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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.
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.
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.
Scott BealAnn Arbor Washtenaw
Scott Beal is an award-winning poet, performer, singer/songwriter and workshop leader whose performances have been called engaging and humorous, as well as deep and empowering. His poems tackle serious subjects with humanity and wonder, inviting listeners of all ages to see the world in new ways. His inventive and stimulating workshops are renowned for inspiring novice and veteran writers alike. Having performed and taught in Michigan and around the country for nearly two decades, Scott can craft an educational and entertaining experience for any audience or occasion.
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.
Southpaw Isle SteelbandKeego Harbor Oakland
The unique, rhythm-driven music of Southpaw Isle stretches into and beyond jazz, classical, samba and calypso while rooted in Caribbean pan tradition. The four-member group is famous for presenting high quality performances that keep audiences moving and begging for more.
Southwest Michigan Symphony OrchestraSt. Joseph Berrien
The Symphony has an educational program called Musicians In Schools, where professionals musicians come into the classroom and interact with the students.
Suzan HarbinDetroit Wayne
Hands-on Learning: 45 minute sessions taught in classrooms with students at their desks; 8 curriculum areas from which to choose; students learn about a topic, then are given a challenge to think and create in response, working with their personal packet of recycled items. Teachers can follow through with other activities; handout provided.