
Wharton Center for Performing Arts
Wild Swan TheatreAnn Arbor Washtenaw
Wild Swan Theater offers a dozen different productions which can travel to schools.Sample titles include: Frog and Toad, A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Under the African Sky.A complete listing of productions available for touring as well as their descriptions can be found on their website below.
William SchulertLake Orion Oakland
Poof! In a brilliant flash, Baffling Bill arrives at your event to teach and entertain with the Magic of Learning Enrichment Shows. With more than 25 years of experience as an educator/entertainer, Baffling Bill makes learning fun through dazzling magic, audience participation and non-stop laughter. Through the art of illusion, Baffling Bill presents a variety of programs that teach children the importance of reading, nutrition, environment and safety.