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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.
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.
Cultural, Dance, Instrumental Music
Sangeeta’s Dance & Music of IndiaMidland Midland
Sangeeta Kar is an internationally renowned exponent of Odissi, the oldest classical dance form of India. She is also an award-winning singer and performs regularly on Indian TV, movies, stage, and CDs.
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.
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.
Cultural, History, Instrumental Music
Wanda DegenLansing Ingham
Folk musician and educator Wanda Degen is a singer and instrumentalist specializing in intergenerational concerts that feature unique instruments. Degen introduces audiences to the autoharp, hammered dulcimer and mountain dulcimer.